“Who replaces Isaiah McKenzie?”

It’s a good question, but the more relevant one is who blocks for who replaces Isaiah McKenzie?

Even with McKenzie, Georgia’s return teams have been substandard for years.  Here’s how they’ve ranked in conference play for the last four seasons:

KICKOFF RETURNS

  • 2016:  9th
  • 2015:  12th
  • 2014:  7th
  • 2013:  14th

PUNT RETURNS

  • 2016:  6th
  • 2015:  5th
  • 2014:  5th
  • 2013:  14th

McKenzie certainly had a noticeable impact on punt returns, but overall, that doesn’t exactly paint a picture of excellence for Georgia’s special teams.

As Seth notes, it’s not as if Smart lacks for options when it comes to returners.  But it won’t matter much if they can’t find some players who can set up the returns with consistent blocking.

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20 responses to ““Who replaces Isaiah McKenzie?”

  1. Big difference in 2014 – Todd Gurley

    Of course, the 2nd one was called back, but the guy never hesitated.

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  2. doofusdawg

    Good article on Breitbart that I thought you might have linked this morning… lol. Sorry for hijacking thread.

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  3. Normaltown Mike

    can we bring back Logan Gray?

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  4. 86BONE

    How far is yonder…..

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  5. Snoop Dawgy Dawg

    In “reasons why you read, not skim” I saw the rankings and was elated that we were ranked so high nationally. then re-read that it was conference ratings.

    WHAH-waaaaa

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  6. Irwin R. Fletcher

    I thought McKenzie was really good…but when you go with a small, speed guy…my uneducated observation is that it is usually big hit or big miss. I think Hardman looks the part…but I hope on kickoffs we can get someone back there who can get an extra 3-5 yards on the return with some size.

    Reggie Davis is a DGD…but again to my untrained eye, he fell over if he was brushed by a tackler. Give me Mecole and a RB back there and I think it will get better.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      On kick-offs I’d prefer to have somebody with enough sense to go down on a knee in the endzone, and go with 1st down on the 25. If that alone doesn’t get us in the top 3 in the conference, nothing will.

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  7. DawgPhan

    Not sad to see Reggie Davis graduate.

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  8. 69Dawg

    I get that our Special Teams have been “Special” but McKenzie was also our only real WR threat. He was Eason’s go to guy. I’m not sure what percent he made up of the WR/TE catches or TD but just thinking of his big plays it had to be a lot. The way we execute on special teams we might as well have Logan Gray back there.

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  9. AusDawg85

    Put Sony on the field.

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  10. Mayor

    Until we get a ST coach worth a damn the problem will persist. First we had no ST coach. Then we got a bad ST coach. Can we at least improve to a mediocre ST coach in ’17?

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