After years of putting up with Fabris’ directional kickoff bullshit, up-and-down coverage teams and the frustration of watching what seems like most of America fielding kickers who can put kickoffs in the end zone more often than not, I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to hear a Georgia head coach admit the obvious.
“It’s like an 80 percent chance if you start inside the 20, you do not score,” Smart said. “So 80 percent of offenses cannot function 80 yards downfield. So you’ve got touchbacks like Auburn’s guy (Daniel Carlson at 79.2 percent) has every time or you pin them inside the 20, there’s an 80 percent chance they’re not getting points. We weren’t behind that 20-yard line, we weren’t behind that fence very often last year. And some of that had to do with the coverage too, not just kickers.”
Yeah, I know touchbacks come out to the 25, but you get what Kirby is saying there. Besides, one thing’s for sure. Nobody’s ever run back a touchback for six points.
I don’t care who kicks off, just that the results are an improvement on 2016.
Georgia ranked 65th nationally in touchback percentage at 35.82 percent, according to CFBstats.com. Blankenship, who made 14 of 18 field goals, had touchbacks on 38.2 percent of kickoffs. Marvin had touchbacks on 49.3 percent of his kickoffs last year.
Wofford averaged giving up 22.2 yards per kickoff return while Georgia allowed 23.8.
May the best kicker win.