William Ham doesn’t think much of Kirby Smart’s motivational tactics.
Asked if he’d still be at Georgia if Blankenship had not beaten out for the starting kicking job, Ham said, “that’s a great question.” But clearly he doesn’t miss all the mind games.
“After Missouri, I didn’t really get a chance from the coaches at all,” said Ham, who fiished his career 3-for-7 on field goals and 10-of-10 on PATs. “Even when I got into practice Ole Miss week, I kicked with the 1s all week. To be honest with you, Rodrigo nor I knew who was going to start against Ole Miss on field goals. Rodrigo thought I was going to start field goals until five minutes before the first kickoff. The coaches weren’t being transparent with us. We didn’t have a clue who was going to start. They just put Rod in.”
Ham didn’t attempt a placement kick again the rest of the season. He did handle some kickoffs the final two games of the season.
“Things happen,” Ham said. “The past is the past. So, honestly, just the combination of Rod’s good performance and the coaches not giving me another live chance, there just was no reason to go anymore. I had other opportunities, so I pursued that.”
Sour grapes? Maybe. Ham does acknowledge that Rodrigo played well after being given the lead role by Smart. But for a coach who prides himself on being honest, an accusation of a lack of transparency isn’t a good look. I wonder if Smart will have a response for that (internally, that is — I’d be surprised if he discussed this in public).