Congratulations are in order.

Well done, sir.

You’ve come a long way from telling your dad to put a muzzle on it.  You’ve given us plenty of memorable moments and I hope you’ve got a long pro career ahead of you.  You’ve certainly earned it.

And while I’m handing out bouquets, this is a pretty good resume.

Now do Davey O’Brien.

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56 responses to “Congratulations are in order.

  1. Some of our “fans” took shots at this on social media. Jackasses …

    Congratulations, Rod. Go be an All-Pro now.

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    • He won’t be an pro at all if he keeps missing kicks that matter. He missed two in this year’s SEC title game, the chip shot at the end of the USC game that lost it for us, and one in last year’s SEC title game that might have put Bama away.

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      • Kicks that matter – those missed in games in which Georgia loses.

        Ignore the 55-yarder that turned the Rose Bowl or the 52-yarder in the national championship game that should have been the game winner.

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        • Both kicks you mention were 3 seasons ago. Yeah, he was making some good ones back then. He made a game winner to beat Kentucky right? Lately….not so much. His percentages were not as good this season as the other big candidate who had two game winners. People seem to believe the guy got robbed. One more thing; Rodrigo’s two kicks you mentioned above were very long, low percentage trys that put much less pressure on a kicker since no one expects them to make it, they only hope they do.

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          • Greg

            The 2019 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and we still got critics…..AMAZING!!!

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          • ApalachDawg

            100% troll

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            • Lol. This isn’t trolling. I see posts on here criticizing Camarda, among several other players, every week. I guess Rod gets a pass because he wears glasses or something.

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          • Yes, I’ll get bombed for being negative about Rod but there are some kicks you simply HAVE to make to be elite. It’s not the long-miss at the end of the USuC game this year, it was the 42 yard attempt to send it to 2OT. The momentum-killing 42 yard miss vs. UA in last year’s SECCG was another. Going 1-3 this year in SECCG. None were game- winner’s, but all were points that were sorely-needed in pressure situations and killed momentum. What helped spring the momentum at the Rose Bowl? The make just before half (while we were losing pretty handily). Momentum matters in football!
            His old, volunteer coach (#5) has spoken publicly about it- and his personal campaigning for the award all week leading-up to the 2019 SECCG. IMHO it was a distraction.
            Regardless- congratulations on the award Rodrigo. It obviously meant a lot to you.

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      • Yo dudé, all pros miss kicks every Sunday ….”Specs” representation of UGA has been with respect…missing fifty yard attempts might be more on the offense than special teams…as was the Carolina game

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    • CB

      Groza isn’t a career achievement. The kid outright didn’t deserve it this season. I’m not complaining, I just don’t understand how he won.

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  2. timphd

    Go and prosper Hot Rod. Hope you have a long and illustrious pro career.

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  3. garageflowers

    All three were Mark Richt recruits 😉

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  4. Atticus

    When a kicker gets this popular there is something g wrong. Kicking too much. Great kid from what I see but we need more TDs and less FGs.

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    • RangerRuss

      If you won a Shelby Cobra Hot Rod you’d complain about the fuel consumption. Be of good cheer!

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    • You do realize his story from nerdy walk-on to All-American probably has a little to do with it. If I were Mark Emmert, I would make Rod Blankenship’s story what being a student-athlete is all about. Academic All-American, Good Works Team, All-American, and a damn good teammate.

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      • If I were Rod and Emmert wanted to do that, I’d charge him for the story. 😉

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      • CB

        You realize that a lot of good kickers at major programs start off as walkons right? I’d be willing to bet that more than a few of them are nerdy. It’s a story you could write most seasons.

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        • Yes, I do realize many of them start as walk-ons. Most of them are likely star soccer players who have the vision problems that Rod seems to have (I have no idea if Rod was a big-time high school soccer player). I bet many of them also aren’t graduating with honors and working on a graduate degree while they are playing.

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          • CB

            Uh it’s probably pretty common for kickers at other schools to graduate with honors and earn masters degrees. Probably could do so without missing big time kicks to lose games, but if we’re cherry picking storylines I bet most of them don’t have dark hair and the initials RB. That’s about all I can give you.

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            • He missed one kick that directly lost a game in 4 years … South Carolina. While I’m sure he wasn’t happy to miss the kick in the Bama game last year, there was plenty of time and opportunity for the offense and defense to win that game.

              We don’t win in South Bend without him. We certainly don’t win the Rose Bowl or have a chance to win the CFP championship game without him. We don’t beat Texas A&M, Notre Dame or possibly Florida this year without him. Throw in the touchback percentage, and the guy deserves the honors he’s getting.

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              • CB

                He deserves a career honor, and I can only speculate that’s what this boiled down to. But, the Groza is supposed to be based on the totality of a season, and this season Rod wasn’t it. Nothing from previous seasons positive or negative hold any weight in this discussion. Missed kicks against Auburn and Bama last season don’t matter, and made kicks in the 2017 playoff don’t matter. You can’t miss two kicks including the game loser in a home loss to an unranked team, it’s inexcusable for the alleged best in the country. Missed two against LSU, and had misses against Mizzou and Tech. Yeah he carried us in some games as well, I don’t deny that. Hell, maybe the competition was really down this year. Maybe the kickers from Iowa and Wazzou missed easy kicks to lose games this season too. Outside of that it really doesn’t make any sense.

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            • The Dawg abides

              Damn, dude. Hot Rod bang your girl or something?

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              • CB

                Well, he f*cked all of Bulldog Nation during the USCe game this season, and my girl is a part of Bulldog Nation. So yeah. I guess you could say he did.

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                • 123fakest

                  He lost us the USCe game? Not sure which game you watched, but the one I saw had hot garbage dumpster fire offense lose the game. I guess you forgot that pick six too?

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                • CB

                  I remember, and based on this comment thread I can only conclude that many of you believe our offense deserves to receive some kind of national award for consistently failing.

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  5. MDDawg

    Eff yeah! So happy about this. ‘Bout damn time.

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  6. DawgPhan

    Just glad that Kirby was able to extort his family so that we could win this award. What a proud day.

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  7. WNCDawg

    Ever think that Hot Rod’s dropped percentages of late falls on the failing offensive woes which meant he knew he was gonna be called on more cause basically the Dawgs didn’t score many 7 pointers. Love me some Hot Rod. The offensive scheme not so much.

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  8. Macallanlover

    Has been a great story, well deserved. Hot Rod was very consistent and delivered big kicks for UGA, especially over the past 3 years. I don’t know what happened between Year 1 and Year 2, but he had a lot more “pop” in his leg on kickoffs and long FGs after his RS FR season. Folks can whine over a couple of misses but 100% accuracy on PATs and very high percentage of long kicks always gave me the feeling of “money” when he came on. Congrats to him and I hope he has a long, successful career going forward.

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  9. Opelikadawg

    How in the world did Kevin Butler not win this award?

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  10. Uglydawg

    Congratulations to all of these award winning Dawgs!

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  11. Texas Dawg

    I hear people wondering how we are going to replace (fill in the blank) but few have mentioned Hot Rod. He may turn out to be the most difficult player to replace that we have. Once we get to the 40 we are in potential FG range. Not many teams had the luxury. About the misses? As great as Kevin Butler was, he also was not 100% accurate (no a single kicker is) either.

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  12. Dawglicious

    I wish he could’ve gotten the chance to kick that 60-yarder against USCe. Denied Scott Howard a shot at a legendary call, too.

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  13. Rebar

    Congratulations Specs and good luck in the future!

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  14. Russ

    Well done, Hot Rod! Here’s to a long and successful NFL career.

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  15. 123fakest

    Anyone notice the hug his girl gave him after he won……? Rod definitely split the uprights last night.

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