The Roll ‘Bama Roll assessment in the previous post neglected to mention one area. It’s an area coached by Scott Cochran, so maybe they simply haven’t figured out a snark-free way to approach the subject. It’s hard to be sarcastic about the job Cochran’s done so far.
Well, Georgia is ranked No. 3 nationally in special teams efficiency by the ESPN Power Index.
The Bulldogs lead the nation in net punting (47.7), are first in the SEC in kickoff returns (42.8) They are one of just two SEC teams to have blocked a punt and haven’t allowed a single punt to be returned.
Jake Camarda leads the nation in punting average at 51.0 yards. Walk-on kicker Jack Podlesny is second in the SEC in field goal percentage after converting on 7 of 8 attempts.
Kenny McIntosh is third in the nation in kickoff returns, and Kearis Jackson is second in the SEC in punt returns.
Alabama is 24th in special teams efficiency, so it’s no slouch, either. But it’s not as good as Georgia.