Red and black, Aussie style

G’day, mate.

Bound to happen sooner or later.  Deets, if you’re interested:

Brett Thorson, a 2022 punter from Australia, has been a big target since the staff was alerted on him a few weeks back and it paid off on Wednesday when he verbally committed to Georgia.

Thorson, the 12th commitment for Georgia this cycle, says it was the Dawgs’ staff and his lead recruiter Todd Hartley that made this decision easier for him.

‘Right from the start coach (Todd) Hartley made me feel like a part of the family and that trend followed when talking to coach (Scott) Cochran and coach (Kirby) Smart as well,” Thorson said. “They made a big effort in their personal time due to the time difference between Australia and the United States and I really appreciated that. That along with the history of the program, the chance to compete for a national championship, further my education, and playing at the University of Georgia made it an easy decision for me.”

He will be a part of the 2022 class and will be a mid-year enrollee he says.


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40 responses to “Red and black, Aussie style

  1. damn Kirby. Y’all see what we have pulled in this week?

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  2. Perfect time for it with Camarda entering his senior year! Kirby isn’t leaving a stone unturned or a roster spot open.

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  3. aim260

    I’d say the coeds at UGA helped make his decision an easier one, but damn, those Aussie girls…

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  4. hialtdawg

    The fact we got a dude named Thorson on the roster at any position can’t be bad

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  5. Russ

    About time. I’ve been wanting one of these Aussie kickers for a while. Hopefully he’s a full grown Australian Rules Football player, meaning he’s about 6’5″ and 245lbs (or 17.5 stones).

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  6. 69Dawg

    If he is an Aussie Rules Footballer he can punt it to a player running down field were the guy can catch it in the air. I watched the Fox or NBCSN coverage on my DVR. Wild as heck. He can tackle too, as they actually have to tackle the man with the ball. Also they can drop kick but American footballs are too pointed to dropkick on the run.
    Seem we would go after some of their rugby guys, the Aussies play a fast version of rugby that cuts out the slow BS and gives the teams only have 4 tackles (downs) on the 5th play they must kick, score or the ball is turned over to the opponent. They hit like American football but with no pads. Head injuries happen but it doesn’t seem to slow them down unless the trainers spot the guy. This can be recorded on Fox Sport and is in process now. Watching this fast paced game has made watching the “hurry-up in college” seem slow. No huddles just “snap?” the ball and go. Most times there are multiple laterals on each play. Too make it fair the defense must line up 10 meters off the ball except for two players that keep the “QB” “dummy half” from just taking the ball and running straight ahead. It ruined regular Rugby for me.

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  7. ugafidelis

    If the Redcoat Band doesn’t start playing Waltzing Matilda it will be criminal.

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    • Illini84

      Or this

      Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda, who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?
      And their ghosts may be heard as they march by that billabong
      Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?

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  8. KornDawg

    Thorson, Australian for “punter.”
    *Said with a Crocodile Dundee accent

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  9. Wanted one for a while. Hell yeah.

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  10. siskey

    We played Aussie Rules football with some Australians when I was there in 2003 and they all hit like the Lagrange Grangers did back in the day. It is a very tough sport.

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  11. Illini84

    I did R&R in Sydney during the moon landing! Great people.

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  12. ASEF

    Thorson made a horrible decision.

    Once Monken has this thing fully revved, Georgia will never need to punt again.

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    • Down Island Way

      Throw another shrimp on the barbie…..


      • gotthepicture

        One of the incorrect things attributed to Aussies… they actually say “prawns”, not shrimp.
        Also, they mostly don’t drink Fosters. If you are looking for some decent Aussie craft beers, you could try some from these breweries: Pirate Life, Deeds, Stone & Wood, Hop Nation or Moon Dog.


    • I mean, thats the best scholarship job you can get, right?


  13. Spell Dawg

    24/7 recruit ranking is sleeping on Australian players, dude is “N/A” across the board. All we needed was 5 points to overtake the useless nuts, but he’s worth zero ATM. Who cares, I know, but it’s still a feel-good to see us #1 in the Nation on their board.

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  14. spur21

    From what I’ve seen we need to grab some of those guys and split them out wide. Dudes high point the ball and can take a lick.

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  15. practicaldawg

    Put him in bubble wrap and send him on over


  16. W Cobb Dawg

    We landed Thunder Foot Thorson?! Crikey!

    Liked by 6 people

  17. Do we have to relocate his parents and get them jobs?


  18. artistformerlyknownasbman

    From out of the bush to between the hedges.

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  19. Hunkering Hank

    April Fools?


  20. 81Dog

    Dan Magill was pulling tennis players out of Australia in the late 70s.Heard one of them call an opponent a “bloody sheep dipper” once. Apparently not a compliment. The Ausdie dudes were fun at parties!

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    • Russ

      Peter Lloyd. Loved watching Magill’s Dawgs. Still pisses me off that McGoofity, a tennis letterman, screwed up Dan’s NCAA set up.

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      • 81Dog

        PEEEEEtah! Him and Stephen Maloney were the 1st two Aussies. Dimly recall UGA having an alum who was a big shot at the consulate in Sydney or something. Coach Magill had a few international players (Pernfors!) as he built UGA tennis into a powerhouse.


  21. Hobnail_Boot

    Looks like G’Day is happening 18 days early!

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  22. spur21

    We had an Aussie unit assigned to us in V.N. – to learn air cav tactics – crazy party animals. The stories i could share 🙂

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  23. armydawg

    This one surprises me. Aussie punters kick it low and long, but a major part to the art of punting is hitting it high & long with serious hang time. Not an Aussie strong point. I’d like to hear some thoughts on this.


    • Pro Kick Australia, a group that sends several players a year to the United States as kickers on the collegiate level. Founded in 2007, the program has produced six Ray Guy award winners (presented annually to college football’s most outstanding punter) and 18 All-American honors to date. Last season, five punters from Pro Kick Australia were five Ray Guy Award semifinalists, including one finalist and second-team All-American in Miami’s Lou Hedley.

      They must be doing something right. 😉