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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Georgia Bulldogs 2013 Specialists


Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Georgia Bulldogs.

9/2/13 kicking update: 
"Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced on his radio show Monday that Morgan, the team’s sophomore place-kicker, would be suspended for the second straight game. A caller on his radio show asked if they’d be seeing more of Patrick Beless, who handled the kicking duties on Saturday, and that’s when Richt broke the news.... Morgan was arrested for boating under the influence this summer, which is not addressed in the Georgia's student-athlete discipline policy. The policy calls for a two-game suspension for anybody with a DUI, but apparently Richt didn’t see much discrepancy between the two offenses. Beless is expected to continue the kicking duties in week two after going five-for-five on extra points. Beless’ only chance at a field goal attempt never came to fruition due to a botched snap."
Kicker: Marshall Morgan, sophomore (Ft. Lauderdale, FL / American Heritage HS)
2012: Appeared in 14 games, and went 8-for-14 on field goal attempts, and 63-for-67 on PATs.
G-Day Game: kicked a 32 yard field goal.
2013: As of July 18th , no decision had been  made whether he would miss a game(s) due to BUI incident at the end of June.
Kicker: Patrick Beless, sophomore (Atlanta, GA / Marist)
G-Day Game: kicked a 24 yard field goal.
"During the offseason, our focus has been on increasing flexibility, as well as explosiveness. In addition to our regular team workouts and kicking sessions, we have worked on plyometrics and many different agility exercises. We have also used resistance bands. These exercises will hopefully increase flexibility, explosiveness, and leg speed."
Kicker: Thomas Pritchard, freshman (Louisville, GA / Jefferson County HS)
2012: Member of the scout team.
G-Day Game: kicked a 35 yard field goal.
Punter: Collin Barber, sophomore (Cartersville, GA / Cartersville HS)
G-Day Game: Punted nine times for 386 yards in the G-Day Game.

2012: Appeared in 14 games, and punted 60 times for an average of 41.5 yards per punt ... Recipient of team's Newcomer of the Year Award
November 2012: "Earlier in the year, I was adjusting from kicking in high school to kicking before more than 90,000 people. I was just wanting to get the ball off. I'm more comfortable now, and I'm not nearly as nervous as I was."
Punter: Ethan Jackson, senior (Sandersville, GA / Washington County HS)
High School: GHSA AAA All-State selection...Special Teams Player of the Week on multiple occasions...Also competed on soccer team
Punter/kicker: Adam Erickson, junior (Athens, GA / Clarke Central HS)
G-Day Game: kicked a 19 yard field goal.
2012: averaged 37.0 yards on 8 punts, placing 5 inside the 20 yard line.
Long snapper: Nathan Theus, sophomore (Jacksonville, FL / Bolles HS)
2012: Appeared in 12 games and recorded one tackle.

"This off season has been very important for our Specialists. We have been getting together as much as possible trying to get our "snap to kick" times down to perfection. For me personally, I have lost about 18 lbs and have been working on my agility for punt coverage. Also I am trying to earn a starting position and keep it. We all know that it is an open competition and that the best athlete will play. We are all very excited for this upcoming season and we will do whatever it takes to be the best in the country as a specialist unit."
Long snapper: Wright Gazaway, junior (Buford, GA / Buford HS)
2012: Member of the scout team.

"I've just been lifting, and running a lot. I've been working on core to improve snap times and be more consistent. Just trying to get in shape and help contribute to chance at a SEC and National Championship."

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