It’s been a busy first half of the season for Georgia’s Adam Erickson.
The junior out of Clarke Central in Athens competed for the kicker’s job in the preseason, was forced to jump on the ball after a high snap on an important field goal try at Clemson and took over for Collin Barber as punter last Saturday against Missouri.
That move came a week after Barber sustained a concussion against Tennessee after a blocked punt.
“I knew Collin was having trouble with his head,” Erickson said. “He didn’t practice much last week. Coach (Mark) Richt said I had to be ready so I wasn’t too surprised. I knew Collin may not be feeling well. I don’t know if that’s the case now. I really approach any game like that because it can happen in one play, him getting hurt, like at Tennessee.”
Barber averaged 32.0 yards on two punts. Erickson went for 40.5 on his two punts.
So who will get the call on Saturday?
“I’m not sure,” Erickson said after practice Wednesday. “If my number’s called then I’ll have to go. That’s kind of how it is.”
Besides serving as the holder, Erickson already has a role as Georgia’s pooch punter or as he calls it “sky punts.”
Five of his eight punts last year were inside the 20 and he’s had one this year inside the 20 and another that went for a touchback.
He battled Patrick Beless for the kicking job in the preseason while Marshall Morgan was set to serve a two-game suspension.
“It could have been either one of us,” Erickson said. “I think we were both capable, but they ended up deciding to go with him.”
With travel roster restrictions, Erickson is likely to serve as Morgan’s backup at Vanderbilt.
Richt has said the punting job this week between Barber and Erickson could come down to pregame warmups.
“We’re not exactly sure who will punt,” he said earlier in the week. “We might even interchange it a little bit.”
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