Georgia kicker Blair Walsh‚Äôs pre-kick ritual never changed Saturday night in the 33-28 win over Vanderbilt.
He‚Äôd line up the kick with his right arm, take three steps back and a couple to the left.
His reaction after a career-high six field-goal attempts was never different either.
But the results were mixed. Walsh missed kicks of 50 and 42 yards in the first half, but drilled a 53-yarder.
‚ÄúStarting off with a 53-yarder is always tough,‚Äù he said.
He followed up the early misses by hitting three straight, with kicks of 28, 36 and 44 yards.
The six attempts marked a career high for Walsh and tied a school record. Walsh was busy, also kicking three extra points and eight kickoffs.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm definitely tired and in need of some rest,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúI welcome the opportunity to kick for my team.‚Äù
Inconsistency has become the norm for Walsh. He‚Äôs 11-for-20 on the year and is 3 of 9 on kicks of 40 yards or more. The Boca Raton, Fla., native entered this season with only five misses the previous two seasons combined.
Through it all, Walsh‚Äôs emotions and behavior haven‚Äôt changed. But he says the results must improve.
‚ÄúHey, a conference win is a conference win,‚Äù he said.
IT‚ÄôS PERSONAL: Each time something was happening when Georgia‚Äôs defense was on the field, chances were good that safety Shawn Williams was in the middle of the action.
The junior had six tackles and an interception, often displaying an intense pursuit of the ball carrier and letting his emotions known after making the stop.
‚ÄúShawn is just a passionate player,‚Äù said redshirt sophomore Jarvis Jones. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs emotional about what he does, and he loves the game of football.‚Äù
That attitude is part of what makes Williams a productive defender. But there were some effects.
He was hit with two personal fouls ‚Äî one for a late hit on an incomplete pass and another for a scrape following a kickoff.
BOYKIN ADDS ANOTHER DIMENSION: Senior Brandon Boykin took part in most of his familiar activities and also added a new position to his growing list of abilities.
He had five tackles and an interception at cornerback and acted as the return man on punts and kicks.
He also logged time at quarterback for the first time in his career.
Boykin took direct snaps from center on the team‚Äôs second drive of the game in the first quarter. On his first play as signal caller, Boykin rushed for no gain. On the second, he handed to running back Richard Samuel for a gain of 10 yards.
‚ÄúHe and athletic guy, and we‚Äôve been working on getting him in there like that for some time,‚Äù offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said.
Both plays were run out of the shotgun formation. Boykin was seen running formations at the position earlier in the week at practice.
He‚Äôs now seen time at cornerback, wide receiver, tailback, quarterback and kick and punt returner this season.
Boykin has been included on the Paul Hornung Award weekly honor roll four times this season. The award is given annually to the nation‚Äôs most versatile player.
SAMUEL STEPPING UP: With fellow running back Isaiah Crowell held out for unspecified reasons in the first quarter, Samuel started his first game since the season opener.
He finished as the team‚Äôs leading rusher, carrying 12 times for 53 yards.
‚ÄúRichard did a nice job sucking it up and running the ball for us,‚Äù Bobo said. ‚ÄúI thought he ran hard every time he got the ball.‚Äù
Samuel added an 18-yard run in the second quarter. The carry marked his longest run since 2009 against Florida.
THIS AND THAT: Many Georgia players wore pink-colored armbands in the game to honor breast cancer awareness month. ‚Ä¶ Junior linebacker Christian Robinson returned to the starting lineup for the first time since injuring his foot against South Carolina. ‚Ä¶ Attendance for the contest was 36,640.