ORLANDO, Fla.—Georgia snapper Try Frix has talked to former Bulldogs kicker Blair Walsh just about every week throughout his rookie season for the Minnesota Vikings.
He spoke to him again on Wednesday when Walsh was named to the Pro Bowl.
“I think it’s well-deserved,” said Frix, who snapped for Walsh the previous three seasons. “I don’t think anyone deserves that honor more than Blair Walsh. He’s worked his whole life. …Blair has really shown his true colors this year.”
Walsh’s turnaround from a year ago may be the most unlikely of any player that is heading to Hawaii.
Walsh’s Georgia career ended in the Outback Bowl when he missed a pair of field goals after regulation in a 33-30 triple-overtime loss to Michigan State. Walsh missed from 42 yards in the first overtime and a 47-yard try was blocked in the third overtime. He went two for four in the bowl and 21 of 35 on the season.
“He had the one bad year with us or off year or whatever you want to call it,” coach Mark Richt said before Georgia’s Capital One Bowl practice this morning. “He had set the bar so high his sophomore and junior season. You just figured the guy couldn’t miss. Then he had the year that he had with us. The NFL, I think they saw his overall body of work. To see him start out as a rookie and play the way he did, we’re thrilled.”
The sixth round pick is the SEC’s career scoring leader with 412 points. He made 76 of 103 field goals in his career.
He’s the first Vikings rookie kicker ever selected to the Pro Bowl after making 32 of 35 field goals. He’s made nine field goals from 50 yards or more, an NFL single-season record.
Quarterback Aaron Murray said Walsh’s senior season at Georgia “might be have been a little bit of a fluke because he’s an unbelievable kicker and he’s showing it right now.”
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