Blair Walsh’s struggles continued in Saturday’s 24-20 Georgia win over Florida when the senior missed two of three field goal tries.
Walsh is now 13 of 23 on the season after making 20 of 23 last season and 20 of 22 in 2009.
“What do I do? I encourage him and keep loving him,” coach Mark Richt said. “As far as trying to make some move or change or all that kind of stuff, it hasn’t even crossed my mind.”
Walsh was good from 32, but then was wide right from 33 and 37 against the Gators.
Richt twice went for it on fourth downs after Walsh’s first miss, getting touchdown passes.
“After we missed one or two, it wasn’t so much that hey, he may miss again, it was like we’ve got to make up some point differential here,” Richt said. “We needed to score touchdowns.”
Georgia has another scholarship kicker, senior Brandon Bogotay.
Asked if he can push Walsh based on practice showing, Richt said: “I think he’s an outstanding kicker. I really do. He’s got a lot of ability.”
Some other tidbits:
–Starting offensive guard Dallas Lee’s broken right leg might not knock him out for the rest of the 2011 season.
“I don’t know if it’s season-ending,” Richt said. “It’s regular-season ending. I would think he’d have a very good opportunity to play in the bowl would be my guess.”
Kenarious Gates will replace Lee in the starting lineup. Freshman David Andrews is now the sixth man on the offensive line.
–Richt said he is unsure if receiver Malcolm Mitchell will return from his hamstring injury Saturday against New MexicoState. With Auburn the following week, it would make sense for him not to rush coming back. Richt expects Israel Troupe (undisclosed injury) would be healthy to play Saturday.
–No word on whether Richard Samuel will be able to play Saturday. He suffered a sprained ankle againstFlorida. X-rays were negative. Samuel rushed for 58 yards on 17 carries and scored on a four-yard fourth quarter touchdown.
–On the kickoff coverage woes, Richt said: “Well, we’ve got to figure something out, don’t we? Not quite sure what the answer is yet, but we’ll be putting our heads together tonight here. …They’ll be some good discussions tonight. I don’t know if we’ll have any final answers, but we’ll knock it around pretty good.”
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