Mark Richt signaled today that there could be a change in store on Georgia’s special teams after this season.
Richt, in the middle of his 12th season as Bulldogs coach, said he may directly coach the kicker and punters next year.
“One thing I can do as head coach, I think I can at least spend time learning the kicking and punting fundamentals well enough to be their coach,” Richt said. “Right this minute I wouldn’t say I have enough expertise to do that but I think this offseason it would be wise for me to do something like that. I am freed up enough to do that. If that’s my contribution to special teams in the future, I think that would be valuable.”
Florida’s special teams has been a big reason why the Gators are unbeaten and No. 3 ranked in the nation.
Georgia again has had its issues–in the punt return game, on extra points and in net punting where it ranks last in the SEC.
Richt didn’t sound like he would make a coaching change to bring on a special teams coordinator.
“First of all, you can assign someone within your staff to do it or if you don’t then that means if there’s no attrition, you’re going to fire somebody to hire a special teams coordinator,” he said. “I don’t know if I’m interested in doing that.”
Richt doesn’t’ designate one assistant to oversee all the special teams. Instead the duties are split up among several coaches.
“We have coach (John) Lilly who does Pride, the punt team, but it would be nice to have special teams, a guy that knows about punting and kicking and not just coverage in what we’re doing,” said freshman punter Collin Barber, who still turns to his personal kicking coach Marc Nolan in Roswell at times. “We had our coach to teach us how to drop the ball, how to follow through. It would be great to have a specific coach to do the basic drills of kicking and punting.”
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