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Blog: Special teams on more `solid’ footing

The Vanderbilt game was one of the low points for Georgia’s special teams last year.

The Commodores lost 33-28, but got a touchdown after extending a drive with a fake punt. They had a 96-yard kickoff return for touchdown. They blocked a punt late in the game to get two shots at the end zone to try win with seven seconds to play.

“I’ve heard about it,” Bulldogs freshman punter Collin Barber said with a laugh. “The blocked punt just really relies on the coverage, what they do, and me and my long snapper’s get-off time. I plan on it being just as good as usual and get it up out of there.”

Georgia coach Mark Richt is encouraged by what he’s seen so far this year with a blocked punt by Chris Conley, a Todd Gurley 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown and some others he felt were close to also going for big returns.

“We’re blocking well,” Richt said. “Teams are even starting to pooch kick for it because they’re a little concerned about our return men and what we’ve been doing there. We’ve blocked an extra point, which is a big emphasis. We’ve had to blast through to block extra point and field goals.”

The coverage teams have done a good job, Richt said, and Marshall Morgan is 3 of 4 on field goals.

“I think we’ve been solid,” Richt said.

Now about those cleats Barber wears.

A caller to Richt’s radio show on Monday night wanted Barber to wear something other than orange shoes.

“They’re not orange,” Barber said of the Nike Vapor shoes. “On the Internet, they were like solar red. They do look more pink than anything, but I love the cleat. It fits great and is really lightweight.”

Barber said his teammates haven’t said a word about them.

Richt called the color “Georgia peach.”

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