The Vanderbilt game was one of the low points for Georgia‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve heard about it,‚Äù Bulldogs freshman punter Collin Barber said with a laugh. ‚ÄúThe blocked punt just really relies on the coverage, what they do, and me and my long snapper‚Äôs get-off time. I plan on it being just as good as usual and get it up out of there.‚Äù
Georgia coach Mark Richt is encouraged by what he‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre blocking well,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúTeams are even starting to pooch kick for it because they‚Äôre a little concerned about our return men and what we‚Äôve been doing there. We‚Äôve blocked an extra point, which is a big emphasis. We‚Äôve had to blast through to block extra point and field goals.‚Äù
The coverage teams have done a good job, Richt said, and Marshall Morgan is 3 of 4 on field goals.
‚ÄúI think we‚Äôve been solid,‚Äù Richt said.
Now about those cleats Barber wears.
A caller to Richt‚Äôs radio show on Monday night wanted Barber to wear something other than orange shoes.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre not orange,‚Äù Barber said of the Nike Vapor shoes. ‚ÄúOn 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.‚Äù
Barber said his teammates haven‚Äôt said a word about them.
Richt called the color ‚ÄúGeorgia peach.‚Äù
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