UGA’s punt-snapping duties up for grabs again this week

Georgia already switched up its punt-snapping duties early in the season.

It may do so again for Saturday’s game against Florida.

Trent Frix and Nathan Theus are competing this week for the gig after punter Collin Barber couldn’t handle a high snap from Frix in the loss at Vanderbilt on a costly special teams blunder.

“We’ve kind of opened the competition back up and really analyzed what both those guys are doing,” said assistant coach John Lilly, who oversees the unit and makes the decision. “That’s the great thing about an open week. It gives you a little bit more time to work on some of those things. I think we’ve cleaned up maybe some of the techniques things that maybe could cause something to go awry. We’ll find out as we play the rest of the season.”

Theus handles the snapping on field goals and extra points and was the punt snapper earlier this season but had his own issues with high snaps, prompting a change.

Lilly said he expected to “lock in” on the punt snapper on Thursday.

Barber practices fielding snaps that are high, low, right and left with a machine in practice, Lilly said.

“I’m showing my age a little bit here, but I remember in Super Bowl XVIII, the Redskins got a punt block early in the Super Bowl that went for a touchdown and later in the same half the Raiders snapped one that should go over Ray Guy’s head and he goes up and catches it with one hand,” Lilly said. “Everybody takes responsibility for it. I do as a coach. The snappers do as a guy that puts it a little bit high and the punters do as the guy who didn’t come down with it.”

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