NFL COMBINE: Q&A with UGA’s Blair Walsh

Former UGA kicker Blair Walsh (D.Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Former UGA kicker Blair Walsh (D.Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

INDIANAPOLIS  – Here’s a Q&A with former Georgia kicker Blair Walsh.

Q: How do you handle pressure kicks?

A: I don’t think you can have that pressure when you kick field goals. I think you have to go out there and have fun and enjoy what you do. You have to be confident in your abilities, because your ability is what has gotten you here and that’s what is going to get you through it.

Q: What’s your approach to the combine?

A: It’s more about proving to them that I can be consistent and that I can do the same thing over and over again.

Q: How cool is it to have a college teammate here with you?

A: It’s awesome that I get to share this experience with one of my teammates. Drew [Butler] is a great guy and a great punter. I think he’ll succeed at the next level. I’m glad that we are going through this together.

Q: Do you all have some special focus that makes you all so good together?

A: I think our program values the kickers and punters a lot. They really know how to take care of us and get us the best help that we need, with equipment and all of that good stuff. It just [transfers] into out play.

Q: Are there any guys in the NFL who you model your game after?

A: Probably Robbie Gould. I admire everything about his style and his approach to the game. I would love to have a career similar to his.

Q: Do you watch tape of any of the guys in the NFL?

A: Absolutely, I watch tape on most of the guys. I try to pick up the little things that they do and try to incorporate them into my game. I definitely enjoy watching them.

Q: What can a kicker show here at the combine?

A: I think you can show your combination of accuracy and distance. I think that’s important here. They want to see you be consistent. They want to see you do the same thing over and over again. Because when it comes down to it, there are always going to be guys who can kick 60-yard field goals, but not many guys can do it consistently. You have to be consistent in what you do and be methodical.

Q: How are you approaching your four days here?

A: I’ve got to go out here and prove my worth and show them what I’m all about.

Q: Where did you train to prepare for the combine?

A: I’ve been training in Boca Raton, Fla. with my kicking coach. We’ve been doing intense training to make sure that I’m in the best shape of my life and making sure that my technique is fundamentally correct. I have to maintain my power and speed and all of that.

Q: Did you have to make sure that you didn’t over-kick?

A: Absolutely, you didn’t want to peak too early and come in here tired or exhausted or not ready to go. You want to make sure that you are hitting your peak when you are in front of these coaches.

Q: Are you prepared for the interview process?

A: We went through a bunch of interviews last night. I did a bunch at the East-West (all-star) game. So that was good preparation. I’m confident in my speaking ability and I’m willing to answer any questions they might want to ask, no matter how tough the questions are. I think as long as I be myself and show them who I truly am, my passion for the game and my will to succeed, that I’ll be fine.

Q: What is your five-star skill that is going to get you drafted?

A: I think the one thing that could possibly win somebody over is just my pure, absolute leg-strength and my ability to boom the ball long on kickoffs and field goals. I think people need to see that this Friday and I’ll prove it.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Buckeye

February 23rd, 2012
1:51 pm

Two words:

Head

Case

We won’t last a season. As we know from Coach Glanville, NFL stands for not for long.
If he were not a senior last year ( And Richt a loyal guy) and he had the season he had, he wouldn’t have seen the outside of the hedges again.

Best of luck Blair! Go Dawgs!

February 23rd, 2012
2:13 pm

Good luck Blair….last season was not the norm for you…you’ve proven your worth and consistency over and over in the past. Just get that back and screw the naysayers.
Pretty much every kicker has gone through what you did last year. And many bounce back, just like we all know you can.
It wasn’t a good year for many college or pro kickers last year. $#it happens.
One question though, where were all the kicks out of the end zone on kickoffs while at UGA? Didn’t they have to push you by getting Bogatay for that.
I only ask because you mention you can boom the ball long on kickoffs.

Quarterback

February 23rd, 2012
2:19 pm

A sad ending…

Athenzdawg

February 23rd, 2012
2:51 pm

you should have asked him why he’s the biggest choke artist for a kicker in the history of our program. Couldnt wait for this guy to get the heck out of school@@!!!!

Good luck Blair

February 23rd, 2012
4:46 pm

Athenzdawg, last year was the exception and not the rule for young Mr. Walsh….let it go

1eyedJack

February 23rd, 2012
4:57 pm

He does hold the record for points scored at UGA. So there’s that.

william cranman

February 23rd, 2012
7:42 pm

He was a good kicker for us and I wish him nothing but the best but man I just wish he’d made his last attempt. Oh well.

Goldenrod

February 23rd, 2012
9:33 pm

Seems like UGag always has lousy kickers. Scott Sisson was MUCH better than Walsh.

Dawg Fud

February 24th, 2012
9:37 am

1eyedJack,

Can you verify that? I thought he was shy 2 points from tying, 3 from breaking the record.

Dan Holland

February 24th, 2012
10:59 am

@Athenzdawg

Why the hell would you say that? You are an awful person. The KID went through mechanical problems and missed a bunch of kicks. I am sure he felt terrible about it.

Maybe get a hobby instead of basing your happiness on how 18-22 year old kids PLAY a GAME.

Jesus

Tallcarl

February 24th, 2012
11:06 am

Goldenrod: quit smoking the flower petals. Georgia has a few kickers in the NFL with years experance and has always had very good ones. You are a pitiful negative person that hates for other people to be sucessful.

WS

February 24th, 2012
3:45 pm

I think after last year kicking for Dogs, he killed any chance of getting drafted. e will be lucky to get signed as a FA .