Ex-Bulldog kicker Walsh perfect as a pro

Former University of Georgia kicker Blair Walsh, now with the Vikings, has made all six of his field goal attempts in his first two NFL games, including a 51-yarder to open the scoring Sunday against the Colts.

Walsh struggled as a senior at UGA, missing 14 of his 35 field goal attempts.

But last week Walsh became the only player in NFL history to win his debut by sending the game into overtime at the end of regulation and kicking a field goal in overtime.

Blair Walsh

Blair Walsh

Other highlights from Sunday’s NFL games:
Danny Amendola of the Rams caught 16 passes for 160 yards. The receiver tied an NFL record with 12 first-half receptions.
– The Cardinals (2-0), coached by former Georgia Tech and Falcons player Ken Whisenhunt, have won nine of their last 11 games.
– Former Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill, who had five catches in his NFL debut last week, had no catches Sunday against the Steelers.
Cam Newton of the Panthers threw for 253 yards and ran for a career-high 71 yards.
– Carolina tied a club-record low last week with 10 yards rushing in a loss to Tampa Bay. But the Panthers rolled up 219 yards on the ground against New Orleans Sunday.
– The NFC South champion Saints are 0-2 for the first time since 2007. New Orleans has allowed 922 yards and 75 points in two games.
Tim Tebow appeared on just one drive early in the second half for the Jets, running for 22 yards on his first carry. Mark Sanchez completed just 10 of 27 passes and was 6 of 17 in the second half.
– The Eagles are 2-0 for the first time since Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens led them to the Super Bowl in 2004.
A.J. Green of the Bengals, the former UGA standout, had seven catches for 58 yards, a TD catch, and recovered an on-side kick.
Eli Manning of the Giants completed 31 of 51 passes for 510 yards. He had 295 yards passing in the second half, tying for the eighth most in NFL history.
– The Giants-Bucs game ended with some squabbling between New York coach Tom Coughlin and Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano. Coughlin screamed at the former Rutgers coach after Manning was knocked down on the final play, a kneel-down. “It was a little bit of a cheap shot,” Manning said. “We’re taking a knee in a friendly way and they’re firing off. It’s a good way to get someone hurt.”
Reggie Bush ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns for the Dolphins.
– The Jags’ Blaine Gabbert finished 7 of 19 for 53 yards -and ended the day standing on the sideline with a hamstring injury that may prevent him from playing next week at Indianapolis.
– Heisman winner Robert Griffin III of the Redskins was 20 for 29 for 206 yards with a TD and an interception. He ran 11 times for 82 yards.
– Tennessee’s Chris Johnson had only 17 yards on eight carries Sunday. He was coming off a career-low 4 yards on 11 carries a week earlier.

38 comments Add your comment

Dawg4Life

September 16th, 2012
9:10 pm

It appears the Vikings coach knew what he was talking about when he said Blair was *Rushing his approach”. Dawgs special teams coaches need some refresher training.

MuttMan

September 16th, 2012
9:12 pm

Proof that UGA needs a full time special teams coach for kickers and punters. Blair would have had a great senior year with someone to straighten out his approach….
Best UGA kicker since Kevin Butler

Russ

September 16th, 2012
9:32 pm

I’m just a dog, but I hear Coach Hartman really was good. And why was that Adams guy trying to choke me last night? Next time he comes near me I’ll piss on him!

itpdude

September 16th, 2012
9:47 pm

This makes Coach Richt look like a hack. . . . but then again, the buffoon doesn’t have a kickers and punters coach.

Vampire Bill

September 16th, 2012
10:02 pm

Glad for BW. DGD

beanster

September 16th, 2012
10:05 pm

Amazing what happens when you lay off the sauce the night before you have to perform.

beanster

September 16th, 2012
10:07 pm

That was a cheap shot. My apologies, Blair.

Kyle

September 16th, 2012
10:39 pm

“This makes Coach Richt look like a hack. . . . but then again, the buffoon doesn’t have a kickers and punters coach”

Yeah, you idiots have all the answers…I’m sure Coach Richt could benefit from your positive insight if he had the opportunity to sit down and speak with you….give me a break!

Geez

September 16th, 2012
11:12 pm

You do know that no college special teams coach actually coaches the kickers on their technique or specific kicking method. special teams coached handle scheme for protections, coverage and returns, personnel, etc. All kickers have their own personal coaches they go to that aren’t associated with their program – just like college golfers have their own golf instructor. you really think a college special teams coach with no experience as a kicker teaches a kicker how to place kick or punt? Really? How many ex-kickers are special teams coaches? none.

jonk

September 16th, 2012
11:13 pm

Enter your comments here

Vince Doodley

September 16th, 2012
11:41 pm

Good for all the SEC kids who do well in the NFL. enjoy it while you can. Pretty soon you will be out earning an honest wage like the rest of us great unwashed!!

GFY

September 16th, 2012
11:41 pm

Good thing the Titans acquiesced to the contract demands of Chris Johnson…..what a bum he has been since signing that contract. LMAO

Dawgbls00

September 17th, 2012
12:33 am

Im glad he can make somebody happy after blowing the Micigan St. Game and UGA’s sterling record against the little 10

Ole Miss boy

September 17th, 2012
12:38 am

Dawgbls: Why consumed w/ the past? Enjoy the fact hes doin well.

Quicherbichin

September 17th, 2012
12:46 am

Who dat dey say gonna beat dem Saints? Dem Redskin and dem Panthers.. dat’s who!

mike

September 17th, 2012
3:30 am

It seems BW doing just fine in the NFL. Stop the hate. If you know so much why aren’t you morons in the NFL or even coaching at the college level.

Destin Dawg

September 17th, 2012
6:11 am

good for Blair… kicking F.G.’s is like putting in golf.. miss one and it gets in your head… keep your head down and follow through !!

Gg

September 17th, 2012
6:59 am

Any update on uga stud Caleb King/Eddie Murphy?

nodrog

September 17th, 2012
7:21 am

Now if only we could get rid of BUBU…oh sorry BOBO…

Andy

September 17th, 2012
8:02 am

Special Teams are overrated when you play a cupcake schedule. If and when UGA makes it back to the Dome to play a real national caliber team, the game will be so far apart that a kicker won’t be able to help.

rex

September 17th, 2012
8:04 am

That’s right nodrog, Coach Bobo has been underperforming.

Gary

September 17th, 2012
9:06 am

Andy, I am just curious, how is it Georgia’s fault that Louiville backed out of Saturday nights game against Georgia. Did CMR cause the football reallignment and screw up all the conference schedules. How is it Georgia’s fault that we did not have to play LSU and Alabama in the same year. Did CMR make the conference schedule. Frankly the West is looking a little weak these days. Is it fair Bama gets to play power house football programs like Ark, Aub, Ole Miss, and A&M? Yes it is fair because they don’t control the schedule and they do not know who will be good this year (Ark top ranked team in 12?) However, I am pretty sure the dawgs are about to play 7 SEC teams back to back. Not sure if you have noticed but SC, Florida, and Tenn are looking pretty good this year. Enough with the schedule bashing. It is not UGA’s fault Louisville had to back out. There are not a lot of good teams available for last minute schedule changes. Sometimes you take what you can get.

Just as we said all of last year...

September 17th, 2012
9:27 am

…both he and Butler had “senioritis” and it affected their game since they were more interested in their NFL prospects than being at UGA – now theycan concentrate only on their “job” and, so far, it is paying off for both…

claytondawg

September 17th, 2012
9:36 am

Way to go Blair Walsh. You’re still a DGD in my and any other true ‘Dog fan’s book. Keep a kickin’

JFKDawg

September 17th, 2012
9:38 am

Amazing what good things can happen when you have a special teams coach.

marseilles mutt

September 17th, 2012
9:52 am

Mr. Walsh, I understand, would have profited with a better choice re both friends and girfriends.
Loss of one to another- or because to the other, whichever- tends to get in ones head at his age, if my memory serves me correctly.

xbot

September 17th, 2012
10:29 am

Gary,

It was not Louisville that backed out of the game with UGA. UGA backed out of the two game home and home series so they could get whipped by Boise in last years CFA kickoff classic.

Sam

September 17th, 2012
11:37 am

Now he starts making kicks!!

DawgNole

September 17th, 2012
11:37 am

xbot
September 17th, 2012
10:29 am

Gary,

It was not Louisville that backed out of the game with UGA. UGA backed out of the two game home and home series so they could get whipped by Boise in last years CFA kickoff classic.
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You are correct. In any event, there’s NEVER an excuse for playing the shameful OOC schedules that UGA and most other FCS teams play year after year. They do it–essentially buying Ws–because the NCAA allows it, but that doesn’t excuse it. You earn respect by playing worthy opponents–not grossly outmanned ones.

RNB

September 17th, 2012
11:40 am

Where was this last year? He cost us the South Carolina game and
the Michigan state Game.

BobDawg

September 17th, 2012
11:53 am

Good comments by”geez” above. Morten Andersen now coaches kickers one on one and these guys each go to their own specialist to fix things

Al

September 17th, 2012
12:21 pm

Amazing what happens to a player when he gets some good coaching

pete

September 17th, 2012
12:32 pm

More proof that Georgia should have a special teams coach. He doesn’t have to be a former kicker. But he should go to training on how to assist kickers and punters.

dawg#1richtfan

September 17th, 2012
1:37 pm

Yoy idiots always find an acuse to knock and cririziced Coach Richt. You wonder why these big time recruits keep leaving the state, maybe if some of you MORANS would quit complaining all the time some of them would come to UGA. Congrats to all of the UGA Alumini in the NFL and Go Dawgs!!!!!

Texas Dawg

September 17th, 2012
1:38 pm

I’m with Sam and RNB: NOW he can make kicks. And let’s drop all of this crap about needing a special teams coach. He didn’t have (and apparently didn’t need) a special teams coach his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons and he was all everything. Then, during his senior year, when you would think he would be at the top of his game and kicking would be automatic, he regresses. That wasn’t for lack of coaching, that was on Walsh. I’m glad he’s doing well in the NFL now, because once people leave, you should always wish them well. But let’s not try to re-write history here. He had an awful senior season and it did cost us against Carolina and Michigan State. In fact, that’s the whole reason Michigan State was so overrated to start this year until they got exposed Saturday by the Golden Domers.

bucket

September 17th, 2012
2:21 pm

I hope Blair becomes the greatest kicker in NFl history, but the fact that UGA didn’t have a special team’s coach had nothing to do with happened to him last year. One of the greatest kickers ever was sitting in the booth for every single one of Blair’s games at UGA. He was getting advice and he just had a bad year. Much of his trouble had nothing to do with football and he needed a change of scenery to hit the reset button.

DawgLeg

September 17th, 2012
6:13 pm

Great for Blair. Go back though to the first two years when CMR couldn’t decide on a kick off strategy and you had those two fools trying to coach special teams. Kick it into the corner, no kick it into the end zone, no, kick it inside the 10, no, kick it for hang time….those idiots couldn’t cover with the return players they had and if they had let Blair kick it EVERY time into the endzone we would have been much better off with teams starting at the 20 instead of the 35+. We have the money at Georgia we don’t have the insight of sound leaders. Go DAWGS! Go Blair.

bdawg

September 18th, 2012
4:24 pm

Good for him….wish he could have made a kick during overtime against MSU last year.