Scott Blair on Bob Marley, the hedges, and Miami

Georgia Tech kicker Scott Blair sat down with me at the athletic offices for a quick, summer-time themed Q&A.

 

AJC: School is out right, you haven’t started classes again, right?

Blair: School has started for me. I already have a test tomorrow.

 

AJC: What’s your test in?

Blair: Music. I’m taking an easier load this summer, music and finite calculus.

 

AJC: That doesn’t sound too easy.

Blair: It’s easier.

 

AJC: What’s the music class?

Blair: Music composers from 1800-present.

 

AJC: So what have you learned?

Blair: We’re talking about Mozart, Beethoven, and the elements of their symphonies.

 

AJC: Does that agree with you, that kind of music?

Blair: I guess it’s growing on me the more I have to listen to it for class.

 

AJC: You’ve got two months and a week thereabouts before practice starts. What do you hope to do for fun with the rest of the summer?

Blair: I’m going try and just hang out with some friends this summer. Going to kick a lot this summer to try and get ready for next season. Maybe go to a few theme parks in my off time.

 

AJC: What do you like at the theme parks?

Blair: Just the rides and stuff. Go to Whitewater a few times. Get my tan on.

 

AJC: Do you have a favorite roller coaster?

Blair: At Six Flags Goliath is pretty fun. That first drop gets you pretty good.

 

AJC: Speaking of music class, what’s your summertime music. What do you listen to?

Blair: I actually made a playlist on my I-tunes for summer. Have a little Bob Marley, some Coldplay, some Seether.

 

AJC: What’s your favorite Marley Song?

Blair: Maybe ‘Three little birds.’

 

AJC: What are you working on with your kicking?

Blair: In the spring I noticed that, just kicking with the holder, I would do pretty well. With a snap and a hold I would fall off a little bit. Everything I do this summer I’m doing without the holder. I’m doing it with a snap and hold so I can get used to that.

 

AJC: When you say falling off, does that mean you would come out of it a little bit?

Blair: I would. When I follow through I’m supposed to follow through straight to the center. I’ll fall off every once in a while.

 

AJC: Does that result in a slice or a pull?

Blair: It’s more of a luck kick when you do that. Sometimes it just depends. You can hit it off your toe. You can pull it. It’s never good.

 

AJC: Personally, what was your best moment last season?

Blair: Punting against Gardner-Webb.

Just felt really in tune. Everything connected really well. Then I had the one punt that stood out went 58 yards and stopped at the 2.

 

AJC: I probably know the answer to this, but what was the team’s best moment last year?

Blair: Georgia. Taking the hedges.

 

AJC: Do you still have a piece?

Blair: I do.

 

AJC: What did you do with it?

Blair: I wanted my parents to frame it. But I’ve seen it laying around the house. So, it hasn’t been done yet.

 

AJC: What are your goals for the season?

Blair: I’d like to be at least 80 percent on field goals. Punting, 44-plus average with a net, say of 40 yards and above.

And then, just get my kickoffs about like my freshman year.

And then team goals, we’d obviously like to win every game.

ACC championship always in our head. Definitely have to beat Georgia again.

 

AJC: Any thoughts on the schedule. It’s a pretty tough schedule.

Blair: First couple of weeks come at you pretty fast with some pretty good teams in there [clemson and miami]. Get the ball rolling pretty fast and stay on it for a while.

 

AJC: Where are you looking forward to going this year? Don’t say Starkville.

Blair: Definitely not looking forward to Miami because I don’t want to kick on the dirt.

I’d have to say Virginia.  It was pretty good my freshman year. Their fans were definitely into the game.

 

AJC: Any last thing you want to say to Tech fans who read the blog?

Blair: What’s the good word?

 

AJC: You know the answer to that.

Blair: [laughs]

56 comments Add your comment

obvious

May 27th, 2009
12:40 pm

thwg… how ’bout them dogs?

Burdell

May 27th, 2009
12:50 pm

Too Easy

May 27th, 2009
1:11 pm

Glad the hedges are so important to him. Obsess much?

chbe06

May 27th, 2009
1:24 pm

@obvious – piss on them!

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 27th, 2009
1:45 pm

Scott saved the day a couple of times last year, especially against Clempson.

…did he play against UGAg?

Unless he is doing kick off duties, he probably won’t play this year either.

Huh?

May 27th, 2009
1:54 pm

Too Easy, it was only the 4th time they’d beaten us at our place in the past 25 freaking years. Of course they’re going to take hedges. I think Vandy did too.

Too Easy Too

May 27th, 2009
2:07 pm

Too Easy,

Be glad the hedges meant something to him last year.

Beating UGA may become a yearly occurence. As long as we’ve got PJ and you’ve got Wee Willie, a piece of the hedges might not be a big deal to the Jackets anymore.

Todd

May 27th, 2009
2:17 pm

Huh?, You know you have a piece of cut-off jean shorts from 2007…..

Too Easy

May 27th, 2009
3:22 pm

I would have said he should’ve acted like he’d done it before, but… Can’t think of a thing worth carrying out of grant.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 27th, 2009
3:26 pm

Too Easy maybe your dignity if you have any, and that will be leaving sometime during the 3rd quarter.

Justin "by Golly" Vess

May 27th, 2009
3:30 pm

How about then dawgs?? The hell with them. Dawg fans can s*** it. You guys are done. Roll Tide

Tom

May 27th, 2009
4:08 pm

Yeah, if the mutts’ streak had gone one more game it wouldn’t have been just a piece of hedge. It would’ve merited retiring a jersey!

Ain’t that right, nadlickers?

Saint Simons

May 27th, 2009
5:18 pm

45-42!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Baba O'Riley

May 27th, 2009
5:24 pm

Very funny to hear UGA fans on the GT blog asking someone if they obsess much. I thought you were in hiding Too Easy. You said all these negative things about Tech fans, then say that your deceased father was a Tech man.

Marcel Ledbetter

May 27th, 2009
6:00 pm

Hey Scott, Mozart died before 1800. Looks like he will do great in that class…

Even us podunks from Mis’ipi ain’t that dumb.

ben

May 27th, 2009
6:13 pm

Johnson doesn’t seemed concerned about Blair’s poor performance as a kicker last year. Why?

KennesawDawg

May 27th, 2009
6:25 pm

What’s finite calculus? The kid doesn’t even know what class he’s taking.

Jerry

May 27th, 2009
9:00 pm

Paul Johnson does not work on the kicking game much because other than extra points and kicking off after touchdowns, who needs them? If I was Scott I would work exclusively on kick offs.

I once asked Johnson about our punting game and he told me we don’t plan on punting. We just run the damn ball.

tommy

May 27th, 2009
9:11 pm

I agree. Johnson is a different breed. He has so much confidence in his offense, that he don’t plan on punting alot. I think we will see even more 4th down attempts next year. I would think with better results. I wished we could get some more football articles. I am starving for fooooooooooooootballlllll

Max Sizemore

May 27th, 2009
9:21 pm

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756 and died in 1791.

RambleOn&SaintSimons=gaymarriagesupporters

May 27th, 2009
9:22 pm

We’re on this blog because we saw “hedges”.I will NEVER as long as I live, see so much made out of a fluke win. Live it up NERDS. November will be here before you know it and it will be back to normal!

john

May 27th, 2009
11:22 pm

haha, fluke win! Dogs better get used to being burnt by the triple option, especially if they do not learn how to tackle! Paul Johnson does not have a 70% plus winning percentage overall for nothing. Talk to me after we beat you in Bobby Dodd next year! You heard it here first!

GoodWord

May 28th, 2009
1:46 am

Huh? says “Too Easy, it was only the 4th time they’d beaten us at our place in the past 25 freaking years. Of course they’re going to take hedges. I think Vandy did too”. This may be true, but Tech has won 3 out of the last 6 in Athens. That’s 50%. How long are you going to live in the past man?

Too Easy

May 28th, 2009
8:21 am

Good grief, Bahbah. THAT is an obsession. I made that comment MANY MONTHS ago, but thanks for remembering.

chad

May 28th, 2009
8:39 am

ugay people are all sheep, just kick them in the arse and tell them to shut up. they have nothing good to say anyways just blah blah blah

jH

May 28th, 2009
9:18 am

You have to realize that too easy, duh, I mean huh, wtf, et.al. love Cox.

More UGA fans on the Tech Blog

May 28th, 2009
9:32 am

What a surprise. You know it’s funny….didn’t see you guys much around here till about November 29th. Then the trash talking started. Kinda strange how you started all this trash talking AFTER YOU LOST?!?!
Keep on coming on our blog and talking trash…it’s only helping us realize WE’RE IN YOUR HEADS!

Chuck

May 28th, 2009
9:37 am

We’re in your heads?

Talk to the AJC – they’re the ones that put “hedges” in the headline.

That reminds me – do you know why we take nothing from Bobby Dodd when we win? Nothing – it’d be like taking things from our own home. We owned it before kickoff.

We are going to destroy you this year.

Boss Hogg

May 28th, 2009
9:37 am

When are you folks going to learn that Huh? is ignorant? Typical Dog fan, can’t count. Tech won in Athens in 84,90,98,2000 & 2008. That is FIVE times. Huh? get yours facts straight before you post!

Huh?

May 28th, 2009
9:42 am

You Techies are a bunch of losers that have no lives. All you ever do is talk on this stupid blog. I played for Georgia in football by the way. Have you Nerds ever even played a sport?

Saint Simons

May 28th, 2009
9:47 am

Huh i’ll take 2 order of fries and 2 cheeseburgers and 2 cokes!

Burdell

May 28th, 2009
9:49 am

“I played for Georgia in football” …. well put Shakespeare. Try “I played football for Georgia.” If that’s even true.

Huh?

May 28th, 2009
9:56 am

Enough with the spell check. Regardless….I played ball…what’d you do? Study calculus? Loser, NERD! Georgia will win the SEC and beat Tech this year. Heck we got a shot at a National Championship. What do you got? Paul Johnson is an idiot. He got lucky. I hate you Techies!

TechDan

May 28th, 2009
10:10 am

Huh?, intramural football doesn’t count.

Huh?

May 28th, 2009
10:26 am

Hey TechDan…if you’d like to meet up somewhere I’ll be happy to show you how to play real football….

GO DAWGS!

DirtyDawg

May 28th, 2009
10:44 am

Hey Techies, we’ll be bringing our wire cutters to Grant Field this year to ‘take a piece’ or your hedge. I mean I’ve seen some desperate fans in my day but to make a three-point gift the centerpiece of your season – even to the point of making commemorative rings of it – is pretty pathetic. And I do mean ‘gift’.

By the way, kicker’s ain’t football players, so why does this guy’s comments matter? You might as well be interviewing the guy that wears that YJ costume.

Hal Vernon

May 28th, 2009
10:50 am

Well done Tom. UGa fans mock the hedge yet fail to acknowledge they retired a jersey over breaking the longest drought. Losers!

jH

May 28th, 2009
10:55 am

duh, go play with cox.

Baba O'Riley

May 28th, 2009
11:00 am

Too Easy- you made an arse of yourself that day. That’s not easy to forget. Not many people ridicule a fanbase and then say that their deceased father was one of that same fanbase.

BuzzFactor

May 28th, 2009
11:45 am

where did this “Duh?” guy come from, maybe he can teach the pups how to tackle….

Huh?

May 28th, 2009
12:01 pm

We beat LSU. LSU beat you… Therefore technically… we beat YOU!

KennesawDawg

May 28th, 2009
12:30 pm

People who play football are more likely to be successful in life than those who take calculus. Fact.

RT

May 28th, 2009
12:48 pm

Huh? We lost to BIG to LSU, you lost to us, technically, you are the biggest loser! Brilliant argument by the way. That kind of thinking makes you believe that losing a QB who got the biggest contract in NFL history will result in a better Dawg offense next year. How are you going to put up 42 next year without him and Moreno? Keep dreaming boy, a win is a win and a loss is a loss, you can think of it any way you want, but the bottom line is 45-42.

Baba O'Riley

May 28th, 2009
1:07 pm

Just watched Formula 409 beat the Dawgs again. Did anybody see Moreno’s feeble attempt to tackle Morgan Burnett?

Baba O'Riley

May 28th, 2009
1:08 pm

People who troll on their rival’s blog are less like ly to have relations with members of the opposite sex. Fact.

Huh?

May 28th, 2009
3:16 pm

Mark My Words Techies….

UGA will be in the National Championship THIS YEAR…

GT will play on the smurf turf…

Tokyo jacket

May 28th, 2009
6:26 pm

Huh, when someone accuses you of being dumb, probably not a good idea to retort with “I played football at GA.” Just an FYI. Also, there is no longer a contract with the Boise bowl for the ACC right?

This was not a terribly interesting article. Although, I do like the fact that he noticed one of his practice flaws. That could make a big difference.

Finally, to Kennesaw, Finite Calculus is discrete rather than continuous. Think rectangles under a curve approximating the area. It’s either the first half of calc one or a MGMT course. Maybe you should at least google it before you make fun of him.

Finally, before some UGA fan says something about nerd, I am. But I also had basketball scholarship offers and married the prom queen and just got paid about $40 to read and type this post.

Jimmy

May 28th, 2009
7:05 pm

Tokyo jacket,

I married the fat girl, only get paid $15 to type this post, and am a UGA fan. Go figure huh?

Seriously?

May 29th, 2009
10:00 am

You should have talked to him about his touchdown saving tackles against Clemson and FSU….

Jack G.

May 30th, 2009
11:59 am

Huh

I have searched UGA football rosters back for 50 years. Cant seem to find a Huh listed on any of them. FAKER