Blair’s in a good place

Should Georgia Tech need a field goal in the final seconds to defeat Georgia, Yellow Jackets kicker Scott Blair is in a good place mentally and ready to go.

The senior is having an All-ACC campaign this season. He has hit 15 of 17 field goals, including eight of 10 from 40 yards or longer. Three of those came in last week’s win against Duke. Blair is also a perfect 32-of-32 on point-after attempts.

His success this season can be traced back to the mental mess that he got himself into last season. He tried to be Mr. Roboto on every kick, making sure every fundamental was perfect. As a result, he reached a point of paralysis by analysis. He missed 6 of his 20 field-goal attempts, including four from less than 40 yards. His kickoffs were as wild as a Nuke LaLoosh pitch.

It reached a point where coach Paul Johnson pulled Blair aside and told him to relax.

He did. While still focused on making sure he’s fundamentally sound, Blair said he started focusing on the positives of kicking.

“I’m not putting as much pressure on myself,” he said.  “Last year I would put too much pressure on myself thinking about missing. This year, I’m just going out there and having fun.”

Part of that fun has included sporting a mohawk hairstyle earlier in the season. He and two teammates, holder Chandler Anderson and snapper Jeff Lentz, also made a funny video that played on Tech’s scoreboard whenever he would hit a field goal.

Blair also handled punting duties against the Blue Devils, something he hasn’t done since the 2008 season. His two punts averaged 46 yards. After the game, Johnson complimented his kicker, something he didn’t do often last year.

“I didn’t worry about Scott being the punter,” he said. “He has punted in games, and he is a senior. He has made some big kicks for us, so it wasn’t a big deal.”

25 comments Add your comment

BuzzinAround

November 24th, 2010
2:56 pm

Keep it up Scott! We’re thrilled to have you. Can’t wait to see you on Sundays.

BuzzinAround

November 24th, 2010
2:56 pm

Hey, I did it. My first first.

and

November 24th, 2010
3:01 pm

he can pass and tackle!

wesleywhatwhat

November 24th, 2010
3:07 pm

blair is a badass.

GO JACKETS

November 24th, 2010
3:13 pm

would love to see Blair pass for another touchdown, just saying baby! GO JACKETS

ben

November 24th, 2010
3:14 pm

I thought Johnson should have dumped him a few seasons ago. But, look what patience brings. Now, if we can just be patient with this defense. Argh!!!

GT BACKER

November 24th, 2010
3:20 pm

Although Blair had some consistency issues his soph year and first part of jr year, he has ALWAYS made the BIG KICKS. Looking at how he finished last year (AFTER CPJ talk to relax) and how he has done this year…he is a combined 24 of 28, with a higher % of over 40 yd kicks than most kickers in the country, and a large number have been meaningful points. Hope he finishes strong.
Of course all of this meams he is getting good snaps and holds, which CPJ had highlighted as problems as well in the past. Nice to see all of it working together….the video was great….nice they got some time on the BIG BOARD.
Nice positive article…seems like a good kid. Good luck and BEAT UGA

wesleywhatwhat

November 24th, 2010
3:22 pm

doug, how many seasons were there in 2008?

“Blair also handled punting duties against the Blue Devils, something he hasn’t done since the 2008 seasons”

JM

November 24th, 2010
3:27 pm

thankf for all the hard work Blair. Hope you hit on all 7 extra point tries Saturday.

ManUp...

November 24th, 2010
3:32 pm

Well ya see, Wesley, each year has four seasons…five if you’re namin’ restaurants. Blair didn’t accomplish that feat in the summer or fall of ‘08…we had to wait until fall of 2010 here. So them’s the seasons, see. All’n'em which I’m typin’ ’bout, leastwise.

Rduck

November 24th, 2010
3:34 pm

kid used to drive me nuts whenever he stepped on the field, but it just goes to show that if you put in the work and stay at it, good things can come of it. congrats on a great season Scott. you have been great this season. thanks for your efforts…

reebok

November 24th, 2010
4:01 pm

blair could have totally gone in the tank, but he stuck with it and he’s ben a bright spot this year. congrats!

Jefferson

November 24th, 2010
4:12 pm

Former Calhoun Yellow Jacket… congrads on a fine career at MA Tech, best of luck in the future – hope you can kick on Sundays. THWG !!

GTZ

November 24th, 2010
4:43 pm

He has matured and got a lot better… but how will he do in the critical situation with the game on the line? I would hate to find out. Of course, with Miami as a barometer.
Go Jackets!!! THWG

rocket

November 24th, 2010
5:05 pm

CONGRADS? isn’t that the jial diversion program for UGA players who get arrested? Con-grads…. what does that have to do with Scott Blair?

RFW

November 24th, 2010
5:56 pm

Scott Blair you are the MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okeefe/Bob

November 24th, 2010
8:01 pm

wesleywhatwhat—-lighten up professor. You are taking yourself to seriosly,seriosly.

GT Woman

November 24th, 2010
10:18 pm

We’re proud of you Scott! Now go beat dawgs and kick lots of extra points against them. Go Jackets!

Delbert D.

November 24th, 2010
10:59 pm

Blair died???

Delbert D.

November 24th, 2010
11:05 pm

That headline shocked the heck out of me, Doug.

AZ Man

November 24th, 2010
11:47 pm

What I like that he is making the critical field goals. There are kickers who have more points and higher percents made, but Scott has made more under pressure this year than lots of guys who have kicked in blowouts. And love the video after the field goals. They are great. I met his parents and grandparents at a game and they are class people. Go Tech

JACKETS

November 25th, 2010
12:18 pm

Scott Blairs’ fg’s won us the acc title in 09,

wesleywhatwhat

November 27th, 2010
6:48 pm

“Okeefe/Bob
wesleywhatwhat—-lighten up professor. You are taking yourself to seriosly,seriosly.”

errrr, where do i start with how many errors are in this sentence?

THWG

November 28th, 2010
1:02 pm

Thanks for Jinxing us Doug

Kevin

November 29th, 2010
3:55 pm

Yeah. Definite jinx here man. I blame you more than the team.