What Richt did and didn’t say about UGA’s kickers

Talking about Georgia’s kicking game yesterday at the SEC Media Days, Mark Richt sounded like a coach who wants to believe he’s got the right players in place but isn’t completely convinced of it.

Richt started off on a positive note. “I have a lot of confidence in Blair Walsh’s ability to kick extra points [and] field goals,” he said, adding: “I know we’ll be much improved in the kickoff.” You’ll note he didn’t say that he knew Walsh would be much improved. Having taken on another scholarship kicker in JUCO transfer Brandon Bogotay primarily because of Walsh’s failures in the kickoff department last season, Richt is definitely hedging his bets.

Then he moved on to punter, where Drew Butler, son of UGA legend Kevin Butler, takes over as the starter after being used infrequently last year on pooch kicks. 

From what Richt said yesterday, it sounds like Butler is still a work in progress and the coach wanted to challenge him publicly to get better. 

Butler is unproven as a punter,” Richt said. “Butler has proved to me he can punt well enough to be outstanding in our league, just by observing him, but he hasn’t proved that he can be consistent enough. So I guess what I’m saying is maybe last year he’s five or six out of 10 that were outstanding. We’ve got to get him to where he’s nine out of 10, 10 out of 10, which he’s been working diligently to be that. When guys get their chance, they usually rise to the occasion, if they’re a competitor, which I know Drew is.”

You can talk about the pass rush, secondary, tailbacks or inexperienced quarterbacks all you want, the area that concerns some of us the most as the season approaches is the kicking game, often the difference in a close battle. 

Richt’s words on the subject didn’t make me feel any more confident.

30 comments Add your comment

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 24th, 2009
1:54 pm

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

1st!!!!

Long Dawg

July 24th, 2009
2:12 pm

One more reason the Dawgs will be better than last year. Special teams will all be better.

Mikey

July 24th, 2009
2:39 pm

Why is it that Techies sit by their keyboard waiting for any new blog topic on the Dawgs so they can be the first ones to spew their childish drivel?
Oh, that’s right- I forgot. They have nothing better to do and their blog is ….well….where is it?

Idiots.

Mikey

July 24th, 2009
2:41 pm

On to the topic at hand.
I will believe it when I see it- booming kickoffs as deep as possible.
God, I hope so….
Directional, pop up kickoffs are ridiculous at best and girly man at worst.

Denver Dog

July 24th, 2009
2:47 pm

Great kickers, great kicker traditions

Ted Striker

July 24th, 2009
2:47 pm

What did you want Richt to say? That UGA would knock every kickoff out of the endzone and every punt would land on the 3 yard line? Bill, you bleed red and black but darned if you don’t read too much into things sometime.

It doesn’t matter what Richt says, it matters how the players perform come game time. And nobody knows what that will be — until it happens.

On a side note, there’s been some talk about Tebow not being a unanimous pick as 1st Team SEC QB. For all we know he could hit a slump and have a down year. Then Spurrier (or whoever it was at South Carolina) may look smart for picking someone else 1st team.

Go Dawgs.

Ted Striker

July 24th, 2009
2:49 pm

Denver Dog, looks like you’re on your own for the race tomorrow. 101 fever here — still — and not too frisky. I’ve been laying low this week

Saint Simons

July 24th, 2009
2:50 pm

just a reminder!!!!!! 45-42!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

AltamahaDawg

July 24th, 2009
2:51 pm

Good catch Bill, I didn’t see that. “We’ll” be much improved on KO. I breezed over that comment and thought it said “he’ll” be. Safe to safe that whichever player it is, the competition and/or specialization will help. He,We,whoever….sounds like its been adressed. I don’t care if he isn’t wanting to name who it is yet. Maybe we can find that 2.1 yards we need.

Ben

July 24th, 2009
2:52 pm

At least Drew isn’t Wynn Kopp.

AltamahaDawg

July 24th, 2009
2:54 pm

I have NEVER heard of a coach claim to have made a mistake on his ballot, and wanting to publically change his vote at the media day. W.T.H.?

Bucky Jenkins

July 24th, 2009
3:10 pm

To Saint Simons and any other Tech fan: You boys need to act like you’ve won a big game before; then I guess it’s been 8 years since you have until you nipped the Dawgs in November.

I live on St. Simons and I would like to know who you are!

BJ

godawg

July 24th, 2009
3:16 pm

Fellow Dawg Needs A Little Help

A fellow Dawg fan and blogger needs our help. His 13-year-old daughter, Baylie, suffers from Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (KTS), a congenital vascular disorder of unknown cause. The long and the short of it is she needs surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Fortunately, the Mayo Charitable Foundation has arranged to pay all of Baylie’s doctor visits, therapy sessions and hopefully the surgeries as well. She is scheduled for two surgeries beginning August 3rd but could need a third.

Many of you know Mark as “Cuz” as he has posted here frequently. Cuz needs our help with travel expenses for him and his family from Augusta to Minnesota. General Neyland, a fellow blogger of the UT persuasion, is working to get Baylie and her mother on an Angel Flight. But Cuz will need to fly commercial and they will have to stay in a motel in Minnesota while Baylie is in the hospital. Cuz , unfortunately, is currently unemployed and not financially able to underwrite any of the trip.

Can you help this fellow Dawg and his family during this difficult time? Even just a little? I mean a $100 or more would be great, but if we all just did $25 or even 10 bucks we could give them enough to get there, eat and sleep and be by their little girl’s side.

If you can help, drop a check in the mail today to St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2367 Washington Road, Augusta, GA 30904. Be sure to write Baylie Fund on the memo line of your check. If you want to learn more about KTS go to http://www.KTFoundation.org Your gift for Baylie is tax-deductible and they will pass it on to the family for travel expenses. God Bless You for helping.

If you can’t help, that’s okay, times are tough all over. I just ask that you please keep Cuz and his family in your prayers. We all need to remember, “There, but for the Grace of God, go I.”

GO DAWGS!!

Note to Bill: Sorry about posting this again. I’m not trying to hijack your blog just trying to get Cuz a little help. Thanks for understanding.

Saint Simons

July 24th, 2009
3:16 pm

Bucky actually i live in midtown with my life partner Julio we just really love to have tickle piles on Saint Simons beaches

Class of '98

July 24th, 2009
3:17 pm

BJ, how would they know what it’s like to win a big game? The last time the won a championship of any kind we were all hooked on the Cosby Show and avoiding the Noid.

uuugh.

July 24th, 2009
3:38 pm

It was my understanding that Bogotay was specifically brought in for kick-offs. The “we’ll” vs “he’ll” improve on kick-offs should be a suprise to nobody.

I hope things go well in MN cuz…

Chuck Uga

July 24th, 2009
4:30 pm

Tech boys know another loss to UGA looms. So they harp on last year’s upset win. One word summarizes ALL Tech football fans when comparing programs: JEALOUSY.

Go Gator

July 24th, 2009
5:25 pm

Fools Gold

July 24th, 2009
6:09 pm

Reading between the lines here …the translation of CMRs comments is that UGA still has problems in the kicking game. Bank on it!

Yes Sir!

July 24th, 2009
6:22 pm

Fools Gold- the funny thing is Bogotay hasn’t even praticed yet and you already know that he is bad huh?

jerry

July 24th, 2009
6:30 pm

Just what is much improved when you’ve been horrible? Bad?

DirtyDawg

July 24th, 2009
6:30 pm

Hey Mikey…you have to remember the thing about the Techies having all this Georgia blog time on their hands is that, among other things, geeks don’t go out much and certainly not with girls, so what else do that have to do?

yellow fuzz

July 24th, 2009
9:26 pm

Long Dawg,

One more reason the Dawgs will be better than last year. Special teams will all be better.

Who told you that? Rivals? AJC? Mountain and Sugar Hill Dawgs??? LOL. KEEP DRINKING THE KOOLAID!

I would certainly hope your special teams would be better. All those 4-5 star recruits need to do something if they can’t compete in the SEC or ACC. Not suprised they get into your punk azz gymnastic school.

Preston

July 24th, 2009
9:40 pm

If you are a fan of any other program other than UGA and you are on this blog then you must be a fan of a team that really sucks! UGA rules and you prove it every time you come to a blog that is obviously all about UGA. LMAO!

Preston

July 24th, 2009
9:43 pm

Especially geeks like you Ramble On. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I guess you fell asleep waiting on another UGA blog. What a loser! LMAO again!

Preston

July 24th, 2009
9:45 pm

That’s the only time in your life that you’ll get to first unless it’s Star Trek or D & D related.

Saint Simons

July 25th, 2009
12:11 am

BJ:

Previous poster was an IMPOSTER! I actually DO live on Saint Simons. I am the Head Valet Parking Attendant at the Cloister (Night Shift). I can promise you that I drive nicer cars than you every day! Hahahahahahahahahaha 45-42!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JFKDawg

July 26th, 2009
8:57 am

What he should be saying is that if the special teams aren’t so special like last year, Coach Fabris needs to pack his bags.

Saint Simons

July 26th, 2009
3:02 pm

Whaaaa? The other two Saint Simons” are imposters big time. Actually I’m a hairdresser at The Improsario, a women’s health spa on Saint Simons.

AceDawg

July 27th, 2009
4:18 pm

Definitely a problem last year. For starters, we lost six important points early in the Florida game that would have changed the dynamic of the second half of the game.