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