Georgia Football Special Teams Receive Quality Control


Carter Blount is the new Georgia football special teams eye in the sky. His job is quality control of the kicking, punting and receiving teams. Will the Dawg special teams receive the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval?

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It will be so nice to not hear shouts of, “Hire a special teams coach” in Sanford Stadium this year.

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It’s an easy thing to suggest, but no one ever suggested which position coach to eliminate from the ten full-time coaching positions permitted by the NCAA.

Georgia has always had special teams coaches, as an assistant coach takes on the chore for the various special teams. And last year Mark Richt appointed two of his current assistants, Mike Ekeler and John Lilly, as co-special team coordinators.

This year, while not changing the structure of his coaching staff, Coach Richt added a staff position to assist with special teams preparation.

In February, Carter Blount joined the Georgia staff as Special Teams Quality Control Coordinator. His duties are all off the field – both practice and game – and include film study and analysis.

Carter Blount, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is restricted from on field coaching. And, like quality control staff in some other industries, his job is a little hard to explain.

“He just kind of helps out around the special teams, so to speak,” Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan told “I don’t think he’s allowed to coach us out there. But he’s our, I guess you could say coach. But not hands on.”

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Kinda sorta.

Morgan and punter Collin Barber have their own personal coaches, and the impact of Blount on distance, accuracy and hang time will be slight.

“We kind of talk about it in here. Then when we go out there we already have a schedule,” Morgan said. “(Blount) kind of makes sure where we are when we’re supposed to be there. We’re never goofing off or playing specialist games. If I’m not kicking I’m taking my steps off for kicking and running them.”

Blount came to Athens well qualified to contribute to the Georgia special team effort. After serving as a student assistant at Alabama with Georgia Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and as linebackers coach at Tuscaloosa County High School, Blount was the Corners Coach and Special Teams Coordinator at Birmingham Southern College in 2014.

Hopefully, in 2015 there will be few opportunities to complain about special team play in Sanford Stadium.

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