There may not be a more unsung hero on all of Georgia football’s roster than punter Jake Camarda. He’s not getting nearly enough shine.
We wanna change that. Let’s break down his season so far. Georgia’s been forced to punt 11 times through three games.
Following those 11 punts, Georgia’s opponents’ average starting field position is their own 13-yard line.
Eight of the 11 punts settled inside the 20-yard line, and half of those ended up inside the 10. And opposing teams aren’t returning any of ’em.
Camarda isn’t just dropped punts with laser-guided smart bomb-type accuracy, he’s also doing so with enough loft to allow his coverage team to make returning punts a non-starter for the opposition.
Of 11 Jake Camarda punts, only one was returned. The gain on the return? -2 yards. Of the other ten, six were fair caught, three were downed, and there was one touchback, which followed a booming 57-yard kick.
Jake Camarda is an absolute weapon for Georgia’s football team. Absent a turnover, Georgia’s opponents never have a short field and defensive coordinator Dan Lanning is free to let the Junkyard Dawgs off their leash.
On Saturday, with the Dawgs leading 21-6 with under a minute to go before half, Camarda dropped a 47-yard kick with sniper-like accuracy inside the 5-yard line, which was downed at the one by Justin Robinson.
On the ensuing play, the Junkyard Dawgs dropped South Carolina for a safety. Following the safety, Georgia’s offense drove down field in under 30 second to set up kicker Jack Podlesny for a field goal to end the half.
It was five-point swing in Georgia’s favor, all starting with a perfect Jake Camarda punt. For his efforts, Camarda gets to adorn his helmet with the Sniper Scope sticker, embodying that his kicks not only travel great distances, but also land with pinpoint precision.