Georgia football usually has one of the best kickers on their teams, and this year the Dawgs have a strong one, but the misses have been noticeable.
After kicking the game-winning field goal against Cincinnati, everyone thought they had another Rodrigo Blankenship, and everything would be fine. Well, it will be, and Jack Podlesny is a talented kicker. It’s just been an up and down season for him.
However, this year it seems Podlesny has struggled. Even though he is 12-of-16 on the year, fans think he is struggling.
Last year he went 13-of-16 on the whole year but made 3-of-3 from 50+ yards. His least accurate yardage was in the 40-49 area as he went 2-of-4.
So far, Podlesny hasn’t attempted a 50-plus yard field goal but is 2-of-4 from 40-49 yards out and 5-of-7 from 30-39 yards. He has made 75% of his kicks and has kicked as many times as last year to improve his make percentage.
Yes, he missed an extra point that ended one of the longest PAT streaks that Georgia had, but those things happen.
It seems Podlesny is having an off-year because he went 1-of-2 against Clemson, 0-of-1 against UAB and 2-of-3 against Auburn and Florida, but it’s just been bad luck.
The one game it could have made a difference in was Clemson, and thankfully it didn’t. Last week’s miss didn’t cost Georgia the game, neither did the one against Auburn or UAB.
Podlesny seems a bit off, but if anyone wants to make it right and perform well, it’s him. He is a hard-working player who strives to perfect his craft.
The next few weeks could provide some field goal opportunities, but it’ll depend on how well Missouri, Tennessee, Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech play. Georgia could send him out there to get more kicks in to get ready for those bigger games.
Podlesney makes this list because he knows he has to find that spark from last year and finish this year off strong, or he could lose his job next season.