4. Georgia’s punt return sees their confidence rise
Georgia football’s punt return group had one of its best games all season as they amassed 150 yards on nine returns.
The Dawgs averaged 16.6 yards a return, which is an ideal number for these situations. Getting a good return on a punt puts the offense in better field position, which sometimes makes it easier to score.
Jackson got close on Saturday but couldn’t quite make it happen. Kearis Jackson led the way with four returns for 71 yards, averaging 17.75 yards, and had a long return of 41 yards. He will bust one loose before the season ends and score a touchdown because Jackson gets better as the season continues.
However, he has a lot of promise, and if anyone does it, Jackson would be the guy to make it happen.
Ladd McConkey had two returns for 62 yards, with both runs going for 30-plus yards. He has excellent vision, and his speed is awesome to see in these situations. McConkey will make another great returner for the Dawgs and another weapon for them to use back there.
Dominick Blaylock finally was healthy enough to play in a game, and he got a couple of returns under his belt but didn’t have as much success. His biggest thing was getting hit again and earning some playing time after missing so much of the season. However, Saturday’s performance had to boost his confidence, and he will get comfortable doing more.
This group gained a lot of confidence in themselves on Saturday, and the Dawgs will need that for the rest of the season as special teams could end up playing a pivotal role in one of these possible four remaining matchups.