Georgia football Special Teams: A+
Georgia football has a fantastic special teams unit that consists of the best punter in college football and a kicker who seemed to have figured out his early-season woes.
So many times, starting punter Jake Camarda has flipped the field and allowed the defense to do their thing.
Even though he has 40 punts on the season, Camarda averages 47.08 yards a kick, and his longest to date was a 68-yarder. Camarda has put 15 of those kicks within the 20-yard line and 15 of his kicks were for 50-plus yards. That stat means he averaged a 50-yard punt 37.5% of the time.
Camarda also took over this season’s kickoff duties, recording 58 touchbacks on 88 kicks. He has a monster leg that can make things happen, and when the Dawgs need him to, put opponents deep in their territory. However, the punt coverage team also does a great job getting down there quickly to avoid any major returns.
After a sluggish start to the season, field goal kicker Jack Podlesny found his footing and has done a great job putting the ball between the uprights for the latter part of the season.
Podlesny makes 81.82% of his kicks and hasn’t missed a field goal since the Florida game. He has made 18-of-22 kicks, going 8-of-8 from 20-29 yards, 7-of-9 from 30-39 yards and 3-of-5 from 40-49 yards.
He seems to have his confidence back, and while he hasn’t had to attempt a 50-yarder, it looks like the guy who made the game-winner over Cincinnati is back and ready to do his part if needed.
Return wise, Kearis Jackson and Ladd McConkey handled most punt returns while Kenny McIntosh and Jackson handled kickoffs. As a whole, the Dawgs average 9.64 yards a punt and 19.07 yards a kickoff.
This position group receives an A+ for both the returners and kickers, doing a great job putting the Dawgs offense or defense in the right places. The Dawgs have a solid return group who rarely gives up big yardages and loves to pop opponents.
Georgia football may have lost to Alabama, but looking at the whole season, the Dawgs have put together one of the most successful in the school’s history. The report card shows us where they need to improve and where the Dawgs have shined.