UGA Blankenship-Marvin kicker battle is ‘pushing them to a new limit’

Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (98) in the 2016 season (Philip Williams/UGA).

The battle to determine who Georgia will call on for field goals and extra points Saturday was still not settled entering the first game week of the season, according to coach Kirby Smart.

 

“That hasn’t been determined yet,” Smart said Monday. “We think it will be decided here shortly though.”

Redshirt sophomore Rodrigo Blankenship and Wofford graduate transfer David Marvin have been competing all preseason for those duties as well as who will handle kickoffs for Saturday’s game against Appalachian State.

Blankenship made 14 of 18 field goals last season and all 26 extra points.

Marvin went 17 of 23 and was 41 of 42 on extra points.

Blankenship, who wears goggles during games and sometimes a helmet to interviews, is having to fend off Marvin after being named to the SEC all-freshman team last year and the Football Writers Association America freshman all-American team.

“He is who he is, he’s an awesome guy, he’s funny, he’s quirky,” tight end Jeb Blazevich said. “I think that’s why we all like him. He’s going out there competing with Marvin. They’re getting after it every day. I think that competition is making them better. It’s just pushing them to a new limit. I’m excited to see what happens.”

 

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