ATHENS — It’s not certain yet whether Georgia will go with the incumbent or the graduate transfer to kick field goals this week. Or whether it will be both Rodrigo Blankenship and David Marvin.
The place-kicking competition has been close throughout preseason camp, and has lasted into game week as Georgia prepares to open against Appalachian State on Saturday night.
“That hasn’t been determined yet. We think it’ll be decided here shortly, though,” Smart said.
Blankenship was named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team last year after going 14-for-18 on field goals, and all his extra point attempts. But with his kickoffs not being what the coaches wanted, and questions about his status with the program because of his walk-on status, Marvin was recruited to play one year, on scholarship.
The punter position, on the other hand, has already been determined: It will be graduate transfer Cameron Nizialek, who arrived this spring from Columbia, an FCS school.
Smart did say last week that Blankenship had improved his kickoffs.
Sophomore Marshall Long, who punted last year until he was hurt after the ninth game, is not quite 100 percent, Smart and student assistant coach Kevin Butler have said.
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