October 21, 2017 Atlanta - Georgia Tech place kicker Brenton King (37) hits a field goal at the end of second quarter of an NCAA college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Georgia Tech beat Wake Forest 38-24. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Georgia Tech kicking competition apparently nearing conclusion

Georgia Tech’s competition to be the No. 1 kicker is apparently reaching a conclusion, although the naming of the likely winner will have to wait.

“We have an idea,” coach Paul Johnson said Tuesday after the team’s 17th practice of the preseason. “We hadn’t firmed it up, but we’ve got an idea.”

Brenton King, Shawn Davis and Wesley Wells have been taking part in a derby that Johnson called “wide open” prior to the start of preseason practice. He has not been enthused about the level of competition, although Tuesday he noted that the three field-goal tries taken at the end of practice were successful. They were attempted as the team worked on one-minute situations. Johnson said one was from 46 yards, another from 44 and he could not recall the length of the third.

“The good thing about (practice), the kickers kicked well,” Johnson said. “That was good.”

Last year, Davis beat out King in the preseason but suffered an ACL tear covering a kickoff against Miami in the sixth game of the season and was replaced by King for the remainder of the season.

Tech opens the season September 1 against Alcorn State.

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