Kicking competition has begun at Georgia Tech

September 12, 2015 Atlanta - Georgia Tech cheerleader team member waves a giant Georgia Tech flag in the first half against the Tulane Green Wave at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, September 12, 2015. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM



The competition for the placekicking job is underway for Georgia Tech. Both walk-on Shawn Davis and freshman Brenton King made all of their field-goal attempts in an 11-on-11 drill with a live rush at the end of Wednesday’s full-pads practice.

Coach Paul Johnson said about four or five field goals were attempted, with the longest from about 45 yards. Johnson said that King and freshman punter Pressley Harvin won’t be handed the jobs because they’re on scholarship.

“I think it’s a competition,” Johnson said.

Davis is a sophomore from Union Grove High. He previously was on the depth chart behind Harrison Butker and had a strong showing in the spring game, converting all three of his attempts, from 38, 35 and 33 yards.

King, from Mill Creek High, was rated the No. 19 kicking prospect in his class by 247 Sports.

“They just have to progress in their own way, and hopefully they’re ready by September when we need them,” A-backs coach and special-teams coordinator Lamar Owens said. “We’re taking it one day at a time with them, also. You can’t rush the process with them just because we need a kicker.”

Both Davis and King are taking kickoffs, too. Johnson ruled out the two splitting the placekicking job, but Owens added that one could take kickoffs and the other the placement kicks.

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