Paul Johnson says punting job is open

Georgia Tech’s punting job is open.

After a subpar performance by punter Ryan Rodwell in the season opener against Boston College, Tech coach Paul Johnson said that the job is “wide open.” Johnson had put Rodwell on alert in the preseason, frustrated with his inconsistency. Last season as a junior, Rodwell averaged 39.3 yards per punt, 96th in the country. Tech’s punt net was 38.1 yards per punt, lowest in the ACC.

In Saturday’s game, Rodwell punted five teams and averaged 37.4 yards per punt with a net of 30.2 yards per punt. Rodwell has taken every punt for the Yellow Jackets since the start of the 2014 season.

“It doesn’t mean he might not be the punter, but we’re watching every kick this week,” Johnson said. “We started (Monday) and there’s a good chance there could be somebody else given the opportunity.”

The backup punter is Grant Aasen, a junior from Starr’s Mill High. Aasen has not played in a game in his career.

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