In 2019, Wells took 14 kickoffs, missed his lone field-goal try and was 6-for-7 on extra points. He was exceptional in 2018, his freshman season, when he won the job early in the season and proceeded to make all 48 of his kicks – 9-for-9 on field-goal attempts and 39-for-39 on extra-point tries.
Hansen played in 25 games in three seasons, starting 14. He started the final nine games of the season at right guard in 2018, helping the Jackets lead FBS in rushing at 325.0 yards per game. He missed all of spring and preseason practice last season due to injury.
The departure of King and Wells means that the kicking job is wide open. The two leading contenders figure to be two preferred walk-on freshmen, Steven Verdisco of Tampa, Fla., and Jude Kelley from Allatoona High in Cobb County. Verdisco is an early enrollee and is taking part in spring practice. Kelley is finishing his senior year of high school.