“I had a purple Powerade instead of an orange PowerAde before we played South Carolina,” Blankenship said during the Bulldogs’ preparations this week for the Sugar Bowl. I couldn’t find an orange Powerade in the hotel. So, I just thought, ‘It’s not that big of a deal; I’ll just have purple, and it’ll be fine.’ I guess it wasn’t fine.”
Blankenship is only half joking. Like most kickers, his routine before and during games is very important to him. For instance, he always dresses exactly the same way and in exactly the same order: compression shorts, left sock, right sock, pants, left cleat, right cleat, tie left shoe, tie right shoe, jersey over shoulder pads, shoulder pads and jersey on, helmet, snap chin strap, specs, left wrist band, right wrist band.
He also eats the same meals and same snacks at the same times, depending on kickoff.
Blankenship knows it’s quirky, but it makes him comfortable.
Blankenship was a little off toward the end of this season for the Bulldogs, missing three of his last five field-goal attempts, including a relative chip shot of 37 yards against LSU in the SEC Championship game. Still, he has made 82 percent of his field-goal attempts in his Georgia career, 25-of-31 this season, 6-of-9 from beyond 50 yards and every extra point he’s tried in four seasons with the Bulldogs.
So he plans to stick with his routine, thank you very much. And, yes, he will drink an orange Powerade before the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night at the Superdome.
“I’ve already found the spot where the orange ones are going to be,” Blankenship said.