Sophomore punter Jake Camarda shares his thoughts on how he has maintained his confidence as a kicker after some early-season struggles, and how important long snapper Steven Nixon has been on special teams for Georgia this season. Plus, has Camarda considered taking over placekicking duties once Rodrigo Blankenship leaves after this season?
What would you attribute the reason for your ‘breakthrough’ in the last few games?
“I guess I’m feeling good. I just try to keep everything the same as it was at the beginning of the season… I go into every game knowing I’m probably going to have to punt at some time during the game. No matter what happens is what happens, so I try to focus on what I can control. If I end up punting, then I focus on doing the best job I can.”
How important has long snapper Steven Nixon been this season?
“Steven is awesome. He’s definitely important, and it’s been awesome having Steven. He’s done an unbelievable job the year, and I’m very thankful to have him.”
What are some of the ways you’ve managed your confidence this season, particularly after the Notre Dame game?
“My confidence never really went down. I probably had a couple of bad punts in the Notre Dame game, but I also shot a couple of good balls in that game. One thing I’ve tried to do is just stay positive all year, no matter what happens. I think that’s kept my confidence level at a good place.”