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Rodrigo Blankenship “I’m on scholarship…”

Cameron Nizialek (92) with the hold, Rodrigo Blankenship (98) with the kick and TE Jackson Harris (88) looks on.  - UGA 20 - Notre Dame 19 -  Saturday, September 9, 2017
Cameron Nizialek (92) with the hold, Rodrigo Blankenship (98) with the kick and TE Jackson Harris (88) looks on.
– UGA 20 – Notre Dame 19 –
Saturday, September 9, 2017

 
 
As the Georgia football team celebrated its 20-19 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night, Head Coach Kirby Smart had a surprise for his Bulldogs and asked place kicker Rodrigo Blankenship to share the good news.

 
“I got one other thing to add that I want everybody to know about,” Kirby Smart said. “Rod, would you like to tell the team what I told you on Friday?”
 
 
“I’m on scholarship,” Rodrigo Blankenship responded.
 
 

 
 
Last season, Rodrigo was 14-of-18 on field goals and a perfect 26-of-26 on PATs. He also shared duites with former Bulldog kicker William Ham on kickoffs. After the season was in the books, the debate on whether or not or when the preferred walk-onsophomore kicker should be awarded a scholarship was a subject of debate. That debate is over.
 
 
Rodrigo went 2-for-3 on field goals in the Bulldogs’ win over Notre Dame and was 1-for-1 last Saturday in UGA’s victory over Appalachian State. On the season, he is 3-for-4 on field goal attempts and stil perfect on PATs going 6-for-6 in the two games. Next week Blankenship and the Dogs are back in Athens hosting Samford for a Saturday evening kickoff.
 
 
 
 


 
 

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