Rodrigo Blankenship Named Semifinalist for Groza Award – Again

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Rodrigo Blankenship Named Semifinalist for Groza Award – Again

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Georgia senior place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2019 Lou Groza Award, which is given to the nation’s top kicker.

Blankenship is the only three-time semifinalist included and one of three kickers from the Southeastern Conference on the list.

Blankenship, a native of Marietta, Ga., is second in the league in scoring this year, averaging 9.5 points per game, and has connected on 15-of-17 field goal attempts and all 31 of his PATs.  The four-time 2019 SEC Special Teams Player of the Week has drilled three 50-yard field goals during his team’s 7-1 start.  He is the FBS active leader by 12 with a total of 68 made field goals.

The former walk-on who earned a 2018 UGA undergraduate degree is a 2019 CBS Sports/Athlon Midseason All-American.  Blankenship has connected on a school-record 185 consecutive PATs, which ranks second in SEC history.  Thanks in large part to his contribution, Georgia leads the nation with 276 PATs in a row dating back to 2014.

Rodrigo Blankenship (98)
Rodrigo Blankenship (98)

Honors have already begun to roll in for Blankenship.  He has earned one of the National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar Athlete Awards and is a finalist for the Campbell Trophy; he is a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, and he is a nominee for the Burlsworth Trophy.

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