ATHENS, Ga. - After losing out in a hotly contested kicking competition going into the season, Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship has picked up an honor.
The Southeast Conference named the redshirt freshman place-kicker Monday as one of its Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance at Kentucky.
The Marietta native shares the honor with Alabama punter J.K. Scott.
Blankenship set career highs by going 4-for-4 on field goals (25, 42, career long 49, 25) and tallying 13 total points, including a game-winner from 25 yards out as time expired to top the Wildcats 27-24 Saturday night. He is now 9-for-10 on the year, which ranks ninth nationally, and has connected on his last nine in a row.
Blankenship became the first Bulldog to hit a game-winning field goal since Marshall Morgan against Missouri last year in a 9-6 victory. He is also the last Bulldog to do it to end the game since Blair Walsh hit a 37 yarder against Arizona State in 2009. Blankenship’s four field goals was the most by a Bulldog since Morgan against Nebraska in the 2014 TaxSlayer Bowl
The Bulldogs (5-4, 3-4 SEC) host No. 8 Auburn (7-2, 5-1) at Sanford Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.