UGA Wants to be ‘Dominant’ on Punt Return

ATHENS - Bryan McClendon spent some extra time after practice Friday working with Isaiah McKenzie on punt returns, Mike Ekeler said.

“With his ability and the guys we have in front blocking and going after punts, I think we have a chance to be dominant,” said Ekeler, co-special teams coordinator.

McKenzie returned a pair of punts for touchdown last season and his 12.1 average surpassed the team goal of at least 10 yards per return.

A knock on Georgia in years past was it played it too safe with fair catches.

Ekeler pointed out correctly that Georgia led the SEC with 31 punt returns last season.

He called that “pretty decent. This year, we’ve got to shatter that.”  

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Preferred walk-on kicker Rodrigo Blankenship will get a look on kickoffs. “We’ll have to see when we get deeper into camp here,” Ekeler said. "Right now his kickoffs look pretty darn good." Senior Marshall Morgan who has handled the kickoffs “is doing a great job,” Ekeler said.

Georgia will put on full pads for the first time this preseason on Saturday afternoon.


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