Barber Booming Them for Georgia

ATHENS - Barber on solid footing after Georgia's scrimmage

Collin Barber’s shaky spring has made way for a strong preseason. The senior was lauded by Richt for his showing in the Thursday scrimmage. “I thought Collin was really sharp today,” Richt said. “Hit some good bombs. Hit a ball that should have been down on the one inch line. He was punting for both teams basically. He had another kick that we kick end over end. He hit that right about the 9 or 10 yard line, which is right where we want that to land with good hang time, good operation there.”

As far as kickoffs, Marshall Morgan is still handling that role. Barber, not freshman walk-on Rodrigo Blankenship, is the backup kickoff man, Richt said. “He’s kicked off well when he’s had opportunities,” Richt said. “Rodrigo was doing it early on, but we wanted to see. The main reason was because we started looking at our 70-man (travel) roster and if Collin can be the backup holder and the backup kickoff guy and we can find somebody else who can be a backup punter, maybe we don’t have to be another specialist, we can bring another guy who can play scrimmage downs.”

Richt said both Barber, who battled lower back pain last season, and Morgan “had very good camps right now. I think they’ll have really good senior seasons.”

Richt said he’s very comfortable with the two seniors, but is more concerned with who will kick and punt next season. Blankenship is a candidate. “We may end up signing a punter and signing a kicker, possibly, who aren’t even here yet,” Richt said. “Or there may be a walk-on who shows up and wins the job.”

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