Collin Barber Kicking It

ATHENS - Georgia’s special teams included some change of pace.

A couple of blocked punts and punter Collin Barber handling most of the kickoffs.

The Bulldogs didn’t block a punt all of last season in its first year with co-special team coordinators.

It got two in the opener on Saturday, the fifth time that’s happened in program history.

Lorenzo Carter partially blocked a punt in the first quarter, the first for Georgia since Shawn Williams against Nebraska in the bowl in the 2012 Capital One Bowl.

The second blocked punt came from freshman linebacker De’Andre Walker, who came up the middle to block a punt through the end zone for a safety after the lightning delay.

“I was proud of him,” Floyd said. “He plays outside linebacker, too, and I felt proud of him.”

Barber had four touchbacks on six kickoffs.

“I love contributing as much as I can to the team, and to be able to kick off and not give them a return was awesome,” he said.

Marshall Morgan kicked off twice without a touchback.

“Marshall had tweaked his groin a little bit last week and we weren’t sure how he was going to respond,” Richt said. “We shut him down a day or two and let him kick on Thursday. He felt good today, good enough to let him kick off as well. I don’t know who will kick off in the future. We went into camp thinking Marshall but Collin has done a nice job while Marshall was nursing his leg a little bit. We’ll see what we do.”


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