The sophomore showed that the hamstring injury that has bothered him won’t slow him down.
McKenzie returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday's 31-14 win against Vanderbilt. It was the third punt return for touchdown of his career and fourth total return for touchdown (the other came on a kick return) already as a Bulldog.
“It’s just another one in the books,” he said. “Right now I’m just worried about the team and returning (kicks) for the team and happy to be back.”
McKenzie backed up to field the punt, broke a tackle at the Georgia 25 and raced down the middle of the field getting by one more Vanderbilt player inside the Commodore 40 and running left into the end zone.
“Before we returned it, I just told everybody just get in the way,” McKenzie said. “All I need you to do is get in the way. I don’t need you to block just get in the way. That’s what my teammates did. They got in the way, I broke a tackle and took it around the corner.”
The 5-foot-8, 170-pound McKenzie also ran for 24 yards on an end around and also had his first catch of the year for 15 yards from Greyson Lambert in the third quarter on a seam route.
“I couldn’t get outside so I went inside,” he said. “Greyson threw a great pass and I just had to adjust to it and catch the ball.”
McKenzie now is one punt return touchdown away from Georgia’s career record of four held by Buzy Rosenberg (1970-72).
“When he gets the ball in his hands there’s a good shot of him getting a lot of yards,” coach Mark Richt said, “if not a touchdown,” Richt said.