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UGA Tries to Get Kickoff Coverage Right

ATHENS - Southern coach Dawson Odoms certainly knows what his team is up against Saturday playing at No. 7 Georgia.

“We’ve got to go up there with the right mindset and hope we come back with the same number of guys we take up there,” Odoms said Monday.

One of the guys Odoms will take is Willie Quinn, who figures to provide a test to a Georgia kickoff coverage unit that gave up returns of 51, 28 and 27 yards in Saturday’s 52-20 victory against South Carolina.

The 5-foot-5, 145-pound junior from Miami leads the FCS in kickoff return touchdowns this season. He returned a kickoff 100 yards against Louisiana Tech and 90 yards against Mississippi Valley State when he also returned a punt 39 yards for a touchdown.

Quinn has six career touchdowns on returns and has a 28.4 career kick return average.

“I think he’s an exciting football player,” Odoms said. “He understands how to play the game. When the football is in his hands, he believes each time he touches it he has the ability to score points.”

Georgia ranks 90 th nationally in kickoff return defense at 22.5 yards per return.

That included a 51-yard return from Gamecock Shon Carson late in the second quarter Saturday. The Gamecocks got a 51-yard field goal after a face mask penalty on Reggie Davis.

“They grabbed some of our momentum,” coach Mark Richt said. “It was disappointing that they got in position to kick that kick. We kicked it deep, tried to cover it and didn’t cover good enough. (Davis) trying to get the guy down accidentally gets a facemask. Unfortunately, that stuff happens in football.”


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