Bailey gets support from team

ATHENS – Sitting in the tunnel of Razorback Stadium after Georgia's win over Arkansas, Andy Bailey, surprisingly, didn't have a reporter in front of him. He was waiting around for to answer questions; it was like he was almost like he was waiting around to kick.

When reporters did finally make their way to Bailey, the redshirt freshman was asked about his two missed kicks against the Hogs. Bailey nailed his final kick of the night to give the Dawgs a 20-14 win. But before that all but game-sealing field goal, Bailey had some doubts about if he would be the one kicking it. He missed two seemingly critical kicks earlier in the game.

"I thought about (Richt putting someone else in to kick), but Coach Richt came over to me and said that other guys on the field were messing up, too. He told me not to worry about it and to just make the next kick," Bailey said.

Bailey was getting support from his teammates as well.

"I told him never to doubt himself. That's the worst thing you can ever do. Regardless of how you feel you can't ever doubt yourself. I told him: ‘you're our starting kicker – we need you. You have the best leg out here; just stay in there and make them,'" said quarterback David Greene.

Bailey, a redshirt freshman said he wasn't sure if what he was going through was growing pains. He also missed a chip shot field goal against Tennessee earlier this season that would have given Georgia major momentum in that game.

"He is striking the ball well, he just missed them," said Mark Richt of Bailey's failed attempts from 31 and 46 yards out.

"After the missed I was bummed out. I hit the 46-yarder well but it tailed off to the left. I though the 46-yarder was going to hit the upright – I barley missed it. I pushed the one before the half," Bailey said.

Richt knew a time would come when Andy Bailey would have to make a kick when the chips were down. Georgia may have been winning the game, but Bailey's night was a difficult one. His successful final kick was critical for both the team and himself.

"He is our kicker. I have all of the confidence in him," said Richt. "It could have made a difference in if we won or lost and that's the first time he went through that. I still think he has his confidence. I expect him to do well this Saturday."

"The crowd quieted down after I hit the last one," said Bailey. "I was happy that I finished well."

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