2007 Fall Camp: Brandon Coutu Pure Camp

ATHENS – Senior place kicker Brandon Coutu has seen his fair share of craziness during his fall camps at Georgia. Dean Legge talks with him in a Dawg Post feature called Pure Camp, which describes the subtleties of being a Bulldog during the heat of August practices.

What was the most difficult moment for you during a fall camp at Georgia?

Probably my first camp. I came in as a walk-on, and I had no idea what to expect. I was sitting on the sidelines not getting any reps, and no one was looking at me or anything like that. All kinds of things run through your head. Did I make the right decision? Did I pick the right place? Can I even play here? You have these doubts. As long as you keep working hard everything will work out.

What do kickers do during fall camp? Is it different from regular fall practice?

I wouldn't say that it's different. We may kick a little more to get ready for the season. We always find a way to pass the time.

Is there a guy you have to avoid during fall camp?

I wouldn't say there is any one person that I need to avoid – maybe a linebacker blitzing on a field goal or something like that.

Is there a time when it's too hot? Do y'all not drink water? Or are there any rules that you have to abide by like the rest of the team?

We drink water when we have water breaks. I wouldn't say that it's too hot. We are not in Miami. Everybody else always seems to be a little hotter. They get it a little worse. I don't think that it's too hot in Athens. Down in Miami or at Florida State it's humid and hot. I couldn't imagine being down there. It does get warm here, but I wouldn't say that it gets too hot.

What the most memorable thing from the fall camps you have been to?

The first field goal I hit was a 47-yarder. Somebody had a tweak in their leg or something like that, and they just said: "You go kick it." I had never kicked in front of the coaches or really anybody at the time. I was thinking: "Man, what if this makes or breaks my career?" I was a freshman, and Billy Bennett was still there. Luckily I made it.

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