Kilgo, a very impressive punter

Kilgo has 34 career punts of 50 yards or longer, including long punts of 67 yards in 2000 and 66 yards this season — each against Auburn. Kilgo says he will have about 15 family members from Georgia, Alabama and Texas in the stands Wednesday night. He admits to having conflicting feelings as he approaches the end of his career.

NEW ORLEANS — The Sugar Bowl is an especially nice reward for Georgia punter Jonathan Kilgo.

  For  the second straight game, Kilgo can enjoy the benefit of punting without worry about wind conditions or other weather factors.

 In the Dec. 7 Southeastern Conference championship game in the Georgia Dome.

On his first effort of the game, Kilgo boomed a 59-yarder.  Unlike some long, line-drive punts, Kilgo's effort also boasted impressive hang time.

 Kilgo averaged 45.7 yards on three punts in the Georgia Dome — the first indoor game of his four seasons as Georgia's punter. Now he gets a chance to finish his college career with another indoor game at the Superdome Wednesday night.

 "It's awesome for me to finish my last two games in domes,'' Kilgo said before Saturday morning's practice in the Superdome.

 While playing for Pepperell High School, Kilgo kicked in two playoff games in the Georgia Dome, and he also played in the 1999 Georgia-Florida High School All-Star game in the facility. Then came the four-year wait for another chance to kick indoors.

 "It is a big factor having no weather to worry about,'' Kilgo said.

"Fifty-nine yarders don't come every game.''

Even while combating wind and rain, Kilgo has enjoyed the most consistent and sustained success of any punter in Georgia history. The senior will finish as the only punter to average more than 40 yards in four seasons.

 "It means a lot to be the first one to do it,'' Kilgo said. "Kicking as long as I have, it's kind of good to  to do something no one else has done.

 Kilgo's current career average of 42.3 yards per punt ranks fourth in school history.

 Along the way, Kilgo has 34 career punts of 50 yards or longer, including long punts of 67 yards in 2000 and 66 yards this season — each against Auburn. Kilgo says he will have about 15 family members from Georgia, Alabama and Texas in the stands Wednesday night. He admits to having conflicting feelings as he approaches the end of his career.

 "It's good to be done, but then again you don't want it to end,'' he said.

"But I hope to keep playing (in the NFL). I'm just going to work as hard as I can and hope I have an opportunity to do that.''


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