ATHENS — Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship and offensive tackle Andrew Thomas are so good at their jobs, both are often taken for granted.
Blankenship and Thomas were virtually flawless for the No. 6-ranked Bulldogs in their 24-17 win over Florida in Jacksonville last Saturday. Both were honored by the SEC, Thomas as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, and Blankenship as the Special Teams Player of the Week.
Thomas and his Georgia offensive line teammates were under fire to pass protect against a Florida defense that leads the league with 29 sacks.
Coach Kirby Smart was quick to point out in his press conference the mission was accomplished, as Jake Fromm was not sacked and had time to complete 20 of 30 passes for 279 yards with two touchdowns.
Thomas played 70 snaps against Florida and graded out at 90 percent , according to UGA staff. Thomas also had two knockdown blocks.
Thomas ranks among the leading candidates to win the Outland Trophy, and is a strong favorite to be among the three finalists for the coveted award.
It’s the second time Thomas has won the league’s lineman of the week award.
Blankenship, who has won the special teams player of week award four times season week, made all three of his field goal attempts in the pressure-packed game. Blankenship connected on kicks of 31, 37 and 27 yards as Georgia built a 16-3 lead through three quarters.
Blankenship now ranks No. 5 in SEC history for most points scored (389) and he’s riding a school-record streak of 185 straight PATs.