Faith is very important to Jack Podlesny. After his huge performance against Cincinnati, it’s easy to see why Georgia teammates had such a strong belief in Podlesny.
With just seconds left in the game and Georgia trailing by two, Georgia redshirt sophomore Jack Podlesny trouted out for a 53-yard field goal attempt. If he were to make the kick, it would be a new career-long and the longest game-winning field goal for Georgia since Kevin Butler’s iconic 60-yard make to beat Clemson in 1984.
“I mean, just the endless support from everyone coming up, giving me hugs, high fives, everything,” Podlesny said. “But one thing I think just standing out the most was people coming up and telling me the glory goes to God, that God had my back there.”
Podlesny isn’t on scholarship yet but he shouldn’t have to wait much longer after this season where he held down kicking duties from start to finish. He connected on 13 of his 16 attempts this season, including all three in the win over Cincinnati. His previous long came on a 51-yard attempt against the Tennessee Volunteers.
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The 2020 season was an incredibly trying one for just about the entire sport of college football. The 2021 Peach Bowl against Cincinnati was perhaps the perfect microcosm of Georgia’s 2020. The offense sputtered at times. Its defense was great for much of the game, but it gave a big 79-yard touchdown run to open the second half.
After the loss to Florida dropped Georgia to 4-2, it would’ve been easy for the Bulldogs to pack it in. Instead, the Bulldogs won their final four games of the season and will finish ranked inside the top-10.
The Bulldogs kept the faith throughout the season. In the end it was rewarded for that belief and spirit.