ATHENS — Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship is as much a man of the people as football folk hero, both further cemented by his performance last Saturday.
Blankenship proved invaluable for the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs once again, splitting the uprights in the pressure-packed 23-17 win over Notre Dame from 40, 31 and 43 yards.
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“He’s clutch, Mr. consistency, and it’s a pleasure to have him,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “It’s like Jake (Fromm); you go through your life coaching and you may only have one or two Rodrigos. He wants to be in the limelight, he wants that pressure.”
Blankenship, a senior, did indeed savor the moment.
“It’s crazy, it’s awesome, it’s a blessing, it’s really just a blessing to be here and be a part of this team, part of this program and part of the University of Georgia,” Blankenship said following the historic Top 10 tilt at Sanford Stadium.
“When you come to the University of Georgia, you can find yourself playing in some pretty big games. It’s just really special and really just a blessing to be a part of this team and be in these kinds of games.”
Blankenship is a leader of the team as well as All-American candidate at kicker, as he exhibited during his pregame talk.
Blankenship admitted he exhaled in the same fashion as many of the 93,246 that made up the record crowd a Sanford Stadium.