Georgia adds another intriguing kicking option

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Shane Beamer, right, and Kevin Butler on Georgia's in-house broadcasting show Wednesday.

ATHENS — The Georgia football team continues to hoard kickers and punters, and the latest one seems to have a prime opportunity to kick this year.

David Marvin, who kicked and punted at FCS school Wofford last season, is coming to Georgia via graduate transfer, he announced on his Twitter feed on Wednesday.

Marvin was 17-for-23 on field goal attempts last year, including 5-of-7 from 50 yards or longer. He made a 50-yarder at Ole Miss. He averaged 46.1 yards on 46 punts last year.

He also had impressive stats kickoffs, averaging 61.7 yards per kick off, with touchbacks on 37 of his 75 attempts.

While Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship had an impressive freshman season on field goals, he did struggle on kick offs. Blankenship is also a walk-on, and he and his family were hoping he could earn a scholarship after his freshman season. That won’t happen yet, they were told, though the player has maintained he will stay with the team.

While Marvin’s announcement on Twitter said he had received a full scholarship, that was unconfirmed by UGA. He was not included in Georgia’s official list of 26 signees on Wednesday.

Earlier this month Georgia added Cameron Nizialek, who mostly punted at Columbia, another FCS school. And high school kicker Brooks Buce announced he would be walking on at Georgia.

“We want to increase the competition around those guys, and we feel like we’ve done that, in recruiting and in other avenues,” Georgia special teams coordinator Shane Beamer said earlier in the day on Marshall Long is recovering a broken kneecap suffered late in his freshman season. Brice Ramsey, who finished the season as the punter, has one year of eligibility remaining but is due to graduate this summer.
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