Rodrigo Blankenship, Andrew Thomas earn weekly SEC honors
Two Bulldogs earned recognition by the SEC for their play in the 30-6 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Senior kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was named the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week after converting on all three field goal attempts in the win. Andrew Thomas earned the conference’s Offensive Lineman of the Week award.
Blankenship was one of the top kickers in the country last season, as he converted on 19 of his 23 field goals. He also had 85 percent of his kickoffs go for touchbacks a season ago, which was good for the third-best rate in the country.
Against Vanderbilt, Georgia wanted to employ Blankenship in a different way.
“We don’t always let him kick it out of the end zone on the touchbacks. There were some planned not touchbacks tonight to make sure we get practice covering kicks and number two, the thought we could pin them inside the 25,” Kirby Smart said. “He didn’t always like that because he likes to kick it out of the end zone. But he’s talented that he can hang it up higher and longer than anyone in the country and gets the field goals as well.
“He’s a valuable weapon for us, and he’s a great kid and an unbelievable ambassador for the University of Georgia.”
Blankenship’s longest field goal against Vanderbilt was 50-yards. He also converted all three of his extra points, moving him into third all-time for most consecutive extra points made, with 157.
It was the third time in his Georgia career that Blankenship took home the award.
As for Thomas, he helped pave the way for Georgia’s running backs total 325 rushing yards in the win. Thomas graded out at 92 percent in the win while also racking up five knockdowns. This was the second time the junior left tackle won the award.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa shared the offensive player of the week award
Georgia returns to action on Saturday, as it hosts Murray State. This will be the first home game of the season for the Bulldogs.
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