Georgia’s Ramsey loves his dual role as QB/punter

Brice Ramsey played some quarterback against Kentucky, but excelled as a punter on Saturday in Athens. (AJC/Curtis Compton)

Brice Ramsey’s punting was the bright spot for Georgia’s special teams, which continued its season-long inconsistency in Saturday’s 27-3 win over Kentucky in Athens.

Though he works on it for less than 10 minutes in practice each week because he also is a quarterback, Ramsey averaged 47.7 yards on three punts. He had a career-long punt of 53 yards. Ramsey took over punting last week from the inconsistent Collin Barber and averaged 43.4 yards on five punts against Florida. Ramsey also completed 4 of 6 passes for 26 yards against Wildcats.

“I love it,” he said of punting. “I’m looking forward to pursuing it.”

Ramsey said he punted at Camden County High School. He was messing around punting in practices at Georgia  earlier this season when the coaches noticed him. He’s focused on trying to keep a consistent drop, something he said he works on during down time in quarterback drills.

Partially because of Ramsey, Kentucky’s average starting field position was its 23-yard line, compared with Georgia starting on its 38.

“I felt like I have a good skill set but it’s been so long I didn’t think they would come back to me (to punt),” he said. “I’m happy that it’s working out.”

Ramsey was the special teams’ best performer.

In the first half, the teams were called for three penalties (two illegal blocks and a holding), though one of the illegal blocks was declined.

After kicking a 22-yard field goal in the first quarter, Marshall Morgan missed a 38-yard attempt to the left to the end the half. It was his fifth miss this season after missing five all of last season.

Morgan has kicked one field goal this season longer than 37 yards, it a 47-yarder against Southern in the season’s fourth game. He has missed three kicks of at least 40 yards this season.

Morgan bounced back to make a 27-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to increase Georgia’s lead to 27-3.

Last week against Florida, a punt return was fumbled and the Gators recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. Against Alabama, a punt was blocked and recovered for a touchdown.

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