The Georgia Bulldogs have been settled at the kicking position for quite some time. A steady trail of NFL-level talent has walked into and out of Sanford Stadium during Head Coach Mark Richt’s tenure—with Marshall Morgan likely being another before it’s all said and done, despite a few hiccups along the way—but the punting position has been less reliable; after the exit of All-American Drew Butler (currently playing in the NFL), the Bulldogs have struggled to find a suitable replacement.
That said, it would be nice to see the Bulldogs sign a kid who can come in and be consistent at that position and Blake Gillikin (Atlanta, GA) certainly has the leg to make a case for him being that guy.
Gillikin is rated as the 4th punter in the country—according to Kohls Kicking Camp rankings—and has a lot of confidence in his leg and range. It’s uncertain how well he would hold up under the pressure of a full bull rush, but the following video showcases several kicks out of the back of the end zone and Gillikin doesn’t appear to break even the slightest of sweats, despite the pocket collapsing around him.
Penn State is thought to be a serious player here, and Gillikin has plans to visit one of their satellite camps in Atlanta later today, according to a report by Sean Fitz of 247Sports, but the lure of playing close to home could work in Georgia’s favor in the end.