Coutu takes over starting role

Brandon Coutu

ATHENS - Starting place-kicker Brandon Coutu won't be getting the competition he wanted.

Andy Bailey, who started most of last year and was pushing Coutu this year, will be out four-to-six weeks after dislocating his shoulder in practice Friday, coach Mark Richt said Saturday.

"I don't have any problem competing every day," Coutu said. "I think it makes us both better."

Ben Wilson has been moved up the depth chart to back up Coutu on kickoffs and extra point and field goals attempts.

Brandon Coutu spent most of the offseason working on his leg endurance in anticipation of handling both duties. He first took the job from Bailey in the season finale against Georgia Tech after Bailey missed an extra point. Coutu hit a 44-yarder in that game.

In the Outback Bowl, he hit a 20-yarder and missed a 52-yarder. He came to Georgia from Collins Hill High School, where he was 9-for-9 in field goal kicking his senior year and also a standout punter.

Bailey was 14-for-20 on field goals and 36-for-37 on extra points before being replaced by Coutu. Prior to Bailey's injury, both kickers were "very good," Richt said.

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