No "Little" Challange on punt return

Posted Nov 17, 2005

ATHENS - Georgia will kick to Rafael Little, its coach said, despite the inherent dangers.

Rafael Little, a sophomore running back at Kentucky, is first in the SEC and fifth in the nation with 17.8 yards per return. However, the Bulldogs have never made a practice of kicking away from anybody since Coach Mark Richt arrived in 2001.

“We’ve just been blessed with punters who really great at getting the ball up,” Richt said. “The problem with angle kicks is you tend to shank. Guys that angle kick all the time are going to shank a few. We’ll punt the ball.”

The Bulldogs are second in the SEC and seventh in the nation in punt coverage, averaging a net distance of 38.5 yards and allowing just 2.8 yards on the average return.

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