Snappers up in the air, too

Mark Richt

ATHENS – Georgia still is auditioning two long snappers and three holders, and kicker Brandon Coutu is ready for a resolution.

"The sooner we narrow it down, the sooner we can start working on a rhythm," Coutu said.

Sophomore Bo Fowler and junior Jeff Henson are competing to replace snapper Brian Jordan, and Gordon Ely-Kelso, Brian Mimbs and Rowdy Francis are competing to replace holder Lee Jackson.

All the candidates hit all their marks during Saturday's scrimmage, Coutu said, but Coutu missed one kick because he started his approach too soon.

"That's a big thing," Coutu said. "I knew exactly when Brian was going to snap it, and I had a lot of confidence in him. It's not that we won't find that. It just takes a little bit of time. The big thing is just getting a rhythm with them."

Fowler currently is the favorite in the snapper race, and Coutu essentially will get to pick the holder, Richt said.

"I'm comfortable with everybody," Coutu said. "It wasn't like that at the beginning of the camp. It took me a little while."

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