“I don’t know if I hit a good ball then,” he said. “I know a lot of them went through. Hopefully, to one will care what it looks like as long as it’s going through the uprights.” Ely-Kelso, Georgia’s senior punter, was given extra point and field goal duties this week after Andy Bailey struggled against Kentucky.
“There’s pressure in the sense that you want to do well obviously,” he said, “but there’s also a little bit of relief that I know I’m the fourth-best kicker out there, so there’s not too much pressure.”
Ely-Kelso rates himself behind regular starter Brandon Coutu, lost for the year due to a hamstring injury, Bailey and injured walk-on Ben Wilson.
“I’m pretty much as raw as you can get as a kicker,” he said. “Of course, I played soccer, and out here I mess around and kick footballs, but as far as the steps and timing and all that…”
Ely-Kelso got some coaching from Coutu during Monday evening’s practice. He hasn’t kicked a field goal in a game since high school, when his long was 48 yards, he said. He has made attempts from up to 65 yards in practice, he said.
Dublin’s Brian Mimbs will hold for Ely-Kelso. Wilson still is out due to tissue damage in his knee. The best-case scenario for his return is the Nov. 25 Georgia Tech game but even that is uncertain.
“I don’t think we really know,” he said.