Not So Special Teams
Brian Mimbs

Posted Nov 8, 2008

LEXINGTON – Brian Mimbs knew Kentucky would be aggressive on special teams, but the Georgia punter wasn’t expecting to put his team in a bind with multiple punting problems.

Mimbs, who entered the game averaging 44 yards a punt, managed just a 34-yard average on three kicks against Kentucky and had one punt blocked in the second half.

“They’d been coming all day,” Mimbs said. “The first two punts they were coming, and eventually their will to block a punt paid off. We knew they were going to come after it when we were backed up, and they did, they got it.”

The blocked punt set up a Wildcats touchdown, as did another shanked kick by Mimbs later in the half.

The special teams also allowed a 96-yard kickoff return by Kentucky’s Winston Guy, part of a unit that chalked up 221 return yards in the game.

“Fans are always wanting you to kick it out of the end zone, and we had the wind at our back, and we tried to kick it out of the end zone,” head coach Mark Richt said. “It didn’t have enough air time, and we did not get into coverage as good as we should.”

Three of Kentucky’s touchdowns followed big special-teams plays, but the Bulldogs were able to overcome the problems with a frenetic offensive output and some clutch defensive plays in the fourth quarter.

That was little solace to Mimbs, but he said he’ll take a win even if he didn’t contribute much to it.

“I know that we were backed up twice, and they ended up getting 14 points off of it, so to come out with a win, it just shows your team’s character to scratch and claw and pick up one phase that might not be working well,” he said.

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