Summer Sitdowns: Special Teams

Dawg Post takes a "Summer Sitdown" with each Georgia football player, position-by-position. The Overall Message: An SEC Title in 2010.

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KICKER

Blair Walsh:

Junior, 5-foot-10, 185-pounds

2009: 20-for-22 (long of 53). 42-of-42 XP's.

Dawg Post's Message:

Blair,

Just like your special teams cohort, Drew Butler, there isn't much else for you to prove.

Last year you finished with the second-most accurate season in Georgia history. Hey, Billy Bennett was pretty good, and after all, one of your two misses was from over 50 yards out. We'll let that slide.

On the real, you're one of the most talented kickers to come through Athens. You hit four kicks of 50-yards or more last season with no reason to believe it won't get better.

One thing that will be better is your time spent kicking off. We know you had to hide your true feelings. You grinned, shrugged and said all the right things.

But we have a feeling you hated the directional strategy. You wanted to just kick it clear through the end zone. You had 17 touchbacks last season, which led the conference, and yet you were still asked to kick directionally.

This season you won't be restrained.

Truthfully, just like A.J. Green, we know you probably want to leave here with some records. You have two more seasons to get that job accomplished.

In 2008 you were 15-of-23.

In 2009 you were 20-of-22.

Keep on progressing, and continue to be a part of the pound-for-pound strongest unit on this team.

Last season in the SEC you were fifth in scoring. You were third in field goals made a game. You were the second most accurate kicker and hit the third most field goals.

There's no reason to believe you can't lead all those categories this season.

Brandon Bogotay:

Junior, 6-foot-3, 214-pounds

2009: Appeared in two games (South Carolina and Arkansas), recording one kickoff in each.

Dawg Post's Message: "So you're not riding shotgun. The backseat in Athens is still quite a spot to occupy."

Brandon,

It can't be easy backing up one of the best kickers in the nation. From all accounts we've gathered, you could start for 50 percent of the teams in the SEC.

We understand you were brought to Athens due to kickoff potential because of your strong leg.

What ended up happening was Blair took the message to heart, using your arrival to get even better at kicking off.

There is no shame in backing up Mr. Walsh. We take solace in the fact that if something were to happen to Blair you'd be right there to handle the situation with little falloff.

We think that's important—which makes you important. That's the beauty of this special teams unit. There is no weak link.

PUNTER

Drew Butler:

Redshirt Junior, 6-foot-2, 203-pounds

2009: 56 punts with 48.1 average. 19 downed inside 20.

Dawg Post's Message: "To be the best, you've got to beat the best. Then again, you'd have to beat yourself. Either way you're winning."

Drew,

Man what a way to burst on the scene last season. In your first full season as the starting punter you achieved the highest status one could reach—winning the Ray Guy Award as the nation's best.

For some perspective, 1958 was the last time a Bulldog led the nation in punting.

That's 41 years kicking around.

In all honesty you could have gone pro. We know you didn't even file your paperwork, but it's not outlandish to suggest.

Our message is: You don't have to outdo yourself. Topping that season would be remarkable, and to place those expectations on you would only harm the cause.

It's tempting to say since Aaron Murray is a first-year quarterback you're going to need to play just as well—if not better.

But it's not like you weren't going to do that anyway.

We say find that groove you hit around the LSU and Tennessee games. That's when the team was struggling most and when you hit your booming stride.

We know of your personal goals, and they all include helping the team. No one is going to outwork you. You've proven that. Continue to boom, Drew, and don't let your own expectations, or the threat of a first-year quarterback, or a chance at the NFL bog you down.

Just do what you do. Or already have done.

LONG-SNAPPER

Ty Frix:

Redshirt Sophomore, 6-foot, 200-pounds

2009: Appeared in all 13 games, handling all snapping duties.

Dawg Post's Message: Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.

Ty,

You were one of 29 players to appear in all 13 games last season. You handled all snapping duties, and like so many who've snapped before, you may be the most overlooked player on the team.

Not by us.

You had the ball in your hands first—before Drew won the Ray Guy Award, and before Blair was a finalist for the Lou Groza. Drew and Blair are both quick to give you props.

Our message to you is: Continue to dominate—even if it is unnoticed by most. You have done it in the past, and we believe you'll continue to excel at your position.

Just like your father Mitch, who snapped to Drew's father Kevin in 1981, you've done great.

It's those types of connections and legacies that make being a Dawg so special.

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