Georgia’s kicking game had been a real struggle this year, that is until Rodrigo Blankenship became the hero Bulldogs fans needed. He’s made nine out of his ten kicks this season and was a perfect 4-of-4 on Saturday against Kentucky in a 27-24 win, which included the game-winner. His performance was so good he earned an SEC honor for the week.
The redshirt freshman walk-on seems to be in line for a scholarship next season, but coach Kirby Smart is not exactly on the same page as the fans or anyone else. He wouldn’t commit to giving the young a scholarship and seems to be hedging his support as if someone else might come along and snatch the job.
“We determine that kind of stuff at the end of the year,” Smart said at his weekly news conference. “We look at the whole and kind of where we’re at and go through recruiting. We’re obviously in hot pursuit of good specialists because that’s an area we’ve got to improve on. But that will be based off how (Blankenship) finishes up, the whole picture, where we are. He’s certainly done a great job and has gained a lot of confidence, which I’m fired up about.”
Blankenship’s father, Ken, has been outspoken about his feelings on the matter and basically said that if his son doesn’t get a scholarship he will have to transfer to an FCS school because he won’t have the money to pay for his son’s education. The elder Blankenship is 67 and has had to sell off chunks of his retirement in order to keep Rodrigo in school.
[h/t Dawg Nation]