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February 6, 2014

Special Teams for the win

First, we sign a player specifically for returning the football on punts and kickoffs.

Isaiah McKenzie is a short, but shifty guy who reminds me of Billy 'White Shoes' Johnson when he gets the ball. We've had others like him sign and play, but not specifically to handle kick and punt returns:
"His No. 1 job is gonna try to be that punt returner, kick returner for us," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "It could be the difference in one ballgame, and obviously help us on offense if we can sometimes just get 10 yards on the punt return. That's the first down for the offense.

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Don't I know it. We are the school of The Grayhound, which is Internationally Nationally known as short hand for the autofaircatch. McKenzie is also the kind of player that will be used at slot or even on some of those little quick sweeps from the pistol.

Second, we hire a coach who was a special teams standout and with specific experience coaching special teams.

If the signing class of 2011 was indicative of Richt's willingness to change his approach to recruiting and dedication to coaching the Georgia Bulldogs, we could look back at the class of 2014 as an indication that Richt is trying to shed his 'just don't screw up' approach to certain aspects of Georgia's game plan, especially on special teams.


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