One Georgia Player On ESPN's Preseason All-American First Team

One Georgia Player On ESPN's Preseason All-American First Team

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One Georgia Player On ESPN's Preseason All-American First Team


On Tuesday morning, ESPN released their preseason all-American first team for the 2018 football season.

The list features stars like Will Grier (QB, WVU), Bryce Love (RB, Stanford), Jonathan Taylor (RB, Wisconsin), Nick Bosa (DE, OSU) and Ed Oliver (DT, Houston).

Georgia did, however, get one player on the list in kicker Rodrigo Blankenship.

Blankenship earned first team honors alongside punter Mitch Wishnowski of Utah.

Known as “Hot Rod,” the Marietta, Georgia native has quickly become one of the most beloved UGA kickers of all-time. Accompanied by his glasses and usually a helmet for interviews, the term “Respect the Specs” have grown widely popular amongst Dawg fans.

A redshirt junior, Blankenship has connected on 34 of 41 field goals throughout his career, including a perfect 89/89 on career extra points.

From ESPN:

Blankenship was perfect last season on field goal tries from inside 40 yards, connected on 20 kicks total, made 6 of 9 attempts beyond the 40-yard mark and didn’t miss a PAT in 63 tries. But two things put Blankenship over the top here. The first is his 55-yard kick against Oklahoma that changed Georgia’s Rose Bowl fortunes just before the half. The second is the glasses. Look good, kick good.

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