Rodrigo Blankenship Talks First Career Pass Attempt vs Auburn

Rodrigo Blankenship Talks First Career Pass Attempt vs Auburn

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Rodrigo Blankenship Talks First Career Pass Attempt vs Auburn


With just over three minutes to go in Georgia’s win over Auburn, the Dawgs held a 27-10 lead facing a fourth down from the Tigers’ 14 yard line.

Out came the field goal unit to attempt to extend Georgia’s lead to 30-10. But nope, instead Kirby Smart called a trick play that resulted in Rodrigo Blankenship missing an open Isaac Nauta in the end zone. Fake field goal failed. Nonetheless, Georgia would still go on to win 27-10.

It was Blankenship’s first career pass attempt, and though it was not really a much needed one, it was still fun to see Hot Rod wind up and toss the rock.

John Frierson of GeorgiaDogs.com had a quick chat with Blankenship about the fake field goal attempt.

Frierson: You attempted your first career pass on Saturday, on the fake field goal — what is it like in the moments before the ball is snapped and this play that you’ve practiced is about to be put to the test? Are you nervous or scared?

Blankenship: I was just thinking about trying to throw the best pass I could to give Isaac a chance to catch it. The way that we had drawn that fake up, we didn’t have to do anything out of the ordinary with our alignment or normal field-goal process. There wasn’t anything major to give it away before the snap and I was just trying to think, just give him a chance to catch it.

He’s a former Army All-American in high school and a great player for us, and I was just thinking if I can get it in range of him, he’s going to make a play and we’ll come away with some points. It didn’t quite happen, I put a little too much on it.

Blankenship has connected on 17/19 of his field goal attempts this season and is a perfect 43/43 on extra points.

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