Walsh back on target

Walsh back on target

November 20th, 2011 by David Paschall in Sports - College

ATHENS, Ga. -- Whether Georgia senior Blair Walsh regained his full-time kicking job during Saturday's 19-10 win over Kentucky is unknown, but he definitely regained his chance at becoming the all-time leading scorer in Southeastern Conference history.

Walsh scored 13 points on the strength of four field goals in four attempts -- three from 39 yards out and one from 25. The 5-foot-10, 192-pounder from Boca Raton, Fla., had made just nine of 17 attempts in the seven games leading up to Saturday and for a third straight game was in a rotation with fellow senior Brandon Bogotay.

"It felt like old times coming off the field after making them and with your team giving you high-fives because you made them and not because you missed them and they're trying to console you," Walsh said.

Walsh's first 39-yarder capped Georgia's opening possession and tied the game at 3. Bogotay came in on the second drive, missing wide right from 52 yards out, and Walsh handled place-kicking chores the rest of the game. The two continued to rotate kicking off.

"Certainly today I felt like Walsh was really nailing them, and we decided to leave him in there," coach Mark Richt said. "He came through. How we start out next week? I don't know."

Walsh has 393 career points, second all-time in the SEC, and is nearing the 409 Billy Bennett tallied at Georgia from 2000 to '03.

"That is crazy," Walsh said.

Inching Closer

Jarvis Jones not only caused a fumble to set up Georgia's only touchdown of the game, but the redshirt sophomore outside linebacker collected 2.5 sacks and has 12.5 this season. Jones, who sat out last year after transferring from Southern Cal, has three more games to break the school's single-season mark of 14 set by David Pollack in 2002.

"Pollack knows I'm coming at him," Jones said, smiling. "Getting that would definitely be a blessing, and I give all the credit to my coaches and teammates. I love Georgia, and I told Coach Richt that if he let me come here that I would give it everything I've got.

"If I get the sack record it would be great, but if not I'm still going to give him everything I've got."

Odds and Ends

In the past 10 seasons, Georgia has won four SEC East titles (2002-03, '05 and '11), Florida three ('06 and '08-09), Tennessee two ('04 and '07) and South Carolina one ('10). ... Aaron Murray's 7-yard pass to Marlon Brown extended Murray's school single-season touchdown record to 28. ... Kentucky senior weakside linebacker Danny Trevathan racked up 17 tackles, tying a career high, and forced two fumbles.