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Rodrigo Blankenship named to 2018 Lou Groza Award Watch List

Rodrigo Blankenship
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UGA junior kicker Rodrigo Blankenship has been named to the 2018 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced on Wednesday.

The Groza Award, named after legendary place-kicker Lou Groza, is an annual college football award given to the nation’s best kicker.

Blankenship, who hails from Marietta, Georgia, connected on 20-of-23 field goal attempts last season (87%). He also made all 63 of his extra-point attempts and is currently 100% for his career in Athens (89-of-89).

In the 2018 Rose Bowl Game victory over Oklahoma, Blankenship set a new record with a 55-yard field goal to close the first half. Then in the National Championship Game against Alabama, Blankenship nailed a 51-yard field goal in overtime.

Rodrigo Blankenship was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award last season. Utah junior Matt Gay took home the prize after becoming only the fourth kicker in FBS history to kick 30 field goals in a season.

Georgia opens the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 at home against Austin Peay. The game is set for 3:30pm ET on ESPN.

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