May 10, 2010

Long-snapper Frix awarded scholarship

It turns out the notion that head coach Mark Richt would offer a scholarship to a long-snapper is not that far-fetched after-all.

Monday, the school announced that current long-snappper Ty Frix was being awarded a scholarship for the upcoming, making him the second Bulldog in Richt's tenure to receive such an honor.

Former Bulldog and long-snapper Jeff Henson was also awarded a scholarship prior to being kicked off the team for alcohol-related charges two seasons ago.

"Ty has done an outstanding job with all our snapping duties," Richt said in a statement. "He's been an instrumental part of one of the top punt and field goal/extra point teams in the country. Ty is well-deserving and we're very pleased to award him the scholarship."

A redshirt sophomore from Calhoun, Frix served as the Bulldogs' snapper on punts and field goals last fall.

His father Dr. Mitch Frix is a former Bulldog letterman and Georgia's starting long-snapper in 1981 and 1982.

The Bulldogs aren't the only SEC program to reward long-snappers with a scholarship.

Recently, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier offered Boles (Fla.) offensive lineman Nathan Theus a full scholarship to become the Gamecocks' long-snapper.

Theus' younger brother John is one of Florida's top offensive line prospects for 2012.

Both brothers have visited Georgia as well, although neither has yet has an offer from the Bulldogs.

"I heard I was the first long snapper Steve Spurrier had ever offered. It was a shocker. He told me he had a scholarship for me and my brother at the University of South Carolina," Nathan Theus told UGASports recently. "They told me if they were to offer it would be December or January of my senior year, which I understood. If you can get a walk-on to long snap, then there is usually no need to use a scholarship for that. They really went on the ledge and broke the ice and offered me. It was impressive and very exciting."

Playing together collegiately is something both brothers have discussed.

""We talk about playing together. I think I have just as much influence on him as he does on me. I could walk on at a school that offered John," Nathan Theus said. "But I think John will like schools more that have offered both of us though."

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