March 18, 2009

Walsh says he's not deterred

Georgia coach Mark Richt made it clear recently that correcting the team's kickoff woes would be one of the top priorities for the Bulldogs this spring.

Georgia's issues with kickoffs - directional or otherwise - was one of the biggest problems for Georgia last fall, so bad that Richt joked that he'd go and try to recruit a kicker from Poland.

Blair Walsh said there wasn't and is no need for that.

"I came to do both and that's what I want to do," Walsh bluntly told reporters.

Time will tell. Walsh, Jamie Lindley and Andrew Jensen will compete for the job during spring.

Walsh didn't know whether or not the Bulldogs would continue their philosophy of directional kicks.

"I don't know yet. I don't know anything yet," he said. "I don't know what he coaches are thinking about."

Walsh's philosophy hasn't changed.

He still prepares the same he always has and said he talks occasionally with former Georgia greats Kevin Butler and Rex Robinson on how to get as much out of his ability as he possibly can.

"I've had lunch with Rex a couple of times and talked to Kevin a lot obviously because I'm so close with Drew (Butler)," Walsh said. "Both are great guys to work with, they're legends around here as far as kickers go and are always working with me to refine my technique."

Walsh said he is in the best shape of his young career.

The Fort Lauderdale native has dropped five pounds after kicking at 185 last year.

"I just want to get in as good as shape as I can," Walsh said. "I feel like my leg is very lively and I'm ready to kick and turn some heads this spring. I like kicking in front of people and I'm ready to show what I can do."

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