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Vikings' rookie kicker performs under pressure

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings tried various maneuvers during training camp and the preseason to simulate pressure for rookie kicker Blair Walsh. There was no way to prepare Walsh for what he'd have to do in his first NFL regular-season game. Walsh came on with four seconds left in the fourth quarter and nailed a clutch 55-yard field goal to put Sunday's game...
Via Fox Sports North
September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Vikings' rookie kicker performs under pressure

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings tried various maneuvers during training camp and the preseason to simulate pressure for rookie kicker Blair Walsh. There was no way to prepare Walsh for what he'd have to do in his first NFL regular-season game. Walsh came on with four seconds left in the fourth quarter and nailed a clutch 55-yard field goal to put Sunday's game...
Via Fox Sports North
September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Georgia Bulldogs: Kirk Olivadotti Talks Special Teams and James Deloach

Here’s the thing, if Georgia is going to assert themselves in games this season, they are going to have to do a better job of covering punts and kickoffs. Last year they gave up far too many big plays and way too much field position simply by allowing a guy to run it back 30-, 40-, or 50-yards on a punt or kickoff—that cannot happen this season. I suspect, from what I’ve read...
Via The Lady Sportswriter
August 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Walsh to replace Longwell, ready or not

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. When the Minnesota Vikings entered the offseason coming off a 3-13 record, there were many changes expected, several spots to address. Kicker wasn't expected to be one of them. Minnesota had veteran Ryan Longwell, one of the most accurate kickers in the league since coming to the Vikings, with three years at 7 million remaining on a four-year contract he...
Via Fox Sports North
May 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Walsh to replace Longwell, ready or not

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. When the Minnesota Vikings entered the offseason coming off a 3-13 record, there were many changes expected, several spots to address. Kicker wasn't expected to be one of them. Minnesota had veteran Ryan Longwell, one of the most accurate kickers in the league since coming to the Vikings, with three years at 7 million remaining on a four-year contract he...
Via Fox Sports North
May 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Vikings made up mind on Longwell in January

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. When the Minnesota Vikings drafted a kicker in the sixth round two weeks ago, the writing appeared to be on the wall for incumbent Ryan Longwell.Longwell, 37, who has the second-most points among kickers in team history with 633, was cut Monday after Minnesota added Georgia's Blair Walsh. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman indicated Wednesday that it was...
Via Fox Sports North
May 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Vikings made up mind on Longwell in January

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. When the Minnesota Vikings drafted a kicker in the sixth round two weeks ago, the writing appeared to be on the wall for incumbent Ryan Longwell.Longwell, 37, who has the second-most points among kickers in team history with 633, was cut Monday after Minnesota added Georgia's Blair Walsh. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman indicated Wednesday that it was...
Via Fox Sports North
May 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Vikings' draft nets a 'B' average from experts

Minnesota Vikings new general manager Rick Spielman conducted his first draft having the final say on the team's picks and certainly enjoyed the experience. There was a constant smile on Spielman's face in his post-pick press conferences. Coach Leslie Frazier described him as "giddy" after Minnesota traded with the Cleveland Browns to swap the third and fourth...
Via Fox Sports North
April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Vikings' draft nets a 'B' average from experts

Minnesota Vikings new general manager Rick Spielman conducted his first draft having the final say on the team's picks and certainly enjoyed the experience. There was a constant smile on Spielman's face in his post-pick press conferences. Coach Leslie Frazier described him as "giddy" after Minnesota traded with the Cleveland Browns to swap the third and fourth...
Via Fox Sports North
April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Vikings take kicker Blair Walsh in 6th round

The Minnesota Vikings have selected Georgia kicker Blair Walsh in the sixth round of the NFL draft. Walsh made 21 of 35 field goals for the Bulldogs last season. Veteran kicker Ryan Longwell signed a four-year deal before last season, so Walsh could be used as a kickoff specialist early in his career with the Vikings. It's been a busy day for the Vikings, who started it by...
Via AP on Fox
April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Draft in-depth: Kicker Blair Walsh

The Vikings used their sixth-round pick on a kicker, Blair Walsh of Georgia.
Via min.scout.com
April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 NFL Draft Kicker/Punter Rankings

Check out which teams have shown interest in certain players at my NFL Draft Team Interests List K: Blair Walsh K, Georgia Randy Bullock K, Texas A&M P: Bryan Anger P, California Drew Butler P, Georgia
Via 85% Sports
March 25, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL COMBINE: Q&A with UGA’s Blair Walsh

Former UGA kicker Blair Walsh (D.Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com) INDIANAPOLIS  – Here’s a Q&A with former Georgia kicker Blair Walsh. Q: How do you handle pressure kicks? A: I don’t think you can have that pressure when you kick field goals. I think you have to go out there and have fun and enjoy what you do. You have to be confident in your abilities, because...
Via ajc.com
February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Draft K/Ps

Draft Central > K/Ps QBs * RBs * WRs * TEs * OTs * OGs/Cs * DEs * DTs * LBs * CBs * Ss * K/Ps Pos Rank Comp Player Pos School Class Ht. Wt. Round 1 167 Bryan Anger P California rSr 6-4 202 5-6 2 227 Drew Butler P Georgia rSr 6-1 199 6-7 1 248 Blair Walsh K Georgia Sr 5-09 186 7 2 268 Carson Wiggs K Purdue...
Via The Colts Authority
February 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Georgia Bulldogs: Special Teams Could Be The Ultimate X-Factor in 2012

Blair Walsh endured a forgettable 2011 The one aspect of the 2012 season that isn't getting much rotation is the fact that Georgia will enter the year with an unproven punter, kicker, or return specialist. Some (myself included) have already factored in guys like Branden Smith—as well as other players like Malcolm Mitchell and Damian Swann—as possibilities for the...
Via The Lady Sportswriter
January 31, 2012  |  Discuss

SEC East signing day needs

Got talent? Here is a breakdown of where your favorite college football team stands going into National Signing Day on Wednesday, according to Scout.com (Rankings based on Scout's preseason team rankings within the conference). 1. Georgia (10-4) What's Needed Now: Patience for last year's class to mature. No one helped themselves more than Georgia last year with terrific...
Via Fox Sports
January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Spartans' B.J. Cunningham scores touchdown in East/West Shrine all-star game

Michigan State's B.J. Cunningham and Miami's LaRon Byrd caught touchdown passes for the East, which also got an early field goal from Georgia's Blair Walsh.
Via Lions Blog
January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

McGarity on the Football Program

As fans, we spend a lot of time trying to get into the minds of those that are in charge of the football program. We agonize over why Richt did this or why Bobo called that play or why we are playing a soft zone and only rushing four. One thing I am not wondering about this morning? Greg McGarity's thoughts on what we need to fix in the off season. I agree with Blutarsky&...
Via Georgia Sports Blog
January 05, 2012  |  Discuss

After big misses, kickers must move on

To all the college kickers out there who botched a boot -- and this season, there have been quite a few -- there is life after all the threats, hate mail and Twitter vitriol. At the moment, that may not comfort Stanford's Jordan Williamson, the redshirt freshman who missed three kicks, including one at the end of regulation and another in overtime, in Monday's Fiesta Bowl...
Via Fox Sports
January 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Georgia Bulldogs: Improvement Versus Progress

Photo Credit: Chris O'Meara/AP As the book officially closed on the Georgia Bulldogs 2011 season, I found myself thinking back to the start of the year when everything seemed promising and, at least in some way, destined for something substantially better than what 2010 wrought. But as Blair Walsh's final kick in a Georgia uniform bounced off the hands of a Michigan...
Via The Lady Sportswriter
January 04, 2012  |  Discuss

I’m shocked, shocked to find that relying on the kicker is going on in here.

Michael Elkon and I exchanged a few observations on Twitter yesterday as the debacle unfolded.  I was kind of amused to see that he was more angry about the outcome than I was (he’s got more invested in MSU than I do, but then, again, Beyond Crompton resonates more with me than with him).  That being said, it’s hard to argue with his logic here: … I feel no such compunction...
Via Get The Picture
January 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Monday late Bowl games: Kickers gag and Kickers win

Because we know that you want to know what happened in the rest of Monday's bowl games.They were decided by kickers.Well, actually the Rose Bowl wasn't...First: Georgia gags, Spartans win...in 3 overtimes.The Georgia Bulldogs raced out to a 16-point lead in the first half before Michigan State knew what hit them. Brandon Boykin single handedly running away from the Spartans...
Via Online Sports Guys
January 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Breaking down the breakdown: Outback Bowl observations

It’s tempting to use yesterday’s game as a metaphor for the season, but I think I’ll reserve that thought for another blog post. I worried before the game about whether Georgia could avoid imploding with mistakes on special teams and turnovers.  Sadly, the answer was no, as Murray threw a brutal pick-six (his third turnover of the day) and Blair Walsh finished his college...
Via Get The Picture
January 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Outback Bowl: Georgia Can't Get Right

Somewhere deep down inside the Georgia Bulldogs resides one of the best teams in college football. You don't have to be an expert to see it. They definitely look like an elite team coming off the bus. When they're actually out on the field playing, you can catch glimpses of it occasionally. But, to put it plainly, Georgia just can't get right. (The ancient Athenians...
Via Crystal Ball Run
January 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Conroy Sends Michigan State over Georgia In Outback Bowl

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Michigan State's Dan Conroy made a pair of field goals in a triple-overtime thriller, lifting the 12th-ranked Spartans to a 33-30 victory over the 18th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl. Michigan State got the ball to start the first overtime period, but Kirk Cousins was intercepted by Bacarri Rambo on the third play. Georgia ran the...
Via Football Nation
January 02, 2012  |  Discuss

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