Georgia kicker Jack Podlesny and defensive tackle Nazir Stackhouse took the opportunity to help the Bulldogs to a road win on Saturday. Both were recognized for this by the Southeastern Concern.
The SEC announced Monday that Podlesny is the co-SEC Special Teams Player of the Week and Stackhouse is the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week following their performances against Kentucky. Podlesny was 3-for-3 on field goals for 37 yards and hitting his only PAT while Stackhouse had 5 tackles and 0.5 tackle for the loss in Georgia’s 16-6 win.
Podlesny’s selection marks the third time this season that he has been named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. He first earned the honor after Georgia’s win over Kent State in Week 4 for a game in which he hit all three of his field goal attempts, and then earned it again the following week after scoring at field goal -Try 4v4.
In 11 games, Podlesny has a 20-of-22 on field goal attempts and a perfect 51-of-51 on his extra point attempts. Podlesny’s success this season has resulted in him being one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, given annually to college football’s top kicker.
Podlesny was already a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award in 2020.
Two years ago Podlesny faced the big task of replacing the fan favourite Rodrigo Blankenship, and the then sophomore handled it admirably. Podlesny was 13 of 16 in field goal attempts that year — he became a Lou Groza Award semifinalist — and ended the year with a bang by hitting a 53-yard field goal to score Cincinnati in the Peach Bowl hit.
As helpless as it may be for a positional player to stand on the sidelines and watch his kicker decide a game, Georgia wide receiver Kearis Jackson said he had full confidence in Podlesny.
“I feel like Jack proved himself in a game. You know, he went all the way back to the peach bowl when he thought it was going to be a 50-yard field goal to give us the game. I mean, he put us in situations where he made clutch field goals,” Jackson said. “As a teammate, I trust Jack, and everyone else trusts him because we know the work he’s put in all week and his godly ways. Just knowing we’re all praying for each other and things like that, I have tremendous confidence in him.”
Stackhouse, on the other hand, has 25 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback rush this season. He has started all 11 games for the Bulldogs this year.
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