BREAKING NEWS: Rodrigo Blankenship Breaks UGA Kicking Record with 415 Career Points
ATHENS, GA— If Senior Day couldn’t get any more special for Rodrigo Blankenship, he made it unforgettable as he officially became UGA’s All-Time Points Leader in School History. A true walk-on to superstar story…
A native of Marietta, Georgia, Rodrigo played soccer and football in high school. Knowing he wanted to wear the red and black, he committed to UGA as a walk on (12/15/2014) and didn’t look back. It wasn’t always easy for Rodrigo as he didn’t earn the starting job until 2016, where he had a stellar year, drilling 14/18 field goals with a long of 49. After finally tasting the field, Blankenship was ready to show the Nation what he could do!
In his sophomore year, he was able to really to make a name for himself after being named the starting kicker. He knocked in 20/23 field goals and none were as big as his career long vs Oklahoma (55 yards) in the CFP Semifinal Rose Bowl. Rodrigo’s support and fan base not only grew following that kick but he ultimately became the most popular player on the Georgia roster.
“Hot Rod”, as many refer to him as, not only showed up in the Rose Bowl but also in the National Championship vs Alabama. He made a 51 yard field goal that not only made him 2/2 beyond 50+ but exceeded his 50 personal best before the Rose Bowl. With Rodrigo being the reliable kicker Georgia needed, he began doing kickoffs and booting balls through the back of the end-zone.
His junior year was more of the same… Hot Rod not only was determined to get better but he strived to be the “Mr. Consistent” the Dawgs needed to stay atop the national rankings. Rodrigo went 19/23 in 2018 and once again was perfect from 50+ as the Dawgs fell short of the 2018 College Football Playoffs.
With his ceiling at an all time high, Rodrigo decided it was in his best interest to return to UGA for his senior year as he and the Dawgs chased for that elusive National Championship. As 2019 has gotten underway, Blankenship looked to jump up the leaderboard and boy did he ever. He went from #5 on the list to #1 in 6 games and now holds the record! (Will be hard to beat for years to come) With 12:03 left in the 3rd quarter!
- 415 – Rodrigo Blankenship 2016-19 (75 FG’s, 190 PAT’s)
- 412 – Blair Walsh, 2008-11 (76 FG’s, 184 PAT’s)
- 409 – Billy Bennett, 2000-03 (87 FG’s, 148 PAT’s)
- 407 – Marshall Morgan, 2012-15 (64 FG’s, 215 PAT’s)
Nowadays, it is hard to come by reliable kickers and Georgia is sure glad to have him on their roster. Its obvious that he is a fan favorite as Sanford Stadium shows their support while earning the teams loudest cheers during introductions.