July 6, 2009

Freshmen of Impact: No. 10

With official preseason workouts now just a month away, it's time to start taking a look at some of the incoming freshmen and signees who will make the biggest impact with the Bulldogs this fall.

Today, UGASports begins a 10-part series counting down from No. 10 to No. 1 the freshmen we expect to make the biggest headlines for the team THIS year.

This list does not mean that players who do not make the list will necessarily be redshirted. The list is influenced by depth at the position, not just their high school credentials.

Here we go:

At No. 10 is kicker Brandon Bogotay, who signed with the Bulldogs after playing one year at Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif.

Known for his strong right leg, Bogotay earned first-team Southern Conference honors last year after He finished 15-of-23 on field goals, including a long kick of 52 yards, and was listed at the No. 3 spot on the California Community College Athletic Association's list for most points scored kicking last season with 72.

Who is in front of him: Coaches have told Bogotay that he will get to compete for the starting placekicker job which means he will be going head-to-head with sophomores Blair Walsh and Jamie Lindley for the job. The Bulldogs have been looking for a kicker who can consistently put the ball into the end zone and Bogotay would seem to be that man, although he'll still have to prove it on the field. It's also conceivable that Bogotay could win the kickoff duties leaving Walsh to concentrate on extra point and field goals, but time will tell.

Climbing the depth chart: Every phase of Georgia's kicking game will be examined with the proverbial fine-tooth comb. This means Bogotay, Walsh and Lindley will each have the opportunity to prove themselves worthy throughout preseason drills. Privately, coaches are hoping that Bogotay will be able handle the kickoff duties by showing the kind of leg strength that enabled him to put the majority of his kicks into the end zone.

UGASports' take: "Bogotay wouldn't have received a scholarship if he wasn't going handle some aspect of the Bulldogs' kicking game, so we'll be absolutely stunned if Brandon is not the man kicking off for Georgia against Oklahoma State. Brandon has the leg the put into the end zone on a consistent basis. No doubt fans hope that's the case."

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