Georgia was on the receiving end of some positive personnel news this weekend not long after it was hit with a significant exodus of draft-eligible players.
Sunday evening, kicker Rodrigo Blankenship confirmed on his personal Twitter account that he will be returning to the Bulldogs for his senior season. Roughly an hour and a half later, teammate and safety J.R. Reed used the same social media vehicle to deliver the same message.
Reed began his collegiate career at Tulsa before transferring to UGA in June of 2016. After sitting out that season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Reed has started 29 straight games for the Bulldogs.
This season, Reed is currently second on the team in tackles with 66.
The bespectacled Blankenship has served as the Bulldogs’ primary placekicker for each of the past three seasons. He was a semifinalist for the 2018 Lou Groza Award as part of a season in which he connected on 19-of-23 field goals and all 65 extra point attempts.
Late last week, Georgia’s top three receivers in both catches and yards — tight end Isaac Nauta, wide receivers Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley — as well as its second-leading rusher, Elijah Holyfield, all announced that they would be foregoing their remaining eligibility in order to enter the April NFL draft.