The countdown to kickoff is slowly moving towards the 30 days left mark as today we look at another kicker on Georgia Tech’s roster, Brenton King.
Redshirt sophomore place kicker Brenton King enters 2019 looking to rebound from what can only be described as a disappointing 2018 season. After a rather strong true freshman season where he made 15-of-16 PAT attempts and 5-of-6 field goal attempts, King suffered injuries while also experiencing some inconsistencies in his kicking game.
In his true freshman season, however, he showed strong consistency for the most part making five field goals in a row during games against North Carolina, Miami, and Clemson, while nailing two against Wake Forrest. His one miss was a 43-yard attempt against Virginia Tech, his lone miss of the season.
Last season, King was replaced as the Jackets starting kicker by true freshman Wesley Wells who exploded onto the scene as one of the more consistent kickers of the previous several seasons.
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While it seems like a foregone conclusion that Wells will start over King next season there are rumblings of a potential camp battle between the two placekickers for who earns the right to start. If there were odds on the possible competition, Wells would certainly be the odds on favorite but King has shown the potential to be a quality kicker as well.
King has battled a lower-body injury during his time on The Flats and if healthy could potentially challenge the former walk-on for kicking duties this season. Ultimately, the kicking competition will come down to which kicker has the best ability to make long distance kicks at a consistent rate.
The new coaching regime could see a complete overhaul to the way that the special teams unit as a whole operates with trick plays a possibility and more attempts for the kickers an almost certainty with the change of offense. Expect King to be in the mix during fall camp to win his job back but it won’t be easy to take down the highly confident Wesley Wells.