Those yellow uprights look mighty narrow from 45 yards away and imagine punting the ball from the back of your end zone. There’s no pressure, right? Kickers don’t often get the respect they deserve, even from their teammates.
Here are the conference’s top five specialists.
Marshall Morgan, K, Georgia (6-3, 194) — When your offense scores as much as Georgia, you better be accurate on extra-point attempts. Morgan has missed only one the past two years, out of 115 attempts.
JK Scott, P, Alabama (6-5, 195) — Scott will find it tough to improve this season. He led the nation in punting last year — as a freshman — averaging 48 yards a kick. Nick Saban knows how to find the recruits.
Austin MacGinnis, K, Kentucky (5-10, 175) — Records are meant to be broken, so MacGinnis will have to break his own after he set six Kentucky marks as a freshman, including a school-record 54-yard field goal.
Elliott Fry, K, South Carolina (6-0, 164) — If Fry hits his first extra-point attempt this season, he’ll have 100 in a row, a school record. He also was third in the SEC with 105 points in 2014. Not bad for a former walk-on.
Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M (6-3, 215) — Texas A&M’s defense needed all the help it could get last season. Kaser did his part with a school-record 22 punts being downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He also averaged 44.1 yards a punt.