Rodrigo surpasses freshman field goal total, ups career percentage

Updated through Dec. 3, 2017

Rodrigo has his eyes on the target for one of his successful field goal attempts on Dec. 2, 2017 in the SEC title victory over Auburn in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Calmly converting his opportunities from 27 and 35 yards on Dec. 2 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium against Auburn in the SEC title game, Rodrigo improved on his 2016 field goal total as the Bulldogs captured the conference title 28-7.

The redshirt sophomore from Marietta, Ga. notched his 14th and 15th conversions of the season in 17 attempts. In 2016 Rodrigo was successful on 14 of 18 attempts. The Dawgs have at least one more game remaining and perhaps two if they win their playoff semifinal on Jan. 1, 2018 against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl.

Rodrigo’s field goal percentage is more than 88 percent this season, more than 10 percent higher than his 77.8 in 2016. For his career, Rodrigo is 29 for 35 or 82.9 percent, which would put him among the all-time leaders at UGA.

Rodrigo’s 18 attempts in 2016 occurred in 10 games after he became the team’s place kicker in the fourth game of the season vs. Mississippi. In 13 games this season, Rodrigo has had one fewer attempt as Georgia’s high-powered offense produces a higher percentage of touchdowns than last season. Three times this season Rodrigo has not had a single field goal try in a game — against Samford, Florida and Kentucky.

Rodrigo has provided a game-deciding field goal three times this season and six for his career. In 2016, his field goals became the winning margin against Kentucky, Auburn and TCU. This year his field goals have become the eventual winning points against Notre Dame, Tennessee and Auburn.

30-yard FG provides winning points in Liberty Bowl

Rodrigo concluded his redshirt freshman season with 14 field goals after making a 30-yarder on Dec. 30 to help Georgia win the Liberty Bowl over TCU 31-23. The fourth-quarter field goal gave the Bulldogs a 24-23 lead.

For the season, Rodrigo made 78 percent of his field goal attempts; he tried 18, including a 53-yarder against TCU that was blocked as time expired in the first half in the game in Memphis. It was his only 50-plus attempt of the season as the coaching staff gradually stretched out his limits.

He made 100 percent of his field goal tries from 20-29 (7 for 7), 75 percent from 30-39 (3 for 4) and 67 percent from 40-49 (4 for 6).

His season high for a game was 4 against Kentucky. He also made 3 against Vanderbilt, 2 against Auburn and Georgia Tech and one each against Tennessee, Florida and TCU.

He finished the season as the SEC’s leading freshman kick-scorer, justifying his selection to the All-SEC Freshman team as well as the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American team. Rodrigo finished the season with 68 points.

List of career made field goals, game and practice, yard by yard:

40 yards — 893 times through 12/2/17

41 yards – 122 times through 11/4/17

42 yards – 178 times through 10/28/17

43 yards – 93 times through 10/28/17

44 yards – 119 times through 11/4/17

45 yards – 560 times through 11/4/17

46 yards – 82 times through 11/26/17

47 yards – 101 times through 12/2/17

48 yards – 117 times through 10/28/17

49 yards – 46 times through 9/24/17

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50 yards – 517 times through 11/4/17

51 yards – 94 times, through 10/28/17

52 yards – 151 times, through 10/7/17

53 yards – 70 times, through 10/28/17

54 yards – 36 times, through 9/24/17

55 yards – 260 times, through 10/28/17

56 yards – 58 times, through 11/4/17

57 yards – 49 times, through 7/30/16

58 yards – 34 times, through 6/30/17

59 yards – 12 times, through 8/28/14

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60 yards – 102 times, through 7/19/17

61 yards – 25 times, through 12/15/15

62 yards – 18 times, through 3/12/16

63 yards – 7 times, through 5/22/14

64 yards – 5 times, through 5/22/14

65 yards – 5 times, through 10/23/13

66 yards – 2 times, through 5/15/13

67 yards – 1 time, 5/15/13

68 yards – 1 time, 5/15/13

Longest field goal, game, college — 49 vs. Mississippi State, 9/23/17; 49 vs. Kentucky, 11/5/16; 47 vs. Auburn, 11/11/17; 45 vs. Auburn, 11/12/16; 45 vs. Vanderbilt, 10/15/16; 43 vs. Missouri, 10/14/17; 42 vs. Kentucky, 11/5/16

Longest field goal, game, high school – 56 yards, Sprayberry vs. Kell, 10/31/14; 53 yards, 8/16/13; 51 yards, 10/10/14; 51 yards, 10/13/11; 47 yards, 11/2/12; 47 yards, 10/23/10; 46 yards, 9/7/12; 45 yards, 9/6/12

Snap-hold best – 60 yards, practice, 10/2/14; 58 yards, practice, 9/1/14; 57 yards, practice, 8/28/14; 57 yards, 7/16/13; 57 yards, practice, 9/15/11; 56 yards, 10/31/14; 55 yards, 8/2/12; 52 yards, 5/18/11; 52 yards, 9/23/10; 51 yards, game, 10/13/11; 50 yards, 10/5/10; 47 yards, 10/23/10, game; 46 yards, 10/7/10; 46 yards, 7/29/10; 45 yards, 6/15/10

1-inch block – 68-67-66-65-64-63-62-60, 5/15/13; 66-65-63, all 3/17/13; 65-64-63-62-61-60, 9/12/12; 62 yards, 9/18/12; 61 yards, 8/2/12; 61 yards, 5/11/12; 60 yards, 5/2/12

Off-ground – 64-63-62-61-60-60, 5/22/14; 62-61-56-52, 5/13/14; 62-60, 7/23/14; 61-61, 5/14/15; 61-60, 4/10/14; 60-58, 3/28/14; 60-57-55, 3/22/14; 60 yards twice-58-55, 5/29/13; 56, 11/4/17

No-step best – 40 yds., 1-inch, 8/27/13; 39 yds., 1-inch, 7/11/13; 39 yds., 1-inch, 10/3/12; 38 yds., 1-inch, 5/29/12; 37 yds., 12/1/11; 36 yds., 8/16/11; 35 yds., 5/1/11; 33 yds., 3/12/11; 32 yds., 11/09/10

No-step best off ground — 42 yds., 5/18/16; 40 yds., 9/8/14

1-step best – 55 yds., 1-inch, 5/29/13; 54 yds., 1-inch, 10/3/12 and 5/29/12; 52 yds., 4/2/12; 51 yds., 2/26/12; 50 yds., 8/16/11; 49 yds., 5/1/11; 48 yds., 4/7/11; 47 yds., 3/12/11; 46 yds., 11/09/10

1-step best off ground — 57-55, 5/18/16; 55, 5/13/17; 56-53, 5/6/16; 52 yds., 8/27/14; 51-50, 12/22/15