Rodrigo finishes season with all-time Dawgs’ record — 67 touchbacks

Updated through Jan. 10, 2018

Rodrigo sprints downfield after his kickoff to start the SEC championship game vs. Auburn on Dec. 2, 2017 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. His kick soared 79 yards, out of the end zone, for a touchback.

Rodrigo’s season-long assault on the Georgia touchback record concluded in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Jan. 8 in the national championship game against Alabama with three more touchbacks, increasing the redshirt sophomore’s 2017 total to 67, establishing a Dawgs standard that the Marietta native will try to equal in the 2018 season.

Left far behind as all-time runnerup is Rodrigo’s kicking coach, Kevin Butler, who had 51 touchbacks in 1981.

Rodrigo’s personal goal of doubling his touchback percentage from 36 in 2016 to 72 in 2017 came up just short. Based on his 94 kickoffs, his touchback percentage was 71.3. Rodrigo’s last kickoff of the season was a 75-yard effort, which ordinarily would have been a touchback, hitting on the back line of the end zone.

However, Rodrigo had to kick off from the UGA 20-yard line because of a sideline interference penalty against the Dawgs on the previous play, a touchdown scored by Mecol Hardman. Rodrigo did manage to send the ball to the Alabama 5-yard line, but the penalty denied him a touchback that would have boosted his percentage above 72 percent.

For the season, Rodrigo did manage to keep his kickoff distance average above 70 yards and his hang time average well above 4 seconds. His kickoffs totaled 6,626 yards in the air, an average of 70.5 yards. NCAA distances end at the goal line, so Rodrigo’s official average is 64.2 yards.

Rodrigo had 22 kickoffs that went beyond the end zone and 60 of his kickoffs were at least 70 yards or more. Against Alabama, he registered his all-time best hang time of 4.72 seconds on his first kickoff, and later had a hang time of 4.62 seconds.

Game kickoff distances, fall 2017

81 — 2 times

80 — 5 times

79 — 2 times

78 — 1 time

77 — 6 times

76 — 6 times

75 — 6 times

74 — 7 times

73 — 2 times

72 — 5 times

71 — 3 times

70 — 15 times

69 — 1 time

68 — 5 times

67 — 1 time

Best hang times, fall 2017 (unofficial)

4.72, 4.63, 4.62 (2), 4.60, 4.53, 4.50 (4), 4.47 (3), 4.44 (7), 4.43 (2), 4.40, 4.38 (3), 4.37 (3), 4.35, 4.34 (4), 4.32 (2), 4.31 (6), 4.28 (6), 4.25 (11), 4.22, 4.19 (3), 4.16 (3), 4.15 (5), 4.13 (2), 4.12 (3), 4.10, 4.07, 4.06, 4.04, 4.03 (2), 4.00, 3.96, 3.93, 3.91.

Game kickoff distances, fall 2016

80 — 1 time

77 — 1 time

75 — 2 times

73 — 2 times

72 — 4 times

71 — 2 times

70 — 4 times

Best hang times, fall 2016 (unofficial)

4.59, 4.57, 4.53 (2), 4.50, 4.38 (2), 4.34, 4.31, 4.28 (2), 4.25, 4.24, 4.23, 4.22, 4.21 (3), 4.18 (2), 4.16 (4), 4.15 (2), 4.13 (2), 4.12 (2), 4.09, 4.06 (3), 4.03 (5), 4.00 (2), 3.97 (2), 3.96, 3.94, 3.90 (2).

Rodrigo drives through this 79-yard kickoff vs. Kell on Oct. 31, equaling his season and career best, extending his touchback record to 52 and keeping his kickoff average above 70 yards.
Rodrigo drives through this 79-yard kickoff vs. Kell on Oct. 31, equaling his season and career best, extending his touchback record to 52 and keeping his kickoff average above 70 yards.

Game kickoff distances, fall 2014

79 — 2 times

78 — 1 time

77 — 2 times

75 — 4 times

74 — 4 times

73 — 11 times

72 — 6 times

71 — 5 times

70 — 11 times

69 — 6 times

68 — 2 times

67 — 3 times

66 — 1 time

65 — 3 times

64 — 1 time

Best game hang times, fall 2014

4.44, 4.41, 4.35, 4.34, 4.33, 4.32, 4.29, 4.27 (2), 4.26, 4.25, 4.24 (2), 4.23 (2), 4.22 (2), 4.21, 4.20 (3), 4.19 (2), 4.18, 4.17, 4.16 (2), 4.15 (3), 4.14, 4.13 (3), 4.12 (2), 4.10, 4.09, 4.08, 4.07 (2), 4.05 (3), 4.04, 4.03 (2), 4.02, 4.01 (4), 4.00 (2), 3.97 (3), 3.94, 3.91, 3.90 (2), 3.89, 3.88, 3.85, 3.83, 3.77

Game kickoff distances, fall 2013

75 – 3 times

74 – 2 times

73 – 3 times

72 – 4 times

70 – 10 times

69 – 3 times

68 – 8 times

67 – 2 times

66 – 1 time

65 – 4 times

Rodrigo follows flight of one of his seven touchbacks against Forsyth Central during 45-28 victory. His final kickoff went over the crossbar for a distance of 75 yards.
Rodrigo follows flight of one of his seven touchbacks against Forsyth Central during 45-28 victory. His final kickoff went over the crossbar for a distance of 75 yards.

Best game hang times, fall 2013

4.44, 4.37, 4.32 (2), 4.28 (2), 4.25 (3), 4.22, 4.19, 4.18, 4.16 (2), 4.15 (2), 4.14, 4.12 (2), 4.10 (2), 4.09 (2), 4.08, 4.07, 4.06, 4.03 (4), 4.01, 4.00 (3).

Game kickoff distances, fall 2012

74 yards – 1 time

73 yards – 1 time

72 yards – 2 times

71 yards – 5 times

70 yards – 5 times

69 yards – 8 times

68 yards – 9 times

67 yards – 4 times

66 yards – 1 time

65 yards – 3 times

Best game hang times, fall 2012

4.19, 4.10 (2), 4.09 (2), 4.06 (3), 4.03, 4.00 (4), 3.97 (2), 3.94, 3.93, 3.91, 3.90, 3.87 (5), 3.84 (2), 3.81 (2)

best practice kickoff average, college (10 best in the air) — 9.9 yards deep, 6/18/16; 8.5 yards deep, 7/16/16; 7.6 yards deep, 5/25/16

best practice kickoff average (best 10 in the air) 16.2 yards deep, McCabe charting, 5/11/14; 15.7 yards deep, practice, 4/30/13; 15.5 yards deep, LSU, 6/1/13; 15.2 deep, 9/9/13; 14.5 yards deep, 5/7/13; 14.4 yards deep, 5/6/15, practice; 13.2 yards deep, 5/3/13; 12.8 yards deep, practice, 3/10/13; 12.7 yards deep, practice, 4/23/14; 12.4 yards deep, practice, 11/20/13; 12.4 yards deep, practice, 10/29/13; 12.0 yards deep, practice, 4/20/13; 12.0 yards deep, 5/20/12, Kohl’s; 11.8 yards deep, 5/18/12; 11.7 deep, Ohio State, 6/11/13; 11.6 deep, Sprayberry, 11/6/13; 11.6 deep, Sprayberry, 9/10/12; 11.5 deep, practice, 3/16/13; 11.3 yards deep, practice, 3/22/14; 11.1 yards deep, practice, 4/26/14; 11.0 deep, UGA, 6/6/12; 10.9 yards deep, practice, 7/14/13; 10.8 yards deep, practice, 8/18/13; 10.8 yards deep, Top Gun, 7/20/13; 10.7 yards deep, 5/28/13; 10.7 yards deep (72-72-71-71-71-71-70-70-70-69), 8/12/12, McCabe; 10.2 yards deep, 6/4/12;

Best practice kickoff average against the wind (best 10 in air): 5.2 deep, 7/7/12; 4.5 deep, 5/14/13; 3.0 deep, 12/31/12; 1.1 deep, 5/31/12

Longest kickoff in air, college/high school ball – 83, 82 (3), 81 (3), 80 (17), 79 (12), 78 (16), 77 (16), 76 (49), 75 (92), 74 (89), 73 (110), 72 (169), 71 (135), 70 (230), 69 (193), 68 (230), 67 (222), 66 (185), 65 (277), 64 (198), 63 (257), 62 (209), 61 (147), 60 (130)

Longest kickoff with roll – 101 yards, practice, 10/30/14; 100 and 99 yards, practice, 4/30/13; 94 yards, 5/26/11, practice; 91 yards, practice, 6/19/11; 88 yards, 1/4/11, Incarnate Word; 85, game, 8/25/11; 85, 1/4/11, Incarnate Word; 83 yards, 4/7/10; 82, 2/6/11; 81 and 80, 6/26/10; 81, 7/14/10; 81, 12/11/10; 81, 1/2/11

Longest kickoff in game, college — 81 vs. Notre Dame, 9/9/17; 80-79  vs. Samford, 9/16/17; 80 vs. Tennessee (hit crossbar), 9/30/17; 80-80-79 vs. Missouri, 10/14/17; 80 vs. Auburn, 11/12/16 (hit crossbar); 78-77-76 vs. Florida, 10/28/17; 77 vs. South Carolina, 10/9/16; 75-72 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 11/19/16; 75 vs. Auburn, 11/12/16; 73 vs. Kentucky, 11/5/16; 73 vs. Florida, 10/29/16; 73-72 vs. Nicholls State, 9/10/16; 72-71 vs. Auburn, 11/12/16; 72 vs. Vanderbilt, 10/15/16.

Longest kickoff in game, high school – 79, Sprayberry vs. Kell, 10/31/14; 79, Sprayberry vs. North Springs, 9/19/14; 78, Sprayberry vs. Woodland-Cartersville, through uprights, 9/12/14; 77, Sprayberry vs. Forsyth Central, 10/17/14; 77, Sprayberry vs. Riverwood, 10/3/14; 75, Sprayberry vs. Cambridge, 10/10/14; 75, Sprayberry vs. Osborne, 11/1/13; 75, Sprayberry vs. North Atlanta, 9/26/14; 75, Sprayberry vs. Riverwood, 10/11/13; 74, Sprayberry vs. Riverwood, through uprights, 10/11/13; 75, Sprayberry vs. Forsyth Central, through uprights, 9/20/13; 74 twice, Sprayberry vs. Woodland-Cartersville, 9/12/14; 74, Sprayberry, through uprights, 10/12/12; 73, Junior Bowl, 12/31/13; 73-72, Sprayberry, 9/20/13; 73, Sprayberry, 9/21/12.

Onsides kickoffs – 35 attempted, 13 recovered through 1/3/15.

Touchbacks
2008 — none;

2009 — 1 (vs. Kell);

2010 – 6 (2 vs. Kell, 2 vs. Wheeler, 1 vs. Pope, 1 vs. Milton), 7 other kickoffs in end zone and run out, 4 of those in Texas;

2011 – 25 (5 vs. Marietta ninth grade; 4 vs. Campbell varsity, 2 vs. Roswell varsity, 2 vs. Centennial 9th, 1 vs. Etowah varsity, 5 vs. Lassiter 9th, 2 vs. Roswell 9th; 1 vs. Wheeler varsity, 3 vs. Canada in Alamodome)

2012 — 50 (2 vs.Campbell, 1 vs. Wheeler, 2 vs.Kennesaw Mountain, 1 vs.Roswell JV, 2 vs. Lassiter, 7 vs. Wheeler JV, 4 vs. Walton JV, 5 vs. Forsyth Central, 2 vs. Lassiter JV, 4 vs. Sequoyah, 2 vs. Kell JV, 2 vs. Milton JV, 5 vs. Riverwood, 3 vs.Pope, 3 vs. Kell, 4 vs. Osborne, 1 vs. Sequoyah)

2013 — 45 (4 vs. Campbell, 3 vs. Wheeler, 4 vs. Kennesaw Mountain, 2 vs. Lassiter, 7 vs. Forsyth Central, 2 vs. Sequoyah, 5 vs. Milton JV, 4 vs. Riverwood, 4 vs. Pope, 2 vs. Kell, 4 vs. Osborne, 2 vs. Creekview, 2 vs. East/Junior Bowl)

2014 — 61 (5 vs. North Paulding, 2 vs. South Paulding, 4 vs. Kennesaw Mountain, 9 vs. Woodland-Cartersville, 6 vs. North Springs, 8 vs. North Atlanta, 4 vs. Riverwood, 6 vs. Cambridge, 5 vs. Forsyth Central, 3 vs. Kell, 5 vs. Sequoyah, 3 vs. National/Cobb Senior Bowl, 1 vs. West/U.S. Army All-American Bowl)

2015 — 0 (none attempted; redshirt freshman at UGA).

2016 — 20 (Nicholls State 4, Mississippi 2, South Carolina 2, Vanderbilt 3, Florida 1, Kentucky 3, Auburn 3, UL-Lafayette 1, TCU 1).