Rodrigo piles up 8 more touchbacks vs. Missouri, including pair of 80-yarders

Updated through Oct. 15, 2017

Rodrigo’s in launch mode on this kickoff Sept. 23 against Mississippi State; he was 6-for-6 in touchbacks for the game.

Rodrigo takes a streak of six straight touchbacks into the bye week for Georgia after the Oct. 14 53-28 dismissal of visiting Missouri — but the game didn’t begin that pleasantly for the redshirt sophomore.

Overcoming a short (55 yards) kickoff followed by a bouncing touchback, Rodrigo picked up steam as the game went on, notching his fifth and sixth kickoffs of at least 80 yards, hitting the revered Sanford Stadium hedges on the fly with one of them and clipping an unsuspecting Redcoat Marching Band member, who was stationed just in front of the hedges, with the other.

Added to a 76-yarder, Rodrigo sent three more kickoffs out of the end zone, raising his season total to 15. Two others landed a yard away from the back line of the end zone, and two others were downed at 70 and 71 yards. For the game, Rodrigo piled up a career-best (and likely school record) 8 touchbacks, bringing his season total to 37 in 49 kickoffs, a percentage just north of 75.

His kickoffs against Missouri averaged 70.5 yards, bringing his season average down a bit to 71.2 yards, or more than 6 yards deep in the end zone.

In addition to the “wormburner” that bounced into the end zone, Rodrigo had one other kickoff that traveled less than 4 seconds in the air, a 60-yarder that hit the ground after 3.96 seconds. Unofficially, the rest of his hang times were 4.06, 4.12, 4.43, 4.16, 4.31, 4.12, 4.38 and 4.44. For the season, Rodrigo’s hang times unofficially are averaging well above 4.2 seconds.

Game kickoff distances, fall 2017

81 — 1 time

80 — 5 times

79 — 1 time

77 — 4 times

76 — 4 times

75 — 4 times

74 — 4 times

73 — 1 time

72 — 1 time

71 — 1 time

70 — 7 times

69 — 1 time

68 — 2 times

67 — 1 time

Best hang times, fall 2017 (unofficial)

4.53, 4.50 (3), 4.47 (2), 4.44 (5), 4.43 (2), 4.38, 4.37 (3), 4.35, 4.34, 4.32 (2), 4.31 (2), 4.28 (3), 4.25 (3), 4.19 (3), 4.16 (2), 4.15 (2), 4.12 (3), 4.06, 4.04, 4.03, 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 (2), 80 (16), 79 (10), 78 (15), 77 (15), 76 (47), 75 (89), 74 (87), 73 (109), 72 (167), 71 (134), 70 (224), 69 (192), 68 (228), 67 (222), 66 (184), 65 (269), 64 (197), 63 (255), 62 (208), 61 (146), 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 — 80 vs. Auburn, 11/12/16 (hit crossbar); 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).