William Ham struck the football with his right foot from the right hash and watched the ball sail through the uprights during a practice attempt.
It wasn't from too far of a distance -- perhaps from 30 and 35 yards -- but the kick went well. The rotation was perfect and there was plenty of height on the ball.
The operation went smooth too, from the snap to the hold to the kick. Those kind of kicks are what the Georgia coaching staff has seen from Ham, which is why he was chosen to be Georgia’s starting kicker.
Ham’s second attempt went the same way, high and through the uprights.
But Ham’s third field goal attempt was similar to how some of his game kicks have gone. It was a low line drive that may or may not have gone through the uprights. It was tough to tell, since reporters had been asked to move from the far field with only a minute left to go in practice, although the kick did have the needed distance.
After missing two more field goals against Missouri, which has him 3-of-7 kicking for the season, head coach Kirby Smart said there would be some competition between Ham and Rodrigo Blankenship in practice.
On his first attempt in the operation, Rodrigo Blankenship knocked his field goal with ease. His next attempt went wide to the right. On his third, Blankenship’s kick was also a low liner.
Ham has shown the most ability in practice, dating back to the spring. But it's come with 70-90,000 screaming fans in the stands. As a result, nervousness and confidence issues have arisen. Ham has also yet to hit a kick over 30 yards in a game to this point.
Ham will need a good showing at Mississippi if he's to keep the field goal kicking job. Then again, Blankenship is being given the opportunity to unseat him in practice.
“They’ve got competition between each other, and that will continue,” Smart said. “We kick field goals almost every day now. It’s a matter of putting them in situations to get them to kick better. I can’t simulate the people in the stands that they have to deal with. That’s something that each one of them has to work on individually, and we’re trying to help them with. To be honest, we’ve got to practice it. We’re going to continue to do that.”