Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson said the starting kicker position is “a competition,” according to Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Freshman Brenton King, freshman punter Pressley Harvin and redshirt sophomore walk-on Shawn Davis are all in the mix. Johnson told Sugiura that King and Harvin won’t be handed the job because of their scholarships.
“I think it’s a competition,” Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Former Yellow Jackets kicker Harrison Butker is now playing with the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. He made a 51-yard field goal in a preseason game on Wednesday night.
Davis backed up Butker last season and went 3-for-3 in the spring game. King was ranked as the No. 19 kicker in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.com’s composite rankings.
“They just have to progress in their own way, and hopefully they’re ready by September when we need them,” special-teams coordinator Lamar Owens told Sugiura. “We’re taking it one day at a time with them, also. You can’t rush the process with them just because we need a kicker.”
Davis and King are practicing kickoffs, and while Johnson said they wouldn’t split kicking duties, Owens said one could take kickoffs while the other kicks field goals, according to Sugiura.