Jack Podlesny

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Born (2000-03-16) March 16, 2000 (age 21)
Brunswick, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
OccupationFootballer placekicker
Known forPlacekicker for the Georgia Bulldogs

Jack Morgan Podlesny (born March 16, 2000) is an American football placekicker for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Early years

Podlesny was born in Brunswick, Georgia on March 16, 2000 and grew up in St. Simon's Island, Georgia. He attended Glynn Academy, becoming a varsity athlete in soccer and football. Podlesny played football his freshman year but took a break his sophomore year to focus on soccer before returning his junior year, taking on a backup role. He earned starting kicking duties his senior year, helping the Terrors become 3-6A region champions and reach the Final Four in the 6A playoffs.[1] Podlesny finished the season field goals and 49/51 on PATs, with 55 of his 61 kickoffs resulting in a touchback while averaging 40.4 yards on 31 punts totaling 1,234 yards.[2] He was named to the all-region team for his efforts.[3]

He garnered interest from multiple colleges after his senior season, including Georgia Tech, Columbia, Michigan Wolverines football, UNC, and Mercer, but ultimately chose to walk on at Georgia.

College career

2018 season

2018 Georgia Bulldogs football team redshirted his freshman year and did not see any action on the field.

2019 season

2019 Georgia Bulldogs football team Podlesny saw his first action with team in the 2019 G-Day Spring game. He attempted two field goals, making a 38-yarder to seal a 22-17 victory for the Red team.[4] He did not see any action in the regular season.

2020 season

2020 Georgia Bulldogs football teamThe departure of star kicker Rodrigo Blankenship and arrival of new special teams coordinator Scott Cochran paved the way for an open competition for the starting kicking job. Following summer and fall camp, Podlesny and freshman Jared Zirkel became the top contenders for the job, with head coach Kirby Smart calling the competition "up for grabs" .[5] Podlesny saw his first regular season action in Week 1 against Arkansas. He made both of his field goal attempts and all three of his PAT attempts, while also having 5 of 6 kickoffs go for touchbacks.[6]

In Week 3 against Tennessee, Podlesny went 3 for 3 on field goals, including a then career high 51-yarder. He was named a Lou Groza Star of the Week for his play.[7] Punter Jake Camarda took control of kickoff duties after this game. Later in the season, Podlesny was named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award.[8]

In the 2021 Peach Bowl, Podlesny made all three of his field goal attempts, including the game winner from 53 yards out with less than 5 seconds left in the game. He was awarded the Peach Bowl Offensive MVP, the first kicker to do so since 1995.[9]

Podlesny finished the season 13/16 on FGs and a perfect 38/38 on PATs, with 21 kickoffs resulting in 12 touchbacks.[10]

References

  1. "2017 Georgia High School Football Playoff Brackets: GHSA (AAAAAA) - MaxPreps". www.maxpreps.com. Retrieved 2021-01-04.
  2. Price, Kevin (2018-04-19). "Glynn's Podlesny ready to kick it with Kirby and the Georgia Bulldogs". AllOnGeorgia. Retrieved 2021-01-04.
  3. [email protected], BUDDY HUGHES. "Pirates, Terrors take up several spots on all-region team". The Brunswick News. Retrieved 2021-01-04.
  4. "QBs Lead Red To 22-17 Win Over Black In G-Day Game". University of Georgia Athletics. Retrieved 2021-01-04.
  5. "2017 Georgia High School Football Playoff Brackets: GHSA (AAAAAA) - MaxPreps". www.maxpreps.com. Retrieved 2021-01-04.
  6. Price, Kevin (2018-04-19). "Glynn's Podlesny ready to kick it with Kirby and the Georgia Bulldogs". AllOnGeorgia. Retrieved 2021-01-04.
  7. "2 SEC kickers recognized as Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week". Saturday Down South. 2020-10-13. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  8. "2020 Semi-Finalists | PB Sports Commission - Lou Groza". www.lougrozaaward.com. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  9. "Georgia Football: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl post-game news and notes". uga.rivals.com. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  10. "Jack Podlesny Stats, News, Bio". ESPN. Retrieved 2021-01-05.

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