How kicker Peyton Woodring brushed off UGA football fans’ criticism and thrived as freshman


When Georgia football fans last saw Peyton Woodring, the kicker finished his freshman season on quite the groove after a rocky start to his college career.

He’s still in a good rhythm, according to punter Brett Thorson this week.

“He’s been kicking well,” Thorson said before Tuesday’s practice. “I don’t want to jinx him but he hasn’t missed one in practice for a little while.”

Woodring experienced the highs and lows during his first college season, when he was the first true freshman kicker to start a season open for Georgia since Marshall Morgan in 2012.

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He missed three of his first seven tries, including two from 28 yards, but finished the season 21-for-25 and was one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award for nation’s top kicker.

“I’m really proud of what I did,” Woodring said after the Orange Bowl. “Came back from a tough start, pushed through it and ended up finishing strong so I’m happy with it.”

Thorson and Woodring are the top specialists for Georgia and during the season hang out and “muck around a bit,” as Thorson put it.

“He caught a fair bit of criticism and came back and kicked I don’t know how many straight,” Thorson said. “He didn’t miss one for a long time.”

Woodring made 16 straight field goals until missing a 50-yarder against Alabama in the SEC championship game. He came back and converted from 34 yards in that game.

After he missed two of three field goals against South Carolina in Week 3, Woodring said he heard from fans on social media in what he called the most stressful week of his life.

“My phone blew up,” he said on the “Real Talk,” podcast with…

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