Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Countdown 2010: 58 Days to Go

58: Rex Robinson, Kicker #5 (1977 – 1980)

Marietta native Rex Robinson holds a special place amongst the greatest players to ever grace the field for the Georgia Bulldogs. Rex is a one of the handful of great kickers who have kicked for the Dawgs over the years and was a key member of Georgia’s national championship team in 1980.

As a freshman in 1977, Robinson’s career got off to a rather unpleasant start as he missed the first extra point attempt of his career. It would be the only extra point he would miss at Georgia, as he made everyone of his next 101 attempts during his Georgia career. He led Georgia in scoring that fall with 45 points and was named a member of the All-SEC Freshman team. 1978 would be the first of three consecutive years on the All-SEC squad for Robinson. He only missed two kicks all season (29-29 PATS, 15-17 field goals) and kicked the game winning field goal against Kentucky (famous for Munson’s “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” call).

1979 would be another banner year for Robinson. He would once again lead Georgia in scoring with 66 points and was named a Playboy All-American. As Georgia marched to the SEC Championship in 1980, Robinson made big kicks to keep Georgia undefeated, including hitting a 57 yarder in a 13-10 victory over South Carolina:

Rex would cap off his fantastic career with a 46 yard field goal in the Sugar Bowl victory over Notre Dame that secured the National Championship. He was named to multiple All-American teams following the season and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals. For his Georgia career, he made 101 of 102 extra points, including the second best in NCAA history of 101 in a row. He is fourth all-time at Georgia with 56 field goals made. His career field goal percentage of 67% is especially impressive when you consider it was achieved when the NCAA average field goal percentage was only 56%. Rex has continued to show his love for the Bulldog Nation by running his own blog, Roughing the Kicker.

1 comment:

Rex Robinson said...

Thanks for remembering.