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Technical Tidbits 11/20: Wesley Wells Edition


NCAA Football: Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Ed. Note: In place of your normally scheduled Technical Tidbits, this whole article will be entirely focused on our new kicking overlord: Wesley Wells.

Wesley Wells walked on with Georgia Tech this year as a true freshman kicker. Now, after usurping the starting position from Brenton King and Shawn Davis (who both held the job at one point), Wells has easily surpassed any expectations that anyone had for him.

It’s no secret that Wells had an incredible game on Saturday against Virginia. He finished 4-of-4 on field goals, with two of those coming from 40 yards or more. And all that is great, but being a field goal kicker is as much a mental activity as it is a physical activity. I happened across this tweet from Andy Demetra regarding Saturday night.

Wait a second, let’s read that one more time.

Ah, it doesn’t matter. I’m gonna make it anyway.

That is the kind of mentality you want from a kicker. It’s something that Tech has missed for a while, with the exception of Harrison Butker’s senior year.

You know what’s kind of crazy? If you had told me after the USF game that special teams would win a game for Tech, I would have laughed in your face and said you were crazy. But sure enough, between excellent placement on the punt from Pressley Harvin III before the safety and then the ensuing return touchdown from Juanyeh Thomas (HYPE TRAIN), special teams very much won the game for Tech.