Georgia punter Brett Thorson has quite a sense of humor, most recently entertaining fans with the concept that he might replace Brock Bowers at tight end after the future first-ballot College Football Hall of Famer made it official that he’s leaving UGA.
Thorson has plenty of time on his hands to be thinking up such jokes, as he was only called upon to punt 32 times in 14 games this season, averaging 43.84 yards per punt with 21 of those fair catches.
Consider, Thorson didn’t get an opportunity -- his only opportunity -- to punt in Georgia’s 63-3 win over Florida State in the Orange Bowl until the Bulldogs’ 11th possession.
Amazingly, opponents didn’t manage any return yardage on any of Thorson’s high-hanging or well-directed punts.
And yet, Thorson is just as well-known for his humor as his NFL-caliber punting.
Thorson joked on his social media platform that he might have to enter the transfer portal after Carson Beck announced he was returning for another season.
Indeed, it’s hard for a punter to get work in a Mike Bobo offense that ranks second in the nation in third-down conversion rate.
Georgia tight ends coach Todd Hartley, who served as the primary recruiter for Thorson, says what you see is what you get with the gifted punter.
“He does the a great sense of humor, his Twitter (X) is off the chain, he is a good follow,” Hartley said during a Orange Bowl media session.
“That’s how he is in person, too, he’s very point blank.”
Hartley showed a sense of humor himself when explaining how unique of an experience it is to recruit a punter out of Australia.
“He came form Pro Kick Australia, that’s a wild process,” Hartley said. “It’s kind of like mail order bride, you find one you like, you don’t really know, you have a lot of trust in the person sending it to you, and then when they show up it’s like ‘Oh, Lord, please.’
“He’s worked out pretty good and been a great addition.”
Thorson had 36 punts in 15 games in 2022 and averaged 45 yards with 18 fair caught.