Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship knows he's getting more looks these days _ and he knows it's for more than just being a clutch kicker.
"It's the glasses," Blankenship said simply at Saturday's media day for the college football's national championship game.
Yes, those glasses. When he has them, he looks like he could play the role of a fourth Hanson brother in Slap Shot.
But hockey is not Blankenship's sport, it's football _ and he's producing.
Blankenship has hit 17 of 20 field goals this season, including two at the Rose Bowl in the dramatic 54-48 win over Oklahoma as the Bulldogs (13-1) advanced to the title game Monday night against Alabama (12-1).
Blankenship set the Rose Bowl record with his 55-yard field goal right before halftime with Georgia trailing by two touchdowns. He also had made his only kick in overtime from 38 yards out before Sony Michel's 27-yard run won the game in the second extra period.
"I guess it would have been late last year that the specs picked up a little bit of traction," said Blankenship, then a non-scholarship player who was 14 of 18 on kicks in 2016.
But Blankenship said he leaves most of the hype to his father, Ken, who calls or emails his son anytime there's a story about his son's glasses on the field.
"He gets more caught up in the all the articles, the blogs and all that stuff," he said.
Blankenship wants to make something clear _ he needs the glasses to see. He wore them when talking to media Saturday and said contacts just won't do the job for him.
Somthing that did not sit well with the Blankenship family earlier this year was their son not having a scholarship despite his importance to the Bulldogs.
That changed in September when moments after Blankenship's 30-yard, fourth-quarter field goal proved the game winner in a 20-19 win at Notre Dame, coach Kirby Smart announced amid the post-game celebration that the sophomore kicker had earned a full scholarship.
"It's a dream come true," Blakenship said after the emotion-filled announcement.
He can help Georgia fulfill another long term dream on Monday with its first national title since 1980.