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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 30 2011 8:11 p.m. MDT

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Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

I suspect we won't rely a whole lot on FGs/PATs to win ballgames. We haven't had to do that for a while. Kicking is important, but not critically important to win games.

Look at Boise State. They gave Bratzman (sp?) a free ride for two years. And when it came time to win with a FG, he choked.

Don't Feed the Trolls
Salt Lake City, UT

"I don't actually want to be Louie Sakoda; I want to make a name for myself," he said. "I don't want to be the guy who fills his shoes, I want to have my foot plastered into a trophy. I want to be bigger and better than Louie. That's tough to do, but I might as well shoot for the stars."

Really? Shut up, think less, and kick.

Wiley Old School
RIC, VA

Tomahawk,
By your own example (Boise St), doesn't that show that kicking is critically important to winning games?

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Utah's kicking game may be hurting, but it's nice to know we can still block a kick when we need to.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

I sure hope the kickers figure it out, because I think we're going to need them this year. I'm expecting some close games and kicking will be critical.

jefferysl
Huntsville, Alabama

Hmmmm, great defense and an inconsistent offense. Utah is going to need a good kicker. Tomahawk, your logic doesn't compute at all for this year's team and this year's PAC-12 opponents. Hopefully, this kid will discover his mojo.

Striker
Omaha, NE

"Kicking is important, but not critically important to win games."

I totally disagree, at least for Utah. Every single game for them is going to be a challenge, even the one tomorrow. You need to rely on getting all the points you can, and if a drive stalls on the 30 yard line, you need to know that kicking the ball is an option, rather than needing to go for it on 4th down. Utah faces a very unknown year, in a much tougher conference where each game will be tough, so EVERY point counts. Gone are the UNLVs and Wyomings.

Even kicking an extra point is no guarantee, and defenses can get into the head of a young kicker if the kicker doesn't have confidence.

Sorry, but this is a major issue for Utah. The writer's concern is valid.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

Don't kid yourselves. Kickers are extremely important to any team. PAT's and field goals can win / lose games. It happens every week in college and the NFL. Some teams have the same guy doing the kickoffs also. Even that can affect the outcome of a game. With an unproven offense, Utah needs a consistent kicker.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

Brave sir robyn;

Hall to Collie
Beck to Harline
Hall to George
and coming on September 17th another BYU win.....(cheering crowd noises)

Arm of Orion
Cottonwood Heights, UT

TJ 08 and 04. Far more satisfying, albeit less catchy, than any of your wins.

RCR
Kaysville, UT

How can anyone say kicking isn't important? Without a solid kicker we may not have made it to the Sugar Bowl. I remember a few games decided by 3 points that year. Oregon ST, TCU, NMU.

TheHailstorm
South Weber, UT

@TJ
& """ Yesterday .. all my troubles seemed so far away...
oh I believe in yesterday """
Welcome to the new era, when you find it. It should be in the history section under...
" It don't matter anymore "

utah by5
York, PA

Make Marsh the kicker he just won the job with the best kicker quote in a long time, "I want to have my foot plastered into a trophy"!!!

Go Utes!!!

MiP
Iowa City, IA

Bratzman is an excellent example of how the kicking game matters. So was King Louis (on the positive side).

Ryan Kaneshiro was a walk-on. Hard to hate the guy, he was trying his best. Luck just isn't on the side on kickers sometimes (see also the end of the Utah-BYU game last year).

But DesNews, come on. Sometimes I think if they could paint any more rosier a picture for BYU and any more dire of a picture for the U, they would find a way.

As the O-line has gotten healthy, Wynn seen more reps, and the DBs showing promise at the scrimmages, Brad Rock has to open up another question mark on the Ute team: the kicking game. I like the focus on the team, but it seems every position is a question mark or an old nemesis according to the coverage from this paper.

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