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.
"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.
Tomahawk,By your own example (Boise St), doesn't that show that kicking is
critically important to winning games?
Utah's kicking game may be hurting, but it's nice to know we can still block a
kick when we need to.
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.
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.
"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
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.
Brave sir robyn;Hall to CollieBeck to Harline Hall to
George and coming on September 17th another BYU win.....(cheering crowd
TJ 08 and 04. Far more satisfying, albeit less catchy, than any of your wins.
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.
@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 "
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!!!
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.