Brad Rock: Old nemesis of kicking may be back for Utah

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  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 31, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    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.

  • utah by5 York, PA
    Aug. 31, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    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!!!

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    & """ 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 "

  • RCR Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    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.

  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 12:07 p.m.

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

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    Brave sir robyn;

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

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    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.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Aug. 31, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    "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.

  • jefferysl Huntsville, Alabama
    Aug. 31, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    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.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    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.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 31, 2011 8:48 a.m.

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

  • Wiley Old School RIC, VA
    Aug. 31, 2011 8:48 a.m.

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

  • Don't Feed the Trolls Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 8:46 a.m.

    "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 Red North Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    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.