So in an effort to think about the post-mesko punter, I began to remember some of the details about Gibbons. IIRC he also excelled as a punter (albeit not zoltan-like) at the kicking camp which was one of the benefits of offering him a scholarship. Now, given our current low scholarship limit/high commitment quantity, why would we not let him work on his kicking AND punting for this upcoming year and then use him as our punter for 2010-2011 (and possibly beyond based upon his success) while putting off using a scholarship on a punter for one more year, until we have more to offer?
Gibbons for Punter?
he will not be punting for Michigan.
I seem to remember reading a RichRod quote somewhere saying he would prefer to find someone who could both kick and punt, so that may be the plan for Gibbons. But for this year, they need to make sure he can kick before all else. Please, not a 3rd straight year with missed FG completing embarrassing loss.
According to Rivals we might offer the Mike Sadler who preformed well at the Michigan kicking camp.
be happy to have the same guy kicking/punting. Did you happen to watch that video on the home page??? OUCH! He laid that dude out! Can you imagine getting lit up by a kicker like that, and having to face your teamates after that? I bet his friends still razz him about it. That's the kind of punter I want on my team. The guy isn't afraid to knock someone's block off, and you gotta love how he stands over him afterwards. If he is the best option we have at punter and kicker in 2011, then he should do both. It's not like he'll get worn out. Hell, why not put him on punt coverage this year if he doesn't win the starting kicker job?
is offering a punter this year. gibbons is a kicker only
Your comments are always statements of facts that usually seem to be valid in the end. Out of curiosity, do you have some sort of inside information or are you just really confidant?
Obes is legit. He has some inside info and is really confident.
I always enjoy reading Obes' posts. He doesn't mess around. Short and to the point.
So they wouldn't give him a shot? Not even to increase the competition?
It's not a good idea to have the same player handle both kicking and punting. It's better to have a guy focus on just one of the two. The kicking mechanics involved are very different, and trying to do both can screw up the kicker's rhythm (especially with regard to placekicking). We had Hayden Epstein try to do both for a couple years and he ended up being inconsistent at both positions.
realize that the returner is a 5'9ish 160 future accountant right? Gibbons just plugged the lane on the sidelines and headbutted him. I dont even really consider that a big hit.
that headbutt would make Zidane proud.
I hope we pick up a good punter, but if not, Gibbons boomed the punt in his video.
a kicker/punter that smokes fools like a linebacker is a nice addition.
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