Goudis turned us down, he's staying solid with Boise. I think someone somewhere mentioned we brought in two unrated kickers this past weekend as well. We're definitely going after kickers
Are we looking at any kickers for recruitment?
He simply couldn't turn down the sunny beach weather of Boise.
..or the potatoes
the best chips you'll never eat.
"Is it Idaho or Udaho?"
Though I guess he could do that anywhere, it's not nearly as funny unless you go to school there.
Kickers are a crap shoot. Highly rated or walk ons. Once they get in the games they can look a lot different than they do in practice or in HS. Than sometimes some random student walks through the door and is sweet... Its a pure crap shoot. Thats why I hate the "WE ARE MICHIGAN!! WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECRUIT A KICKER!! ARRRRHHH! from idiots at the stadium every weekend.
Some schools have kicking coaches right? I thought I read somewhere that there was a kicker looking at Michigan but decided to go to a school w/ a kicking coach.
I bet a kicking coach would have a better idea what to look for in a recruit, making it less of a crap shoot.
I think we recently had a problem with too many coaches, probably can't afford to add a kicking one.
Seriously though, I've also wished that Kornblue or someone could just work with the guys over the summer, but I don't think it would work within the rules. And I doubt there are that many big time programs that have a dedicating kicking coach because of the limits.
The announcers went on and on this weekend about how Michigan should be able to recruit kickers. It isn't like the coaches are blowing it off.
Or bother to look at our RS Frosh kicker who is on Scholarship
EDIT-Not Don Knotts, the one on the left.
That looks like the absolute worst movie of all time.
I wonder if there is a chance that Justin Meram re-joins the football team for our bowl game. Obviously it depends on how deep the soccer team goes into the tournament, but no matter what I would think he could have a few weeks of practice and be a viable option for the bowl.
since he would be better than Gibbons and Broekhuizen. Meram has shown that he is the best kicker of the three in spring practice and game because of his ability to get the ball off the ground quickly and elevate the ball pretty high.
when I read in the soccer reports that he was graduating. (At least I thought I read that.) Can he get eligibility if he's a graduate student and it's a different sport? If he is in school and can't play soccer, why wouldn't he want to save the football team? He certainly seemed to enjoy himself in that field house video.
You can play a sport for 4 years and then have 1 more year of eligibilty in a different sport, like Greg Paulus playing a year of football after 4 of basketball.
I expect Meram to go pro or at least try to after this season is over.
Do you people think our coaches are retarded? Honest question.
I asked, cause i haven't heard anything about any kickers. I know the coaches know it is a huge problem and need a kicker.. but i figured they would of thought they needed more than gibbons last year after our walk on first year kicker graduated..
Or just certain positions?
Step 1: find out who Purdue is recruiting to be their next kicker.
Step 2: apply snake oil.
step 3: ???????
step 4: Profit !!!
It seems to me that kickers are a crap shoot. Gibbons was a 3* and so far not so good. Everyone bitches about the kicking situation and RR went for a guy that was highly rated for a kicker. Lloyd Carr didn't seem to have a great time recruiting kickers there at the end. No one could've guessed that the kicking game would have been this terrible. I know I posted this after the Illinois game, but I was watching Broekheizen (sp) kick during halftime and the dude was nailing them, but when he kicked in the game, from the exact spot he was practicing, he missed. I think Broekheizen is the better option right now, but I think he's got gobblins in his head or something. Maybe RR should call a timeout right before he kicks, kinda like a reverse ice thing.
Bo never held kickers in any regard and had a long list of games lost due to missed field goals. He picked up a few good ones here and there, though. Don Bracken was the first punter he ever recruited, ca. 1980.
Bad kicking and Michigan football are a combo that goes way back.
Hayden Epstein, Garrett Rivas....uh, Jeff del Verne...and the unflappable Phil Brabbs.
Three yards and....a 42-yarder from the left hash?
Remy Hamilton in the transition...
I'm not sure why Epstein has this great reputation around here. Strong leg, yes, but very erratic. He was 26-42 (61.9%) on FGs in his career, which might be better than what we have now, but below-average for a kicker in this era.
Rivas, OTOH, really was a very good kicker and for some reason never seemed to be appreciated that much. He was 64-82 (78%) in his career.
but WHY does it seem every other big10 team has a kicker who can kick a 40 yarder in their sleep and it's an exhibition in self-hating for us when we attempt a 15 yd field goal
There's got to be more coaching involved than we think. The same schools (OSU, Iowa, Sparty, Nebraska) seem to have great kickers year after year. For us, it seems to be an adventure every time we break in a new guy.
I don't get why HS kickers aren't a good judge for kicker in college. What is totally different that the kid suddenly can't hit 30-40 yarders. Do they use tees in HS? That's about the only thing I can think of that might be why.
That's exactly right.
Do they use tees in HS?
You just answered your own question. There are quite a few kickers who have a lot of trouble kicking the ball off the ground instead of using the tee. IMO, HS should abolish on using the kicking tee for XP and FG since it's like a training wheels for the kicker.
I believe the commentators even called it an adventure this week. That's never a good thing.
I wish we could fall into something I had seen on other teams, where there are a string of brothers who can kick and do it consistently, gives you years of having dependable kickers!
Yes they have had it! I am just outside of Knoxville so I have seen it up close, makes me even more sad.
What are the chances of us getting Brindza from Plymouth? I know he a Notre Dame commit, but with everything going on there, the commitment might not be that solid.
We probably won't get him, but he did claim a Michigan offer before he committed to ND
You bring in the best you can, and it's up to the staff and the athlete to make it work.
This is a dire area of need for 2011.
Michael Stepanek out of Unity Christian in Hudsonville, MI. He has been to several kicking camps at Michigan. Played on the soccer team and kicked for the football team his senior season. Very consistent from 40+ yards all year
They're definitely recruiting kickers.. they brought in two senior kickers this weekend, and have been combing the state/midwest/country for them.
The problem for Rich I think is that Seth is actually pretty good in practice (from what I've heard) and Gibbon is decent at times too.. something just isn't translating in games.
Maybe he's still got some eligibility left.