Michigan offered kicker Connor Loftus from California. He is a 3 star on espn and hasn't missed a field goal from within 40 yards this year. He's also made two from over 50! Other offers include Boise State, NC State, North Carolina and Navy. If we could get this kid, that sure would end our kicking problems!
Michigan offers a kicker!
Because this is worthy of it's own! Fabulous news.
That is the real question.
Can he kick between the uprights? If so, thats a big improvement.
that all of our potential kickers are on the M soccer team.
Did I miss something? Why isn't this kid our kicker
I don't know, maybe he llikes soccer more than football.
Yup, dude's a littlle busy with a little thing called the college cup (soccer final four)
You would be surprised how many people can kick a fifty yard field goal with no offense or defensive lines and no one watching. I have even done it. His kicks obviously look better than mine did, but there is still a big difference having to get elevation quickly and dealing with the pressure. I have been hearing how well our kickers have kicked in practice, too. It wasn't until the games that they have fallen apart.
Plus, he is kicking with a tee. This is much easier than kicking off of the ground with a holder. You also have the possibility of a bad hold and pulling a Ray Finkle.
10000% cosign. He's right here on campus. What can be so freaking hard about getting him onto the team for at least a game or two?
If I'm not mistaken, Meram's eligibility for soccer is up this year so he could try to walk on to the football team for next year.
The ball simply explodes off his foot. Amazing!
As Meram said to some Maryland players who asked who he was, "next year i'll be on TV". He'll be playing profesional soccer next year.
If that's all you're going on, couldn't that mean that he'll be playing for the Michigan football team? Just a thought.
as a 1st round pick in the MLS draft.
He'll be drafted. I'm not sure if he'll play for a full MLS squad right away.
Not that that isn't impressive, but a lot of kickers can make long field goals on an empty field and not in a game. I'm not saying Meram can't, but I saw a video of Gibbons doing something similar.
he starts his approach much further from the ball on the 55 yd attempt, both laterally and in depth, though it's hard to tell for sure in depth because the earlier kicks don't clearly show how many steps back he takes. Don't know if most FG kickers do that for longer kicks. It certainly increases the time for potential kick blockers to penetrate.
I was expecting to hear the glass shatter behind the goal posts.
Our kicking problems. Thanks for the update. Great news.
JHC, sign him NOW! Friggin 'LOFTUS'!!! I mean HELLO!
plucker for that one!
It's not quite up there with Bolivian, but it's damn close.
Congratulations... you made me spit up my martini. You win the internet today.
We do in fact NEED to sign this dude just for the t-shirt possibilities alone (much less the fact we kind of need a kicker).
"Loftus up where we belong/ Where eagles fly/On a mountain high"
He had me at hello.
Post that is.
A lot of kicking is mental. Gibbons was also a highly rated guy coming out a couple of years ago. We should definitely bring in a kicker in the class, but for his sake, I hope Gibbons overcome his mental blocks.
You beat me to it. If my memory serves me I think Gibbons was like the 3rd ranked kicker coming out of high school.
Yep, first team all-state in Florida
I remember when I was in 9th grade I was talking to the kicker for my high school team. I told him that it seemed to me that kicking was about 80% mental. He was quick to correct me: "No, it's 90%."
Gibbons's issues are all technique. He calls them wide left or wide right when Gibbons lines up, and he's been right every time.
The "wormburner" doesn't stand much of a chance
Brendan Gibbons was a very highly recruited All-American in high school. Just sayin'.
LOFTUS. We need lifting, the ball must be LOFTED. If he kicks it true with LOFT, he will please US.
SHANKUS or PULLIAM
It amazes me that football coaches (both college and pro) don't seem to focus on special teams and special teams situations more. Maybe that's just my perception because it is so glaringly obvious when they screw up.
At this point, the more competition and options we have available for 2011, the better. Anyone have anything to offer as far as his interest in Michigan versus the other schools recruiting him?
Just looking at prestige and opportunity, it seems as though Michigan would be at the top of prestige and right up there with where Boise has been, visibility-wise (Brontzman incident aside). And relatively equal to what UNC can offer as far as education and college experience.
EDIT: any idea why my font size went crazy?
You don't have enough points to buy the bigger fonts yet.
I'd rather not waste a scholarship on a kicker when Gibbons has the talent hidden away somewhere in his head and we always have walk-on options that USUALLY pan out. We could also get a soccer player...Justin Meram is basically as good as pro soccer players, which is why he decided not to do football, but I'm sure someone on the team can kick a ball.
I'm not too hung up on this guy...mostly because he's a kicker and there are probably hundreds of other dudes who are just as good at placekicking.
That's the problem—the talent is in his head, not his leg.
But, have you seen our kicking game lately? Abysmal does not quite describe its horrific nature. The coaches need to do something about it and that something just got a scholarship offer. this is not a want for the class - it is a definite need worthy of a scholarship. Period.
Loftus - great name for a kicker
As is "hang-'er-up" for a punter. If we get Loftus, Michigan's kicking game will be all onomatopoeia.
If only Dileo was named "Todahouse"...
or, "Drew IHoldontothegoddammedball"
God I love onomatopoeis. Thank you.
I'm sorry was there a problem with the kicking game this year? Maybe that was what all the booing was about everytime a field goal attempt was made.
If he can keep the ball in bounds and kick it in the end zone welcome aboard!
We didn't boo every time a field goal attempt was made. On those rare occasions we cheered sarcastically. The booing was for all the attempts that were missed.
Sorry. Couldn't resist.
I stand corrected. First it was the groans then the booing.
during his HS career. The question with any HS kicker is what will he do when he doesn't have the benefit of the tee? If someone could figure out how to predict that they could make a pretty penny.
Went to Nebraska for the second week of the season as my deceased father in law was being inducted into the Nebraska football HOF. Was it fun watching their kicker warm up. He stopped at 57 yards, but had plenty of leg to move back (yes they went through the uprights). I'm still shocked Pellini didn't give him a crack at a 57 yarder to tie the Big 12 championship game.
WOW. Nice weapon for the Huskers.
Especially since he made a 52(?) yarder with about 15 to spare earlier in the game.
You're right: according to Rivals, Loftus is #11 kicker, and Gibbons was #8.
Edit: Scout had Loftus as #8 for his class, and Gibbons #11 for his. Point is still valid, though.
Just becasue Gibbons didn't pan out (so far) doesn't mean we can't get excited over this kid. He sounds like a good kicker, and would be awesome to have on our team! There are also many highly rated kickers that do well in college.
The odds of one of these top rated kickers working out are probably very good. Just because one didn't doesn't reflect poorly on the odds of the other.
If you don't mind my asking, who was your FIL?
Especially weird because Henery had actually made a 57 yard field goal before (2008 against Colorado). His only miss this year was a 50 yarder that was blocked. Frankly it's inexplicable that he isnt a Groza finalist -- 18/19 this year, and 68/76 for his career for a ridiculous 89.5% career success rate.
Wow, and that 57-yarder was at Nebraska and not the thin air of CU. When I went to CU the kickers loved making 60+ yarders in warm ups. I really wish they had attempted one in a game.
JUST KICK THE DAMN BALL!
THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS!
I think you're correct. When we lined up for field goals, I found myself using both the terms crap and shoot.
I too hope, like some commenters, that Gibbons can regain whatever form got him the #11 ranking as a recruit. But I'm not optimistic.
When I watch Broekhuizen kick he seems to have a good leg, good form, and good height - but the accuracy is erratic. That seems like a mental block, especially since he's nailed all of the PATs. When Gibbons kicks it just doesn't look right. There's no loft, no power, clunky form. That doesn't suggest a mental block to me.
I realize that physique is impossible to judge since Jay Feely was short and stocky and a great kicker, but Gibbons doesn't look like a kicker to me. I'm wondering if he hit the "weights" too hard when he got to college and screwed up his technique.
Frankly, the kicker is too important to the team to hope that the current guys figure it out or that we can dig up a walk-on somewhere. They MUST sign a kicker for next year and if the biggest issue we have is that there are two kickers on scholarship then we can live with that. We need a kicker far more than we need a 4th string quarterback for example.
From what I've heards, Broekhuizen has been killing it in practice, but has been trouble in game situations. I haven't really heard this from Gibbons which worries me. (And Gibbons was #8).
Broekhuizen has the best leg ... but zero confidence in the game. Kinda like a guy who makes every putt on the putting green but can't do it on the course.
Any reason why we don't look at FCS kickers ??? get a guy that's proven it in year 1 at that level and bring him in. Yeah - he will need to wait 1 year, but you can start this process and get it rolling.
Lets face facts - the only FK guys you hear of are in college at major programs. Get a kicker out of an FCS school and put hm on national TV every week. A good kicker would jump at the chance !!!
Go Blue !
like RR and co. might need to have start doing what they do for qb, by wanting to bring a kicker in every class. Clearly are kickers aren't getting it done. We might as well recruit kickers til we find a solid kicker.
Have we not confirmed the fact that most college programs do not have a special teams coach who is dedicated to the art of kicking, hence a kid in HS gets by on talent 9/10 times then gets to college and its the same story and never develops the correct technique and ends up working on things by himself.
I believe OSU is such a school that has a kicking coach and look at how many quality kickers they turn out.
But, also, we have about 8 guys who regularly spend all of practice kicking field goals. Is it too much to think that one of these guys has a "denardesque" offseason? Is this even possible for kickers?
Our guys don't have a kicking coach (few schools do) but that doesn't say that a volunteer couldn't drop by from time to time and offer tips. Guys like Jay Feely, Remy Hamilton, etc.
Former players drop by and work out at Barwis' sweathouse. They must be offering up some tips to the players, during the voluntary workouts in the weight room.
As long as they aren't paid by the U, not sure why a kicker couldn't hang out with a former kicker (voluntarily, of course) and just get together for practice sessions.
I've watched our guys in practice before games and at halftime. The kicks aren't great but are higher and don't curve/slice as badly as Seth's debacle vs. Wisky (that kick was ugly).
Maybe these guys need to watch Caddyshack and see how Danny Noonan kept his concentration while putting with the other caddies yelling (missssss, missssss, misssss it Noonan!!!!!)
That OU team has four scholarship kickers and another one offered. We are way behind in this category. Could you imagine 5 guys out of your 85 schollies being kickers? I'm all for competition and all but goodness gracious.
It sure seems to work, I'd rather have their kicking situation then ours.
Yes but if they are so bad that they have to add a fifth one this year, then the previous four are worthless. Right now we only have one worthless one.
They make field goals. Or kickers don't. I wouldn't call their succesful kickers worthless.
If it gains us 60+ extra points a season, I'm all for it.
kick the damn ball?
Can't wait to hear the epic roar at the Big House once a decent distance FG is made next year. Instant hero status! Campus stud for the week. Who wouldn't want to be that guy!
I'm pretty confident this kid will qualify. Rivals shows he has offers from Harvard, Brown, Cornell, and Penn. Rumor has it Cornell is also recruiting him for the Do-Re-Migos.
the Soccer team still to be playing in December. If the team lost early in the B10 tournament and didn't make the NCAAs he might have been able to play in the last few games.
and go after that junior kicker for the 2012 class. Ross Martin he was kicking 60 yards for fun, and on kickoffs through the end zone!
He does look very talented in the video. The only thing is he is kicking off a tee and also kicking off from the 40. In college they can't use tees and kick off from the 30.
Someone is going to bitch about why we're offering all these damn kickers and not more slot receivers.....
Well, maybe not...
What would Fred Jackson say about this kid? Anyone care to speculate?
Just down the road in Plymouth (?) who went to Notre Dame instead...
Michigan offered first but he's from a long-time Notre Dame family.
OSU's kicker was a professional soccer player, who successfully made the transition from soccer to FB. As much as I hate it, Tressel always finds some guy to fill in and do an admirable job even if not highly recruited. He made 19 of 22 this year.
The last SCHOLARSHIP kickers that we had who made an impact were Garrett Rivas ('03-'06) and Hayden Epstein ('98-'01).
For a couple of years, we pulled a rabbit out of the hat with guys like KC Lopata and Jason Olnesavage (though each had a major easy miss that contributed to a close loss).
This year resembled 2002, only that Adam Finley (the punter) finally started kicking FGs after we tried to merry-go-round.
His 1/4 this year? The fact that he lost the job to a walk-on?
I seem to recall someone, possible Cornblue mentioning that it take a HS placekicker two years to get acclimated to kicking off the ground. If this is true, what are the possibilities that another true freshman comes in and can kick?
I'm curious if anyone can dig up who the best current placekickers are in the BCS and what class their in. I would guess that most would be Juniors or Seniors.
Position: K, S
Two birds, one stone.
It's panfully obvious we need another field goal kicker- if not Loftus, is there anyone else?