This is something that's bothered me for a long time, going back many years. Whenever Michigan graduates a kicker, the next season is virtually guaranteed to be a disaster (kicking-wise) while we scramble to find a replacement. Frequently, the opening-game starter loses his job in favor of a walk-on, who has very limited range.
Meanwhile, down in Columbus, year after year they churn out kickers with fantastic leg strength and phenomenal accuracy. On Saturday, OSU's kicker went 5-5 on field goals. What a luxury. If they had our placekicking, that game could have gone the other way. And OSU isn't the only program with consistently great kicking. Iowa is another. Even Sparty seems to have more consistent kickers than we do.
I've heard that college kickers don't really get coached by the staff - that they just kind of do their own thing and the ST coach loosely supervises. I can certainly believe that in our case. But is that what OSU and Iowa are doing? They've produced too many good kickers for me to believe it's a coincidence.