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Kicking game instruction


We've known all season (and before) that the Tigers' placekicking is terrible.  Dabo claims to have personally worked with this unit in practice the week leading up to the loss at Florida State.  I think the block (low kick) and miss (blamed on early snap) show that he didn't get results.  So who else is involved in the program that can help get this fixed?

It should be Andre Powell's job, but I don't think he has much insight into placekicking.  We have a history of kickers struggling under his instruction (see Richard Jackson) and I've seen little to suggest Powell can contribute much more to special teams than figuring out that CJ Spiller would be a good return man.  I will concede that his coverage teams have been respectable, but Dabo taking the placekicking issue on himself shows he has little faith in Powell to get it done. 

Those of you that saw the game on TV: did you notice the litle guy with the clipboard rush onto the field after Catanzaro's made FG to tie the game against FSU? (I was dreading an excessive celebration penalty)  That's Brandon McCombs, aka: "Stopwatch."    He's listed as part of the Strength and Conditioning staff, but one glance will tell you he hasn't seen much of the inside of the weight room.  I would venture to guess that his experience with kickers is limited to keeping track of hang times, get-off times and kick distances for the past three seasons.  I seriously doubt he has any valuable instruction to offer.  Catanzaro's recent statement that he got advice from a former UNC kicker who is a family friend about not rushing into his kicks shows that our staff is incapable of studying game film to diagnose a kicker's faults. 

Somebody on the staff needs to step up and get this issue under control or the weak link on the current staff needs to be replaced.  Otherwise, we'll continue to fall short (or wide right) in close, winnable games.  For now, do we give up on field goals and just go for it?  Pooch punt?  Keep kicking, half the time we do make it?

For the next two (maybe three) games and in the long-term: what are your ideas?

These opinions are not necessarily those of the Proprietors of Shakin' The Southland.

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