Friday, March 23, 2007

New look in 2007 for the field goal unit

For the past couple of seasons Michigan's kicking unit has operated like a well oiled machine during field goal and extra point attempts. However, with the graduations of Kicker Garrett Rivas, Holder Ross Ryan, and Long Snapper Turner Booth, there will be an entirely new kicking unit in place in 2007. Coach Carr will be using Spring Practice to audition players at each of the three positions. As noted in a previous post, Bryan Wright, Jason Gingell and K.C. Lopata will battle it out at the kicking position. It is unclear at this time who will be given an opportunity to be the holder on kicks. Often it is a backup quarterback. I suggest #12 David Cone (So./Fr. in 2007). Otherwise, the fourth-string scholarship quarterback will spend his entire career on the sidelines wearing a headset and relaying signals. As for long snapper, no one has emerged yet although Justin Boren, David Moosman and Tim McAvoy are fighting for the starting center position. A clearer picture regarding the new look kicking unit will emerge at the end of the 15 spring practice sessions. Go Blue!

*Note: Photo of Chad Henne (7) and David Cone (12) from Michigan State game on 10/7/06 by Robin Buckson/The Detroit News

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