Kick Coverage, Week 1: Heirs Made Apparent, Others Transparent

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Kick Coverage, Week 1

The first real week of the 2017 season was undoubtedly great, the kicking scene included.

At schools like Alabama and Utah, murky kicker situations became clear after de facto audition processes. Elsewhere, freshmen and other first-time starters made strong cases that they might become even better than their decorated predecessors.

Many relative unknown kickers also dazzled, including one that fell several school records on one kick. Conversely, several of the pre-season Groza favorites already have blemishes on their stat-lines already.

But thankfully, there’s still plenty of games to be played (and kicks to be made). And for that, I can’t wait—welcome back, college football.

If I ever miss something cool, let me know in the comments.

Kicker of the Week:

Quinn Nordin, Michigan – 4/6 FG: 55, 50, 30, 25; 3/3 XPs

Nordin, the freshman that Jim Harbaugh famously slept with in January (phrasing?), announced his arrival to college football loud and clear on Saturday against Florida.

After warming up with a 25-yard make on Michigan’s first drive, Harbaugh wasted no time testing his redshirt freshman’s leg on a 55-yarder that literally couldn’t have been any closer of a make:

In the third quarter, Nordin added 30 and 50-yarders to his tally on the day. He then missed on attempts from 52 and 32, but went 3/3 on PATs in the 33-17 win over Florida.

Hitting the two 50+ers marks the first time any Michigan kicker has accomplished the feat, and the greater of the two stands as the season’s longest in the nation so far (see below).

Nordin, who sports a Ricky Vaughn-buzz in honor of his closer role, was a three-star recruit and Rivals’ top-rated kicker in the class of 2016. Before making headlines for Harbaugh’s relentless pursuit of him, Nordin first caught college football’s attention for the 65-yarder he hit at Kornblue Kicking Camp. He is, without a doubt, the extremely early Groza favorite.

Extra Points:

1) No kicker in the nation has bigger shoes to fill than Arizona State’s Brandon Ruiz. In his first game taking over for most recent Lou Groza winner and all-time NCAA field goal leader Zane Gonzalez, Ruiz wasted little time in showing he was more than worthy. After missing on a 56-yarder, the freshman hit a 52-yard bomb that was crucial in the Sun Devils 37-31 escape of New Mexico State:

I don’t know anything about kicking mechanics and don’t pretend to, but I know that Ruiz leaves me mesmerized as to how he generates so much power off what seems like such a short approach.

2) It looks like Andy Gay won the Utah kicker job in a trial by fire during the Ute’s 37-16 win over FCS North Dakota. True freshman Chayden Johnston was trotted out first to try a 45-yarder in the first quarter, which he missed. That prompted Kyle Whittingham to call Gay’s name for the next attempt, a 33-yarder which was successful. Senior Gay got the call twice more on the day, finishing a perfect 3/3 FG (33, 32, 49) and 4/4 XP.

3) Lane Kiffin’s best player in Florida Atlantic’s 42-19 loss to Navy just might have been Greg Joseph. A former walk-on, Joseph broke three school records with a single kick. The 54-yarder he hit in the third was not only the longest in FAU’s history, but also made him the Owls’ all-time leading scorer and field goal kicker. He also made one from 24 to go 2/2 on the day.

Doink of the Week:

Cincinnati senior Andrew Gantz did not have a good start to his 2017 season. Another UC student did, however:

Week 2 Kicker Matchup To Watch: 

Greg Joseph (Florida Atlantic)

6-1, 210 lbs
Boca Raton, FL

This Season: 2-2 (100%)
Career: 44/63 (69.8%):
Longest make: 54

Tale of the Tape: Four-year starter Joseph already reserved a place in FAU’s record books (see above), now he’ll spend the rest of the season cementing it. Saturday’s 54-yard bomb was a personal best, surpassing the 50-yard mark he set for himself last year against FIU. The former All-American and All-State soccer player has improved his FG% steadily the past three seasons (60.4%, 62.9%, 64.7%) and based on the leg he showed in Week 1, a run at All-CUSA honors wouldn’t be out of the question.


Rafael Gaglianone (Wisconsin)

5-11, 232 lbs
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Kohl’s Ranking: #5, Class of 2014, Scout: ***

This Season: 1-1 (100%)
Career: 45/58 (77.5%)
Longest make: 51

Tale of the Tape: Joseph’s Owls will go to Camp Randall to face Rafael Gaglianone’s Wisconsin squad. The Brazillian missed most of last season with a back injury, but not before going 7-8 on field goals (including 4-4 from 40-49). That start looked like a return to form from his freshman year when he tied the UW record with 14 consecutive FGMs, went 19-22 overall (87.5%), including 2-3 from 50+. He hasn’t been called on to try a shot that long in two years now, but wouldn’t be out of the possibility if the UW offense stalls on Saturday in Madison, where the forecast calls for clear skies and calm winds.

Long Ball Leaderboard Through Week 1:

The cut to make the top 15 longest list has risen to 44 yards already. Nordin is not only the only player listed twice, he’s also the only kicker in the country to make two FGs from 40 or further on the season.

Rk.NameSchoolDistanceWeek, Opp.
1Quinn NordinMichigan551, Florida
2Greg JosephFlorida Atlantic541, Navy
3Matthew McCraneKansas State531, Central Arkansas
4Brandon RuizArizona St.521, New Mexico St.
5TMichael BadgleyMiami (FL)501, Bethune-Cookman
5TDaniel CarlsonAuburn501, Georgia Southern
5TQuinn NordinMichigan501, Florida
8TMatt GayUtah491, N. Dakota
8TCooper RotheWyoming491, @Iowa
10Daniel LaCameraTexas A&M481, @UCLA
11Tyler DavisPenn State471, Akron
12Jimmy CamachoFresno St.471, Incarnate Word
13Eddy PineiroFlorida461, Michigan
14Nick VogelUAB451, Alabama A&M
15TRyan NussW. Kentucky441, E. Kentucky
15TEvan PantelsUNLV441, Howard
15TMiguel RecinosIowa44Wyoming
15TMatthew WrightUCF441, FIU

Kicker Survivor Leaderboard Through Week 1:

Lots of big names eliminated already and the winner of the inaugural Kicker Survivor contest may be a complete surprise (especially to the winner themselves, who has no idea this exists).

Of the 106 kickers that have recorded an FGA this season, 50 (47%) have missed at least once already, with the overwhelming majority missing their first attempt of the season. The average distance on eliminating attempts was a respectable 41.72 yards.

StreakNameSchoolWeek EliminatedMissed
4Jameson VestToledo--
4Wyatt BryanColo St.--
4Q̶u̶i̶n̶n̶ ̶N̶o̶r̶d̶i̶n̶Michigan152
3Blanton CrequeLouisville--
3Daniel LaCameraTexas A&M--
3Colton LichtenbergBoston College--
3Matt GayUtah--
3Tristan VizcainoWashington--
2Michael BadgleyMiami (FL)--
2Drew BrownNebraska--
2Jimmy CamachoFresno St.--
2Greg JosephFlorida Atlantic--
2Cole MurphySyracuse--
2Sean NuernbergerOhio St.--
2Gavin PattersonSouth Alabama--
2Spencer PettitNevada--
2James ShermanTexas St.--
2Samuel SlomanMiami (OH)--
2Jet TonerStanford--
2Bratcher UnderwoodTroy--
2Sawyer WilliamsArkansas St.--
2M̶i̶c̶h̶a̶e̶l̶ ̶A̶r̶m̶s̶t̶r̶o̶n̶g̶Central Michigan-46
2C̶h̶r̶i̶s̶t̶i̶a̶n̶ ̶H̶a̶g̶a̶n̶
Northern Illinois-39
2E̶v̶a̶n̶ ̶P̶a̶n̶t̶e̶l̶s̶UNLV-43
2G̶a̶r̶y̶ ̶W̶u̶n̶d̶e̶r̶l̶i̶c̶k̶
Ole Miss-45
1John Baron IISDSU--
1Rodrigo BlankenshipGeorgia--
1Jose BorregalesFIU--
1Bryce CrawfordSJSU--
1Dominik EberleUtah St.--
1Paul FricanoEastern Michigan--
1Rafael GaglianoneWisconsin--
1Haden HoggarthBoise St.--
1Shane HynesKent State--
1Redford JonesTulsa--
1Austin MacGinnisKentucky--
1Connor MartinBaylor--
1Tucker McCannMissouri--
1Mike MolinaWest Virginia--
1J.J. MolsonUCLA--
1Trevor MooreNorth Texas--
1Emilio NadelmanSouth Florida--
1Coby NeenanTulane--
1Ryan NussWestern Kentucky--
1Austin ParkerDuke--
1Erik PowellWashington St.--
1Miguel RecinosIowa--
1Nick RiceOld Dominion--
1Michael RubinoApp. State--
1Gabriel RuiKansas--
1Jason SandersNew Mexico--
1Parker ShaunfieldSouthern Miss--
1Spencer SmithMemphis--
1Jake SuderBGSU--
1Mike WeaverWake Forest--
1Josh WilliamsSMU--
1Blake WilsonArmy--
1Brandon WrightGeorgia St.--
1Kaare VedvikMarshall--
1Nick VogelUAB--
1Louie ZervosOhio--
1M̶a̶t̶t̶ ̶A̶m̶m̶e̶n̶d̶o̶l̶a̶Ok. St.133
1J̶o̶n̶a̶t̶h̶a̶n̶ ̶B̶a̶r̶n̶e̶s̶
Louisiana Tech152
1D̶a̶n̶i̶e̶l̶ ̶C̶a̶r̶l̶s̶o̶n̶
1A̶u̶s̶t̶i̶n̶ ̶J̶o̶n̶e̶s̶Temple136
1F̶r̶e̶e̶m̶a̶n̶ ̶J̶o̶n̶e̶s̶North Carolina145
1C̶h̶a̶s̶e̶ ̶M̶c̶L̶a̶u̶g̶h̶l̶i̶n̶Illinois144
1R̶y̶a̶n̶ ̶M̶e̶k̶s̶e̶l̶l̶Hawaii138
1A̶n̶d̶y̶ ̶P̶a̶p̶p̶a̶n̶a̶s̶t̶o̶s̶Alabama142
1E̶d̶d̶y̶ ̶P̶i̶n̶e̶i̶r̶o̶Florida147
1C̶o̶o̶p̶e̶r̶ ̶R̶o̶t̶h̶e̶Wyoming147
1J̶o̶e̶y̶ ̶S̶l̶y̶e̶
Virginia Tech138
1J̶a̶m̶e̶s̶ ̶S̶t̶e̶f̶a̶n̶o̶u̶Colorado138
1M̶a̶t̶t̶h̶e̶w̶ ̶W̶r̶i̶g̶h̶t̶
0R̶i̶c̶k̶y̶ ̶A̶g̶u̶a̶y̶o̶Florida St.137
0M̶a̶t̶t̶ ̶A̶n̶d̶e̶r̶s̶o̶n̶Cal145
0T̶y̶l̶e̶r̶ ̶B̶a̶s̶s̶Georgia Southern144
0E̶m̶m̶i̶t̶ ̶C̶a̶r̶p̶e̶n̶t̶e̶r̶Minnesota150
0S̶h̶a̶w̶n̶ ̶D̶a̶v̶i̶s̶Tennessee147
0T̶y̶l̶e̶r̶ ̶D̶a̶v̶i̶s̶Penn State139
0T̶u̶c̶k̶e̶r̶ ̶D̶a̶y̶Mississippi St.132
0J̶.̶D̶.̶ ̶D̶e̶l̶l̶i̶n̶g̶e̶r̶Purdue153
0A̶n̶d̶r̶e̶w̶ ̶G̶a̶n̶t̶z̶Cincinnati126
0J̶o̶s̶h̶ ̶G̶r̶a̶n̶t̶Western Michigan138
0A̶d̶a̶m̶ ̶G̶r̶e̶e̶n̶e̶Maryland131
0M̶o̶r̶g̶a̶n̶ ̶H̶a̶g̶e̶e̶Ball St.154
0A̶n̶d̶r̶e̶w̶ ̶H̶a̶r̶t̶e̶Rutgers147
0S̶t̶e̶r̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶H̶o̶f̶r̶i̶c̶h̶t̶e̶r̶Syracuse151
0C̶h̶a̶y̶d̶e̶n̶ ̶J̶o̶h̶n̶s̶t̶o̶n̶Utah145
0C̶h̶a̶r̶l̶i̶e̶ ̶K̶u̶h̶b̶a̶n̶d̶e̶r̶Northwestern121
0A̶l̶e̶x̶ ̶K̶e̶s̶s̶m̶a̶n̶Pittsburgh128
0N̶i̶g̶e̶l̶ ̶M̶a̶c̶a̶u̶l̶e̶y̶Charlotte150
0B̶r̶a̶d̶e̶n̶ ̶M̶a̶n̶n̶
Texas A&M143
0M̶a̶t̶t̶h̶e̶w̶ ̶M̶c̶C̶r̶a̶n̶e̶Kansas St.150
0A̶.̶J̶.̶ ̶M̶e̶j̶i̶a̶Virginia143
0A̶d̶a̶m̶ ̶M̶i̶t̶c̶h̶e̶s̶o̶n̶Buffalo140
0B̶e̶n̶n̶e̶t̶t̶ ̶M̶o̶e̶h̶r̶i̶n̶g̶Navy129
0T̶o̶m̶m̶y̶ ̶O̶p̶e̶n̶s̶h̶a̶w̶Vanderbilt131
0J̶o̶s̶h̶u̶a̶ ̶R̶o̶w̶l̶a̶n̶d̶Texas142
0B̶r̶a̶n̶d̶o̶n̶ ̶R̶u̶i̶z̶Arizona St.156
0M̶i̶c̶h̶a̶e̶l̶ ̶S̶c̶h̶r̶e̶i̶n̶e̶r̶UMASS133
0J̶a̶k̶e̶ ̶V̶e̶r̶i̶t̶y̶East Carolina151
0C̶a̶r̶s̶o̶n̶ ̶W̶i̶s̶e̶NC State129
0J̶u̶s̶t̶i̶n̶ ̶Y̶o̶o̶n̶Notre Dame144
0R̶h̶e̶t̶t̶ ̶A̶l̶m̶o̶n̶d̶BYU033
0J̶o̶r̶d̶a̶n̶ ̶C̶h̶o̶u̶k̶a̶i̶r̶Oregon St.052

Game Winners:

Still none in FBS. Ball State’s Morgan Hagee had his 54-yard game-winning attempt blocked as time expired at Illinois, as did Georgia Tech’s Shawn Davis, which led to the Yellow Jackets’ demise in 2OT against Tennessee.

There was also this nice 32-yarder from Nicholl State’s Lorran Fonseca to defeat rivals Mayor McCheese McNeese State:

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