Kick Coverage, Week 2: Woo Pig Gloomy

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Kick Coverage, Week 2

Week 2 filled our plates with quite a balanced selection from the kicker buffet: long makes, the season’s first game-winner, and several heart-string pulling moments (both the good and bad kind).

The story of the weekend was what happened down in Fayetteville, in which a 22-year old kicker became a scapegoat for a fanbase’s collective decades of frustration (more on that nonsense below).

Fortunately, the rest of Kickerville represented well with a number of performances that hopefully serve as a sampling of a greater kicking feast to come.

Let me know anything I missed in the comments or on Twitter at @cfbkickerstats.

Kicker of the Week:

Matt Ammendola, Oklahoma State – 3/4 FG: 31, 53, 48; 5/5 XPs

If you happened to tune into the Friday night tilt between Oklahoma State and South Alabama in Mobile, you saw a great kicking performance from Matt Ammendola.

Playing his first full season with FG duties, the redshirt sophomore opened the game’s scoring early in the first with a 31-yard make. That and a 42-yard miss served as a warm up for what was to come, a 53-yard boom from near the left hash to all but close out the half:

Ammendola would then make a 48-yarder in the fourth while also going 5/5 on extra points.

The 53-yarder tied his career-long, set against Central Michigan last season in what was his very first college FGA.

Extra Points:

1) After attempting 0 FGs during the season opener against Ohio State, Indiana’s Griffin Oakes made up for lost time by tallying makes from 51 and 49 yards on Saturday against Virginia. The first of those successful kicks was the 54th of his Hoosier career, giving him sole possession of the school record. It was also the second longest field goal in Oakes’ career.

2) Compared to most of their teammates, many kickers take a pretty roundabout route to getting on scholarship. While some earn theirs during a spring or fall camp ritual, Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship was given his in a private meeting with head coach Kirby Smart last Thursday. There, the redshirt sophomore was told that his wait was finally over. Having been committed to UGA since December of his senior year of high school, Blankenship celebrated the news by hitting a 30-yarder that with 3:13 left that gave the Dawgs the lead and eventual 20-19 win over Notre Dame. Things became even more festive in the post-game celebrations when Smart had Blankenship share his news with the entire locker room:

3) The Longball Leaderboard below would look completely different if kickers from FCS, Div. II, and Div. III schools were included. Three players in FCS have been successful on attempts from 52 yards or longer this season, including a 56-yarder from Northern Colorado’s Collin Root. But the longest kick of the year in any division belongs to Division II Minnesota State’ Mankato’s Casey Bednarski, who drilled this laser-guided 63 yarder on Saturday against Minnesota Crookston:

Bednarski’s bomb established a school and conference record.

Doink of the Week:

Arkansas’ Cole Hedlund had a…bad Saturday, missing from 20 and 23 yards out. While the shorter of the two might be one of the loudest misses on record, the real doinks of the weekend are the Arkansas fans that decided to tweet sub-human things a 22-year old college kid (courtesy to SEC Country for compiling):

No word if clowns like these (there were many more) also tweeted every member on the Hogs’ impotent offense, or on the defense that allowed TCU go 10-for-14 on third downs. While head coach Bret Bielema’s decision to pull the kicker from duty is understandable, the heart still feels for Hedlund. The former Chris Sailer National Placekicker of the year is a perfect 91-91 in his career on extra points, but just 14-24 on field goals. Lefty Connor Limpert is expected to take over the field goal role for the Week 3 showdown with Texas A&M.

Way-Too-Early Groza Predictions: 

I haven’t looked back in enough detail to get an exact idea of what the Groza voting panel seems to like most in their finalist nominations, but I imagine it’s usually some combination of merit within that individual season (with an emphasis on range and consistency), players that would bring interesting storylines to the award, and a ‘lifetime achievement’ factor for upperclassmen that just have good careers, but just haven’t been able to put together a season that gets themselves over the top.

Given those, I imagine if votes were due today the top three might look something like:

  1. Quinn Nordin, Michigan (6/8 FGs, 7/7 XPs, 2x 50+)
  2. Matt Gay, Utah (7/7 FGs, 5/5 Xps, Lng 49)
  3. Matt Ammendola, Oklahoma State (4/6 FGs, 13/13 XPs, Lng 53)

Long Ball Leaderboard Through Week 2:

By next week, the minimum distance to make the list very well may be 50 already. This week, Ammendola and Oakes joined Nordin as the only others to occupy two spots on the leaderboard.

Rk.NameSchoolDistanceWeek, Opp.
1Quinn NordinMichigan551, Florida
2Greg JosephFlorida Atlantic541, Navy
T3Matt AmmendolaOklahoma St.532, at So. Alabama
Matthew McCraneKansas State531, Central Arkansas
5Brandon RuizArizona St.521, New Mexico St.
6Griffin OakesIndiana512, at Virginia
T7Michael BadgleyMiami (FL)501, Bethune-Cookman
Daniel CarlsonAuburn501, Georgia Southern
Quinn NordinMichigan501, Florida
Joey SlyeVirginia Tech502, Delaware
T11Aaron BoumheriTemple492, Villanova
Emmit CarpenterMinnesota492, at Oregon St.
Matt GayUtah491, N. Dakota
Cooper RotheWyoming491, @Iowa
T15Matt AmmendolaOklahoma St.482, at So. Alabama
Daniel LaCameraTexas A&M481, @UCLA

Kicker Survivor Leaderboard Through Week 2:

Of the 128 kickers that have recorded at least one FGA this season, just the 44 below remain perfect (34%). Nordin (Michigan) and Jameson Vest (Toledo) had streaks of four before missing, ranking them ahead of many others but also making winning an impossibility.

7Matt GayUtah
5Wyatt BryanColorado St.
5Blanton CrequeLouisville
5Sean NuernbergerOhio St.
5Jake SuderBGSU
4John Baron IISDSU
4Haden HoggarthBoise St.
3Jimmy CamachoFresno St.
3Dominik EberleUtah St.
4Colton LichtenbergBoston College
3Austin ParkerDuke
3Spencer PettitNevada
3Erik PowellWashington St.
3Jason SandersNew Mexico
3Samuel SlomanMiami (OH)
3Jet TonerStanford
3Mike WeaverWake Forest
2Michael BadgleyMiami (FL)
2Drew BrownNebraska
2Spencer EvansPurdue
2Redford JonesTulsa
2Greg JosephFlorida Atlantic
2Connor MartinBaylor
2Trevor MooreNorth Texas
2Griffin OakesIndiana
2Garrett OwensIowa St.
2Miguel RecinosIowa
2Nick RiceOld Dominion
2Michael RubinoApp. State
2Nick VogelUAB
2Josh WilliamsSMU
2Sawyer WilliamsArkansas St.
1Stevie ArtigueLouisiana
1Dylan BrownNew Mexico St.
1Bryce CrawfordSan Jose St.
1Will HarrisonRice
1Tom O'LearyArkansas
1Emilio NadelmanSouth Florida
1Coby NeenanTulane
1Ryan NussWestern Kentucky
1Michael SmithUtah St.
1Spencer SmithMemphis
1Brandon WrightGeorgia St.
1Louie ZervosOhio

Game Winners (Under 1:00 to play) :

I admittedly wasn’t sure what should qualify as a ‘game winner’, but decided that 1:00 remaining or less was good enough after Temple’s Aaron Boumerhi’s 49-yarder gave the Owls a late lead and eventual win over cross-town rivals Villanova:

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