03
Sep
09

terps decide to go for two every time

It two days before the season opener and the Terps have not named their starting kicker.  The three contenders are Nick Wallace, Mike Barbour and Nick Ferrara.  The winner gets to be the guy nobody acknowledges when they do well, and everyone blames when they go wrong.  Second place gets to be the water boy.  Third place gets to play soccer for Team USA.

Never before has a kicking competition gone so far, so long into the preseason.  The coaching staff has thrown their hands in the air and said it will be a game time decision.  I say they should just go without one.  Teach all-world punter Travis Baltz how to direct his driving iron of a foot downward for kickoffs, never go for a field goal, and go for two on every TD.  This strategy would force the Terps into a more aggressive offensive mindset.  Every set of downs inside the opponent’s 35 suddenly becomes a four down set.  Maybe this way the Terps offense will keep-up with Florida State.

Plus, we’ll never hear about the kicking competition again.  That’s reason enough.

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4 Responses to “terps decide to go for two every time”


  1. September 4, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I continue to not understand how a D-1 college football program can’t sign a decent kicker. I konw it can be an afterthought, but because of afterthought they now have to keep three guys on scholarship? If I’m missing something someone should please explain.

  2. September 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I think I sort of remember one season from a few years ago where our kicker really was that bad and Maryland actually was going for 2 points and going for it on 4th down in the red zone all the time. How’s that for vague? It may have been pre-Friedgen. I don’t even know what to type into Google to back this up.

    Anyway, from what I’ve been reading, Ferrara and Barbour are both pretty good and the coaches can’t decide which one they like better. I say they do a “Wishbone” kicking formation on field goals… two kickers in the backfield to throw off the defense.

  3. September 5, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I like it. Maybe line-up a kicker with a QB holding on each side, Scott in the middle available for a Wildcat snap, four linemen, and two tight ends. We’d have the option to kick or fake either way. With Maryland’s consistently high level of execution, I could see this working every time.


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