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.