Michigan was able to work around its kicking woes to hold off Wisconsin in a top-10 matchup last week. But finding a consistent leg is still a major concern of Jim Harbaugh this week.
Kenny Allen, the team’s starting kicker at the beginning of the year, is 4-for-8 on the season. Allen and Ryan Tice combined to go 0-3 against the Badgers. In the 14-7 win, Allen missed field-goal attempts of 31 and 43 yards in the second quarter, while Tice missed a 40-yard attempt in the third quarter.
Harbaugh and the coaching staff have yet to make a decision about who will start this week at Rutgers. Freshman Quinn Nordin is also in the mix as he returned to the practice field this week after missing time with an undisclosed injury.
“We haven’t made it determined or determined who’s going to kick in the game. That competition will still rage on,” Harbaugh said. “…We’re looking for someone to put their iron jock on and kick it through the uprights.”
The kicking struggles have really been more of an issue in the past few games as Allen hit all three of his field goal attempts in Week 2 against UCF. While the field goals have been a question mark, Michigan has not missed an extra point this season with Allen going 24-24 and Rice hitting all six of his attempts.
Harbaugh said he has liked what he’s seen this week at practice. Saturday will show if it translates to the field.
“We had a real good day (Wednesday),” the second-year coach said. “Kenny Allen made all his kicks, Ryan Tice made all his kicks, Quinn Nordin made all his kicks.”