ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Two days after Michigan kickers Kenny Allen and Ryan Tice missed all three field-goal attempts, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said the competition to designate a new place-kicker begins Monday.
“Today’s the first day,” Harbaugh said Monday during his weekly news conference.
In Saturday’s 14-7 win against No. 11 Wisconsin, 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.
No. 4 Michigan practices Monday afternoon, in preparation for Saturday’s 7 p.m. game against Rutgers at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J.
However, Harbaugh hasn’t been able to gauge the immediate response of his kickers to re-entering a position competition.
“We will see,” Harbaugh said, with a wry smile. “That’s why we’re going to have a competition.”
Freshman kicker Quinn Nordin may become a part of the competition. He is recovering from an undisclosed injury, and Harbaugh said Nordin will be evaluated Monday as a possibility to kick this season.
“We’ll see how he’s feeling today,” Harbaugh said. “He’s been making progress the last couple weeks. We’ll see if he’s able to (kick) today. But I don’t have a crystal ball.”