Michigan fans have been impressed by what they’ve seen from redshirt freshman kicker Quinn Nordin through his first three games in a Michigan uniform. They haven’t even seen what he is doing in practice.
Nordin is 11-for-13 on field goals to start the year, and his 42 points rank him third in scoring in the nation. He has been named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week twice so far in 2017 and has hit two field goals of 50 yards or longer.
He’s showed off even more range at practice. According to Michigan’s special teams/linebackers coach Chris Partridge, Nordin has hit field goals from more than 65 yards out. And Partridge thinks his range could be even better.
“I know he’s hit 66- or 67-yarders, probably right around there,” Partridge said. “I think if he had a really good day, he probably could go from 70 (yards).”
Though he said Nordin’s comfort zone is a bit closer to the uprights.
“Fifty-five (yards) is a comfort zone I guess, but when the wind factors into that,” Partridge said. “There’s a comfort zone and then it’s like hey, let’s go let him try, depending on the situation of the game.”
Michigan is happy to have a reliable kicker at its disposable, but the team would be happy to use Nordin more for extra points than field goals as it tries to get its red zone offense in gear.