ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Kenny Allen will continue to handle all three kicking phases on special teams for Michigan.
Following a Saturday in which Allen went 1-for-3 on field goal attempts in No. 4 Michigan’s 45-28 win over Colorado, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday on the Big Ten football coaches teleconference that he will continue to use Allen on kickoffs, on punts and on field goal attempts and point-after attempts.
“We’re going to go, as long as he’s the best at all three, until someone beats him out in one of those phases,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll be doing all three. It would be great if someone could take one of his duties off his shoulders. Kickoffs would be the place we’d love to see that happen. But until it does, as long as he’s the best at all three, we owe it to our team to have him do all three duties.”
Allen is 4-for-6 on field goal attempts — 3-for-4 between 30 and 39 yards — and 16-for-16 on point-after kicks. He’s averaging 41.2 yards on 10 punts, and 64.5 yards on 21 kickoffs. Ryan Tice is also 5-for-5 on point-after kicks for Michigan (3-0), which hosts Penn State (2-1) at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
Harbaugh didn’t say if there was a prospect available to replace Allen in one of those areas.
“It could happen,” Harbaugh said. “Keep evaluating every week, but that’s been our approach.”