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Kicking Game Shake Ups

Kicking questions? What the hell? Are we playing soccer?

Kicking questions? What the hell? Are we playing soccer?

Recently, the kicking game for the Cardinals was one of the few consistent bright spots. Starting with the Toledo game, that has certainly changed. Missed extra points, kickoffs out of bounds, and a whole host of other problems including a nice little 5-yard punt at Temple has forced head coach Stan Parrish’s hand. And that hand has pointed to Steven Schott.

Per an article online at the Ball State Daily News, Parrish has announced that Schott will handle either kickoffs or placekicks or some combination of both. In other kicking game related news, the rugby style punt, the same style that netted that outstanding 5-yarder, won’t be used as frequently. Personally, I hope “not as frequently” means “not at all” but I know that’s asking a lot.

Current placekicker Ian McGarvey this season hasn’t been anywhere close to dreadful, going 11-13 on field goals, but in the what have you done for me lately nature of college athletics, his two extra points missed over the last two games certainly isn’t helping his case. Jake Hogue, the kickoff specialist has struggled also. He has 2 touchbacks… that’s good. He also has 2 out of bounds… that’s bad. In comparison, Mike Salerno from Northern Illinois has 7 touchbacks and only one outside the sidelines.

Schott, a freshman from Massillon, OH joins Jason Pinkston as a freshman making his first start this weekend against Bowling Green. So, for anyone who was curious what BSU was going to look like over the next couple years… tune in Saturday since the young pups and future stars are getting a seat at the table earlier than some expected.

So… here’s two wishes for Steven:
1.) Do well this weekend in your first collegiate start
2.) I pray to God that despite your last name and Ohio birthplace, you aren’t related to Marge.


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