Coach Clawson had some quick comments after practice yesterday, and there were a couple of interesting notes that I thought the Nation would be interested in....
First, kickoffs will be handled by Anthony Farinella. You will remember that Farinella was a late recruit addition on signing day and he was noted for being able to really drill kickoffs. That was under the old rules, and with the kickoff now bumped out to the 35, you have to figure a guy with a good leg can get a bunch of touchbacks, which is better for everything.
So, Farinella will do BG's kickoffs. Here's Clawson's reason why:
"He kicks it further than the other guys."Nicely done.
As for FGs, the job is still open between Tate and Stein. He says they are both better than the guys we had last year, which is cool, since one of them (Stein) is a guy we had last year. Anyway, Tate has a better leg and Stein is more accurate, and that's the dilemma.
This is just me, but teams have used a separate kicker for short FGs and XPs and another one for long FGs. I would think that might work pretty well.
Finally, there was some talk about Matt Schilz, where he stands, and whether it will be difficult to determine his progress. He said that he would be thrilled if Schilz threw for 1,000 fewer yards and we won 5 more games, and that, of course, is 100% true. If we won 5 more games (making us 10-2) there is nothing (repeat nothing) on a statistical basis that would diminish how thrilling that would be.