Quinn Nordin is famous for two reasons, he was the top kicker in the 2016 class and Jimmy slept over at his house during his recruitment.
Kenny Allen was one of the most accurate kickers in Michigan history last year, this season he has had considerable trouble finding the middle of the up rights. Jimmy, has said he doesn't like putting all the kicking duties on one person (kick offs, punts and field goals) and all that stress might be effecting his accuracy.
The latest news on this weeks kicking news is that Quinn is back from an injury and participating in practice. “We’ve been working extremely hard at it. ... Unfortunately, we missed three kicks in the ball game last week. We have confidence in our guys, yet we want to see that competition in practice. I feel if we make them in practice, we’ll be able to make them in a game. Guys are battling this week.”
And doing well, including freshman Quinn Nordin. Nordin had been working through an injury, but he returned to the competition this week.
“Quinn made both his kicks yesterday, in fact, and had a really good day yesterday. Kenny Allen made all his kicks; Ryan Tice made all his kicks and Quinn made all his kicks," Harbaugh said. "It will rage on again today.”
- There is an active proposal in front of the NCAA for two early signing periods for football recruits in June and December. A player would have 3 days to sign an LOI during each period. I like the idea and think there should have been at least one early signing period for football. One issue is, if the coach gets fired and a new staff comes in that kid is stuck. I would like to see some type of easy process where a player could void his LOI in those situations
- The early reports from Grant Newsome's surgery is positive and it seems he will play again. Hopefully as soon as next season.
- There is also some buzz that Nebraska maybe interested in leaving the Big Ten to return to the Big 12. They feel that their brand hasn't grown in the Big Ten. I agree, it sure hasn't. The issue is you haven't been winning football games and your basketball team is usually at the bottom of the conference. If you want to do a trade for Oklahoma straight up, I think the Big Ten would take that all day long. Can we trade Penn State for Texas? We might even throw in Rutgers.
Big Ten Games Of The Week:
What a terrible match up week for the Big Ten. Here are a couple of games that are slightly interesting.
BYU at MSU: Are the beat up Spartans ready to fold up camp? BYU can score points but doesn't play a lot of defense. MSU is a 6 point favorite. MSU 28 BYU 17
Iowa at Minnesota: Minnesota plays well at home and Iowa has struggled lately. This is almost an even game with Iowa -1. Iowa has to be better then this right? Iowa 17 Minnesota 14
Maryland at PSU: Do we really know if Maryland is good this year? Penn State is a home day at PSU +1.5 Maryland 20 Penn State 18