I think the editors in charge of the photo captions have just resorted to naming
every player they don't recognize as Michael Kirby. None of the pictures
they've labeled as him in the last three weeks have been Kirby. Fun
scrimmage today, though. "Give and take" is exactly what I thought
walking away as well. The offense was scoring hot early, then defense won all of
the four minute drills, and all but the last one of the two minute, and then the
offense made some great plays again. Still would like to see one of our kickers
be able to put a ball through the uprights from further than 40 yards away some
time this spring, though.
The D is always good and now it sounds like the offense is clicking as well;
this team maybe really good come fall.
Michael Kirby is the photographer's name. He gets the photo credit with his
name listed. They are not trying to identify the players name.
I have to admit to be excited.
The Nun, the photo on this article says "Utah Utes defensive back Michael
Kirby (39) returns an interception for a touchdown during a scrimmage in Salt
Lake City Saturday, April 14, 2012."The actual interceptor was
Terrell Reese #33. Michael Kirby is not the photographer, he's a walk-on
safety from Idaho, who has so far been listed as at least two other offensive
players, in addition to Reese this weekend.
The Nun, were you serious, or was that a joke attempt?
The UTES kicking situation has been bad forever. Except the Louie Sakoda years,
& 1 of the Joe Phillips years. Other than that, the UTES have always had
inept kickers. Yergenson did win us the rivalry game in 93, but also cost us our
bowl game against Washington St, along with many others. Coleman Peterson did
win us the Washington St game last year, but missed 2 chip shot FG's that
would have given us the Pac 12 title. Like last year, we didn't have a good
backup QB situation because of poor recruiting by the coaches, now we need to
focus on recruiting some kickers who are accurate and have strong legs. Games in
the Pac 12 are going to be a lot closer than games were in the MWC. That means a
lot of games will come donw to a FG here, or an extra point there. Heck,
Peterson almost missed the extra point to tie the game vs Georgia Tech in the
bowl game. We cannot expect to win close games when the kicker cannot regulary
make FG's inside 35 yards. This is a problem that needs to be fixed like
the QB issue was
Papa Smurf, it would be nice if Coach Whitt could have a sit down with Bobby
Bowden sometime and gain some insight into how to recruit kickers (experience,
what to look for in personality and behavior, as well as just kicking ability).
I think some good coaching by one of the great coaches of our time like him, who
obviously has experience first not recruiting kickers at all really, then
recruiting some truly great ones, as well as recruiting some that didn't
turn out to be too great.