Just when one thinks the kicking game has come around, the University of Louisville football team gets an abysmal performance from place-kicker Ryan Payne.
The senior, who boots barefooted, blew three attempts, including one field goal and two extra point tries against Connecticut. Just a week after after nailing a field goal with 30 seconds remaining to give U of L a win over Southern Mississippi.
Payne is the team’s leading scorer with 33 points, with seven of 10 field goal attempts and 12 of 14 extra point kicks. He has made more field goals in six games than the team made last season.
Now his coach, Steve Kragthorpe, is indicating that he may have to reopen competition for the position, a move sure to mess with Payne’s already shaky confidence. His competition includes Tim Dougherty, who made nine of nine extra point attempts and one of two field goal attempts last season, and Chris Philpott, who was one for three on field and six of eight on extra points.
Hmm. Dougherty nine of nine on extra points last season? Wonder how high his confidence level is at the moment.
This isn’t rocket science. A coach should know his best place kicker by now.