Funny reading this thread and looking into other sites (trying to find details on young Mr. McGinnis).
First, JDHOSS...excellent post. I originally saw it at...SEC Talk or Talk SEC (whatever)...then see it here as well. Nice work.
As a former player and coach on various levels, I've worked with many a kicker/punter over the years and found that quite often, there is llittle in the way of quality kicking coaching at the collegiate level. From research, here are some of my concerns re: Mr McGinnis.
It appears that once again, UK coaches have recruited a kicker on KO leg strength alone. I found the stats for a kicker w/ 4 made and 5 missed FGs on the year. That is 4 of 9...not good. Longest of 37 yds. One of 17 yds...yes, 17 (just to make sure we all get it...the ball is closer to the goalline than the 1 yd line for a 17 yd kick). Appears to have a great leg for KOs, but not a gamer regarding FGs. Showed up well in camps, but different setting than game time. Big KO is definitely a nice asset to have for touchbacks, but need quality FG ability to effectively contribute to the offense and not waste possessions.
Similar concerns I had re: Mansour, which I believe I posted here. Another rocket KO leg (crazy spray pattern on his kicks), but not very effective for the FG game. I fear McGinnis won't be as effective further north during colder fall & winter months either...ball compression issues, it just happens that way.
I truly wish this young man the best, but he had better concentrate on FGs as well as KO if he wants to keep that job...or another McIntosh (sp?) will get to score the points when the need arises.
Last edited by Wildcat97; 07-16-2012 at 03:30 PM.