Rutger’s Head Football Coach Greg Schiano got a few headlines with his proposed idea to eliminate kickoffs from the college football game. One of our SEC foes and UGA coach Mark Richt presented a similar idea, as well. Sounds like crazy business to me.
Former UK WR Derek Abney agrees that it’s a bad idea – and he is slamming his foot down against this nonesense and bellowing out a big, “Hell No!” Actually, here is what Abney truly said:
“To eliminate that would be pretty disappointing for me.”
“A lot of the kids that play ball, especially the younger ones, that’s their opportunity to get on the field. So it would be a shame to take that away from them.”
“Not having the kicking game is a travesty if you took that from the football game.”
Obviously, Abney’s words carry weight and will quickly quell the plans of Schiano and Richt. Just kidding. But, really, Derek Abney was a successful Wildcat when it came to kickoffs – he returned 2 for touchdowns en route to becoming and All-American Special Teams player, so his voice does carry a little weight in that area of the game. Abney also spent two years in the NFL after being drafted in the 7th round of the 2004 NFL Draft, spending one season with each of Baltimore Ravens and the Chicago Bears (sadly, never say any game action)
Sorry….terribly slow news day.