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Kentucky’s kicking must improve

Chet White | UK Athletics

It has been a disappointing first half of the season for Landon Foster, who is having an uncharacteristically bad senior year. A former Freshman All-American and All-SEC punter, Foster hasn’t shown the leg he had in his first three seasons, at least not consistently. Couple his troubles with the problems UK is facing on kickoffs with a banged up Austin MacGinnis, and the kicking game is a real issue heading into Saturday’s contest at Mississippi State.

Today, Mark Stoops said, “I don’t know what the reason is, we just have not been effective enough in the kicking game with Austin being hurt. It really put us behind the eight ball with Miles having to do the kickoffs. Then with the punts, we have not kicked the ball well enough. You have heard me talk about that for several weeks now. In a close ball game, it hurts you.”

We know Foster can do it; it’s just a matter of doing it. And hopefully MacGinnis is back to full strength and pinning opposing teams back on kickoffs against the Dawgs.

“That is the plan,” Stoops said of MacGinnis’ return. “He is working towards being able to kick off this week.”

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9 Comments for Kentucky’s kicking must improve

  1. The Professor
    5:50 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    If you look at Foster’s career numbers they are average at best. 43. 41. 42.5 and now 40 this year. He is 10th in the SEC and 80th nationally. It cost us 5-15 yards per punt exchange just on distance but when you add in that they are short and low (which has led to numerous run backs) it is devastating to the field position battle.

  2. THamp
    5:55 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    If I’m paying good money to go to these games, I expect better special teams play

    • Ha!
      6:16 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      2-4, in basketball conference. 😉


  3. HackRichards
    6:04 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Time to star thinking about this Tyler Pack kid at Johnson Central. He just set the state record for the longest punt and already had the state record for longest field goal set last year.

  4. If Austin can punt better than Landon, let him do that too (assuming he’s healthy). It’s a tall order for 1 guy to handle both, but it’s been done (rarely).

  5. Wow
    8:02 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    What the hell is wrong with Landon foster ? We have them the ball on the 40 prolly 6 times last game and he isn’t punting like the old Landon , somethings gotta give

  6. O2b4gotten
    9:18 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Red shirt Freshman 3- time All State KICKER and PUNTER from Scott County’s undefeated 6A State Championship Team was on the team last year. Word was they told him they didn’t have room on the roster for him this year. I’ve seen him kick many times and everyone else that has is questioning the MSTBC (“manage special teams by committee”) judgement. I’ve seen this coming all year.

  7. SinceStollField
    8:39 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Kicking game gave Auburn good field position all night long. It’s hard to tell what’s going on with Landon. Is it a problem with mechanics or has he lost leg strength for some reason? On kickoffs, I was surprised we didn’t try some squib kicks or something else besides just kicking it short every time, especially if what we saw Thursday night is what the coaches saw during practices leading up to the game.

  8. Aja
    8:55 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    Butler is on an academic scholarship, not athletic.