For Obi, a Matter of Inches
In football, if you have a rough day kicking field goals, there is no opportunity to redeem yourself for at least another week, so the impact of one swing of the leg can reverberate for some time. Maryland’s Obi Egekeze has struggled for two consecutive weeks and is still looking for his first field goal make of the season. What makes the situation even more maddening for Egekeze is that he has hit either the upright or crossbar on three of his four misses. What’s more, three of the misses came on field goals 40 yards or longer. So Egekeze was ThisClose to making three of four field goals and being off to a hot start. That’s often the difference between great and subpar in this sport.
“If we told him to aim and hit the bar, he couldn’t do it three out of four times.,” Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen said. “But he has done it so far. The one Saturday was from [37 yards] and he should make that. He needs to start making them. That was a big field goal Saturday.”
Reading between the lines, Friedgen is clearly starting to put the onus on Egekeze to emerge from his slump like ASAP. Egekeze made 17 of 23 field goal attempts last year, including 13 of 14 in ACC play.
Do fans still have confidence in Egekeze?
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