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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?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags: Obi Egekeze  
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Until he shanks a chippy (35 and in) I think so. The miss last week hurt but hitting the bar from 37 in isolation isn't all that bad...

Posted by: Lee | September 11, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

to be honest, he should be attempting more extra points. the FG's shouldn't have mattered at this point. that's the REAL problem...

Posted by: Sam | September 11, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, i have never had confidence in Obi on any of the field goals he attempts. He had a decent year last season but I don't have faith that he can kick a field goal of any length with the game on the line. He is an average college kicker and no where near what Maryland had in Novak and even Dan Ennis who was good from 40 and in.

Posted by: zman | September 11, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Obi needs to forget the other kicks. He's got the leg. The rest is just mental. Saturday is a clean slate. Visualize the kick and make it.

Posted by: Terpin | September 11, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

In a word, NO

Posted by: Scott | September 11, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Uh, no...

Posted by: Caps Nut | September 11, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

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