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The Kicker Battle Continues

Ever since defensive lineman Dion Armstrong walked into Coach Ralph Friedgen’s office and told Friedgen he was out and wanted to transfer, the drama in camp has consisted of the following:

1) Squabbling among reporters.

2) Mike Barbour vs. Nick Ferrara at place kicker.

And so the Barbour-Ferrara battle ensues into game week and could very well continue all the way up to kickoff for the season-opener late Saturday night. The good thing for Maryland is that both have performed well in camp, especially recently. Both made their share of kicks longer than 45 yards over the past week, and Friedgen’s confidence in both seems to be growing.

“It is a nice problem to have,” Friedgen said.

Barbour has made tremendous improvement. He barely won the kicking battle in spring over Nick Wallace, but had yet to go toe to toe against true freshman Ferrara.

Ferrara, meanwhile, has the stronger leg. He has shown Friedgen that he can kick successfully from beyond 50 yards. He is expected to handle kickoff duties. And Friedgen said the other day that if he had a long field goal, he expects to go with Ferrara. The question is -- Which kicker will Friedgen go with on field goal attempts within 45 yards?

We may not know until late Saturday night.

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 31, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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The reporter "Squabbling" is Gus Haynes getting fed up with Scott Templeton's (EP) "work" to generate headlines? Is Whiting on your site. Where is Twigg. FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP44 | August 31, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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