Kicking game will be much improved

by cotte on July 27, 2009

You wouldn’t expect a University of Arkansas football coach saying something more significant at a contrived fan event in Fayetteville than before the entire South’s main media outlets at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.

Yet that seems true of Bobby Petrino. At last week’s kickoff to the “100 years of Razorbacks Celebration” commemorating coach Hugo Bezdek’s changing the Arkansas Cardinals to the Arkansas Razorbacks, Petrino departed from a coach’s typical preseason prognostication of his football team.

Now he started the celebration sounding like every football coach at a July gathering.

“We will be,” Petrino said, “very exciting and wide open on offense and very aggressive and very hardnosed and aggressive on defense.”

Can you ever recall a coach promising a boring, stodgy offense and guaranteeing a weak-kneed, pacifist defense?

However it was Petrino’s volunteered comment on the kicking game, a topic many coaches assume too nuts and bolts dull to inspire a rah-rah fan setting, that prompted interest here.

Petrino closed the “aggressive wide open offense and hard-nosed aggressive” defense comment with “and much more sound and experienced in the kicking game.”

Actually, the Hogs aren’t as experienced in the punting part of the kicking game. Jeremy Davis has graduated, leaving brand new junior college transfer Briton Forester as the punter in waiting, with quarterback Ryan Mallett in reserve.

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