When it attempts its first field goal on Saturday, Texas may turn to one of the longest-serving names on its roster.
Herman was non-committal on Monday when he was asked who’d kick against Kansas on Saturday. As he has all season, junior Joshua Rowland topped the depth chart distributed to reporters. Herman said fifth-year senior Mitchell Becker, however, was given the opportunity to kick a field goal during a two-minute drill at Sunday’s practice.
“Who do I expect? I don’t know who to expect,” Herman said. “At the end of the day, there’s maybe no more easier position to grade than kicker. You either made it or you didn’t.”
Herman maintained that Rowland had been the best-performing kicker in practices this season. The transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, however, has struggled mightily in games. Rowland made a 49-yard kick against Iowa State, but he has missed half of his 14 field-goal attempts. In last week’s loss to TCU, Rowland was short on a 47-yard kick.
Texas last had its primary kicker miss half its field goal attempts in 2006 when Greg Johnson was 3-for-6 on three-point tries. UT has now missed at least seven field goals in three of the past four seasons. Texas’ last 10-miss season was in 2002.
Becker has not played this season. Last year, he handled kickoffs and replaced Trent Domingue in UT’s season finale. Becker, who made 24- and 31-yard kicks against TCU, joins linebacker Naashon Hughes and defensive back Antwuan Davis as the only holdovers from Mack Brown’s last team at Texas.
Walk-on kicker Chris Naggar is also a freshman at Texas. Naggar kicked an extra point in UT’s spring game.
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