Charlie Strong said Monday that he is 100 percent certain he would kick the extra point again if put in the same position the Texas Longhorns found themselves in late Saturday night.
Yes, that means he would trot out Nick Rose again if the Horns trail Oklahoma State 45-44 with 71 seconds left in their upcoming Big 12 opener.
“I have confidence in Nick,” Strong said.
I believe him. Just don’t agree with him.
The extra point is like a 3-foot putt in golf, even if there are more moving pieces involved. In Texas’s case, the first two moving pieces Saturday night — the snap and the hold — were fine. The blocking was terrible, but not to the point where Rose shouldn’t have made the “putt.” Shoot, his putt didn’t even lip out. It rolled well past the hole and into that cavernous bunker on No. 17 at St. Andrews.
Belief is a strong weapon in a locker room, and while Rose’s teammates did a great job of picking up their fallen comrade, they’ll never ever assume a made extra point while he’s kicking.
I wonder how many fans in Longhorn fans would cringe if Chuck Strong threw up the deuces at crunch time Saturday.
I would have no problem with that. I’ll take the ball in Jerrod Heard’s hands over one off Rose’s foot any day.
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