Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen admits there are some names on his team’s roster he simply can’t quite get right.
To his credit, he at least tries rather than just dubbing a guy “Number So-and-So.” But sometimes, the malaprops are pretty memorable.
Like the time early last season he referred to kicker Mike Barbour as “Barbaro.” Consider it one of his self-described “senior moments.”
Friedgen, by the way, knows exactly who Barbaro was.
“I wish he was Barbaro,” Friedgen chuckled. “That means he’s a stallion.”
Not quite, but Barbour is looking more and more like a good bet to start the season as Maryland’s field-goal kicker. He was 4-for-6 on his field goal/extended PAT attempts tonight, connecting from 47, 35 (twice) and 32 while missing from 40 and 45).
Nick Wallace, by the way, connected from 27 and 35 yards while missing from 42 and 55 yards.
Regardless, those numbers are relatively uplifting for the Terps. If they can reliably toss three points up every time they’re inside the 20 – which, depending on the snap, translates to a 37- or 38-yard attempt, they’ll probably wind up happy with their kicking game.
And that will be true regardless of the horsepower the winner of the kicking competition provides.