The Washington Times - September 4, 2008, 01:23PM

At least once a year, Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen will brag about how he likes to place his kickers’ brains in a jar as a result of his taunts and quips and intimidation during practice.

Now would not be one of those times, apparently.


Kicker Obi Egekeze missed three field goals in Saturday’s opener, and it seemed to be a good time to ask if Friedgen’s approach changes when a guy has missed four straight dating back to last year —- the longest slump the program has seen since Nick Novak started his career 0-for-5 in 2001.

“I haven’t yet with Obi,” Friedgen said. “I know Obi was very upset after the game. I think the worst thing I can do is come down on Obi right now. To me, I need to show confidence in him and belief in him. When he has some success, that’ll grow. What he has to understand is to be focused. What I like is we had a two-minute drill on Monday and he came down and kicked a 49-yarder and he nailed it. It would have been a 60-yarder.

“He came out with the attitude of I’m going to kick this damn thing through, which I think he has to do. I don’t think he has to go out there and hope they go going to go in. He has to go out and kick them through. Kind of a mind over matter deal.”

Especially when the mind isn ‘t sitting in a jar on some shelf.

—- Patrick Stevens