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.

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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