Ralph Friedgen could only bring 105 players to camp.
He really didn’t want to bring three kickers.
He didn’t get what he wanted.
“I kind of said I’d better have one,” Friedgen said. “If I don’t have one [I’m in trouble].”
He had Mike Barbour, a slight leader over Nick Wallace from the spring.
And then there was Nick Ferrara, a true freshman on scholarship. Translation: He was coming to camp.
“I brought Wallace back and all three of them will compete,” Friedgen said. “I’m not going to go real long before I make a decision on that.”
It isn’t a surprise there is some question as to who will kick. Questions existed during camp in 2005 and 2006, when Dan Ennis beat out Obi Egekeze for the start job. Then last year, Egekeze struggled in September before settling into a season comparable to his steadier 2007.
Not every season can be like ‘07 —- but a quick decision might just shelve some anxiety until the first game is in the books.
—- Patrick Stevens