The transition you hadn’t thought about.

New quarterback.  New center.  New offensive coordinator.  We’ve been chewing over all those changes this offseason.  But here’s one I bet didn’t cross your mind until Saturday:

Morgan is transitioning with a new holder this spring.

Quarterback Faton Bauta was in that role Saturday. Adam Erickson was the holder for Morgan’s first three seasons when he went 46 of 59, including an SEC record 20 straight.

“That’s a big part of the kicking game,” Morgan said. “It’s just different timing, a different person, it just takes a little bit to get used to.”

Kicker Thomas Pritchard has also worked as the holder this spring.

“Our units coming together,” Morgan said, “we’re going to work a lot in the summer and have a great fall.”

I’m not trying to be one here, but is there any reason to let a holder battle go on over the summer?

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9 responses to “The transition you hadn’t thought about.

  1. pete

    Faton being the holder is a good idea. We could pull a Les Miles.

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  2. Macallanlover

    No, the battle shouldn’t go on beyond April, and the holder should be a guy who may be your starting QB either. Even if Faton isn’t the starter, he may be within one play of being there. Who wants a change close to, or in, the season. Let the punters handle it, they seem to be expendable at this point. May need to go to the intramural fields and recruit a punter.

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  3. Skeeter

    With our luck, Bauta will fail to get the QB position and transfer leaving us thin at holder. I’m not so sure about our depth at dog, either.

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  4. Ray

    I’d rather it be a punter. You’re going to kick 50+ XPs and 25+ field goals. You MIGHT have one trick play that involves the kicker and holder per year. QB’s spend so much of their time practicing QB that they just don’t get many reps in at holder. Punters, on the other hand, can only kick it so many times in practice that they have lots of time to practice. More time to practice should translate to better holds and timing.

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    • sUGArdaddy

      Absolutely not, Ray. This has been a foolish position for some time. A punter leaves you with little threat of a fake. But, the more likely problem is a fire drill on a bad snap that we have no shot of converting. If bauta converts one 4th and 2 on a bad snap, it might make the difference in a game and potential championship. See: Clemson game 2013.

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      • Ray

        I’ll agree to disagree with you. The extra reps the kickers/punters get can help your field goal percentage over the limited reps a starter or second string QB will get. That might make the difference in a game and potential championship. This is an old debate that under the current rules probably won’t ever be settled. However, I wouldn’t go so far as to call having punters hold “foolish” as many college and professional coaches make that decision.

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  5. Cojones

    What Pete said.

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    Should’nt we wait until the newbees report this summer so everyone has a chance at the competition?

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