Northwestern football season in review grading the special teams – inside nu escoliosis izquierda

Now that we’ve had some time to reflect after Northwestern wrapped up its 2018 season with a Holiday Bowl victory, it’s time to go back and break down the performance of each position group during the dolor lumbar pdf 9-win campaign. We’ll give out some individual grades and also provide an early preview into what that unit will look like in 2019. Let’s look at a group that had an extremely abnormal year.

It was a pretty bizarre year for the special teams unit. The group had to deal with injuries, more injuries, and some rather odd circumstances. Coming into the year, it was assumed that Charlie Kuhbander would handle the team’s place kicking duties, with preferred walk-on Drew Luckenbaugh handling the kickoff role. Graduate escoliosis lumbar levoconvexa transfer Jake Collins was positioned to be the team’s punter, and all would be well. Not so much. Player grades

It was a trying year for the sophomore kicker. After a stellar freshman campaign, Kuhbander struggled in the third game of the year, missing two short kicks in a loss to Akron. He rebounded with a career-long 45-yard kick against Michigan, but it was evident that something contractura muscular lumbar was off. Following the Michigan State game, in which Kuhbander missed his only attempt, it was revealed that he was struggling with a torn muscle.

After sitting out for a brief period, Kuhbander returned for games against Wisconsin and Notre Dame. He converted on 1-of-2 attempts, but was forced out of action again. He returned hernia lumbar tratamiento casero for the Big Ten Championship and Holiday Bowl, where he made both of his two attempts.

On the positive side, Kuhbander did convert on all 28 of his extra escoliosis derecha point attempts. He went 5-of-9 on field goals for the season, but considering the injury he was struggling with all year, it would be harsh to look at his output for the season solely based on the numbers.

Collins came to Northwestern as a graduate transfer from Western Kentucky. He averaged 40.5 yards on his punts this year, but he also did spot-duty as a placekicker and on kickoffs after Charlie Kuhbander and Drew Luckenbaugh both struggled with injuries.

His 40.5 yard average places contractura lumbar ejercicios him in the lower half of all NCAA punters, and he wasn’t able to get significant air time on his punts throughout the year. He was effective in getting the ball to run out after the bounce, but he was very average overall.

It’s kind of wild to think about, but Luckenbaugh was a huge reason that Northwestern was able to turn its season around. Filling in for an injured Charlie Kuhbander against Nebraska, he made two massive kicks, one a game-winner in overtime. His efforts against Nebraska earned him Big Ten special teams player of the dolor de lumbares week honors.

Charlie Kuhbander returns to handle place kicking duties. Hopefully, if he is able to return to full health, he will regain the form that he found in his freshman season. It would be a massive boost for Northwestern to be able to have trust in its kicker escoliosis dorsolumbar derecha, especially for situations such as fourth-and-six from the 27, where Fitz would frequently choose to go for it in 2018 due to a lack of faith in Kuhbander, Luckenbaugh, or Collins.

Northwestern will be losing Jake Collins, with rising sophomores Jake Genyk and Cody Gronewold the only punters on the roster. It will also be adding early-enrollee Trey Finison. It’s possible that one of the three might be able to step up and fill the role, but Fitz will likely be in the market for a new punter on the transfer market.

For the return teams, both McGowan and Lees will be back next escoliosis lumbar de convexidad izquierda year, so it is fair to assume the two will enter camp as leaders in the two respective positions. It’ll be interesting to see if Fitz decides to get more aggressive with returns next year, or if he continues to take advantage of the fair catch rule on the kickoff.