Which Michigan kicker will put on 'iron jock'?

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said all three kickers, including freshman Quinn Nordin, have performed well during competition in practice this week to determine who will handle field goals when the Wolverines play Saturday night at Rutgers.

Harbaugh, appearing on the “Jamie and Stoney Show” on WXYT-FM on Thursday morning, said he has not yet determined who will kick.

Michigan missed all three field-goal attempts last week against Wisconsin, two by Kenny Allen and one by Ryan Tice. Michigan has attempted nine this season. Allen, who has been handling all of the kicking duties, is 4-of-8 so far this season. He missed four kicks (18-of-22) all of last season.

“It’s been a good improvement week for us in that area,” Harbaugh told the radio show. “We haven’t determined who’s going to kick yet in the game. That competition will rage on.

“We’re looking for somebody to put their iron jock on and kick the ball through the uprights. Our guys are competing hard to get that done.”

Nordin, who has been dealing with an undisclosed injury, has practiced this week.

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“Quinn’s back and in the competition made both his kicks yesterday,” Harbaugh said. “In fact, we had a really good day yesterday. Kenny Allen made all his kicks, Ryan Tice made all his kicks and Quinn Nordin made all his kicks. It will rage on again today.”

Harbaugh likened the field-goal unit that requires a good snap, hold and kick to a pitcher-catcher battery in baseball.

“We have confidence in our guys,” he said. “We want to see that competition in practice. We feel if you can make them in practice, then you’ll be able to make them in the game.”

Hurricane threat

It appears Hurricane Matthew will not threaten Michigan’s game Saturday at Rutgers. Earlier in the week, it appeared New Jersey could be affected by the storm.

Harbaugh was asked if there has been any talk of moving the game. Last season, Michigan’s game at Maryland was moved from a prime-time kickoff to noon because of a hurricane threat.

“I don’t know where that stands,” Harbaugh said. “I have not been in any discussions with the Big Ten. I hear there were a couple of discussions on it, but I don’t know at what level or if people inside the university were having those discussions just with ourselves or with the Big Ten or weather meteorologists or with Rutgers. I wasn’t privy to any of the conversations. We’re preparing to play the game when they tell us to play it.”

Don’t sleep on Strib

Cornerback Channing Stribling, who had two interceptions last week against Wisconsin, was the Wolverines’ defensive player of the week.

Harbaugh sang Stribling’s praises during the show and said he has a long NFL future ahead. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Stribling has three interceptions this season and five pass breakups.

“Long, linear tall corner — just what they’re looking for in the NFL,” Harbaugh said. “He’s got all the size, speed, physical attributes, the measurables as they say, that anybody would want in a corner. He’s as blue-collar, as hard-working, just goes out there and plays.

“He’s not in the limelight as much as some other players across the country, but people should not sleep on Channing Stribling. He’s going to have a fine future. The guy will probably play 10 years in the NFL. I can’t say enough good things about him. He’s steadily consistently good.”

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