Who will be Michigan’s kicker in 2019?

Michigan Live

The Michigan football team will open fall camp with questions at running back, at right tackle, along the defensive line and at safety.

You can add special teams to that list. Especially the two kicking positions.

The Wolverines ended spring practice in late April without a decisive starter at either, most notably the place-kicking job. Both candidates, redshirt junior Quinn Nordin and sophomore Jake Moody, were “neck and neck” the last time we checked in.

Which means this thing could go down to the wire. Both Nordin and Moody are believed to be on scholarship, making this an interesting decision for the coaching staff. Nordin, the recruit that infamously hosted head coach Jim Harbaugh for a sleepover, was thought to be Michigan’s long-term answer in the kicking department.

But struggles in the 2017 and 2018 seasons left the door open for others, and Moody, a true freshman last fall, answered the bell. Moody converted on 10 of his 11 field-goal attempts, including all 10 of his kicks from 48 yards or fewer.

Nordin has the stronger leg — his long last season was from 50 yards out, and he hit one from 55 in 2017 — but consistency issues remain. He went 19 for 24 in 2017, but followed up with a 11-for-16 start to 2018.

“Maturity-wise, he’s putting everything on himself and attacking the football better,” Michigan special teams coordinator Chris Partridge said in April. "Not really thinking about his leg swing as much, and relying on what he’s been coached and what he does.

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