It was a heated battle in fall camp between Michigan kickers Jake Moody and Quinn Nordin. That competition continued into the 2019 season, and now the starter has been decided.
Both of them.
That’s right — both Moody and Nordin are Michigan’s starting kickers. That is, at least, according to special teams coach Chris Partridge, who spoke with the media on Wednesday afternoon.
“They’re two starting kickers, and they’re gonna go,” Partridge said. “Whoever’s drive it is is gonna kick.
“As of now, we have two starting kickers. Don’t over-complicate it. And whoever’s drive it is will kick.”
Partridge also said the Nordin drives have coincidentally come during Michigan touchdown drives, including six against Rutgers last week, so he hasn’t had the opportunity to attempt many field goals (just one, in fact).
It will be interesting to see if one separates from the other as the season goes on. Nordin has missed his lone field goal attempt, while Moody has not missed a kick all year. The kicking rotation hasn’t hurt in any way, so Michigan may as well roll with it.
Partridge also spoke at length about freshman phenom Daxton Hill, the Donovan Peoples-Jones has during punt returns, and what made them decide to go with freshman Giles Jackson on kickoffs.
Watch the full interview below.