Dantonio not concerned with Geiger

Sophomore kicker has missed a field goal in three straight games and four through seven games after missing just one last season.

As a true freshman last season, Michael Geiger was automatic on field goals.

That has not been the case this season as the now sophomore has missed four in the season’s first seven games, including one in each of the past three weeks.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio brushed off the idea that Geiger is in a slump at the moment on Sunday night in his weekly teleconference.

”We are not concerned about him,” Dantonio said. “You are going to miss some sometimes, there is no question about that. I know that he will bounce back. …

”I’m not concerned about him. I think he is a very confident player and he is a very good kicker.”

Geiger, who was 15 of 16 last season, missed one of his attempts in the season opener against Jacksonville State. He made his next six attempts before clanking a 36-yard attempt off the upright and the crossbar against Nebraska. He then missed a 44-yarder against Purdue before missing a 42-yarder against Indiana on Saturday, which was in part due to a low snap.

”There was a low snap,” Dantonio said. “We got it down, I thought Mike Sadler did a great job, but it was a low snap and I think it threw of his timing a little bit.”

Geiger is 7 of 11 on field-goal attempts this season.


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