It wasn't the best start to the year for Michigan senior kicker Kenny Allen but nine weeks in the Wolverines no longer have an issue.

It wasn't the best start to the year for Michigan senior kicker Kenny Allen but nine weeks in the Wolverines no longer have an issue.

After missing two field goals in Michigan's 45-28 win over Colorado, Kenny Allen was in danger territory.

The senior, as consistent as ever throughout his career as the starting place kicker, appeared to be off, leaving the Wolverines left to open up the kicking competition. 

Since starting the season 4-for-6, Allen has seen an uptick in consistency, knocking 6-of-8 attempts through the uprights over the last six weeks.

"He's kicking the ball well and certainly has confidence," Special teams coach Jay Harbaugh said Wednesday. 

"I'm not sure that his confidence ever wavered or if our confidence wavered much but he's certainly back to his old ways."

From the outside looking in, a potential field goal kicking issue could've plagued Michigan this season. 

As Harbaugh put it though, the Wolverines weren't overly concerned.

"It's just one of those things where you can go through a bit of a lull," Harbaugh said. "I think you see it in the NFL this year, team's are dealing with that. Guys that are good kickers and practice well and typically play well, going through a phase where they miss a few. 

"Not that Kenny would want excuses made for him but it does happen and he's now back to what we're used to, which is great and it's a huge weapon for us."

Monday night Jim Harbaugh acknowledged Allen had a tendency to speed up his process, something the coaching staff hopes to prevent from rearing it's ugly head.

Regardless, there wasn't an entire breaking down and building back up process midseason.

"Nothing too drastic," Harbaugh said. "Just trying to be more consistent is the main thing but there's really nothing drastic. 

"People can do a lot to over explain a bad game or two games with that position. I think it's not as much to it as people assume."


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