Garrett Moores excited to work with fresh crop of kickers this season

Michigan holder Garrett Moores says the spring game was a valuable opportunity for the young kickers on the roster.

In preparation to commence on his campaign to defend his Holder of the Year title, quarterback and holder Garrett Moores will also have a new kicker to work with this fall.

And, if the spring game is a sign of what's to come, the kicking competition will be fierce.

For Moores, who has been working with former kicker Kenny Allen for most of his time in Ann Arbor, he is excited to work with a new crop of talent all vying for the coveted kicker position. While Moores says that no one has emerged as the clear starter just yet, he is excited with the options the Wolverines currently have on the roster.

"It's great to have some new faces kicking," Moores said. "We have Kyle Seychel, Quinn Nordin and Ryan Tice. Any team, with how they performed in spring, any team in the country would be lucky to have them. There's not necessarily any separation yet but just seeing the guys compete every day, it's great to see the kind of talent we have at the kicking position right now."

Both Seychel and Nordin both hit clutch kicks during the spring game on Saturday, with Nordin hitting the game-winner with the clock expiring. Moores is appreciative that both had the experience to kick a high-pressure field goal with a crowd instead of a simulated one in practice.

"That's great with the spring game because we have so many people coming to the game and those guys who don't have as much game experience," Moores said. "It's cool to give them a scenario where they have to perform under pressure. As you guys saw, they performed very well."

With Nordin being the only scholarship kicker on the roster, many expect him to take the reigns of the starting role as the coaching staff entrusted him with a valuable scholarship spot. He certainly didn't disappoint during the spring game. He showcased his power at one point during the game with a long-distance field goal that would've been good from 60-plus yards.

According to Moores, that isn't the first time he has seen that kind of power from Nordin.

"I told him that field goal was good from 65 [yards]," Moores said with a laugh. "It was over the poles from 48, I think it was. It's just impressive. The furthest we've been going back is 51 [yards]. When he hits it clean and is hitting them from 51, it looks like they're good from 65. He's got a very powerful leg and so does the other guys, they're competing very hard."

The Michigan Insider Top Stories