Ducks Seek the Other Half

Are the Ducks hoping to cement a solution in the kicking game? Last January the Ducks surprised many observers by recruiting long snapper Mark Sunga, 6-1, 230, Sherman Oaks (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) Notre Dame HS. Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti called Sunga "probably the best long snapper in high school." Now the Ducks are on the trail of the receiving end of the kicking combination out of Notre Dame High.

Kai Forbath (6-1, 190, 4.7) was interviewed by's Allen Wallace and indicates that Oregon is one of the top-5 programs after the kicker's services.

The kicking game has been in an upheaval the last two years and the recently spring workouts did not completely answer questions about the kicking game in the Oregon scheme of things. In fact, at times the place kicking was downright bad. During the 16 session spring practice schedule, there were times that it was easier to count the number of made point after conversions as opposed to the number missed. Part of the concern has been the exchange from the snapper to the holder and certainly during fall camp a better idea will be gained once Sunga is on campus.

Place kicker Paul Martinez struggled during the spring partially due to a minor injury and his backup Luke Bellotti was inconsistent. During the spring game, the kicking game was better than in earlier spring scrimmages, but there are serious doubts that the Ducks can consistently count on the place kickers for scoring field goals.

eDuck Sports will be monitoring the recruiting of Forbath. The senior-to-be has indicated that that the Ducks have already offered him a scholarship. This indicates the importance Mike Bellotti has placed on solving the kicking dilemma.

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