Improvements in the kicking game must be made by the Oregon State football team this week by the time the Beavers face Washington.
Field goals have made a difference in the games with the Huskies over the years. Remember Alexis Serna and his six field goals against them in 2005?
Senior Justin Kahut is in a slump. He missed two extra points last Saturday, and is 3-for-5 on field goals. His misses are from 47 and 25 yards.
“(Special teams coordinator) Bruce Read had a long talk with him,” Riley said. “Its one of those deals he’ll have to fight out of a slump. He’s not hitting the ball well. It was obvious with the PATs and obvious on the kickoffs. He has to get back and technically get comfortable again.”
The Beavers have a backup kicker for emergencies. He’s freshman walk-on Max Johnson, but he’s not ready for prime time. Next year the Beavers have a scholarship recruit greyshirting in Trevor Romaine.
“He’s our guy right now,” Riley said of Kahut. “We have a backup kicker, but there will be no change.”
Check out my interview with Kahut last week here. It starts about the Arizona game from 2008, but then addresses his issues this season.
Here’s a link to the main GT site with my story on WR James Rodgers being out of the season with a knee injury.
Also, QB Ryan Katz was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week. Read more about it here.