Bobby Petrino will be bald before the end of the season with how the kickers have been. Louisville has seen two players attempt a field goal and neither are perfect.
Other big schools have been relying on their kickers to do work and help lead the teams to a win... or loss. North Carolina kicked a then-#12 Florida State 37-35. A BYU freshman kicker nailed a field goal at the final horn to beat Arizona 18-16. However, NC State failed to make a 33-yard field goal in the last play of regulation before losing to Clemson in overtime. Ohio State kicked a field goal with less than four minutes left in regulation to go into overtime with Wisconsin. The two teams combined to go six-for-six on the day.
Field Goals Sophomore Evan O'Hara has seen more time with field goals and extra points over sophomore Blanton Creque. O'Hara is a native of Boone County while Creque hails from Shelby County. The recruiters for the Louisville football team don't seem to have spent much time searching for kickers.
O'Hara is still being criticized for his performance against Duke. He went one-for-two, but was fortunate when another missed field goal was negated by a roughing the kicker penalty. He is three-for-six on the year- a whopping 50%- where his other missed field goals came against Syracuse and Florida State. O'Hara's longest field goal is 41 yards.
Creque has been a little bit better at four-for-five, but has taken a backseat to O'Hara. His only miss came against Marshall. Creque's longest kick of the year is a 39-yard field goal a t Marshall.
Extra Points O'hara has been the primary extra point specialist as well. He sits at 29-for-29, but 26 of those came in the first three games of the season.
Creque is 12-for-13 on extra points. His lone miss came in a loss at Clemson. That missed extra point hurt the Cards in the loss.
Kickoffs Creque has been the primary kickoff specialist for the Cards, seeing 23 attempts for 1384 yards and one touch-back. He has averaging 60.17 yards per kickoff, which isn't bad.
O'hara has not been Petrino's favorite for kickoffs, but does have three attempts for 153 yards. His 51 yard average has been sub-par and lead to his benching on kickoffs.
What To Do It's time to bench O'hara on kickoffs and field goals for the remainder of the season. He has proven himself at extra points, but a chip shot like that should be automatic, given the blocking by the offensive line. If I were Coach, I would be putting Creque in for all field goals unless he proves the task too difficult. Kickoffs will remain his main priority and will continue thanks to the high-powered offense.
In the off-season it is time for the Louisville staff to be looking for a kicker to bring in. Neither kicker has been of much help on the season. Kicking hurt us in a loss at Clemson and kicking almost cost the game against Duke.
For now, we must rely on the offense to keep scoring 40+ points a game and pray the game against Duke was a fluke.