Bosher’s misses not a concern for No. 22 Miami
His numbers not withstanding, Miami kicker Matt Bosher has no
crisis of confidence.
Bosher has already missed two extra points this season, plus
caromed another in off an upright, and is merely 7 for 10 on
field-goal tries. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it represents an
almost stunning reversal of form for Bosher, who missed a total of
four field goals and was a perfect 90 for 90 on extra-points coming
into his senior year.
That being said, if No. 22 Miami (5-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast
Conference) finds itself going down to the wire on its trip to
Virginia (3-4, 0-3) on Saturday, Bosher insists he’ll be ready.
”I’m good to go,” Bosher said. ”This stuff just happens. You
take it in stride and it’s part of the game. I think that’s the
mark of somebody who can do well in their job, someone who can take
care of adverse situations and bounce back. I hope I can come back
and I’m confident in my skill. I’ll be fine. I’m ready to go.”
Bosher missed an extra point against Clemson, then pushed
another point-after try wide in last week’s win over North
Carolina. He hit a 51-yard field goal against Ohio State, but
missed two others later in that loss, then was kicking himself
after a 32-yard miss – typically an automatic distance for him – in
the early moments of what became a blowout defeat to archrival
Of the 125 kickers in the nation with no more than 27
point-after tries this season, only 12 have more than one miss. And
the Hurricanes find it surprising that Bosher, who was Miami’s MVP
as a sophomore and is one of the more respected players in the
locker room, is on that list.
”He’s pulling his foot,” Miami coach Randy Shannon said.
Sounds simple, but it’s not. It’s almost the equivalent of a
batting slump in baseball. No one really knows why it happens.
Shannon spent about a minute in the team’s meeting room
demonstrating the technique issues hurting Bosher these days, both
placekicking and punting. He shanked two punts against North
Carolina, but the issue wasn’t his leg, instead the way he was
dropping the ball toward his foot, Shannon said.
All correctable errors, but still uncharacteristic for one of
the nation’s best.
”It’s not the norm,” Shannon said. ”We’ve been evaluating it
all. We don’t kick as much in practice now as we did in the
beginning of the season. Maybe three or four field goals here and
there, but not really a lot of kicking. We’ve got to preserve his
With good reason. When Miami sends a kicking team on the field,
Bosher is getting the call.
He’s the placekicker. He’s the punter. He handles kickoffs. Add
them all up, and he’s been called into action 110 times already
Leg fatigue is a concern of Shannon’s. Bosher shrugs it off,
saying that would only be an excuse.
”In a perfect world, I’d be doing all three jobs, and I enjoy
doing all three. It’s what I’ve done since I was in high school and
I love doing it at the University of Miami,” Bosher said. ”It
allows me to do everything and anything I can for this team. My leg
feels fine. We’re in shape and strong and that really translates to
being able to last throughout a season.”
It doesn’t seem as though fatigue is an issue. Bosher is
averaging a career-best 44.1 yards per punt, ranking 24th
nationally. And although NFL jobs are tough to come by for kickers,
scouts that have passed through Miami insist Bosher will have a
strong shot of getting to play on Sundays after his college days
For now, all that is pushed aside. Bosher doesn’t like letting
his mind wander to the reality that his college career is winding
down. Instead, he just thinks about that next kick, and hopes it
moves Miami closer to finally winning its first ACC title.
”It hasn’t really hit me 100 percent yet,” Bosher said. ”I’m
sure when it’s senior day and my parents and girlfriend are on the
field with me, it’s going to really hit me. It’s something that’s
there, but I can’t focus too much on it yet.”