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September 20, 2007 at 1:04 PM

Kicking it around

Talked to Johnie Kirton and special teams coach Bob Simmons this week about what went wrong on the field goal that was blocked, a play that began the swoon that sank the Huskies Saturday.
Kirton was assessed the blame for the play on the ESPN broadcast, but Simmons said it wasn’t quite that simple.
“It was a combination of everything,” he said. “It wasn’t just Johnie. It was the system — everybody across the front. And really, it’s coaching, too. We’ve got to make sure that we have them doing the right things consistently.”
Kirton said the Buckeyes overloaded that side of the line, putting an extra defender on that side, and that the Huskies didn’t adjust the way they should have.
“It was a good scheme for how we lined up,” he said. “But we could have definitely avoided it. It was just a good call by them.”
Simmons said he thinks the error is correctable and that he doesn’t see having to make “wholesale changes” to the kicking team despite the fact that two of the three FGs attempted this year have been blocked.
He said the block against Boise State was due to a low kick, meaning the two blocks have been for two different reasons — one kicker, one protection.
Still, Simmons said everything will be evaluated, even if he doesn’t anticipate major changes.
“When those kinds of things happen, you look at everything,” he said. “In that particular case (the Ohio State block) the things we had been doing we just did not do.”
Kirton said he knew he’d been singled out for blame but said it didn’t really bother him. “That’s just the way it goes,” he said.

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