At the start of the season, redshirt freshman kicker Ron Coluzzi walked into Michigan’s Big House in front of a sold out crowd of 109,901.
Coluzzi proceeded to nail three field goals that day and his performance was one of the lone bright spots early on in the season.
During the next game against New Hampshire, Coluzzi nailed a 27-yard game winning field goal as time expired to send the home crowd into a frenzy. Going into the last week in September, Coluzzi was a perfect five-for-five on field goal attempts.
But that all changed against North Carolina State, and the kicker has been sent into a mid-season slump.
Head coach Dan Enos believes that it’s Coluzzi’s mechanics and not his mental game that is the cause for his recent slump.
“It was a little bit mechanical Saturday,” Enos said. “With kickers, everything goes hand-in-hand. It was the mechanics, just like a golf swing or throwing the football. All that stuff is very similar so he is working through some things.”
In his last three games, Coluzzi has kicked 40 percent on field goal attempts, going two-for-five.
Against Ohio on Saturday, Coluzzi missed two field goals and an extra point. Central Michigan ended up winning 26-23 on a last-minute touchdown drive, but the misses could have been much more costly if not for the final drive.
Asked if Coluzzi’s recent inconsistency would affect the game plan moving forward, Enos responded with resounding “no.”
Enos is confident that Coluzzi will find his footing and return to the accurate kicker he was at the beginning of the season.
“It’s a very confidence-driven position, just like quarterback is,” Enos said. “That position is particular because everyone is watching you on that one play. He will be fine; we have a lot of confidence in Ron.”