TCU coach Gary Patterson says his kicker-by-committee situation will remain intact this week but he opened the door to the possibility that someone other than Ryan Graf may handle the placements Saturday against Iowa State.
Graf had a 28-yard field-goal attempt blocked at the end of regulation against Arkansas that would have won the contest. TCU lost in double-overtime, 41-38.
Patterson said Jonathon Song, who finished spring drills as the primary kicker, has missed the team’s first two games because of an injury but is “getting a lot better” and appears “close” to returning to action. But it may not be Saturday.
That leaves Graf, who has taken all the placement kicks in the first two games, and Brandon Hatfield, listed as the team’s back-up kicker, as options against the Cyclones (11 a.m., FS1).
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“To be honest with you, those two guys have really come a long way in practice. I’ve been proud and excited about how they’ve done things,” Patterson said. “I’m talking about 50 yard kicks on Thursday, both of them.”
In the first two games, Graf is 2-of-3 on field-goal attempts, with a long of 37 yards. And one game-changing blocked field goal.