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        UtahManPodcast
        Ute Fan
        @utahmanpodcast

        Chayden Johnston announced via twitter he is leaving the program to pursue his career in healthcare.

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        Utah5410
        Ute Fan
        @utah5410

        This is really my only concern. Not the 0 line – not the backers, our place kicking. It could lose us a game or two.

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        chinngiskhaan
        Ute Fan
        @chinngiskhaan

        wow… I don’t blame him, but it must have been really bad if it came to this. I can’t imagine that these issues were presenting themselves in practice over the last two years, otherwise Whitt would have done something about it. The pressure must have really got to him. Just craziness.

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        Calgradutedad
        Ute Fan
        @calgradutedad

        6 FGs against Oregon last year including a 55 yarder and a 41 yarder. Different game with a below average kicker. Hopefully it won’t matter this year but it probably will.

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          Staples
          Ute Fan
          @staples

          It will probably make us more aggressive in our play calling inside the 40 since we won’t have a near guarantee of 3 points.

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        AlohaUte
        Ute Fan
        @alohaute

        Considering how dominant Utah has been in Special Teams the last decade, how brutal would it be to have our best team not reach their potential because we have mediocre special teams?

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        SkinyUte
        Ute Fan
        @skinyute

        Who is the backup – er, starting – kicker?

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        Larry B
        Ute Fan
        @larryb

        Is it too late to receive a transfer? Maybe there’s a decent kicker sitting on the bench somewhere else that sees an opportunity.

        • #94080

          Central Coast Ute
          Ute Fan
          @flip2848

          No it’s not too late. Utah does have another kicker, not on scholarship. Once spring ball wraps up everywhere, you’ll see more names in the potal.

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        Utah5410
        Ute Fan
        @utah5410

        We have one guy Jason Redding. Missed a 31 yard kick in the spring game. This is a real problem.

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          PlainsUte
          Ute Fan
          @plainsute

          “Ball did not go through the uprights.”

      • #94084

        Anfernee
        Ute Fan
        @anfernee

        Maybe this will make the offense more aggressive? Knowing they don’t have the safety net of an automatic 3 points. I’ll gladly trade more touchdowns for another all american kicker.

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        cjd1
        Ute Fan
        @cjd1

        Joshua Rowland , another Texas Longhorn, is a grad transfer available.

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          Tony
          Admin/Founder
          @admin

          Perhaps we should move on that.

          • #94089

            cjd1
            Ute Fan
            @cjd1

            After doing some more research he is not that great of a kicker. Oh well.

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              Tony
              Admin/Founder
              @admin

              Perhaps we should not move on that.

        • #94100

          belli1976
          Ute Fan
          @belli1976

          He was a backup to a guy that went 18-25. Probably still an upgrade from where are now though.

      • #94087

        EagleMountainUte
        Ute Fan
        @battlegroundute

        Good thing for him. Bad for Utah but could have been worst possibly if Utah depended on him. Overall bad outcome that needs to be fixed and feels incredibly ironic.

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        chinngiskhaan
        Ute Fan
        @chinngiskhaan

        after thinking on this, I wouldn’t be surprised if he left knowing that there was someone else that was for sure better than him. I wouldn’t be surprised if the coaches have been looking for outside help for the last few weeks at least.

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        cicampbe
        Ute Fan
        @cicampbe

        Time to check with the Ski Team.

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          PlainsUte
          Ute Fan
          @plainsute

          …and soccer team? My friend’s son is pretty good, but he has already signed with Northern Alabama.
          Samuel Contorno

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        Dwight89
        Ute Fan
        @jordan-buckner

        Sounds like Johnston was a head case and this is a way to save face before facing a crowd at RES. We were in desperate need of a kicker who could make field goals two weeks ago, so this doesn’t really change anything. 

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        BD
        Ute Fan
        @flyfisherman

        Crazy to think what might have been for him had he made that first kick in the first game of the season a few years ago. He may not have made that announcement had he simply made that kick.

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          Tony
          Admin/Founder
          @admin

          Well I would think he’s a head case either way, so maybe better he missed.  But how messed up is it to wait in the wings this long, then when you get your chance to start, you bail?

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        RustyShackleford
        Ute Fan
        @shakyute13

        Hopefully this was an amicable force out and Whitt has someone better coming. I’m not too worried yet whit has a way of pulling kickers out of his hat…

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        Central Coast Ute
        Ute Fan
        @flip2848

        I’m just as worried as everyone else about the kicking game. But I have to wonder (and hope) if during his exit interview after spring ball, that Whitt told him they were going to go in another direction. If that’s the case maybe it’s not as bleak as it seems right now. This is all speculation but I can hope right?

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