Utah football: Utes look to move past kicking woes
Not always will a missed kick be so irrelevant.
It's unlikely two misses could again be so forgettable.
Utah placekicker Coleman Petersen spent most of the past year trying to erase memories of a disastrous game against Colorado last November, when he missed three field goals in the Utes' 17-14 loss.
In Thursday's 41-0 win over Northern Colorado, Petersen stepped onto the turf at Rice-Eccles Stadium for the first time since, and it happened again.
A 27-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half clanked off the post, and after Jordan Wynn completed a touchdown pass to Jake Murphy in the fourth quarter, Petersen's point-after try sailed wide.
Kyle Whittingham expressed concern in the kicking game after the loss, and on Friday reiterated a need for immediate improvement, but said Petersen will continue to take the team's kicks.
"There's going to be a point in time," he said, "probably sooner than later, where we're going to rely on the placekicking game to win a game for us. So we've got to get it figured out."
Whittingham described Petersen as "disappointed" after Thursday's game.
"He's a resilient kid," Whittingham said. "My guess is he'll bounce back."
Mo no more
What's in a name? For one of Utah's starting cornerbacks, a letter most people didn't know was there.
The morning after senior "Mo" Lee recorded three tackles, a breakup and a deflection, the Utes announced that the program had misspelled the Miami native's name since he arrived on campus last year. Lee, whose full name is Martavious, goes by Moe Lee.
Senior Associate Athletics Director Liz Abel said the mistake was made when Lee first enrolled at Utah, and not until a secretary saw him recently fill out a form with his name was the question of the proper spelling raised.
Abel said the error was not without precedent. She said a Utah gymnast once had her name misspelled for three years before it was corrected.
Lee is listed in the team's media guide as "Mo," and as of late Friday the spelling had not been corrected on the team website.
Whittingham called the standing error a "minor oversight."