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As far-fetched as it may seem, someday a Ducks victory might depend on a Rob Beard field goal; like maybe in the Arizona State game.
Beard was 1-for-2 last weekend against the Huskies, missing a 41-yard attempt and nailing a 28-yarder that split the uprights. He is 4-for-7 attempts on the year, for a 57.1 percentage. Wouldn't you like to see a higher percentage of makes?
This may be a little severe, but I wouldn't let Beard leave practice every day between now and Oct. 18 until he had made 50 field goals in a row. No dinner for you, Rob. It's not like he needs to practice PAT's, after all; Beard is 40-for-40 on extra points.
Same drill for backup Alejandro Maldonado, because you just never know whose leg it might come down to.
Jackson Rice is one of the finest punters in the nation. But—you knew there was a "but," didn't you?—he shanked one ugly kick against Washington.
When you don't get many opportunities to ply your craft, as Beard and Rice don't, it's likely easy to get rusty. They need to imagine, however, that the game is on the line, and that a 38-yard field goal, or a high, deep punt will seal the W.
Because, someday, that just might be a real scenario. This would also be a good week to work on fake punts and field goal "trickeration."