Colorado hasn’t done a lot of place-kicking early in spring ball, but what it has done hasn’t looked all that good.
The average fan watching kicks from the sideline might have serious questions at this point about sophomore Justin Castor. Some of his kicks have missed badly.
Coach Jon Embree isn’t worried about Castor. In fact, he placed the blame for the errant kicks on inconsistencies with the longsnapping and holding.
Sophomore Ryan Iverson is handling the long and short snapping this season. He served as longsnapper last year as a freshman and senior Joe Silipo handled the short snapping on field goals and extra points. So there seems to be an adjustment period for Iverson going on when it comes to short snapping.
CU is also trying out several holders this spring. So far, defensive back Justin Gorman and wide receiver Kyle Cefalo have given it a try. But Embree said inexperience there also has contributed to Castor’s missed kicks.
“He’s doing good,” Embree said of Castor. “Our issue is we got to get our snapper and holder worked out. One time the ball is four inches inside the spot and he’s almost missing it. Another time it’s behind it. So we’ve got to get that whole battery worked out.”