September 17, 2017
ANN ARBOR – Quinn Nordin’s collegiate career is off to a historic start.
Michigan’s sophomore kicker was successful on all five field goal attempts in the team’s 29-13 victory over Air Force on Saturday, tying a school record.
“I’m just trying to go out and do my job as best as possible,” Nordin said. “Whatever coach calls me out to do, I’m going to try to do it to the best of my ability.”
Nearly identical words from Nordin after he tied a Michigan record for two made field goals of 50 yards or more in the same game in his debut against Florida Week 1.
“I just wanted to do what was best for my team,” Nordin said after the Wolverines’ 33-17 win over the Gators, in which he made 4 of 6 field goals.
“At the time, that’s what coach called me out to do, and I just wanted to do what was best for my team.”
After three games, the Rockford native, who was the top-ranked place kicker in the country coming out of high school, is tied for the NCAA lead with 11 field goals.
“He has been very good,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Saturday. “He is in a great place. It is great to see him kicking confidently and just knocking them through, with room to spare no matter what distance you put him at.”
Nordin hit from 26, 29, 35, 36 and 49 yards out on Saturday, giving the Wolverines crucial points at pivotal moments of the game.
As Michigan’s offense sputtered for most of the game — it didn’t score a touchdown until the final 62 seconds of the fourth quarter — Nordin continued to come up big.
A crowd of 111,387 at Michigan Stadium didn’t have much to cheer about in the first half and was nearly silent when Harbaugh sent Nordin out for a 49-yard field goal in the last 10 seconds of the first half.
Nordin was on the mark to Michigan a 9-6 lead. The team led for the rest of the game.
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“The standout was Quinn Nordin,” Harbaugh said. “The snap of (Camaron) Cheeseman and Garrett Moores as a holder, that whole battery and the field goal protection was outstanding.”
A miss on any five of Nordin’s attempts could have been costly for Michigan. Four of his field goals either put the Wolverines up by three or extended their lead to six.
“It’s just like having a great defense,” Michigan running back Karan Higdon said. “We know our kicker is going to get the job done. Coach trusts him. But we have to do our part as an offense.”
Nordin is already nearing the halfway point to the single-season field goal record of 25, set by Remy Hamilton in 1994. He is on a 12-game pace to hit 44 field goals this season.
Higdon said Nordin’s success is a product of his hard work and confidence.
“If you need a kicker, you need him to be confident,” he said. “If he folds under pressure, I don’t think you want him back there kicking the ball. But he comes in as if he’s a senior. He works hard. He’s dedicated, and it pays off.”