Friday, June 14, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Nick Jordan
By Carter Strickland
During the summer, HornsNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Texas roster -- excluding the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class -- in our Burnt Orange Breakdown series. Starting with No. 1 Mike Davis, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 99 Desmond Jackson.
From No. 1 Mike Davis to No. 99 Desmond Jackson, HornsNation is evaluating the Texas roster numerically. View the entire Burnt Orange Breakdown series.
Expectations for 2013: Jordan will be in a battle with Nick Rose for the field goal kicking job. As a true freshman he struggled early and never was consistent from beyond 40 yards. Texas was not a superlative red zone team so it needed a solid kicker from 40 and beyond. Texas appears as if it will be a better red zone team this season, but still there are going to be some kicks from 40 or more and it does get windy later in the season in the Big 12. Anthony Fera might join the field goal kicking completion, but as of right now he seems more apt to be the punter. Expect Jordan to have increased his leg strength. He also should have better handle on his nerves after going through what was a rough freshman year.
Best-case scenario for 2013: Jordan was better later in the season than he was at the start but still he struggled with distance kicks. Texas has been so solid for so long in part because it has had very reliable field goal kickers. In fact, prior to 2012 Texas had won eight games in the final minutes with a field goal. During that same time span the Longhorns never missed a game-deciding kick. That is the kind of consistency and clutch play they expect to get out of Jordan if, in fact, he does secure the starting job.
Worst-case scenario for 2013: Right now Texas has three scholarship kickers on the roster. And it might be adding a fourth in Rose. That’s a high number for any program. What Texas does not want is for Jordan to take up a scholarship as a backup kicker for the next three seasons. That very well could happen if Rose is able to beat him out in the fall for the field goal job. What might be more likely is that Jordan handles the short kicks and Rose the longer ones. But, again, that is not an ideal situation as it plants seeds of doubt in both kickers’ minds.
Future expectations: Jordan’s future with Texas really hinges on this season. If he comes through and performs like Texas thought he would when it recruited him then he should have a successful three more years on campus. But if he loses the kicking job to Rose it will be interesting to see how Texas handles him. As previously mentioned Texas does not want to have two kickers on scholarship for the next three seasons. But the program would be very reluctant to take someone’s scholarship away. It’s just not the way Mack Brown has operated in the past.