Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden wasn’t ready to reveal Thursday a final depth chart or the winners of the remaining position battles (secondary, right tackle), but reporters did learn during the afternoon news conference the player who will be handling kickoffs and punts.
Walk-on sophomore Justin Vogel, a transfer from Florida, said Golden informed him he’ll be handling punts at Louisville on Monday night. Vogel said he also climbed to the top of the depth chart — the one players and coaches apparently have seen — on kickoffs.
“I’ve always been No. 2 on kickoffs, but I had a really good day on Tuesday,” Vogel said. “I had always been hitting them here and there. But then we did our game plan, scheme and I just hit a couple of really good kicks. Coach [Golden] was like, ‘Do it again the next day.’ So I replicated it again. That moved me up to first team.”
Freshman walk-on Michael Badgley is backing up Vogel on kickoffs. Redshirt senior Ricky Carroll is behind Vogel on punts.
“They judge all of it,” Vogel said of the competition for the kicking jobs. “First off [on punts], they want to make sure the operations aren’t slow. No matter how good your kick is, if the operation is bad, your kick is getting blocked. So it has to be off in under two seconds. Coach Golden wants it 43 yards, 4.3-second hang [time]. I’ve been averaging around that. I’ve kicked better than that, too.”