Fentress 3 and Out: Stanford and Utah
EUGENE - After nine games of competition Oregon coach Mark Helfrich announced Tuesday that the No. 6 Ducks will move forward with freshman kicker Matt Wogan as the starter over senior Alejandro Maldonado.
Wogan, already the team's kickoff specialist, converted the Ducks' lone extra point attempt during Thursday's 26-20 loss at No. Stanford.
Helfrich would not divulge all that went into his decision stating that such things are best "kept behind closed doors." But he did offer one simple explanation: “It comes down to nothing more, nothing less, than we think (Wogan) gives us the best chance to make a kick,’’ Helfrich said. “He's done a better job.’"
Helfrich must have been referring to practice situations because there's not much game evidence to support his statement. Maldonado has made three of his five field goal attempts this season. Wogan has made his only field goal attempt, coming from 38-yards out.
Maldonado has been under heavy criticism from fans for missing key field goals late in a 38-35 loss to USC in 2011 and during a 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford last season. He missed a potentially big field goal attempt against UCLA two weeks ago.
Wogan, a three-star recruit out of North Carolina, was rated as the top kicking prospect in the country by Rivals.com. But he proved too inconsistent early on to beat out Maldonado, who will remain the team's punter. Now it's Wogan's turn to carry the placekicking load and fulfill his promise.