UB kicker Patrick Clarke already has missed more field goals through five games than all of last season. But he equates his situation to the mentality of a golfer who hits a shot that doesn’t come off quite right: Forget about that one and hit the next.
“Just taking it one kick at a time,” Clarke said after practice Tuesday. “We’ve had a lot of 40-plus-yard field goals this season. So I just have to take it a kick at a time. Obviously I’m not happy with myself.”
Clarke has made four of nine attempts on the season, with four of the misses coming between 40 and 49 yards. He made four of five from that range last year while going 11 of 15 overall. On the plus side, none of his misses have ended up costing the Bulls and his makes include a 49- and career-best 50-yarder against UConn.
“Most of them have been really close,” said Clarke of the misses. “I think a lot of it’s just a matter of taking the right line because in this stadium sometimes the winds kind of swirl a little bit. Even if there doesn’t seem like there’s much wind there’s still a little bit to push it so I just got to make sure my line’s right every time and just take a deep breath and take it a kick at a time.”
Backup quarterback Alex Zordich did not participate in Tuesday’s practice after suffering a concussion during Saturday’s 42-14 victory over Eastern Michigan at UB Stadium. Zordich came on for starter Joe Licata late in the third quarter of the lopsided victory and played two series before giving way to Tony Daniel.
Bulls coach Jeff Quinn said Zordich is feeling better and can’t be ruled out for Saturday’s game at Western Michigan. However, typically a player has to be symptom-free for a week before being cleared.
Meanwhile, running back Anthone Taylor is practicing again after serving a two-game suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Defensive back Dwellie Striggles will sit out the first half of Saturday’s game at Western Michigan for his participation in an altercation and disqualification from the Eastern Michigan game. Okoye Houston and Tomarris Bell, also DQ’d, escaped further disciplinary action as secondary participants.
“The ejections have been addressed with the MAC office, Danny White, myself,” Quinn said. “Dwellie Striggles will sit out the first half of this upcoming week’s game against Western Michigan but will play.”