Spring football is now upon us, but I’ve been nurturing my A-Day fantasy for several weeks. It’s not complicated. You can tell me whether it’s realistic.
I want to see Jarrett Stidham throw more touchdown passes than Daniel Carlson kicks field goals.
For context, in last year’s A-Day game Carlson kicked five field goals. We played four quarterbacks, who combined for two touchdown passes.
I don’t care if Carlson kicks for both teams (as he did last year), and Stidham throws for only one. I just want to see some good throws caught in the end zone. Really, my fantasy being realized would tell us as much about our receiving corps as our quarterback.
None of us really has anything against field goals, even. It’s the lack of touchdowns. That hurts. I don’t have to explain that to you. But, maybe I do need to confess something.
I made a barn-deprecating joke about field goals recently.
Week before last I hosted a Tecmo Super Bowl tournament. In an email to the field I advised them to eat supper beforehand because, although we would have a Chick-fil-A nugget tray, one of the competitors, Ben, eats nuggets about like Auburn kicks field goals.
So, guess what happened in the tournament.
In my first game, I kicked two field goals, scored one touchdown, and lost 14–13. Double elimination tournament. In my second game, I kicked three field goals, and lost 16–9.
A total of five field goals and one touchdown—pretty close to the 2016 A-Day ratio.
There’s a moral to this story, but first let me say this: I would love to see Daniel Carlson win the 2017 Lou Groza award. I just want to see him do it via 12 makes on 12 attempts. It will be the first ever career-award Groza. BYU’s guy will hit 31 of 32, and they’ll throw a fit. Let ’em.
Now, what is the moral in this story? It’s time for us—or, at least it’s time for me—to quit talking about field goals. Well, you know—after this post. It’s time for us to reject the 2015-16 plague of field goals in a different way. We need to quit acknowledging it ever happened.
That’s a tall order, I know. But, five Stidham touchdown passes on April 8th will make it a lot easier.