With Aaron Boumerhi’s injury officially keeping him out for the season, the kicking game will be worth keeping an eye on as BC moves toward the ACC schedule. While I don’t think fans are necessarily expecting field goals (especially long field goals) to become a weapon BC can use to win close games, the hope is to have some certainty that missing short field goals and extra points won’t lose BC close games — as we’ve seen that happen far too often over the years.
After a bit of a hiccup in week 1 when Danny Longman missed one of his extra point attempts, things have gone fairly well on that front: Longman went 6-for-6 in point-after attempts in Amherst, and also hit a 27-yard field goal.
Today, freshman Connor Lytton handled point-after duties and went 4-for-4. (BC did not attempt a field goal.)
Lytton also split extra point responsibilities in week 1 against Colgate, going 2-for-2 in his attempts, while Longman went 4-for-5.
There’s a lot of interest in seeing how Lytton develops, as he came in as a fairly highly touted recruit when he signed this past December. He was 247sports’ 4th-ranked kicker and garnered interest from several other programs, including Virginia Tech and West Virginia, per 247sports’ profile.
Longman, a senior, has been solidly handling kickoffs for BC for the past few years, but has only been rarely called upon to kick field goals; he is 5-for-5 in his BC career with a long of 29 yards, as well as 15-for-17 on extra points.
With Lytton, the hope is potentially that BC might have an option to attempt longer field goals should that become necessary.
Based on the first few games, expect the two to continue to get opportunities to contribute on special teams, as BC keeps looking to fill the hole left behind by Boumerhi.