'I Coach Quinn like a Middle Linebacker': Partridge Evaluates Development of Michigan K Quinn Nordin

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'I Coach Quinn like a Middle Linebacker': Partridge Evaluates Development of Michigan K Quinn Nordin

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'I Coach Quinn like a Middle Linebacker': Partridge Evaluates Development of Michigan K Quinn Nordin

Shortly after now-redshirt sophomore Quinn Nordin missed a 31-yard field goal in the second quarter of Michigan’s 35-10 win against Maryland in 2017, he entered a heated exchange with head coach Jim Harbaugh on the sidelines.

It was Nordin’s third-straight field goal miss, which went hand-in-hand with two point-after attempt fails in five games.

Harbaugh told Nordin that if he missed again, he would be removed from the starting kicker position.

The redshirt freshman was perfect through the remainder of the season.

Nordin finished the 2018 campaign making 14-of-18 field goals. He was 2-for-3 from beyond 50 yards. The 6-foot-1, 200 pounder also converted on 26-of-28 extra-point attempts.

Following another spring and fall camp, Michigan special teams coordinator has noticed a maturity growth from his starting kicker.

“He was just a redshirt freshman last year, so his maturity and his leadership has really taken a step up this year,” Partridge said. “I think that’s going to relate to him on the field as well.

“It’s been really good to see. That’s really what it is, him being able to handle that and understanding how to adjust when things happen.”

Relating back to Nordin’s struggles in 2017, Partridge said the newfound maturity came with a realization that imperfection at the kicker position is typical.

“When you miss and when you have a fault or something happens, how do you fix it? What happened? Do you realize what happened, and how do you rebound from it and not let it get into your own head? Quinn’s maturity will help with that,” Partridge explained.

Nordin has been working with a new group of specialists this fall and is successfully holding a leadership position on the field and in the locker room.

The redshirt sophomore’s leg is also bettering, going from making a 55-yard field goal consistently to burying kicks from 63 yards out in a snapper, holder and kicker situation.

“But, the mental part is where you’ve got to really work on,” Partridge said. “Because when you’re kicking a 60-yarder, you don’t really have to hit it harder – you’ve just got to hit it right. Guys mentally try to over-swing and stuff like that. I think the mental is everything there.”

Partridge, along with special teams, coaches the linebackers and safeties for the Wolverines. The difference between special teams and the other positions is working with a variety of different players, forcing him to stay on his toes at all moments.

A key peripheral to coaching is understanding the individual. Partridge has had to keep that in mind, especially with Nordin.

“I’ll admit, I coach Quinn like I’d coach a middle linebacker,” Partridge mentioned. “He’s got that mentality. Quinn’s a little different. You could throw him in at middle linebacker and he’s not going to back down. I don’t know if he’ll get run over or not, but he won’t back down.

“There’s a different personality type that you coach. But that’s why you do it. It’s fun. To me, that’s the exciting part. I love it. Go out there and be yourself.

“As long as it doesn’t take away from your day-to-day grind, your performance, as long as it doesn’t take away from that or your play on the field – go ahead, be yourself.”

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