Freshpectations for 2016: K/P Quinn Nordin

Whenever a program signs a top 5 recruiting class, coaches and fans expect a couple players to come in and land a starting spot during their freshmen years. Well, thanks to Michigan’s returning talent, the incoming talent will have their work cut out for them. But there’s one player I believe is the best bet to start from day one: K/P Quinn Nordin.

MGoFish Scouting Report

Nordin is the nation’s #1 kicker, according to Kornblue Kicking, and will likely see the field very early for Michigan. He has the leg strength to be a game changer in all three kicking facets, which UM will need starting in 2016. Thanks to his talent and the roster need, he could open up the season as the starting kicker and/or punter and/or kickoff specialist.

Kornblue Kicking’s Scouting Report

Held 20+ FBS scholarship offers before signing with Michigan. Quinn is the Fab 50’s #1 nationally ranked kicker for the class of 2016. He is one of the strongest placekickers in the nation and continues to make gains with his consistency and accuracy. Quinn has trained exclusively with Kornblue Kicking since middle school. He spent four days of private training in January 2015 with Coach Kornblue in Naples, FL. During the training, he drilled a 65 yard FG off the ground (can be seen on our Twitter page). His ability to get great height, ball rotation, and distance on FG’s as a high school junior sparked national recruiting interest. At our Ohio Fab 50 Camp (July 2014), Quinn charted four monster kickoffs (with a 5-10 mph wind): 81/3.91, 75/3.97, 75/3.75, 77/3.8. His worst charted kickoff traveled 64 yards. He also continues to improve as a punter. Best punt at that camp charted 4.66/41 yards. Quinn has a great work ethic, athleticism, and toughness. He’s also gained significant recruiting attention as a high level lacrosse player but is focused on playing football in college.

Rivals.com’s Scouting Report

Nordin missed much of his senior season due to a shoulder injury, but returned to action late for a Rockford team that made it to the third round of the Division-1 state playoffs with an 8-3 overall record. He made 2/3 field goals this year with a long of 51, landed seven punts inside the 20 yard line (while averaging 53 yards per boot), and landed 17 of 18 kickoffs in the endzone for touchbacks (the other was an onside kick).

Highlights

Michigan’s 2016 Depth Chart Prediction

Kicker

  1. #41 Kenny Allen, 5th
  2. OR #15 Quinn Nordin, FR
  3. #16 Andrew David, SO

Punter

  1. #15 Quinn Nordin, FR 
  2. OR #41 Kenny Allen, 5th

Kick Off Specialist

  1. #15 Quinn Nordin, FR 
  2. #41 Kenny Allen, 5th 

Freshmen Year Expectations 

The return of Kenny Allen is a big thing for Michigan’s special teams even with Nordin coming into the fray. I expect Allen to remain the place kicker in 2016 unless he struggles in camp/early in the season but the real question is who will win the punter position with the loss of Blake O’Neill?

  • Going into the spring/summer, I expect Nordin to push Allen for the starting kicker and punter positions, possibly even handling longer range kicks. On top of that, I fully expect Nordin to be the opening day starter as the kickoff specialist.

What are your freshpectations for Nordin? Add your thoughts below in the comment section!