Tom Sorensen

Crotch-grabbing Michigan kicker gets what’s coming to him vs. Gamecocks

In the end, Michigan kicker Quinn Nordin (3) was a victim of crotch-grabbing karma against South Carolina.
In the end, Michigan kicker Quinn Nordin (3) was a victim of crotch-grabbing karma against South Carolina. AP

Quinn Nordin, the kicker for Michigan, nailed three first-half field goals for the Wolverines Monday against South Carolina, the last of them from 45 yards. He celebrated by turning to the Gamecocks’ bench and grabbing his crotch.

Nordin might have been angry about an Outback Bowl bowling outing that turned into a turf war between the teams. Maybe this was payback. But he’s a kicker.

Kickers are not disruptive. They are nice. When you go to their locker after a game, there's a medium scrum only if their kick won the game or failed to.

Kickers are special occasion players and they typically celebrate in conventional ways, pointing to the sky or yelling. The more demonstrative will offer an especially hearty high five.

So what if other kickers decide to celebration Nordin's celebration? If they do, what about the players that hang out with kickers at practice such as punters. Punters get even less attention than kickers. Do they pin an opponent inside the 10-yard-line and commemorate the kick with a crotch grab?

If punters start to do it, everybody will want to. Who gets less attention than a punter? The long snapper does.

In J. J. Jansen, the Carolina Panthers have one of the NFL’s best long snappers. I try to envision him calling attention to himself after a successful long snap. How you like me now? The same as I did before. I don’t see it.

What I saw: South Carolina, ever so poised, rallying to beat the favored Wolverines and their crotch-grabbing kicker 26-19.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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