Name: Charlie Mentzer
Weight: 192 lbs.
High school: Detroit (MI) Cathlic Central
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #93
Last year: I did not rank Mentzer. He did not play in any games.
TTB Rating: N/A
You may not have heard of Charlie Mentzer before. There’s probably a good reason for that.
That reason’s name is Jake Moody.
Moody, the former Lou Groza Award winner, made people forget about backup kickers. The kicking position can sometimes make people yearn for the backup kicker – just like the backup quarterback is often the most popular guy on the team – but Moody was so consistent over the past two years that the only concern was who was going to replace him when he left.
Well, I don’t think Mentzer is going to be that guy. For a while it seemed like he, freshman Adam Samaha, and redshirt sophomore Tommy Doman (the latter of whom will likely be handling punting duties) would be battling it out for the kicking job, but then Michigan brought in transfer James Turner from Louisville. Now it seems like Turner will handle the placekicking duties, and Mentzer is likely to spend most of the 2023 season watching from the sidelines.
Prediction: Backup kicker
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