"Probably point-one-five seconds,'' Holgorsen said, referring to the time it takes to get the kick off. "It's the difference in the guy off the edge blocking it [or not]. We got one blocked [Friday, by the second unit] and that was the difference, point-one-five seconds.''
Bitancurt no doubt tires of talking about the problems of last fall and this spring, but he is also realistic. He knows that the only thing that matters is results. He had streaks last season when he made five of six attempts and five straight. But he also had a stretch where he missed three of five (including two blocks) and he missed his last four attempts of the season (two blocked).
"Yeah, obviously the numbers show that,'' Bitancurt said. "I got a lot of kicks blocked. But we're working on things now to make sure things like that don't happen.''
That included staying in Morgantown and working out all summer. That's not always the case with kickers. Pat McAfee was criticized roundly by Rich Rodriguez one year when he spent the summer working camps instead of working in the team's summer program.
"Sometimes guys think we don't work, that we just go off in the summer,'' Bitancurt said. "I was here working every day with everyone else.''
There was also the issue of meshing with a new holder this spring and summer.
"You've got to get comfortable with the holder,'' Bitancurt said. "Once you do that and you know he can do the job, then you start worrying about yourself.''
Or not worrying, as the case may be. Kickers can't afford to be thinking about all the bad things that can happen. Few bad things happened to Bitancurt when he was a freshman star, but once they did begin to happen they snowballed.
Still, Bitancurt isn't one to look backward.
"I don't really look back that much,'' he said. "That was obviously a great time in my career, but hopefully there's plenty more to come.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.