Episode 13 of the Simple Kicking Show is the second Big Ten Roundtable featuring Illinois Kicker James McCourt and the University of Michigan Kicker Jake Moody.
The first Roundtable featured Jake Pinegar from Penn State and Keith Duncan from Iowa who was a Lou Groza Finalist and All-American Kicker in 2019.
This discussion focuses on both of these excellent field goal kicker’s experiences with competition. Moody has been in an ongoing competition with Quinn Nordin in Ann Arbor. A widely covered battle, Nordin and Moody have both seen extensive reps over the past 2-3 seasons. In fact, Simple Kicking interviewed Tyler Brown who is the graduate assistant Special Teams coach for the Wolverines. He poised a major theme found in these Podcasts: what is the difference between earning a job, and keeping a job.
McCourt served as a backup for three seasons behind former Illinois kicker Chase McLaughlin, who has had several stops in the NFL with teams like the Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts.
Both kickers have first hand experience in competition and this episode covers the mindset required to kick your best when your best kicks are needed.
The roundtable goes in depth on the game day mindset: covering trigger words that activate the competitive juices needed to compete at the highest level. This echoes the first Big Ten Roundtable where Keith Duncan shares his key words.
Coming up next is the second segment of the Big Ten Roundtable with James McCourt and Jake Moody, who are both coached by legendary coaches Lovie Smith and Jim Harbaugh. Both head coaches spent time in the NFL coaching the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers. On October 19, 2019, the Fighting Illini had their most significant win when McCourt kicked the game winner over then #6 Wisconsin.