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UH's Blumberg, Enos can kick ... but


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POSTED: Monday, August 17, 2009

Hawaii's two new kickers are straightforward about their strengths and readily admit their weaknesses.

Scott Enos has the distance. Brian Blumberg has the accuracy.

How quickly one taps into the other's talent will decide who gets the bulk of the footwork this season; special teams coach Chris Tormey wants Dan Kelly's successor to have some ability in both strength and aim.

He considers the competition “;pretty tight”; right now.

“;Fortunately when we're home, we can play two kickers,”; Tormey said. “;We have one who's better on field goals, one who's better on kickoffs, we can do that. But on the road we have to make a tough decision, whether or not we can take two.”;

The Warriors have worked on special teams every day so far in camp, giving Enos and Blumberg plenty of looks. That includes their performance on kickoff coverage drills, and Tormey doesn't hesitate to give the specialists an earful if they are out of position.

Blumberg considers himself automatic within 40 yards, while Enos can hit from the 60s, and has the deeper kickoffs.

Blumberg was known as “;Clutch”; as a freshman at El Camino College last year, when the only field goals he missed in 18 attempts were two blocks.

“;I'm not really here to be the power guy. I had knee surgery a couple of years ago, so I'm here to be accurate, especially within 40,”; Blumberg said. “;I don't want to miss anything. When we get that far back (in the 50s), the other kicker, Scott, has a boot, so he's the one who's gotta be money.”;

Enos converted 18 of 29 field goals in two years at Sierra Junior College. He went 90-for-109 on PATs.

“;That's one of my weaknesses, is accuracy,”; Enos said. “;(But) I've been working really hard on getting my consistency down and I think it's coming along pretty well.

“;If there wasn't any competition, there wouldn't be that motivation to get better,”; he added. “;I think it's real important to have that, and we do bring that out here every day.”;

A third kicker, Kevin Bell, was in the running this fall until he went home to be with an ailing relative.