AUSTIN, Texas —
Freshman Nick Jordan was a high school all-American, but was untested and Texas felt relieved when Fera transferred in the summer after Penn State was hit with NCAA sanctions. Fera was 14 of 17 on field goals for Penn State last season.
But Fera showed up at Texas with a gimpy groin that forced him to sit out training camp and the first four games. Jordan won the job over fellow freshman Nick Rose in the meantime, but was just 3 of 7.
Fera dressed for the first time against West Virginia. Texas watched him closely in pregame warmups and decided he was ready.
“He was one of the best kickers in the country last year. He’s had a sore leg,” Brown said. “I’m hoping he’ll be much stronger and more confident this week.”
When asked about the confidence of the kickers, quarterback David Ash said, “I can’t kick so I’m not going to try to teach someone how.”
The problems could force Texas to adjust its play calling once the Longhorns cross midfield. If Texas isn’t confident in its kicking game, the Longhorns may decide to gamble by going for it on fourth down instead of trying a field goal, particularly in a close game.
Offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin said that’s for Brown to decide.
“All I hear from him is, ‘You’ve got four downs,”’ Harsin said. “I’m always in the mindset that I’m going to go for it until I hear different.”