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Golden Gophers Starting Kicker Still Not Decided

The Minnesota Golden plan to release their depth chart for the season opener on Saturday. There won't be anyone penciled in as the starting kicker, however, because that job is still too close to call.

Chris Hawthorne and Jordan Wettstein have been in an intense battle in camp after splitting duties latest season. Hawthorne was originally the starter, but a torn quadriceps allowed Wettstein -- a walk-on -- to play the final six games of the season.

They both played pretty well last year and it's apparently carried over into this fall as head coach Jerry Kill said he won't be ready to decide who should start until next Tuesday.

"We put (Hawthorne and Wettstein) in two pressure situations the other day," Kill said. "They both succeeded, which is a good problem. They both have good strengths. If we have one that's a better kickoff guy and one's a better field goal (guy), you can do that also."

The starting kicker obviously isn't the most important position, but it's never a bad thing when there are two players that can contribute at a starting level.

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