Reserve linebacker David Allen took a field-goal attempt during practice Tuesday, adding his name to a competition that appears wide open more than a week into fall camp.
Allen, a junior who played on special teams last season and kicked at South Pasadena High, missed right on his lone attempt from about 35 yards in a live drill with the rest of the team surrounding the kicker and making noise. His performance was pretty much on par with Kip Smith and Joe Roberts, the two main competitors for the spot who haven't made much of an impression.
Smith made his first attempt, booting an ugly knuckleball just over the cross bar, then hooked his second one badly to the left. Roberts hit the goal post on his first attempt and hooked his second.
"It wasn’t good enough," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "We’ve got to find a guy who can go out there amid some pressure and kick the ball well."
Earlier in practice, without the team surrounding them, Smith and Roberts kicked form 25, 30, 35 and 40 yards. Smith made three of four, missing the last one with a hook. Roberts made all four, though the first two were low liners. He also made a 50-yarder -- the best kick by either player for the day.
"In practice they are terrific, but driving-range guys don’t get the trophies," Neuheisel said. "You have to actually go out there and do it on the golf course. So we’re going to keep smothering it and keep looking for other options because we need somebody who can put it through there reliably."