Poor Ficken; not only has he missed a bunch, but he gets 'em blocked today now too. I really think O'Brien went for the FG to try to inspire some confidence in Ficken. The refs ejecting the Illinois guy for the hit on Lehman in the end zone was pretty questionable as well.
I am quite the fan of the matte finish on the Illinois helmets, though.
Peter King (partially facetiously, to be sure) advocates punt and kick return units to actually NOT EVEN touch the opponents in an effort to block them in this week's MMQB column. (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)