the study of the kicking components within sports

Monday, July 18, 2011

Kicking in the 00's

The recently completed first decade of the twenty-first century saw plenty of kicks, including quite a few record setting ones.

1999-2001 Matt Stover made at least one FG in 38 straight games (most consecutive games in NFL) for Baltimore.

1999-2007 Jeff Wilkins was successful on 371 straight PAT attempts (2-way tie for second most consecutive in NFL) for St. Louis.

2000 First NFL game ever played on FieldTurf, St. Louis at Seattle (at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium).

2000 Sebastian Janikowski became the fourth (fifth if you count the 1984 supplemental USFL draft) and most recent kicker to be drafted in the first round.

2001 Jeff Chandler made a 51 yard FG for Florida in the Sugar Bowl against Miami (2-way tie for longest in Bowl Championship Series history).

2001 Ashley Martin of Jacksonville State became the first female to score in an NCAA Division One (D1-AA) game, with 3 PATs in 71-10 win over Cumberland.

2001 Dominico Bartolacci of Saint Mary’s (CIS Atlantic Provinces) kicked a record 15 converts, most in a Canadian college game, against Mount Allison.

2001 Cameron Peterka of University of North Dakota hit a 59 yarder, longest FG in an NCAA playoff game, during a 38-0 win over Pittsburgh State in the Division II quarter-finals.

2002 Jeff Wilkins (St. Louis) was the last NFL kicker to kick barefoot, resurrecting the 80’s fad for the first part of the 2002 season.

2002 Super Bowl XXXVI - New England 20, St. Louis 17 Kicker Adam Vinatieri made a 48 yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Patriots their first title.

2002 NFL rule changes: the chop-block technique is illegal on kicking plays; and after a kickoff, the game clock will start when the ball is touched legally in the field of play (previously, the clock started immediately when the ball was kicked).

2002-2004 Mike Vanderjagt was successful on 42 straight FG attempts (most consecutive in NFL) for Indianapolis.

2003 Billy Cundiff made seven FGs (5-way tie for second most in one game) for Dallas vs. NY Giants (OT).

2003 Tonya Butler of West Alabama College (NCAA DII) became the first female to make a FG in a college game, with a 37 yarder in 17-37 loss to Delta State.

2003 Katie Hnida of New Mexico became the first female to score in Division 1-A game, with 2 PATS in 72-8 win over Texas State San Marcos.

2003 NFL rule changes: If an onside kick inside the final five minutes of the game does not go 10 yards, goes out of bounds, or is touched illegally, the receiving team will have the option of accepting the penalty and getting the ball immediately (previously, the kicking team was penalized, but had another chance to kick again from five yards back).

2003 Jeff Wilkins scored 163 points (second most in an NFL season) for St. Louis.

2003 Following multiple penalties, David Rosenblum kicked a 51 yard PAT (record longest conversion) for Wilson H.S. against Springarn H.S. (D.C.).

2003 Mike Vanderjagt was perfect on all 37 FGs. He scored 157 points (third most in an NFL season) for Indianapolis.

2004 Heidi Garrett of Martin Luther King HS (Riverside, Cal.) made a 48 yard FG, longest by a female at any level, in 24-14 win over Menifee Paloma Valley.

2004 NFL rule changes: a punt or missed field goal that is untouched by the receiving team is immediately dead once it touches either the end zone or any member of the kicking team in the end zone (previously, a punt or missed field goal that lands in the end zone before being controlled by the kicking team could be picked up by a member of the receiving team and immediately run the other way).

2004 Neil Rackers made three 50+ yard FGs (3-way tie for most in one game) for Arizona against Seattle.

2004 Jon Peattie made a 51 yard FG for Miami (Fla) in the Orange Bowl against Florida State (2-way tie for longest in Bowl Championship Series history).

2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII - New England 32, Carolina 29 Further cementing his "clutch" legend, Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri hit a 41 yard game winning field goal with four seconds remaining.

2005 Neil Rackers made 40 FGs (most in an NFL season) for Arizona.

2005 The NFL granted a special exception to New Orleans for the year, allowing them to use offset goalposts (two base legs) in addition to the league standard slingshot goalposts (single base leg)… this was necessitated when they had to play some of their home games at LSU following Hurricane Katrina.

2005 NFL rule changes: unnecessary roughness will be called for blocks away from the play on punters or kickers; during field goal and extra point attempts, the defensive team will be penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct if it calls consecutive timeouts in an attempt to "ice" the kicker (previously, the second timeout request was only denied by officials, and thus could be used to distract the kickers); if the kicking team commits a penalty, the receiving team can have the option of adding five yards to the return or taking a penalty and forcing the kicking team to re-kick the ball.

2006 NFL rule change: Defensive players cannot line up directly over the long snapper during field goal and extra point attempts.

2006 Matt Bryant made a 62 yard FG (third longest in NFL history) for Tampa Bay against Philadelphia.

2007 NFL rule change: modified the K-ball usage in a game.

2007 Morten Andersen finished his NFL career with 2544 points (most ever).

2007 Kris Brown made three 50+ yard FGs (3-way tie for most in one game) for Houston against Miami.

2007 Rob Bironas made eight FGs (most in one game) for Tennessee against Houston.

2007 Shayne Graham made seven FGs (5-way tie for second most in one game) for Cincinnati against Baltimore.

2007 Stephen Gostkowski attempted and was successful on all 74 PATs (most in a season) for New England.

2008 NFL rule change: field goal attempts that bounce off the goal post are now reviewable under instant replay (courtesy of the previous season’s game tying FG by Phil Dawson for Cleveland against Baltimore).

2008 Jason Hanson made eight 50+ yard FGs (2-way tie for most in a season) for Detroit.

2008 Sebastian Janikowski was short and wide right on a 76 yard FG attempt (longest attempt in documented history) for Oakland.

2009 Fabrizio Scaccia of the St. Lucie Bobcats (Florida Football Alliance) made a 68 yard FG in 54-24 win over South Brevard Rams.

2009 Jeff Schebler of Wisconsin-Whitewater became the highest scoring kicker in NCAA career history and won the inaugural annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award.

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