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Monday, April 25, 2011

Draft Preview: Kyle Brotzman

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Boise State's Kyle Brotzman. He ranks in the top ten in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Brotzman's profile page on the Broncos' website:
2010 Senior Season
  • Finished his career as the WAC's all-time scoring leader. Brotzman had 439 points in 52 games, 44 more than Hawaii's Jason Elam who scored 395 points from 1989-92. 
  • His 439 points were also the most of any active player in the nation and set a new NCAA record for the most points scored in a career by kicking.
2009 Junior Season
  • His right arm helped the Broncos to a 17-10 win over TCU in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: in punt formation and the team facing forth and nine deep in Boise State's end of the field Brotzman completed a 29-yard pass to Kyle Efaw which led to the Bronco's winning touchdown
  • Led the WAC in scoring (kicking) and field goals
  • Punted 46 times averaging 43.89 yards per punt, the fourth best season mark in school history...Downed 15 punts inside the 20...
  • Made a career high four field goals (4-of-5) in Boise State's 54-9 win at Hawaii
2008 Sophomore Season
  • Named Boise State's co-Special Teams Player of the Year with punt returner Kyle Wilson by vote of teammates
  • Longest FG was 51 yards at Oregon
  • Also handled bulk of punting chores with 37 punts for 1,693 yards, averaging 45.3 yards per kick
  • Twice named WAC Special Teams Player of Week - against Hawaii (three punts for 60-yard average, including career-best 75-yarder) and against Southern Miss (32-yard field goal, three-PATs, and six-punts with an average of 39.7 yards per kick)
2007 Freshman Season
  • Named semifinalist for Lou Groza Award
  • Named second-team All-Western Athletic Conference
  • Named WAC Special Teams Player of Week after Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii games
  • Led WAC in field goals, field goal percentage and PAT kicking
  • Made two field goals against Nevada with no time on clock that sent game into overtime and quadruple overtime
High School
  • Lettered in football, basketball and soccer at Meridian High School two times each
  • Earned second-team all-conference honors as kicker as a junior and senior
  • Made six-of-11 field goals as a senior, including 52 yarder, and 32 extra points ... Had nine touchbacks on kickoffs

2010: 16 of 23 (69.6%) FGs; 59 of 61 PATs; 107 points
2009: 18 of 25 (72.0%) FGs; 63 of 64 PATs; 117 points
2008: 17 of 26 (65.4%) FGs; 50 of 50 PATs; 101 points
2007: 16 of 18 (88.9%) FGs; 66 of 66 PATs; 114 points

Early in his senior season, Brotzman discussed his transition from soccer to football:
"I didn’t grow up as a kicker dreaming about making some big game-winning kick — I thought I was going to be a soccer player my whole life. Now that I do kick, I’ve had a fantasy of making a big kick to win a game.... There’s some truth to the idea that the kicking game is mental. In football, you may only get one chance in a game. And if you miss it, everybody notices. So, sometimes it’s a little bit mental, but sometimes it’s just alignment or mechanics."
Unfortunately for Brotzman, the answers to the media late in his senior season were responses to the intense media focus on his missed potential game winners against Nevada:
"It's a tough thing to try to block that last kick out. It was (no) more than two minutes ago that you had just missed a game-winning kick. I just thought about that last kick a little too much to be honest. That was still in the back of my mind. I didn't want to fail again....
I teared up. Just the fact of what I felt I had lost the team, as far as a BCS game or whatever was going to happen down the road. That was probably the most heartbreaking thing, that I had let down my teammates....
It means a whole lot to me. We have a stronger team than we originally thought. I think we're a lot closer now. That one game, it wasn't just that kick that did anything, I think it was that game. Suffering a loss, I think it brings you closer."

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