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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Draft Preview: Wes Byrum

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

Excerpts from Byrum's profile page on the Tigers' website:
2010 Senior Season
  • Became the leading scorer in Tigers history: Byrum broke John Vaughn’s record with an extra point and then a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter of No. 5 Auburn’s game against No. 6 LSU
  • Against Kentucky, kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired in Auburn's 37-34 victory
  • Kicked the game-winning 19-yard field goal as time expired to give Auburn a 22-19 victory in the BCS national championship game.
2009 Junior Season
  • Named Lou Groza National Semi-Finalist
  • Named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week; Named Lou Groza Star of the Week (10/5)
  • Against Tennessee, accounted for 14 of team's 26 points hitting 4-of-5 FG attempts and a pair of PAT's ... The four FG's made and five attempts were both career highs
  • Against Northwestern in Outback Bowl, connected on a 21-yard FG in overtime that proved to be game winner ... The 21-yarder was only FG attempt of game ... Also hit five PAT's and averaged 66.0 yards on six kickoffs with one touchback vs. Northwestern.
2008 Sophomore Season
  • Hit both FG attempts vs. Southern Miss including a career-long of 52 yards
2007 Freshman Season
  • Collegefootballnews.com's Freshman All-America Third Team
  • Scout.com Second Team Freshman All-America Team
  • Sporting News Honorable Mention Freshman All-America honors
  • Nailed two game-winning field goals both with less than 30 seconds remaining on the clock and both on the road ... 
  • Named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week (Oct. 1) after booting 43-yard game-winning field goal as time expired in 20-17 upset at No. 4 Florida ... Had initially made kick, however, Florida called timeout prior to the snap, forcing Byrum to make the kick a second time
  • Booted 20-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining at Arkansas to give Tigers' a 9-7 win
High School
  • Kicked 79-of-91 kickoffs for touchbacks and connected on 74-of-75 extra point attempts his senior year
  • Converted 11-of-15 field goals including a long of 48 yards in 2006 ... Ranked second among kickers by Rivals.com and ESPN.com
  • Selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.


2010: 17 of 22 (77.3%) FGs; 72 of 73 PATs; 123 points
2009: 15 of 16 (93.8%) FGs; 54 of 54 PATs; 99 points
2008: 11 of 19 (57.9%) FGs; 22 of 23 PATs; 55 points
2007: 17 of 23 (73.9%) FGs; 35 of 36 PATs; 86 points

Prior to the BCS Championship game, Byrum commented on the possibility of having to attempt a game winner:
"When I went home for Christmas, all of my friends asked me, ‘What if you get to do that?’ It’s been pretty cool to think about it. But, hopefully, it won’t be needed, that we’ll take care of business. But if the time calls for it, I guess I’ll deal with it then."
After the game, he commented on the reality of having kicked the game winner:
"This has has been such a long ride. It couldn't end more perfectly. It's unbelievable."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Draft Preview: Alex Henery

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Nebraska's Alex Henery. He is ranked number one in the majority of the various draft rankings.

2010 Senior Season
  • First-Team All-American Place-Kicker (AP, Rivals.com, CBSSports.com, SI.com)
  • Rudy Award Finalist (1 of 3)
  • Lou Groza Award Semifinalist (for second year in a row)
  • His 89.5% career accuracy percentage bettered the NCAA record of 87.8 percent
  • vs. Oklahoma State: Set up NU’s first touchdown with a 27-yard run on a fake punt on NU’s opening drive...connected on three field goals, including a 52-yarder and was 6-for-6 on PATs...booted three punts for a season-high 50.3-yard average, including two kicks inside the OSU 20-yard line
2009 Junior Season
  • Supplied all of Nebraska's points at Virginia Tech, hitting on 5-of-5 field goals in a 16-15 loss. The five FGs were the second-most in NU history. He also booted six punts for a 41.5 average against the Hokies, including a first-quarter punt of 76 yards while side-stepping VT pressure. The punt tied for the fourth-longest in school history. His effort at Virginia Tech earned him Big 12 Player-of-the-Week honors.
  • Averaged a career-best 50.7 yards on six punts at Colorado, including punts of 58 and 62 yards. He also placed four punts inside the 20. 
  • Scored all of Nebraska's points with four field goals in the Big 12 title game against Texas. He made a season-long 52-yarder in the first quarter and his 42-yarder with 1:44 remaining gave NU a 12-10 lead before a late Texas rally. 
  • Added another four-field goal outing against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl, including a 50-yarder and two others from beyond 40 yards. His four field goals tied his own bowl record and were a Holiday Bowl record.
2008 Sophomore Season
  • Second-team All-Big 12 pick as a sophomore
  • Capped his season with a signature moment in the regular-season finale against Colorado, hitting a school-record 57-yard field goal to provide the decisive points in the final minutes of a 40-31 victory. The kick was two yards longer than the previous NU record held by three players, and was also Henery's fourth field goal of the game.
  • He capped the year with another 4-of-4 field goal effort against Clemson in the Gator Bowl. 
  • Henery's third four-field goal game had come in the opener against Western Michigan when he hit four 44-yarders, marking the second time in school history a player made four field goals from 40-plus yards in the same game. Henery's four field goals tied the Memorial Stadium record and extended the perfect start to his career to 12 straight field goals, the most ever to start a Husker career.
2007 Freshman Season
  • Earned first-team freshman All-Big 12 honors from The Sporting News
High School
  • Earned Omaha World-Herald first-team All-Nebraska and first-team Lincoln Journal Star Super-State honors as a punter
  • Averaged 41.4 yards per punt as a senior, and also connected on 6-of-10 field goals and 37-of-38 extra-point tries
  • Earned first-team all-state honors as a junior, averaging 41.7 yards per punt. 
  • He also played soccer for the Bulldogs, helping them to a 14-3 record and a state playoff appearance as a junior

2010: 18 of 19 (94.7%) FGs; 54 of 54 PATs; 108 points
2009: 24 of 28 (85.7%) FGs; 38 of 38 PATs; 110 points
2008: 18 of 21 (85.7%) FGs; 56 of 57 PATs; 110 points
2007: 8 of 8 (100.0%) FGs; 45 of 45 PATs; 69 points

Last December Henery looked way back and discussed his first coach:
"My mom was the oldest of eight kids and retired from work when my sister was born, so she could stay at home and spend more time with all three of us. She became our soccer coach. She had no clue how to coach, but went to the library, started reading books about soccer and really learned the game. Through hard work, she became a good coach. She's like my dad...very quiet, but a real perfectionist...our whole family is kind of that way. We don't really like to talk about ourselves, but we don't really doubt ourselves either. Whether you're learning soccer or learning kicking, it's like learning golf. Learn what you're supposed to learn and then just keep practicing so you can keep getting better and more confident. I study kicking, so I almost always know what I'm doing wrong and try to adjust. That's what kicking is - teaching yourself, so you understand what you're doing rather than listen to what others are saying. You have to stay calm to be effective. You have to use your own adrenaline for focus. The more pressure you have, the more adrenaline you get. It can help you if you choose to focus on what you have to get done and the technique required."

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."

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Draft Preview: Josh Jasper

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Louisiana State's Josh Jasper. He ranks in the top five in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Jasper's profile page on the Tigers' website:
2010 Senior Season
  • Capped his four years at LSU as the most accurate kicker in school history
  • Earned Consensus All-America honors after leading the nation in field goals
  • Set the LSU single-season record for field goals with 28, breaking the previous mark of 26 held by Colt David in 2007
  • Set the LSU single-game record with five field goals in win over Mississippi State ... 
  • Kicked three field goals of 50-yards or better, including a career-long of 53 vs. Louisiana-Monroe ... 
  • Had 51-yard field goal vs. Mississippi State and a 50-yarder vs. Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, which was the kick that broke the single-season school record
  • Named the Lou Groza Award "Star of the Week" for the second-straight week after he nailed all three field goals versus UL-Monroe, including the career-long of 53 yards
  • For the second straight year, was named as the permanent team captain for special teams
2009 Junior Season
  • Handled PAT, field goal and kickoff duties for the Tigers, while also serving as LSU's pooch punter
  • As LSU's pooch punter, kicked 12 times for a 38.7 average
  • Had 10 of his 15 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, including two that were downed on the 1-yard line at Alabama
  • Averaged a career-best 61.6 yards per kickoff for the year
  • Tied a school-record with four field goals against the Razorbacks, which included a 41-yarder with four seconds left that sent the game into overtime ... Kicked what proved to be the game-winner in overtime with a 36-yarder
2008 Sophomore Season
  • The kickoff specialist for the Tigers as a sophomore in 2008
  • Kicked field goals of 33 and 21 yards against Appalachian State ... Field goals were the first of his career as he filled in for an injured Colt David in the opener
  • Rushed for seven yards on a successful fake punt in the third quarter against Georgia
2007 Freshman Season
  • Shared the Tigers' kickoff duties as a true freshman with Andrew Crutchfield and Sean Gaudet
High School
  • Four-year letterwinner in both football and soccer Ridgeway High School
  • Rated as the 12th-best kicker in the nation as a senior by Scout.com
  • Finished his prep career with a Tennessee state record 44 field goals
  • Career long field goal of 54 yards
  • Twice named Class 5A first-team all-state honors

2010: 28 of 34 (82.4%) FGs; 36 of 37 PATs; 120 points
2009: 17 of 20 (85.0%) FGs; 34 of 34 PATs; 85 points
2008: 2 of 2 (100.0%) FGs; 5 of 5 PATs; 11 points

Midway through his senior senior, Jasper looked back over his kicking career to date:
"I played soccer my whole life. I started playing when I was about three. Then, when I got to middle school I wanted to play football. I kicked for them, obviously, but they also needed some other personnel to play on offense. That pretty much led to where I am today....
I had a bunch of different offers, but when I came here [LSU], I liked the atmosphere of the stadium. The stadium was really what won me over. I liked the environment on game day, and I was really impressed with the training facilities....
I just go out and think of it more as a job, putting points on the board and giving the best field position for this defense. I think of it more as helping out the team, and if it leads to something then that's great. My first goal is to help the team out, and it's worked pretty well so far."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Draft Preview: Thomas Weber

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

2010 Senior Season
  • He was ASU's kicker in 45 of 49 games over the past four years
  • His 68 field goals are second-most all-time in school history, his 136 extra-points rank third all-time and his 340 points are second all-time by any position
  • Recorded a season-high five field goals, including a season-high 52-yarder, a pair of 40-yarders, a 38-yarder and a 36-yarder Dec. 2 against Arizona
  • Earned Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-10 honors.
2009 Junior Season
  • Played in only eight games due to injury
  • Made field goals of 24, 22, 27, 26 and 29 yards in the first game of the season Sept. 5 vs. Idaho State
2008 Sophomore Season
  • Also punted in 11 of the team's 12 games...had 59 punts for 2,442 yards (41.4 avg.)
  • Named a Second-Team Sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com...
  • Was a Pac-10 All-Academic Second-Team selection, the second straight year he earned all-conference academic honors...
  • Had two field goals, including a season-long 49-yarder, and he averaged 41.0 yards on four punts against UNLV on Sept. 13
2007 Freshman Season
  • Scored 118 points, tying him for the most in a season in school history with kicker Mike Barth, who did it in 2002
  • His 24 made field goals are tied for the second-most in school history, behind only Luis Zendejas' 28 in 1983...
  • The first freshman in history to receive the Lou Groza Award
  • Named a First-Team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com
  • Began the Pac-10 season with seven field goals in the first two conference games, hitting three against Oregon State on Sept. 22 and then making four at Stanford on Sept. 29
  • Hit the game-winning field goal, a 37-yarder with less than a minute remaining in the game, in three-point win at Washington State on Oct. 6...
  • Made a career-best 53-yard field goal at UCLA on Nov. 10
High School
  • A 2005 graduate of Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Earned first-team All-Serra League honors in 2003 and 2004 and was named to the All-Central City Team by The Los Angeles Times

2010: 17 of 24 (70.8%) FGs; 42 of 45 PATs; 93 points
2009: 8 of 13 (61.5%) FGs; 19 of 20 PATs; 43 points
2008: 19 of 25 (76.0%) FGs; 29 of 30 PATs; 86 points
2007: 24 of 25 (96.0%) FGs; 46 of 48 PATs; 118 points

Back during his freshman year, Weber commented just prior to winning the Groza Award:
"At the start of the season, all I was thinking about was playing and how to help the team. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be here. It's pretty crazy.... The biggest thing was to be behind Jesse [Ainsworth] for a year and work with him in practice every day. I saw how he prepared and how he warmed up. It was a great help and played a big part in what I do."
Prior to his senior season he discussed returning from injury:
"It was very, very frustrating. It was something I was just happy to get through; it was definitely a learning experience for me. It taught me how to deal with an injury, for myself and for the team.... [finally being healthy] has been a huge difference. It has been a huge confidence boost, especially for me and the team."

Monday, April 11, 2011

Draft Preview: Jake Rogers

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

2010 Senior Season
  • School's all-time scoring leader with 339 points, passing former Lou Groza Award winner Jonathan Ruffin (315 points/1999-2002) for the top spot
  • Also holds the school marks for extra points made (186), extra points attempted (195), points scored by kicking (339)
  • Second in field goals made (62), field goals attempted (75), and has three of the five longest field goals in school history
2009 Junior Season
  • Saw action in all 13 games handling kicking, kickoff, and punting duties
  • Earned a spot on the Lou Groza Award watch list
  • Season-long make of 47 yards in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl
  • Had eight punts of 50 or more yards and placed 15 balls inside the 20-yard line
2008 Sophomore Season
  • Named a Lou Groza Award semifinalist ... 
  • Made his first 11 field goal attempts of the season and 13 straight dating back to the 2007 season, tying the school record set by Jonathan Ruffin in 2002 ... 
  • Holds four of the Top 10 longest field goals in school history ...
  • Connected on a 48-yard game-winning field goal for the final points in UC's 17-15 win at Akron
2007 Freshman Season
  • Managed the placement and kickoff chores throughout the season
  • Tallied 13 touchbacks, including four in the Papajohns.com Bowl
High School
  • Soccer standout who set school records for most PATs, field goals, and longest field goal in his only season playing football ... 
  • Three-time all-league selection in soccer ... set school career records for goals and points scored.

2010: 11 of 14 (78.6%) FGs; 38 of 40 PATs; 71 points
2009: 13 of 19 (68.4%) FGs; 63 of 65 PATs; 102 points
2008: 16 of 23 (69.6%) FGs; 34 of 36 PATs; 82 points
2007: 11 of 19 (57.9%) FGs; 51 of 54 PATs; 84 points

Midway through his college career, Rogers assessed his progress as a kicker:
"My first season, I guess I wasn't as focused when it comes to gametime. I was going out there, and I didn't have full confidence. I was going out there, and if I made it, 'Awesome.' If I missed it, 'Oh well.' But this season, if I missed it, I was a lot more pissed off because I know I should have made every one of them....
How many did I miss this year? Six or seven? Compared to last season, I think it was better. But statistically it wasn't too much better. My confidence was a lot better this year. I'm not disappointed with the season at all. Obviously, I don't like ending with a miss. It was totally my fault. But overall, I'm happy with the season, and I have two more years. Going into my junior year, I want to make every kick."

Friday, April 8, 2011

Draft Preview: Kai Forbath

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is UCLA's Kai Forbath. He ranks in the top five in the majority of the various draft rankings, and can often be found in the second spot.

Excerpts from Forbath's profile page on the Bruins' website:
2010 Senior Season
  • Semifinalist for Lou Groza Award
  • His .842 career percentage is second in school history among players with at least 20 career field goals (John Lee - .850)
  • Tied for first on UCLA career list with 85 field goals (John Lee)
  • Missed his only attempt (49 yds) against Stanford - snapping a streak of 40 consecutive field goals made inside of 50 yards
  • Kicked a 51-yard game-winning field goal with no time left on the clock to lift the Bruins to a 17-14 victory over Oregon State
  • Booted first half field goals of 40 and 37 yards at Arizona State ... his NCAA record for most career games with two or more field goals was extended to 31 games
2009 Junior Season
  • Winner of the Lou Groza Award
  • Selected first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Assoc., Walter Camp Football Foundation, The Sporting News, Football Writers' Assoc. of America, Phil Steele and rivals.com
  • He was a second-team selection by AP and first-team All-Pac-10 by the league's coaches
  • Made all 25 attempts from inside 50 yards and was three of six from 50 yards or more
  • His season field goal percentage of .903 set a new UCLA record and was the second-highest nationally among players with 23 or more attempts
2008 Sophomore Season
  • Earned third-team Associated Press (AP) All-America honors
  • Named first-team Sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com
  • Began the season by connecting from 42 yards out in overtime to provide the winning margin against Tennessee
2007 Freshman Season
  • Second-team Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News and an honorable mention All-Pacific-10 conference selection
  • Offensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year ... 
  • Became the first UCLA player to record five field goals of at least 50 yards in a season, including a freshman-best 54-yarder versus Oregon
  • He is also only the second player in school history to kick two field goals of at least 50 yards in the same game (Justin Medlock did it at Oregon in 2004) 
  • His 25 field goals tied the NCAA freshman record and set Pac-10 and UCLA Freshman records
  • In the Las Vegas Bowl, he made three (22,52, 50) of four field goals, however, on the final play of the game, he had a potential game-winning 28-yard field goal attempt blocked.
High School
  • Lettered four seasons at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Had a long field goal of 57 yards
  • USA Today first-team All-American
  • Rated No. 1 kicker nationally by ESPN.com
  • EA Sports first-team All-American as a punter in 2005 and as a placekicker in 2004 season
  • Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the CaliFlorida Bowl

2010: 13 of 18 (72.2%) FGs; 27 of 27 PATs; 66 points
2009: 28 of 31 (90.3%) FGs; 24 of 25 PATs; 108 points
2008: 19 of 22 (86.4%) FGs; 21 of 22 PATs; 78 points
2007: 25 of 30 (83.3%) FGs; 30 of 30 PATs; 105 points

After his strong junior season, Forbath could have come out early for the NFL draft, however he opted to remain in school:
"There were a couple things. I want to graduate, that is important to me and my family. I wanted to take the whole next year to help the team and get bigger, stronger and get more mature mentally.... I know there are some NFL teams looking to get a guy this year and I’m hoping that will be the same next year too. But I didn’t want to go just because the opportunity was there."
At the Bruins' Pro Day this year, he had a specific goal in mind:
"I needed to show them my kickoffs, and I have been working hard on those. I think I showed today that I can kickoff. You get to a certain point with stats, but you have to show them in person that you can perform under pressure."

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Draft Preview: Matt Bosher

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Miami's Matt Bosher. He ranks in the top ten amongst kickers and in the top twenty amongst punters in the majority of the various draft rankings.

2010 Senior Season
  • Handled all of Miami's field goal, punting and kickoff duties
  • Named an All-ACC second team punter
  • Successfully converted nine of his last 10 field goal tries
  • Averaged a career-best 57.8 yards per punt at Virginia, booting punts of 56, 62, 52 and 61 yards against the Cavaliers
  • Kicked a season-long 51-yard field goal at No. 2 Ohio State on Sept. 11
  • Had a streak of 105 consecutive extra points made (second-longest streak in school history) snapped at Clemson on Oct. 2
  • Landed 19 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line, including five against USF of Nov. 27
2009 Junior Season
  • Named All-ACC first team kicker and second team punter
  • Chosen to the Rivals.com All-ACC first team as a kicker and to the Phil Steele All-ACC first team as a kicker and `second team as a punter
  • Ended the season making 12 in a row which is the second-best streak in school history in a career and in a single-season
  • Earned All-ACC Specialist of the Week honors twice and was a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week
2008 Sophomore Season
  • Named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top kicker
  • Named second team All-ACC as a kicker and punter
  • Connected on a career-long 52-yard field goal against Wake Forest and added another 50-yard field at Florida
  • Had a career-long 76-yard punt at Duke - which was the fourth-longest punt in school history - and had nine punts of 50-plus yards
  • Two-time Lou Groza Award national star of the week after performances against Wake Forest and Virginia Tech
  • Finished the regular season with eight total tackles on special teams
  • Rushed once on a fake punt against Florida State for 9-yard gain and first down.
2007 Freshman Season
  • Team's punter for all 12 games and also handled the kickoff duties late in the season
  • Averaged 40.2 yards on 58 punts
  • Had nine kicks inside the 20 and 19 fair catches 
High School
  • As a senior, named First-Team All-State
  • Hit 7 of 10 field goals, with a long of 52 yards
  • Handled kickoffs, sending 70 percent of them into the endzone his last two seasons
  • Averaged 46.5 yards a punt ... 
  • Selected to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl and the Army All-American game
  • Earned the Lou Groza Award for Palm Beach County as a junior and senior
  • Rated the No. 1 placekicker in the country by Scout.com, No. 3 by ESPN and No. 6 by Rivals.com

2010: 13 of 17 (76.5%) FGs; 37 of 40 PATs; 76 points
2009: 14 of 16 (87.5%) FGs; 50 of 50 PATs; 92 points
2008: 18 of 20 (90.0%) FGs; 40 of 40 PATs; 94 points

Bosher was one of the invitees at this year's NFL Scouting Combine back in February:
"I'm looking forward to honing it down to one, but I've been training to do all three here [placekicking, punting & kickoffs]. I feel like that gives me the best chance to make a team. I don't want to cut my chances by getting rid of one.... It's just another day. You practice for this day for years and years. I've gone through high school, through five years at Miami, all the off-season work I've done, and it comes to this. So it's just a matter of practicing and keeping your head down and working through everything."

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Draft Preview: Dan Bailey

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Oklahoma State's Dan Bailey. He ranks in the top five in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Bailey's profile page on the Cowboys' website:
2010 Senior Season
  • Won the Lou Groza Award as America's top kicker
  • Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year
  • He entered the program as a walk-on and leaves OSU as the school's all-time leading scorer with 370 points
  • His 27 field goals in 2010 set a single-season school record
  • Ranked no. 2 nationally in scoring with 11.6 points per game
2009 Junior Season
  • Was 4-of-4 on three-pointers against Missouri, including a career-long 51-yarder
  • Hit 10 of his last 12 and one of the misses came from 53 yards
  • Along with his 51-yarder, he also converted from 48 and 42 yards at Iowa State
  • Led OSU with 85 points and was fith among Big 12 kickers in that category
2008 Sophomore Season
  • Had a string of 10 straight converted field goals snapped in the Holiday Bowl
  • Finished second in the Big 12 with a 78.9 conversion percentage on field-goal attempts
  • Was 15-of-17 inside the 50
2007 Freshman Season
  • Ended the season by connecting on two of his four field-goal attempts with both misses coming from beyond 40 yards
High School
  • An all-state and all-conference kicker and a first-team all-city punter (as selected by The Oklahoman)
  • Had 51 touchbacks in 61 kickoffs as a senior
  • Holds high school's records for longest field goal (50 yards), most field goals in a season (seven) and career (14)
  • Class valedictorian and a member of the National Honor Society

2010: 27 of 31 (87.1%) FGs; 68 of 70 PATs; 149 points
2009: 13 of 18 (72.2%) FGs; 46 of 46 PATs; 85 points
2008: 15 of 19 (78.9%) FGs; 65 of 65 PATs; 110 points
2007: 2 of 4 (50.0%) FGs; 20 of 20 PATs; 26 points

At the end of last year, Bailey reflected on his college career:
"When I came in here, I thought if I worked hard and stuck with it, I’d play two years, maybe, and I didn’t know if that would be doing kickoffs or field goals or whatever. So to play four years and to have success as a team those four years, it’s exceeded any expectations I had. So I’ve just been enjoying it all....
I try not to think about it too much. It’s exciting, but it’s also kind of sad. I’ve enjoyed my four years here, so it’s kind of sad to see it go. But I’m also excited about what the next six months has in store."
At the Cowboys' Pro day last month he discussed the task at hand:
"Consistency is probably the main thing. You can do it all year, but you've got to come out here and perform, too. Kickoffs are important, too. Anybody can kick field goals, so you've got to be able to kick off as well.''