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Friday, April 20, 2012

Draft Preview: Greg Zuerlein

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Missouri Western State's Greg Zuerlein. He ranks in the top ten in most of the various draft rankings, and as high as number one in some.

Excerpts from Zuerlein's profile page on the Griffons' website:

2011 Senior Season
  • first team AFCA All-America, Dakrtonics All-America and AP “Little” All-America selection
  • broke an NCAA and MIAA record with 21 consecutive field goals made, nine of them were from 50 or more yards
  • set an MWSU record, with 23 field goals in a regular seaso
  • broke a school record, with a 58-yard field goal against Northwest Missouri State twice
  • first team All-MIAA and Daktronics Super Region Four selections
  • MIAA Special Teams Player of the Year
  • named the Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in the Griffons 31-28 victory over Northwest Missouri State
2009 Junior Season
  • booted four field goals, including a 52-yarder against West Texas A&M in the Kanza Bowl.
  • named MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 5
  • selected to the All-MIAA first team as a placekicker
  • an AFCA Coaches’ All-America selection as a place kicker
  • All-America second-team selection
  • had 30 touch backs on kickoffs, which led Division II for the second-straight season and was third overall in NCAA football
2008 Sophomore Season
  • all-MIAA first team selection
  • named UNO’s outstanding special teams player for the second consecutive season
2007 Freshman Season
  • all-North Central Conference first-team selection
  • team’s outstanding special teams player
High School
  • All-class, all-state selection as a placekicker as a junior and senior 
  • set state (Nebraska) mark for most field goals in a season with 12
  • converted 43 of 45 PATS and went 12-for-16 on FGs with a long of 52 yards
  • also lettered in soccer
  • 2005 Sports Illustrated preseason high school All-American

College Stats
2011: 23 of 24 (95.8%) FGs; 38 of 40 PATs; 107 points
2009: 17 of 23 (73.9%) FGs; 40 of 44 PATs; 91 points
2008: 9 of 11 (81.8%) FGs; 43 of 45 PATs; 70 points
2007: 10 of 15 (67.7%) FGs; 48 of 49 PATs; 78 points

At last month's Pro Day, Zuerlein discussed kicking and his future:
“Every player had their chance to perform, and I felt like today was a good day for me. This is for your future and something that you have looked forward to doing your whole life. It’s a little nerve-wracking, but it’s better to be in this situation and have the opportunity that I have instead of not....

“For me as a kicker, I don’t think it matters from Division I to Division II or NAIA for that matter. Kicking is kicking. The field goal posts are the same, and you aren’t going up against any harder competition. It’s you versus the goal post....

I don’t know if I will get drafted. If I do great, if not, hopefully I have an opportunity to kick at some point or at least be brought in a show what I can do.”

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