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Friday, September 28, 2012

NFL Week Four: Thursday Phil Dawson & Justin Tucker Reunion

During last night's 23-16 win by Baltimore over Cleveland, Brown's kicker Phil Dawson made three lengthy field goals (50, 51 & 52 yards). In doing so he entered the record books, now tied for the most 50+ yard field goals in one game. He joins Morten Andersen, Neil Rackers, Kris Brown, Connor Barth, Sebastian Janikowski & Josh Scobee. Dawson noted afterward:
"Playing on this field-turf absolutely saved us. If we were playing at home it would have been very hard. But this Field Turf gives you a consistent field."
Ravens' rookie kicker Justin Tucker made a 45 yard field goal, but missed a 47 yard attempt wide right - his first miss of the season after having made eight straight to start his NFL career.
"I’m not about excuses. I don’t think anybody around here is. So what I’ll do is look at the film, see if I did anything particularly different, look at it with Randy [Brown, the Ravens’ kicking consultant] and Jerry [Rosburg, special teams coordinator] and evaluate it and go from there. But it is what it is. It’s hard to be perfect and that’s what we’re all striving for....

In this division, there’s always going to be weather. We’re in September and experiencing a little rain. But when there’s a little bit of rain and it’s 35 degrees outside, then it’s going to be a different story. It’s just one of those things you gotta prepare for. You take it for what it’s worth and try to treat every kick the same....

It didn’t feel like anything was too different. I probably missed it by a foot or two. I mean, it’s probably one of those things where I didn’t crush it like I wanted to, probably aimed it a little bit. But the hardest one to make is the one after a miss. So I made the extra point and had a good kick afterward. So it’s all about bouncing back when you play for a team like this."
For University of Texas trivia buffs, last night marked the first time that former Longhorns were opposing kickers in an NFL game:

Phil Dawson, class of 1998
Four-year letterman at the University of Texas (1994-97)… Earned first-team All-America and All-Big 12 honors following senior season in 1997… Team captain his senior year… Was 9 of 15 from 50+ yards over collegiate career, including a career-long 53-yarder as a junior… In 1996 as a junior, was a first team All-America selection… Hit 19 of 24 field goals and posted 108 points in 12 games… Also named Academic All-Southwest Conference in 1994 and 1995 and All-Academic Big 12 in 1996 and 1997… Earned a B.A. in political science.
Justin Tucker, class of 2012
A versatile kicker who kicked in a variety of roles over his four seasons at Texas…Handled kickoff duties in 52 games and placekicking duties in 25 contests…Kicked off 328 times for an average of 63.3 yards per kickoff and 64 TBs…Posted 190 career points by connecting on 40 of 48 FGAs (83.3%) and all 71 PATs…His 83.3% on FGs is tied for third best all time at Texas…Also a rugby-style punter who registered 155 punts for 6,283 yards (40.5 yards per punt)…Second-team All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press as a senior in 2011.

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