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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Advice to Aspiring Kickers, part 3

If a high school kicker is looking to continue their career to the next level, what should they be doing? We gathered feedback from some college players who've recently been there and done that. Members of this year's senior class from FBS colleges around the nation weighed in on the following question:
"If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring high school kickers, what would it be?"

Adam Yates, University of South Carolina
"It might be a little overused, but I'd say my best advice is to really do your drills and if kicking is something you want to do in the future, to give it all you have. It's so easy not to do all the work because you don't know if it will pay off and you don't know if you've already done enough to reach your goals. But it's a lot easier to know you did all you can to prepare than to wonder what could have happened if you had worked harder earlier."

Casey Barth, University of North Carolina
"The biggest thing would be to trust yourself when your out on the field. Be confident and don't over think it just go out there and trust your form and your abilities. When you think too much you get all out of wack, be smooth and trust yourself."

Matt Hogan, University of Houston
"Relax and just always think about making your next kick. Whether you made your last kick or missed it, You can only do something about your next kick."

Brandon McManus, Temple University
"Treat every single kick like it is a difference maker no matter the time on the clock or the score of the game because crazy things can happen and who knows if you would have taken that extra point you missed more seriously, that kick could have been the difference maker in the game. Also, never get discouraged after you miss a kick no matter the distance. The next kick has to be your focus."

Michael Frisina, Boise State University
"I would tell them to enjoy their high school career and not immediately focus on moving on to kick in college. Often times I hear kids talk about their stats and how colleges are looking at them and sending them letters and they are going to this camp and this camp....If you are good enough to play in college, they will find you. Just have fun playing high school football with your friends."

Steven Schott, Ball State University
"Learn as much as you can at a young age. The more knowledge you have about the small details of kicking early on, the better off you will be when you need to tweak something down the road. Also, stay humble and work hard everyday!

Kevin Harper, University of Pittsburgh
"You have to be self-motivated and driven. You know you have to be the one who goes out and works on your own in the off-season, during practice, stretching at home, kicking on your own... Etc. There's no magic in becoming a good kicker you have to have an inner drive to do something to get better every day."

Freddy Cortez, Kent State University
"Work hard, train hard, be mentally strong, and know that perfect practice makes you perfect."

Trey Farquhar, University of Idaho
"Focus on the fundamentals!"

Matt Nelson, Louisiana Tech University
"Really focus on each kick individually, to go 1 for 1. That way when a miss occurs you're not thinking about it the entire time till your next kick. You are focused on the next one and splitting the pipes. It's the same thing if you're on a streak of made field goals, don't get caught up in that just focus on going 1 for 1 with the next kick at hand."

Anthony Cantele, Kansas State University
"Seek out someone in your area who might have some experience with kicking. If you have the time or resources to find a legitimate camp then that is a great way to get started, but it is not always easy to do this. I personally sought out a former K-state kicker (Jamie Rheem) who was a native of Wichita like me. I was lucky to have someone with a lot of expertise who was close to me help me out, but many high school coaches have contacts for kicking experts. Also, I would tell these younger high school kickers (if you are just a kicker) to personally talk to their high school coach and make sure they know who you are and that you are interested in trying out for the kicking position. Doing this helped me to get on their radar and eventually earn an opportunity for a tryout."

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