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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Draft Preview: Brett Baer

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Louisiana-Lafayette's Brett Baer. He ranks in the top ten in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Baer's profile page on the Ragin' Cajuns' website:

2012 Senior Season
  • became most accurate  kicker in NCAA history, with career field goal percentage of 90%
  • selected First Team All-Sun Belt Conference
  • ranks third in ULL history with 243 career points
  • made field goals of 50, 25 & 40 yards in 43-34 win over East Carolina in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
2011 Junior Season
  • Semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award, 
  • earned second team All-Sun Belt honors as both a kicker and punter and second team All-Louisiana by the LSWA
  • tabbed the team’s special teams MVP
  • led the nation in field goal accuracy (10 or more attempts) at .900
  • was four-for-four on onside kick attempts 
  • connected on a career-long 50-yard field goal as time expired to give UL a 32-30 win over San Diego State in the New Orleans Bowl
  • broke a 34-34 tie against Florida Atlantic (10/1) by making a 37-yard field goal with no time left to give the Ragin’ Cajuns the win
2010 Sophomore Season
  • Began season as backup kicker, then assumed starting role in fifth game
  • season-long effort of 42 yards came vs. Troy in his first career attempt. . . 
  • was the primary kickoff specialist for the second straight season
  • made six tackles, including two vs. ASU
2009 Freshman Season
  • Primary kickoff specialist all 12 games
High School
  • Was a two-time all-county selection
  • averaged 44.5 yards per punt.

College Stats:
2012: 20 of 23 (87.0%) FGs; 53 of 56 PATs; 113 points
2011: 18 of 20 (90.0%) FGs; 46 of 50 PATs; 100 points
2010: 7 of 7 (100%) FGs; 23 of 23 PATs; 44 points

From last October. midway through his senior season:
“I played a little [soccer] in middle school, but I started kicking sophomore year. I ended up being pretty decent at it.... 

I want to finish this season out and be successful. When I look back on my college career, I want to know I helped my team win all those years. I want to make new recruits say, ‘Man, that guy was freakin’ awesome'."

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