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Sunday, December 15, 2013

D2 Advice to Aspiring Kickers & Punters, part 2

Our annual college Q&A series continues within Division II. We asked senior kickers and punters the following question:
What lesser known kicking and/or punting item did you learn during your college career that you'd like to pass along to aspiring high school specialists?
For responses, also see part 1. Following is the second of three batches of responses:

Shawn Leo, West Chester
"Create a routine and stick with it. When I was in high school I didn't have a plan before I started kicking. I would kick my leg out. When I reached the college level I kicked everyday and I needed to save myself. I started a routine before I would practice that consisted of 4 no step field goals. Then move onto 4 one step kicks. By then my leg was warm enough to then move onto my full steps. This allows me to be ready for practice or game while also save my leg for the long season."

Drew Patton, Northeastern State
"Make sure the mental aspect of kicking is always sharp. I kicked several game winners, got all-conference a few times, etc. But the hardest adjustment, and best thing I learned was to IMMEDIATELY shake off a miss. That's what will make a good kicker. Every kicker misses, and you're likely to miss the next one if you can't forget the last one."

Sergio Castillo, West Texas A&M
"Believe in yourself. Trust the form. Be able to grow out of your comfort zone to get better. Most of all, have fun and give thanks to the ones who helped you get where you are.- Galatians 6:9"

Curt Duncan, Carson-Newman
"Make your technique your own. Kicking is unusual in that there is not one way to do it. Take different information from different coaches and don't be fooled that you have to do it one way. The fun in kicking is that you can own it! Enjoy!" 

Jordan Ledvina, Michigan Tech
"The number one lesser known punting item that I have learned is the importance of changing field position. I came to Michigan Tech as a wide receiver until my third year. As an offensive player I was not as concerned at where the drive started as I do now since converting to punter. Looking after the game at 'affects of the kicking game', the net punting average compared to your opponent is an important stat. Net punting yards consists of everyone on the punt team, but more importantly for the punter to get the ball down field with a hang time that is sufficient enough for your teammates to make a tackle or for the returner to fair catch. Being a punter, you only have once chance to make a play so it is essential that from the snap, the ball coming off the foot, and making a play down field add up to a a great net punting average." 

Nathan Kadlecek, Harding
"1. You need rest. If you kick or punt everyday you won't have the energy or the power you are looking for on game day. Don't overdo it on game day warm ups, get a few good ones and consider yourself ready, you have been practicing all week and all season. 
2. If you have a 'bad' game, watch film, see if you need to tweak anything in your form and move on, there is no point in dwelling on a past poor performance. 
3. Get in a routine of how you do things on game day, it helps to keep your nerves in check because you are comfortable with the plan that you have. I know that is more than one but those are just a few tips that I wish I would have known a lot sooner."

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