Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Obviously, star running backs kicking field goals would never fly today, but I'd like to think that Tomlinson, had he played back then, would have had the foresight not to use the most lumpy and angular part of his foot in kicking for accuracy. Hell, given his ability to throw pretty spirals, I'm guessing he could strap on the kicking shoes tomorrow and hit better than 54%.I dunno, maybe RB's should kick field goals. Also, let's remember that Hornung played on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field while LT plays in sunny San Diego. Just sayin'...
Some good news for the Redskins (who are out of it for this year but can still play spoiler). From Tandler's Redskin's Blog:
Shaun Suisham has made seven straight field goals. That’s not a Moseley-like streak by any means, but it is possible that the Redskins have a young leg that can stick around for a few years. Nobody will be completely sold until he makes a game-winner in December, but the early signs are good.Ya gotta look for that silver lining when your team is in a rebuilding phase. As a long-time Celtic's basketball fan, I know that can be a long phase...
Thursday, December 14, 2006
He didn't end up kicking last week for the Giants so at least this will give him something to talk about on the bench on Sunday.
Congrats Sean. Div II Hall o' Fame baby! Yeah!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
'I keep a little journal, things I remember when I go out,'' Jones said. ``There's so much stuff that goes into my thoughts, and if you start thinking about everything, it's too much.''
Sunday's entry: ``Catch, get it out, finish the kick.''
Certainly seems to be working for Donnie
Monday, December 11, 2006
...(the) punter for Vanderbilt Kyle Keown is up on assault charges for hitting his girlfriend and then grabbing his teammate by the wedding tackle. To cap off a fun evening he then climbed into the room of the guy whose nuts he just crushed and threatened him with a knife.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Carmody, a junior, made 20-of-23 field goal attempts and all 57 of his extra point tries this season for the Cardinals.Congratulations, Art. The Toe would be proud.
John Vaughn of Auburn University and Garrett Hartley of Oklahoma University were the other finalists.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Just for fun, here are the past ten winners:
2005 - Alexis Serna, Oregon State
2004 - Mike Nugent, Ohio State
2003 - Jonathan Nichols, Ole Miss
2002 - Nate Kaeding, Iowa
2001 - Seth Marler, Tulane
2000 - Jonathan Ruffin, Cincy
1999 - Sebastian Janikowski, Florida St
1998 - Sebastian Janikowski, Florida St
1997 - Martin Gramatica, Kansas St
1996 - Marc Primanti, NC State
John Vaughn, Auburn University, is currently tied for 3rd in the NCAA with 19 made field goals on the season. The senior is 19 of 23 in field goals. Twice this season Vaughn has made four field goals in a game. This season Vaughn is 2 of 3 in field goals 50 yards and longer. His season long came against Mississippi State when he connected on a 55-yard field goal. Also, Vaughn is a perfect 32 of 32 in extra points this season. Vaughn was also named a Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Star of the Week twice this season.
Arthur Carmody, University of Louisville, has been tremendously accurate all season long. On the year he has connected on 94.1% of his field goals. That percentage is currently the 3rd best in the NCAA for place-kickers who have attempted at least 10 field goals. Carmody is 16 of 17 in field goals this season with a long of 51-yards. The junior place-kicker is currently first among kickers in points per game with 9.3 points per game. Carmody is also a perfect 45 for 45 in extra points this season. On three occasions this year Carmody was 3 of 3 in field goals, helping his team win all three games.
Garrett Hartley, University of Oklahoma, has connected on 17 of 18 field goals this season. His only miss on the year came on a blocked 44-yard field goal against Oregon. Hartley currently ranks 2nd among all players in the Big 12 Conference with 8.2 points per game. The junior place-kicker’s season long is a 46-yard field goal against Iowa State. Hartley has also remained perfect this season in extra point attempts going 39 of 39. Twice this year Hartley was named a Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Star of the Week.
Congrats to all three finalists. Good luck tonight!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
The Total Titans Blog takes a closer look.
Bironas became only the sixth kicker to make an attempt of 60 yards or longer in the regular season. Ola Kimrin once kicked a 65-yarder in a preseason game in the altitude in Denver. Coincidentally, Kimrin was Bironas’ main competition in training camp last year.Check out the whole piece here.
From the NY Daily News:
"I have been punting two to three times a week in case a situation like this arose," Landeta said. "You never want to see another player, especially one like Jeff, have physical problems. Hopefully this provides the Giants with some peace of mind.Over at New York Giants Blog they point out an added element of intrigue in that Feagles has broken all of the team records Landeta himself set as the Giants kicker over ten years ago.
Also, check out this awesome recap of Sean's early days in the USFL. He was drafted in the 14th round by the Philidephia Stars in 1983! (where I got the sweet headshot!)
Man, the lifespan of the kicker is pretty damn impressive but ya gotta wonder if these older guys are really going to put themselves in the path of some of these monstrously powerful return-men currently on the field should they be needed to make a TD-saving tackle. And if they did, would they be able to get up and keep kicking...?
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Coach Shanahan had NEVER before attempted a fake field goal:
"Part of the reason is that I don't want to take a chance of getting the kicker hurt... Jason assured me that he would not be hurt."
Elam had two great quotes responding to questions after the game:
"I'm not kidding, 12 years. I didn't think he would ever, ever run it. He actually told me earlier in the week, he said, 'Now, you can't pull a hamstring on this."and
"I think it's probably just that I hadn't run in a long, long time."via The Daily Herald
Monday, December 04, 2006
It is hard to think even where to begin - but I've got to go with Rob Bironas' 60-yarder to upset Indy. I will say that Indy has been due for an upset with all those close wins, but man, what a great kick.
Then there's the Tuna's internal monologue - "Thank god he made that kick or I'd be the biggest schmuck in the world" kick by Cowboys' Martin Gramatica, recently acquired from the retirement home, that took away what would have been a much-needed win by the Giants.
Oh, and how about Josh Brown booting his FOURTH game-winner of the season for the Seahawks?!
I'll have more on all of this as the day goes on, but for now I am basking in the afterglow of kicker glories.
Friday, December 01, 2006
So, the future should be wide open for Jeff Wolfert - the Missouri Tigers diver-turned-kicker. According to an article in the Belville News:
The sophomore from Overland Park, Kan., who came to Missouri in 2004 on a diving scholarship, has become the Tigers' most quietly consistent source of points this year. After beating out senior Adam Crossett, Wolfert has made 17-of-19 field goals this season and all 40 of his extra point attempts.
Seems like a natural transition to me...
As the article in the Charlotte Observer points out, Jason is the polar opposite of Carolina's previous boot-man, the T.O. of punters, Todd Sauerbraun.
"Most of the time I say no when people walk up and say, `can we talk to you?' " Baker said this week while standing in front of his locker. "My goal is just to do my job. I don't do it for the additional attention, I do it because this is what I was blessed with and I have a responsibility to take these gifts and do what I can do with them. I don't look at it any deeper than that."
I love this quote. Not only is it humble, but you have to be glad that he is using his gift for good and not for evil.
Panther's themselves have a nice little piece on Jason as well.
As Adam Vinatieri put it:
"Sometimes if you're a lineman or something, you can get kind of lost in the shuffle," Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri said. "But if you're a kicker, you're on an island, and everybody sees what you've done, good or bad."
If there was ever a Rodney Dangerfield of sports it would have to be the kicker.
This weekend's Vikings/Bears match-up should be quite a challenge for Minnesota's chris Kluwe, who must try to keep the ball away from Chicago return specialist (and Public Enemy #1 for the NY Giants) rookie Devin Hestert.
Said Kluwe in the Twin City's Star-Tribune:
"I just need to be that extra bit more careful about trying to get the ball to the sideline, make sure he doesn't have a lot of field to work with," Kluwe said of his approach. "He's a very dynamic returner, so as much as possible [we want to] prevent him from returning the ball."
This should be a great special teams game to watch.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
It is my pleasure to announce my acceptance on the 2007 Pittsburgh Passion Professional Women's Football Roster.
The Passion competes in the National Women's Football Association (NWFA), a five year old, 36 team league, headquartered in Nashville, TN. The Passion is a member of the Northern Conference and plays an 8 game regular season schedule. The teams play according to standard NFL rules, with the following notable exceptions; TDY size football, only one foot in bounds required following a reception and no blocking below the waist down field. As in High School, I will be continuing my duties as Place Kicker.
Oddly, the blog only lists her name as Laudadio...maybe she is like the Cher of kickers...
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
As seen on Matt Mosley's Cowboys Blog.
Let's see if one of those Flying Gramatica's can do any better.
Good analysis on all this in Matt's blog here.
Especially like Coach Parcell's quote:
"I know what his track record is," Parcells said of Little G. "And I know in 2003-2004...I know why he had some problems kicking and I know why he was out of football in 2005, and I know where he was this summer, and I have good information from the people that had him this summer. They were very positive about it."I don't have a good feeling about the whole thing. I hink Dallas should look to someone younger hat can build with the team...
Of course, like any coach, Bill can't be completely satisfied:
"It went through, so it was good enough," said Belichick. "You'd like for those adjustments to be a little more in the middle instead of rimming the edge, but it was a 52-yard kick, so those are hard to make in any situation. That was a big kick for us."
That's life for the kicker.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Tom Coughlin tried to ice the kicker Rob Bironas after Eli Manning's baffling INT in the dying seconds of the 4th qtr against the Titans but, although the stats say it helps, it wasn't the case yesterday as Rob calmly booted the 49 yarder. that's a hell of a kick under pressure. I liked how long Coughlin waited to call the timeout. I almost wish he had used their second time out after Bironas set up for the second time but maybe that's just considered bad form.
Meanwhile, Buffalo's pulled out another game-winner for the Bills with three seconds left against Jacksonville. from the Buffalo News:
"They're all big kicks," said Lindell, who has seven career game-winning kicks. "Every time I go on the field it's a big kick, to me anyway and to the team most likely. Once they scored, I put my shoe on, went to the net and started getting ready because I figured it was going to come down to that."
I'll cover some college kicks a bit later on today.
Just a quick note to say I was glad to see Nugent go 4-4 for the Jets yesterday during their convincing win.
Bad Dog and Bad Pup have been giving him a lot of flack over at NYJetsTherapy and I am hoping they give him a little bit of love back today.
Just a quick note to say I was glad to see Nugent go 4-4 for the Jets yesterday during their convincing win.
Bad Dog and Bad Pup have been giving him a lot of flack over at NYJetsTherapy and I am hoping they give him a little bit of love back today.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
So, Saints rejoice as the excellent placekicker Cundiff has joined the club. According to the Saints' homepage:
"Cundiff played four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and earned the reputation as one of the NFL's top kickoff men with his high, hanging kickofss that helped the Cowboys hold opponents to a league-low 17.5-yard kickoff return average in 2004.
He was signed by Green Bay as a free agent in March, was limited to six games in 2005 with Dallas due to an injury but was released by the Packers on August 17, 2006.
In 53 career games with the Cowboys, Cundiff connected on 60-of-82 field-goal attempts (73.2 percent) and missed one extra-point conversion in 101 attempts. Cundiff's career-long field goal was a 56-yarder in 2005."
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
I thought it would be appropriate to point out a little piece in Orlando Sentinel (do you have any idea how hard it is to read through all these local papers?!) about another "crossover kicker" in the making. While there has been lots of talk about Aussie and Kiwi (I love that they allow themselves to be referred to with such silly-sounding monikers) kickers but it was only a matter of time before a few Brits saw the light.
You might not have the leg-speed or the upper-body strength to make it in the highly competitive world of European Professional Football, but if you've spent your whole life kicking a ball, the NFL would like to have a word.
This week, here's one to watch out for - Dale Brenchley of Lake Brantley High.
Until he was 13, football didn't mean first downs and field goals to Lake Brantley kicker Dale Brenchley. It meant nets and corner kicks.
When he moved to Central Florida from southeastern England in eighth grade, he started learning about American football, watching games with friends and playing Madden. He kicked for Lake Brantley's junior-varsity team as a sophomore, but then focused on soccer, becoming a star in the football of his youth. Now Brenchley has become a star for the other kind of football team.
His best quote:
"With soccer, you're 11 men doing the same thing," Brenchley said. "With football, it's just you kicking it, and it can be down to you. I was nervous, but I've gotten used to it. I like it."See, that's the kicker spirit. The lone gunman. The gigolo. The star!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
The somewhat dubious honor went to Scott "Wide Right" Norwood of the Buffalo Bills.
In Super Bowl XXV, the first of four consecutive Super Bowl losses by the Bills, Norwood had a chance to win the game with a 47-yard field goal attempt.
In the pregame warm up, Norwood aimed for the right upright and the wind hooked the ball between the uprights. During his attempt with eight seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, he again aimed right; this time the ball remained straight and he missed.
Have to feel for Scott. 47 yards is not a gimme. At least he didn't end up number one on the list. That sorry spot goes to the unfairly singled-out Bill Buckner - come on people, it's time to let that one go.
The insightful and unusually well-written blog Korrektiv led me to a wonderful video for the U2 song "Stuck in the Moment" featuring that worst of kicker nightmares, blowing the easy last-second field goal and losing the game - repeated over and over and over again!
My quest today has led me to The Baseball Card Blog where our host makes a case that five-toed kicker Tony Dempsey and 1988 World Series star Kirk Gibson were actually the same person.
His real name is Alistair Bippleby, he’s from Highgate (a North London suburb), he came to study in the states to meet American girls in the mid-1970s, and then he never left. He tried to get a job as a physicist but found that the only job he could get with his unorthodox fu manchu mustache was that of a part-time baseball player, part-time American football place-kicker.
Monday, November 20, 2006
As reported in the Rocky Mountain News, with 3 seconds left in the 14-14 game, Utah place kicker Louie Sakoda kept his cool even after Air Force called two timeouts and nailed the 37-yarder to win the game.
Now, a 37-yard boot is nothing to write home about but it is another example of one of sports arguable tactics, "icing" a player. This is largely reserved for football and basketball but you can see it in most sports in some manner.
However, at least in football, the technique seems to work. According to a study done by statisticians Scott Berry and Craig Wood icing does have a negative effect on the kicker. You can check out more on this here, here or here.
What do you think about icing the kicker?
The current record is 538 field goals made by Gary Anderson.
I love that Jason went to the University of Hawaii - confirming my suspicion that kickers tend to know how to live well. Why suffer in Michigan or Ohio when you can do your four years on the beach?!
The current record is held by Mike Vanderjagt, who made 42 straight for the Indianapolis Colts.
Best Stover trivia: Stover was once ranked a perfect 99 in Madden NFL Football
Friday, November 17, 2006
Taylor is quoted in the Oskosh Northwesterner:
"I take pride in putting it deep," Mehlhaff said. "I want to get a touchback. Every kick I take, I think of it as important."You can see Taylor in action this weekend when they take on Buffalo at home this weekend.
An Interview with Taylor from 2004 - prior to going to UW
"People assume I play offensive lineman or defensive tackle," said O'Jibway, a senior whose booming right leg helped propel North into tonight's Region 5A-3 semifinal against visiting Largo. "When I say kicker and punter, they say: 'Oh really? ... That's good. ... You're kind of big, aren't you?' "
Sweet.Jamaul Temple fielded the ensuing kickoff and seemed headed for a long return up the middle. As the crowd rose in anticipation, O'Jibway appeared suddenly and devastated Temple with a ferocious hit. Fans winced and groaned, the impact like a semi racing head-on into a two-seater.
The article talks about how important, especially on the high school level, that simple point-after can be on the outcome of the game. I also love hearing from high school kickers, like Will Cimino of Southeast Guillford:
"My talent is kicking," Cimino said. "Other people's might be running the ball or throwing the ball. That's just how I fit into the team."This bud's for you, Will. Just keep kickin' it.
I've got to point out another thing I love about kickers: they've got to be the only guys who go from pro football to being judges, and a Chief Justice to boot?!
You can read all about it here.
More about Bob Thomas' road to the bench here.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Thanks to Half a World Away for leading me to this tasty tidbit.
This is a link to some great video of the 1950 "Snow Bowl" between Michigan and Ohio State. I hear they remain rivals?
What I love is the footage of OSU's Vic Janowicz making a field goal in the midst of the blizzard. This is definitely a link to check out! Credit to Blogging Ohio for leading me to the video.
Well, this year's game also came down to a kick, but it was Bowling Green's Sean Ellis missing a 25-yarder wide right with 35 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
I guess turn-around is fair play. Actually, I am not at all sure what that means but it sounds right...
Article in Plain Dealer
Miami Redhawks Take on the Game
Blanchard River Buzz - Great description of the missed kick
He's also the guy that wrote the "Da-da-da-da-da-dah! Charge" cheer. Wonder how the royalties work on that...
As a college kicker for USC , Tommy is most noted for doing double-duty as the bandleader.
Tommy on Wikipedia
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
That's not gonna stop me from pointing out a great little article in The Midtown Journal (keep up, folks) by Pete Conrad in which Miami U snapper Dave McClain relives the muffed snap that cost his team the game one year ago against this week's opponent Bowling Green.
McClain states the sad but true:
"It's one of those positions where the only time you get noticed is when you screw up," McClain said, "and I always accepted that."Man, I feel for Dave. Just when you think you've got the most thankless job on the field...
(p.s. - I couldn't find a picture of Miami's Dave McClain, so pictured above is Machinehead's Dave McClain)
"[The Groza Award] is one of my goals going into every season as a collegiate kicker," Jackson said. "I have had a decent season individually, but I didn't even think I'd have a chance for it because of the amount of attempts. Usually the bigger-name kickers get that opportunity. I was very surprised and very, very happy."Kudos to Brian. Considering his high school team went winless for his last three years it's nice to see things have worked out better in college.
Even I have to admit it isn't easy finding good stories on punters. Let's face it, they are sort of the Grim Reapers of the game, only coming on to the field when all hope is lost.
But Arkansas kicker Jacob Skinner has turned it all around with his highly crowd pleasing pre-kick preparation. KARK TV did a great piece on it (above) and Today's THV has an article on it as well.
Nice to see people cheering the punter, even if it is a sign that the offense has failed completely...
"When I talk with 'Coach P' or any other kickers or kicking coaches, you can relate kicking to golf a lot," Pace said. "Your foot is the club head. It's all in how you come to the ball and how you follow through and things like that. It's a lot of the same mental state. If you have a 35-yard field goal or five-foot putt, it's the same thing. It's the same mentality."
So, for those of you still dreaming of a career kicking the ball head on over to find out the secrets of the back nine.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Lee made four field goals - one in each quarter - and three PA's in the Pirates win over Marshall. Nice to see some credit where credit is due considering Lee was responsible for 15 of the team's 33-point total.
Maybe Mr. Lee will get a little attention from the ladies now that he has received such high honors...but probably not. Very few girls show up at the football frat hoping to hook up with the kicker.
Mike was the starting kicker for Ohio State two years ago and didn't get much of a chance to shine during his rookie year with the 4-12 Jets.
Karen Crouse at The New York Times has an article on Nugent and his appearance. Regarding the stunt:
Asked if he was nervous before his stupid human trick, Nugent said, “Not too much.” He added, “I was just excited to get an opportunity to do something like that.”
Now, I for one resent the use of "Stupid Human Trick" in this manner. Nugent is a highly paid athlete on a professional sports team. If kicking the football is a stupid human trick, how the hell do you describe the actions of a center?
For more on Nugent and the Jets I highly recommend stopping over at www.nyjetstherapy.com for a fantastic podcast featuring Bad Dog and Bad Pup and real live callers all having their say on the Jets - before and after every game.
"Oh, to be an NFL kicker. A figurine of a man on a field with giants, keeping his professional career alive by using the strength of one appendage."While this is not quite accurate, or poetic really, it sure does exemplify why it is so hard for kickers to get the respect they deserve.
(oh, about the picture...Evan didn't have an image available and I decided it was a rare chance to get a pretty face on the blog)
Monday, November 13, 2006
It is a pretty interesting look at the position but I have to hand it to Phil Burnbaum over at Sabermetric Research for digging even deeper and asking some tough questions regarding the physical and psychological differences between a kickoff and a field goal attempt.
Aaron responds (sort of) to this here.
Though my heart is always with the kicker, I have to give some props to Jarvis Moss who not only blocked the 48-yard attempt to win the game in the fourth quarter but also blocked an extra point earlier in the game - something pretty rare, even at the college level.
Florida blocked a third kick during the game as well.
Hard to fault South Carolina's kicker, Ryan Succop, a sophmore from Hickory, NC. He is a strong kicker who handles placekicking and punting duties and is considered a likely nominee for the Groza Award.
Much like great quarterbacks rely on a strong offensive line, kickers require at least enough protection to safely get the ball away. In addition to the dismal feeling that results from having your kick blocked, a kicker is at his most vulnerable immediately following contact with the ball - their leg is fully extended and all weight is on the single planted foot. A charging defender can do much more damage than blocking the kick if he is not stopped at the line.
Now, SC has done pretty well keeping Succop safe so, in this case, I think all credit goes to Moss and the rest of the Florida line.
Once again, coming clean here: I am a NYC resident and thus watch a lot of Giants football. Ok, it is usually because all the other games are blacked out (this has to end!) but the last few years have been pretty entertaining, what with Eli and Tiki - and a kicker I really like, Jay Feely.
This was not Feely's weekend and there is some disagreement on who to blame. The New York Daily News opens with the claim that Feely all but guaranteed he could make the kick and told Coach Coughlin as much. Of course, the article does quote Coughlin not once, but twice, making it clear the decision to try the field goal and not punt was entirely his own and laid no blame at Feely's feet (or foot).
GiantFootballBlog takes the stronger stance that it was entirely Coughlin's error in judgment.
I agree with GFB. All great athletes will tell you they can make the big shot/big kick/big play - that confidence is part of what makes them great. The coach's job is to know when enthusiasm and confidence are unlikely to overcome a tough situation, like wind, rain and poor field position for instance.
Plus, it is hard to blame Feely for letting Hester, a true run-back superstar, make the longest touchdown run in NFL history. There were members of the special team walking off the field before the whistle was blown!
Among the strong signs that Pace will be kicking with the big boys next year:
- Three-time Lou Groza Award semi-finalist.
- A calm, cool composure.
- He's got a solid superstition going - he refuses to cut his hair again until he misses a field goal.
Ain't that the truth.
Seattle placekicker Josh Brown put away the game winner with nine seconds left on the clock, in the pouring rain no less. For that you'd think the guy would get every prop in the world. While he is the lead sentence on most of the Seattle sports pages, the Seahawks Most Valuable Player
blog doesn't give him one of four "huge play" picks. What's bigger than actually winning the game?!
I think Seattle's News Tribune wins for best punny headline (yeah, it's a dubious honor) with their re-purposing of the Bush classic "Heckuva Job, Brownie."
I concur. Well done, Brownie!
Friday, November 10, 2006
While I am not a betting man (gotta have something to bet with) I've got to imagine that regular football gamblers must have a stronger love/hate relationship with kickers than almost anyone else. Sure, your team will win or lose a few games this season based on field goals but how many point-spreads are completely blown by a seemingly meaningless kick late in the fourth quarter with the team already trailing by 14. Suddenly, that big win doesn't taste so sweet, what with the 11 points just not being enough to make the day.
Let me hear from the gamblers out there. How do you feel about kickers?
Definitely shoot over there to read the whole thing. My favorite exchange was this:
Really gotta love that. Guy's not superstitious at all. He just knocks on wood like any rational person would do.
PFW: Kickers are a notoriously superstitious bunch. Do you have any particular oddities you subscribe to?
Gould: I have absolutely no superstitions at all. I kind of break every stereotype when it comes to kickers.
PFW: What about when people continue to remind you that you haven’t missed a kick? Do you wince at all every time you hear that?
Gould: Knock on wood. That’s all you do.
Link - Q&A with Bears PK Robbie Gould
That said, it was nice to see them pull out the win over L'ville last night. And how did the Jersey Boys carry the day? Oh, that's right! With a winning field goal. Three cheers for Jeremy Ito... even if he did miss it the first time and only got a second chance on a penalty.
Considering there are those who would like to see kicking eliminated completely from the sport, Maurile's defense is nice to see.
Check out all the details here.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
The AP is reporting that the record for most field goals in one season has been broken by Jimmy Stevens of Heritage Hall High School.
"Jimmy Stevens kicked the 49th and 50th field goals of his career Friday night, breaking the listed national record.
Tomas Sanchez of Fort Worth Arlington Heights was one of two players who shared the previous record of 48, according to the National High School Sports Record Book. Sanchez played from 1995 to '98. Brian Bond had 48 for Hacienda Heights (Calif.) Wilson in 1999 and 2000.
Stevens booted field goals of 26 and 52 yards – a career long – in the second quarter of a 14-13 loss to Bethel. He missed a 31-yard attempt as time expired."link
My occassional piece of kicker wisdom. Today's gem comes from kicker patron saint Lou Groza:
"All of life is mastering the fundamentals, its stance, approach, contact and follow-through. Truth is where the toe meets the ball."
Here's a little background on Lou "The Toe" Groza, courtesy of Wikipedia:
Born to Hungarian immigrants in Martins Ferry, Ohio, a decidedly athletic family, he was the smallest (at 6' 3") of three brothers. He played one season for Ohio State University, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega, before being drafted into the Army. Upon discharge, Groza joined the Browns, who were then in the All-America Football Conference. He stayed with the team until 1959. After a brief retirement, he returned to play from 1961-1967. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his 21 years of play was unprecedented up to that time, and when he retired, he was last of the original Browns still active.
While renowned for his kicking ability, Groza also played and started during most of his career as offensive tackle for the Browns. He was very proficient at both positions, named nine times to the NFL Pro Bowl and was All-NFL tackle six times. Groza also led the NFL in field goals in 1950, 1952-54, and 1957. In 1950, his field goal with 30 seconds left won the NFL Championship Game. In 1957, he also co-led the NFL in scoring. He was named the Sporting News' NFL Player of the Year in 1954. However, he played exclusively as a kicker during his second stint with the Browns.
Groza was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974. His number 76 is retired by the Browns. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission established the Lou Groza Award in 1992, an award given to the best NCAA Division I kicker. In 1999, he was ranked number 99 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
Lou Groza co-wrote a biography of his time playing football called "The Toe: The Lou Groza Story".
Groza was very close friends with Art Modell. However, when Groza died, Modell was unable to attend his funeral due to lingering resentment concerning the original Browns' departure from Cleveland.
The "Lou Groza Rule" in the NFL prohibits use of artificial aids for kickers. Lou used tape and later a special tee with a long tail to help him guide his foot to the sweet spot of the football when kicking. The 1956 rule banned Lou's tape.Wikipedia link