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Jon Teague to Kick on Saturday

As Joe Buckley and Jon Teague lined up for a third and final field goal attempt from 42 yards out after practice, Coach Ken Niumatalolo decided to make them an offer. Both players had made one of their previous two attempts, so whoever made the final kick would get to be the place kicker on Saturday against Western Kentucky University.

"I was trying to put a little bit of pressure on them, because they seem to kick pretty good when there's no pressure," Niumatalolo said.

Buckley, a junior who won the job during preseason but missed two of his first three field goal attempts in games, went first; he sent his kick wide to the left, and then dropped his head and cursed. Teague, a sophomore, split the uprights on his attempt and won the job—for this week, at least.

The search to find a kicker has been "very annoying, very bothersome," Niumatalolo said. "Lack of sleep. I'd like somebody to take it over. That [last kick] was for who was going to kick Saturday and Teague won. That shows you how scientific that thing is. He's going to be the kicker… [But] it's still not a closed deal."

By Camille Powell  |  September 23, 2009; 7:45 PM ET
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