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Another Kicker Discovered in Unlikely Place

Okay, so maybe Dave Ruffer isn't alone. Texas Tech might have found its new kicker during a between-quarters promotion. Seems that you make a 30-yard field goal to win a prize and that's good enough for a tryout. Here's the thing. Having dealt with recruiting for many years now, I don't understand why it is so hard to find kickers or punters. There seem to be many just dying for the opportunity to play in college, but never get recruited.

By Josh Barr  | October 24, 2008; 1:02 PM ET
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Josh,
You should talk to T. Boswell about kicking & the mental aspects of that endeavor. he has an iconic story he tells from the late '70's about giving a guy a look-see with the promise of "trying" to get the Skins to give him a try, if Boswell was impressed.
i was there, holding for the tryout. i'd been spending a couple of months holding for this guy as he routinely launched perfect kicks from 45+ yards out.
what happened? just the added pressure of having a "sportswriter" there went to work on the guy's head and he couldn't do buptksi beyond 30 yards.
it was horrifying. it was gut-wrenching...and Boswell was a true gentleman about it.

Posted by: mdrockjock | October 24, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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