It’s remarkable the number of college football games decided by three points or less. Whether or not that oblong ball sails through the giant H can essentially make or break a team’s national title hopes. This, of course, proves the importance of a team’s placekicker. So, who will be manning this crucial position for Texas in 2013?
Last year, then Junior Anthony Fera, a transfer from chaos-riddled Penn State, missed the pivotal 41-yard field goal attempt against the West Virginia Mountaineers. In addition to this big-moment breakdown, a groin injury kept Fera off the field for a majority of the season.
Nevertheless, Fera is ready to have another go at it.
This from San Antonio Express News: “He (Fera) is healthy, and reportedly displayed the form in summer workouts that made him a Lou Groza Award semifinalist and Ray Guy Award candidate at Penn State. Fera will have a chance to claim starting jobs at both place-kicker and punter, and might be the favorite for both.”
However, Fera is not without competition.
Sophomores Nick Jordan and Nick Rose will give Fera all he can handle to claim the starting position. Jordan went 9 for 15 on field goals last year, and Rose kicked off 82 times, and coaches say he has the strongest leg of the three.
Though we don’t know whose foot the Longhorns will be relying on in the upcoming season, one thing is for certain: the team’s success depends on the ball going through the uprights, among many, many other things.