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Kicker Theory

Since it seems as if Tedford reads this blog, let me suggest what might seem obvious to some.  In "evaluating the program from top to bottom," maybe JT should consider recruiting or giving an alternate kicker other Giorgio Tavecchio an opportunity to make field goals.  I know GT is loveable, humble, apologetic, speaks Italian, and a darn good soccer player (like Kobe except for the first 3), but I think there is evidence to suspect that he didn't quite pull it together for big kicks.

It seems from my limited understanding of recruiting that highly-recruited field goal kickers, perhaps different than other football players, tend come from affluent, good academic schools where they can afford to go to expensive camps to work on mechanics and the mental game which have as much to do with their success as their size and athleticism.  For a great institution such as Cal with its impeccable academic reputation, it would seem a perfect fit for the upper middle class parent who started sending their kid to kicking camps and paid for a personal trainer/coach in the hopes of obtaining a scholarship to a "good" school.  Why can't Cal get a kicker who can reliably make 28-yard field goals? Stanfurd and UCLA do not have this problem. Cal didn't have this problem in the past (probably for the reason I just mentioned), even when the team sucked, with NFL kickers in Doug Brien and the ageless Ryan Longwell.

I always liked David Seawright before he got hurt (who was a heralded kicker in HS), and I think he could be doing something other than guest penning for Michael Silver. No matter how good Tavecchio is in practice, and he has mightily improved on kickoffs usually, I don't see how another kicker could do worse with the game on the line. Shouldn't JT make Cal kicking a priority at least in the future and go after a stud this year as much as another DE or LB? It seems as inconsistent and subpar quarterback and place kicker play have had a huge role in Cal's recent downward spiral.  (Sorry for three paragraphs on kicking.)

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