Episode 10 of the Simple Kicking Podcast features two excellent kickers from the Big 10 Conference. 2019 Consensus All-America, Keith Duncan, who is the kicker for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, and Jake Pinegar, who is the kicker for the Penn State Nittany Lions. This is a roundtable discussion on how these elite kickers prepare for and perform in big games. Regardless of the situation, listen to how they both relate to each other’s hard work.
All-American kicker Keith Duncan shakes hands with Head Coach Kirk Ferentz after each made field goal or PAT. After kicking numerous game winning field goals, you might feel Keith’s calm demeanor as he tells the story of ending the Michigan Wolverines playoffs hopes in 2018. Fans rushing the field, is a byproduct of his mental progression & maturity. A former walk-on, Duncan is considered the best college football kicker. In 2020, he too was named to Lou Groza preseason Watch List in 2020,. Additionally, he was named to the preseason first-team All-America by Walter Camp, Phil Steele and Athlon Sports, preseason first-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele. Here are his stats: 29/34 as a junior, making 100% of his kicks inside 40 yards.
Coached by James Franklin and Joe Lorig, Pinegar is an Iowa native. Listen to his bizarre recruiting story. He was a starter as a true freshman in 2018,, breaking the Penn State freshman scoring record. Another record he tied for is a Penn State long field goal of 45 yards in the Cotton Bowl Classic vs the University of Memphis at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The record was previously held by current New York Jets placekicker, Sam Ficken. Pinegar shares why his mindset is critical to his early success, especially in big games vs. the Ohio State University Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium in State College, PA. In fact he was recently named to the 2020 Lou Groza Award watchlist for the upcoming season. In 2019, he converted 11/12 field goal attempts.
Reid Fergsuon, who is the long snapper for the Buffalo Bills, shared a story of nerves that is found on this podcast episode. Please check out Reid’s episode below:
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