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Preview 2010 - SEC Kicker Rankings
Georgia PK Blair Walsh
Georgia PK Blair Walsh
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Posted May 27, 2010


Preview 2010 - Ranking the Top SEC Placekickers of 2010


Preview 2010 - SEC

The Top Kickers


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1. Blair Walsh, Jr. Georgia
Walsh followed up a good 2008 with a whale of a sophomore season hitting 20-of-22 field goals with one of his misses coming from beyond 50 yards on his way to becoming a Lou Groza Award finalist. He has a big leg and range from well beyond 50, and last year he showed he could be consistent.

2. Wes Byrum, Sr. Auburn
In a league of great kickers, Byrum was among the best and didn’t get much recognition for it. After hitting 28-of-42 field goals in his first two years, he nailed 15-of-16 shots last season including a 49-yarder against Louisiana Tech. His only miss came from 46 yards away against Kentucky, and then he nailed his last seven attempts. He doesn’t have a cannon for a leg, but it’s good enough to be used on a regular basis from inside 50 yards.

3. Caleb Sturgis, Jr. Florida
Sturgis proved he could handle more than just the kickoffs with a strong season hitting 22-of-30 field goals connecting on six from beyond 40 yards. While there were a few misfires, including a 29-yarder against South Carolina and a 20-yarder against LSU, of his eight misses, three were from behind 52 yards. With limitless range, he’ll get his chances from deep after hitting from 56 yards out against Georgia and 51 against Arkansas.

4. Spencer Lanning, Sr. South Carolina
The pressure was on for Lanning to step up and fill in for one of the best kickers in the SEC, Ryan Succop, and the senior came through with a tremendous season nailing 17-of-20 field goals and averaged 41.9 yards per punt. He didn’t show off a monster leg, but he hit everything inside of 40 yards after a 27-yard miss against NC State in the opener, and he connected on five field goals in the loss to Georgia. His range tops out at around 45 yards, but he connected on a 47-yarder against Tennessee.

5. Josh Jasper, Sr. LSU
Jasper has a monster leg, good consistency, and Lou Groza potential. He didn’t get much in the way of recognition last year with Alabama’s Leigh Tiffin and Georgia’s Blair Walsh also coming up with tremendous seasons, but he was almost as good hitting 17-of-20 shots. While he missed a 19-yarder against Mississippi State, he was 6-of-8 beyond 40 including a 50-yarder against Ole Miss and a 52-yarder against Louisiana-Lafayette. After missing a 52-yard try against Auburn, he connected on his last seven attempts.

6. Ryan Fowler, Soph. Vanderbilt
Fowler came up with a strong first season making 16-of-21 field goals and all 20 of his extra points, and he was sensational after a rocky start. He missed four of his first nine kicks, and then connected on everything else except a 25-yarder against South Carolina. He has a big enough leg to be used from just inside the 50, and he’ll get more chances.

7. Alex Tejada, Sr. Arkansas
Tejada was a tremendous recruit for the program in 2007, and he started off hit hitting 17-of-23 field goals as a true freshman. After a disastrous sophomore season, hitting 4-of-9 attempts missing everything from beyond 30 yards, he bounced back to connect on 16-of 22 kicks. However nine of his made kicks were from under 30 yards. He has been too inconsistent and hasn’t showed much range, but he connected on kicks of 47, 35, and 40 against LSU. If he’s not great, he could quickly be replaced by one of the top new recruits.

8. Cade Foster, Fr. Alabama
Is Alabama really going to go for a national title with a true freshman placekicker? It’s possible, but all Foster has to do is replace Leigh Tiffin, who nailed 30-of-35 field goals last year. Foster is considered one of the nation’s top kicking prospects with good consistency and the range around 50 yards. Talent-wise, he can handle the job from the start.

9. Daniel Lincoln, Sr. Tennessee
Lincoln was great as a freshman, hitting 21-of-29 attempts, was inconsistent as a sophomore, hitting 10-of-18 shots, and sputtered last year making 10-of-16 field goals and missing five attempts from beyond 40 yards. To be fair, three of his kicks were blocked, but now he has to be better. He has the leg and he has the experience to finish strong, but he might have to hold off star recruit Michael Palardy.

10. Bryson Rose, Soph. Ole Miss
Rose has to replace Joshua Shene, a four-year starter who hit 15-of-20 field goals in a slightly disappointing senior season. Rose has a big leg with 50+ range, but he has to prove he can be consistent from inside the 40. He didn’t take the job by the horns this offseason, leaving the door open for big-legged junior David Hankins.

11. Derek DePasquale, Sr. Mississippi State
DePasquale will combine with Sean Brauchle, after taking over midway through last year, connecting on 10-of-12 field goals including a 48-yarder against Ole Miss. Whichever one is the most consistent will get the bulk of the work.

12. Ryan Tydlacka, Jr. Kentucky
Tydlacka has been a solid punter averaging 40 yards per kick and put 20 inside the 20 and forced 27 fair catches, and most importantly, he became more consistent. Now he’ll take over as the full-time placekicker, taking over for Lones Seiber who hit 11-of-16 shots. Tydlacka got a few chances in 2008 hitting 3-of-6 chances, and he has the leg to try a couple of deep shots.