Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ye teams of poor kickers - think Mason

Yes, last season many teams had kicker problems, even the once great shankerjact found himself without a job. This draft has someone who can seriously kick - Colorado Buffalo's Mason Crosby. I attend CU and used to live in family housing right next to the practice field for the Buffs. One afternoon I was outdoors with my children and I kept hearing loud thud after thud. I looked up over the fence of the practice field and saw the pig skin flying and assumed from the height and distance that the punter was practicing. As I peaked through the fence I saw it was Mason Crosby kicking from the thirty five yard line with only a three step approach - and he was making some of them (I watched 5, he made 2). That's 75 yards. Here are some of his stats from CU:

He is 66 of 88 which appears to be only a pedestrian 75%, but CU's struggling offence had him kicking 49 of those 88 from beyond 40 yards.

In 2006 he was 19 of 28, but inside 50 he was 17 of 19.

Clutch: In 2005 he was 10-10 in the final 8 1/2 minutes from any distance.

Kick-offs: 138 touch backs on 195 attempts, 88 OVER the end zone. He even kicked a touch back from the 20 yard line (87 yard kick).

Think about it Race-baiters, you need some talent there.


lbutler36 said...

Fellow Buff? That's what I like to hear.

Big Blue Monkey said...

Mel Kiper was saying that Mason could be a 2nd or more likely 3rd round pick. Mason clearly expects to hit anything inside of 65 yards. The fact that he can do so at all is pretty amazing (though the rarified air in Boulder is something to keep in mind).

also, I believe he has zero (0!) arrests in connection with the use of date rape drugs. So, that's something.

Muumuuman said...

NCAA record for longest field goal at sea level: Mason Crosby, 2005, 58 yards against Miami. Elevation 7 feet.

Jerious Norwood said...

Monkey, thats so out of context. You imply that Seabass was arrested for sexual assalt with this drug. Not the case, he gave himself the date rape drug at a club and wound up bloodying himself on the dance floor before going to the emergency room. He was arrested in Florida for drinking and maybe something like petty theft. What do you want? He's the Polish Cannon.

lbutler36 said...

Scientific Fact: The altitude in Boulder will give you 3-4 extra yards tops (and thats on kickoffs).

Badcock said...

Norwood, Seabass confessed to giving himself the GHB while drinking vodka smoothies so that he could masturbate without remembering the next date (thus, no guilt). What do you want? He's the Polish Cannon.

Badcock said...

By the way, simply capitalizing Scientific Fact doesn't make it so. Let's see some citations, lbutler36. Let's see some data.

78% of people make up "facts" or statistics on the spot to support their arguments.

lbutler36 said...

The other 22% of people are just smarter than you. Pick between any of the following:

The CU Torp/Crosby tandem along with Barnett who say it is 3 yards tops for punting:

Jason Elam who says he gets 4-5 yards early in the season, before cold weather brings it back down below league average.

Dr. Floyd James who gives it up to a 2% increase

or my original source, Nobel Prize for Physics in 2004, Dr. Carl Wieman. He'll tell you the 2-3 yard difference