Kicker Stevan Gostkowski led the league in scoring with 156 points, tied for fifth in touchbacks
with 53, and was second in field goal percentage with a franchise-record success rate of .
Because so many kickoffs now result in touchbacks
, (22) a study of kickers in the future will likely be quite different from the study we present.
Hocker had 40 touchbacks
in 93 kickoffs last season from the 30-yard line.
product had 22 touchbacks
on 100 kickoffs, and was 7-for-9 on field goals and 42-for-44 on extra points.
Obviously, the kicker's had a great year -- a lot of touchbacks
and he's only had one missed field goal.
The career field goal leader in Ventura County, Mannisto -- who also received offers from Iowa State, Wyoming, Nevada, and Rice -- was an All-Southern Section honoree, with 97 percent of his kickoffs resulting in touchbacks
The intent was to increase the number of touchbacks
, which would lead directly to a decrease in injuries -- specifically head injuries with the decline of full-throttle, open-field collisions.
If coach Chip Kelly's team has an Achilles heel, it's the lack of a consistent placekicker - the Ducks are only 5-of-12 in field goals, and was last in the Pac-12 with only 13 touchbacks
out of 102 kickoffs.
6 yards) and handled kickoffs, with 13 of the 79 going for touchbacks
The result was an impressive increase in touchbacks
It was predicted there would be more touchbacks
and fewer collisions, which has been mostly true in the Pac-12, except Oregon, which is 11th in the league in kickoffs resulting in non-return touchbacks
Jimmy Rotstein is handling UCLA's kickoffs, and he entered the game with no touchbacks
on 34 kickoffs.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski displayed poise and power, connecting on all three of his field goal attempts and posting touchbacks
on six of his eight kickoffs.
Also, Mike Bowlin's big leg has produced nine touchbacks
on kickoffs so far, plus eight punts of 50-plus yards with a long of 69.
Buehler said his goal is to have touchbacks
on at least 50percent of his kickoffs.