Virginia Tech kicker transferring to Florida.

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    That was Cody Journell. Beamer had serious issues with his kickers all year...
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    I wish him well. He was ranked by both Kohls (#24) and Sailer (?) and they're about the best in the business of ranking kickers and punters. I hope (for his sake) that he's continued to work with his preferred kicking coach and a S&C coach over the past year. I'm betting that Austin will be the kicker that Gator Fans expected him to be in 2014.
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    I was amazed at how poorly our fg kicker were, both were not good at all. I have seen hs kickers kick better I just can't imagine what our coaches saw in both of these guys or if they were once good what happened? To practice week after week and then make the kind of misses they did boggles the mind. I hope this new kid works out.
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    Field goal kicking is like free throw shooting. If you can't do it, you will lose your most important games. Glad we're getting another guy for competition
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    U got em
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    Abbott is a two-star recruit, according to Rivals, which doesn't rank kickers. A few other websites do.Chris Sailer Kicking ranks him 18th in the 2012 class. The websiteKohl's Kicking puts Abbott 24th, with this note:

    "Brooks is definitely a prospect to watch. He has great tempo on his FG's, he gets great lift and hits a straight ball. His tempo and consistency need to continue to improve on KO's to really maximize his frame and skill. Brooks with some tuning could also be a top notch punter, he has a very fast and athletic leg, which he uses to create good hang time and distance on punts."

    Abbott, who was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game, had scholarship offers from Army and Western Kentucky, according to Rivals.
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    He's a preferred walk on but if he wins the job he gets a scholly!
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    I'm glad we have another kicker but Hardin was highly rated too. He is a RSF....give him some time and I think he lives up to his billing.
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    Will he able to kick in the bowl game?
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    I see what you did there. ;)
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    Kicking is no different than any other repeatable motion sport. Someone mentioned free throws, golf is the same. How many on here have been splitting the fairway only to have your swing disappear mid round and take weeks to find it again? Hardens problems are all in his head, he is thinking way too much. Ask any golfer, if you are thinking about your mechanics on the course you are doomed. The same applies to kicking.
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    These kids already have their own personal kicking coaches
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    While that is true, they don't have the opportunity to work with their "personal" coach during the season. And just so you fully understand, these coaches do this for a living and expect payment when working with them. Kyle and one of his personal coaches have a training session scheduled for 12/30, and UF isn't picking up the tab for his time.

    Now if UF would be willing to cover his expenses (flights, hotel, rental car, meals, & per diem) I could likely talk him into making the trip! Yes... I'm being sarcastic! ;)
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    We all hope that Kyle can get his kicking back to what it was last season. He played an important part in winning several games last year.

    It’s good to hear that he is hanging in there and working to get back on track.
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    Why stop at kicker?
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    I'm certainly sorry to see him leave. But trying to look at the bright side, if he was Jeff's backup you know we'd have a QB controversy on our hands as soon as Jeff failed to perform up to some fans' expectations.

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