We absolutely were in awe of Justin Sorensen skill at kicking the football when
he was a Senior at Bingham HS and were so thrilled to see him go to BYU. Glad to
see him working hard to get back to winning form again after several setbacks.
Good luck this coming season! We look forward to seeing him succeed again!Go Cougars!
There are many tangibles to the kicking. It takes a great snapper, a player
that can catch the ball and place the ball down smoothly, and then the kicker.
Many times last year, Sorensen was kicking the ball while the ball was laying
down on the ground. It has to be better this year, since it can't get much
I will say this, even with an improvement in the kicking game, one of the most
underrated losses last season was All-American punter Riley Stephenson. His
ability to create field position and put the defense in great spots was a big
part of how well they were able to play. I hope whoever replaces him can do half
as well because even with Kyle Van Noy back we will not have last year's
defense this season. Then again we can also lean on the offense a bit more and
we won't have to beat the opponent and mr. pick six at QB. This year the QB
should actually throw touchdown passes to our team instead of the opponent.
This has to be frustrating, to Sorensen who has shown that he has all the
abilities to be one of the best kickers, to go through a year like last year.
Hopefully the media hype is true. The kicking game severely impact the Cougs
last year. Not just with the missed kicks, but with the number of times we went
for it on 4th down around the 30 yard line because there was no confidence in
the kicking game.But I am confused why more college teams don't
give scholorships to lure top rated kickers. I think we have 7 running backs on
scholarship and only 1 kicker. Why not one less scholarshiIp for RBs and pick
up a good kicker. As we've seen kickers can make a difference in a
game.Great to hear about Andrew George being back. He should make
an impact, even as a GA.
@CougFaninTXCouldn't agree more! Along the same line, BYU lost the
top Long Snapper recruit in the country, (Kolton Donovan, Pine View H.S.)
because they would not offer him a scholarship. I know the family, he had
offers from Stanford, ND, Boise State, etc. None of these teams wanted to wait
around for a missionary, so he went to SUU prior to leaving on his mission to
Texas in January.. Long story, short. SUU ends up with an All American kicker
and All Big Sky punter. Kolton ends up being listed as the top LS in Phil
Steele magazine and before leaving on his mission was invited to participate in
an unofficial free agent camp which he ended up outperforming three free agents!
Going back to the issue, this is an LDS kid, from Utah, and BYU would not offer
him a scholarship?
Justin, prove me and many others that we are wrong and that you are the best
college kicker in Utah and maybe the USA.
I hope he gets healthy again. I would love to see him kick a few of those 70
yard field goals for us.
@milkshakeI find it interesting that scout shows Donovan having offers
from BYU, USU, SUU, Dixie State and Cornell. As far as I know, scout gets
scholarship offer lists from the athletes themselves. I know Donovan was good,
but I doubt he had scholarship offers from ND or Stanford
@dhsalumYou are missing the point. My argument is that BYU is not taking
advantage of the talent in their own back yard, particularly with Special Teams.
They do not even have a "true" special teams coach. As per Kolton, he
did have verbal offers for both ND and Stanford. he took a recruiting trip and
tour of ND and Stanford actually came to St. George. When they learned of the
mission, all cards were off the table until he returns.
Let's decide this on the field. We cannot trust coaches and the newspapers
to know what we have. Bring it on!
By the way, I will give you one more missed local product., not special teams.
Mike Needham, this kid is going to be really good. When he gets another 15
pounds on him, he will be a very good linebacker. He also had a very good true
Ah, kicking the ball out of bounds, or missing chip shot field goals is not an
injury issue. It's an issue in the head, between the ears. Confidence
isn't there anymore...a new kicker is in order.
I saw clips on YouTube of Sorensen kicking 50+ yard field goals (several of
them) as a kid in high school.This guy's got the goods. He can
do it. He just needs to get the injuries behind him (Hint: don't fall of
porches anymore and limit your time spent on your unicycle) and get his
confidence back up to where it was before his injuries.You can do
it, Justin!!!Go Cougars!
Mechanics are everything. Your photograph appears to show Sorensen making the
most fundamental error a kicker can make...he's dragging his leg in front
of his body which means he isn't following through correctly. Great
picture because it freezes in time exactly what he did wrong on many occasions.
He had a great leg. What he is showing in that photo is a mechanical error that
is easily correctable with concentration (mental side of the kick).
With all the injuries, one would think that the Cougar football coaches would
have made more effort last year to develop someone else to fill the void. Do
they really have that much confidence that Taysom Hill can play QB and kick too?
Even Jim McMahon (who was a great punter) gave up one to concentrate on the