For nearly a decade, the Argyle Eagles have had a Division I kicker as a weapon on their roster.
Kickers are often overlooked, but they are huge for field position when you have a lockdown defense like the one Argyle has grown accustomed to, and a valuable weapon in late-game situations when a team needs three points.
And dating back to the days of Ben Parks, who was a standout linebacker and kicker who originally committed to Wyoming before signing with Baylor on national signing day, the Eagles have had a top-notch one.
Following Parks, of course, were Chad Hedlund, who kicked for three years before heading to Wake Forest, and his younger brother Cole, who signed with Arkansas in February after setting national records for both career field goals and field goals in a season (2012).
In other words, Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers has been #blessed at kicker.
This year, though, could be a different story.
At the opening day of practice on Monday in Argyle, Rodgers was overheard asking his two kickers if they’d ever kicked extra points with a holder and a snapper before. Their answer? Both said no. It’s not to say Argyle doesn’t have kicking talent, it’s just vastly inexperienced in relation to what they’ve had in the past.
Rodgers said a trio of kickers is competing for the top spot, and he said he’ll be confident in whoever wins the job. Right now, it’s between Chad Book, Ryan Schleider and Caleb Holt, who wasn’t at practice on Monday. In a pinch, Rodgers said, wide receiver Drew Estrada can kick, as well.
The new few weeks will be important from that standpoint, and you have no idea how much kicking can play into victories until you’ve had three straight Football Bowl Subdivision kickers and then all the sudden don’t have one. Argyle is about to learn just that.