Weber Hopes Bye Week Gives Kick to Confidence

A common question being asked by Sun Devil fans these days is what is wrong with Thomas Weber? Weber admits that he has struggled this season, but still has complete confidence in his abilities and used the bye week to take a step back and relax.

"For me it was great," said Weber, "I got to focus on form and just work on technique and trying to get back to where I have been in the past."

Weber knows that the bye week came at a great time for him after getting two kicks blocked at USC and that a new season starts Saturday, not only for him but the whole team.

"It gave us a lot of time to regroup," he stated. "Get back to what we need to do."

"I think it was a nice little break. This week starts our new season and the second half is an entirely new season. We have six games that we have to take advantage of and take advantage of every opportunity."

No Sun Devil came into 2008 with higher expectations than Weber. After winning the Lou Groza Award for the nation's best kicker as a redshirt freshman, how do you top that as a sophomore? Weber says that pressure didn't affect him.

"It didn't do too much," said Weber of the pressure. "Even if it did, it is something you just have to get over. It can't hinder your performance it comes with the territory, you have to just deal with it."

The sophomore has struggled in 2008 connecting on just 8-12 field goals. Three of his four misses have been blocked.

"It is a lot of the same things," explained Weber concerning his struggles, "I just have to focus on the things I do well and get back to that. I just was thinking too much. I just have to go out and have fun and be confident in my abilities."

Last season when Weber was bursting onto the national scene, ASU was successful as a team. This year Weber's struggles have coincided with the Devils not performing up to expectations.

"I think it is just something that happens," said Weber when asked if the team's struggles had anything to do with his performance, "As a team we are definitely together, we win as a team and lose as a team. It doesn't have any effect on my performance."

While he may not be pleased with his kicking performance, Weber has drastically improved this season as the team's punter. The sophomore ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with a 41.9 yard average and has looked much more comfortable punting this season.

"A lot of it comes with being more familiar with it and also kind of coached myself and do the little things right in punting," explained Weber, " From my point I am just trying to get the job done, not looking to excel at it, just relax and help the team out."

Weber doesn't feel that having the punting job affects his kicking and vice versa.

"It could have something to do with it," he admitted, "but I don't really mind it. It is just something else to do, they are completely different things."

While the first half of the season might not have gone the way Weber and the Devils had liked it to, there is still time left to turn things around. Weber says he draws hope from the team being so resilient last season and rallying to win virtually all of their games.

"I think having a season like last year gives everyone hopes," said Weber, "We can come in there and just do well and everyone execute their own responsibilities and focus on what you have to get done."

"Last year we saw how we stuck together as a team even though in a lot of those games we were down and had to fight our way back, we just have to stick together and get through this together."

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