Army Spring Depth Chart Review: Kickers

Army was the first in the FBS to complete spring drills. ArmySports.com's Jim Lawler will review each Black Knight position to project a starter, a backup and a player to watch. Today he'll discuss the center position.

KICKER
Starter: Daniel Grochowski #42 So.
Co-Starter: Billy Fisher #36 Sr.
Third String: Cale Brewer #19 So.


The place kicking job seems to be still up for grabs after spring practice. Sophomore Daniel Grochowski was inconsistent at times this spring and struggled in the Black & Gold game. I thought Grochowski would be more consistent last fall. Grochowski was outstanding in 2011 at USMAPS making all his extra points and missing only one field goal attempt all year despite often kicking in some inclement weather conditions. Last year Grochowski missed three extra point attempts (24-of-27 PATS). He made four of his first five attempts including blasting a 46-yard field goal before the end of the half against Boston College. What was surprising to me was the numbers of duds he hit that never had a chance. Against Rutgers it all came to a head when he hit two line-drive field goal attempts that were blocked and had no chance to clear the line of scrimmage, which killed Army's upset hopes. Grochowski was replaced and finished the season hitting 10-of-16 field goal attempts. He may have suffered the effects of Beast Barracks on his legs as the season progressed. Grochowski can blast the ball at times but his form can be inconsistent. Despite his obvious leg strength his kickoffs can be underwhelming and usually land just inside the 10-yard line.

Senior Billy Fisher had his best spring practice since joining the program. Fisher kicked well in the Black & Gold game. He has been the field goal kicker for the Army JV team the last three years. Billy has become a lot more comfortable kicking off the ground since his plebe year. High school kickers can use a tee on field goal attempts and as a freshman he struggled and seemed to only have an average leg. This past JV season he was a lot more consistent and with improved technique looks to have a stronger leg than I previously thought. Fisher did a good job on kickoffs often reaching the end zone for the JV team. Fisher has ability and he put himself in the mix for both the placekicking and kickoff jobs. He was second team All-State in Ohio his senior year in high school.

Sophomore Cale Brewer (6-0, 175) actually made the most field goals during the Black & Gold game. Brewer was a direct admit kicker from Prosper high school in Texas last fall. In addition to kicking he was the captain of his high school soccer team. Brewer has a good motion and accuracy kicking field goals. He has solid lift on his kicks. His consistent range maxes out just past 40 yards because he lacks a real strong leg. He also needs to improve his consistency on kickoffs.

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