Walk-on "In the Zone" for Football Tigers

Ross Gornall has moved to the top of the depth chart as Auburn's field goal kicker.

Auburn, Ala.--For walk-on kicker Ross Gornall, this has been a spring to remember.

On Saturday, after the redshirt freshman from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., High School nailed 4-4 field goals, Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville declared Gornall the number one man on the field goal kicking depth chart.

Based on Gornall's overall accuracy and leg strength on a daily basis in practice and the struggles of scholarship kicker Zach Kutch and walk-on Tyler DiPace, it would be shocking if Gornall wasn't number one.

"I feel real confident right now," Gornall says. "I am in the zone. I knowing I am competing against two really good kids so I have to do as well as I can."

Based on Saturday's scrimmage, there was only one person on the field who looked like a good kicker at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. Gornall made the kicks from 45, 37, 31 and 44 yards. Kicking from the same spots, Kutch made only the 37-yarder and Tyler DiPace, who is in a major slump, bageled out, missing wide left three times and wide right once.

A two-year starter in high school, Gornall came to Auburn as an invited walk-on with an invitation from assistant coach Eddie Gran. In preseason the competition will stiffen at the position when signee Wes Byrum from St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., joins the team.

"Right now no one has a starting job," Gornall says. "It is competition. We are all fighting for the job and it is going to be a close race."

Gornall says his longest field goal he made in a high school game was a 49-yarder, but he notes, "In practice I have made 60-yarders."

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