49ers Kicking Game Problems Hurt Pochman's Stats

Former BYU kicker <b>Owen Pochman</b> had two field goals blocked yesterday in a surprise San Francisco 49ers win over defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Although Pochman hit only one out of four field goals in the 49er win, two of his attempts were blocked. He missed a 50-yard attempt in the second quarter and was good on a 27-yarder in the 4th. He was 3-for-3 on extra points.

For the year, Owen is 8-of-13 (61.5%) on field goal attempts and 8-for-9 on extra points. His lone miss was a critical one in San Francisco's one point loss to Seattle in week No. 6.

The holder, punter Bill LaFleur, juggled the snap from center, giving Pochman barely a chance at the kick. Owen is averaging 61.6 yards per kickoff which places him 21st overall, in the middle of the NFL pack.

Pochman was picked up by the 49ers in week No. 2 this season when he was released after a brief stint with the St. Louis Rams. He made an immediate impact the following week connecting on 4-for-4 field goals in his first game with the 49ers, a 12-13 loss to the Browns.

Pochman was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh round (216th overall) of the 2001 NFL draft. He was waived by the Patriots and claimed by the Giants after his rookie season training camp. In 2001, Owen played in 10 games for the Giants, handling the kickoff duties.

Owen spent all of 2002 on the Giants injured reserve list. After being released by the Giants in June of 2003, Pochman had a rollercoaster of a summer with stints in both Green Bay and St Louis. The Rams released Pochman, Aug. 26 and he was signed by the 49ers Sept. 16.

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