Best known for game-winning field goals against Virginia Tech in the Insight Bowl and against #3-ranked USC, Tyler Frederickson had quite an eventful year in his only year as a regular placekicker for Cal.
The 6'3" Santa Barbara native was a school record 54-for-54 on extra points, his 99 points is Cal's second highest single-season total for points by a kicker, and as a punter he was named to Pac-10 All-Academic Football team with a 4.00 GPA as a graduate student.
However, his graduate work may be put on hold for a little while...
"Basically, what happened is that I got a chance to go up there and kick. They picked me up as free agent 10 minutes after draft ended. Seattle has been my team since I was five years old. I grew up watching Jim Zorn and Steve Largent.
"So when the opportunity came up to go there and wear that helmet, I just couldn't pass it up.
"I have been asked to kick, not punt, which is exactly what I hoped to do.
"It was interesting that they talked to me about the weather, saying that the weather in Seattle is comparable to the Bay Area when it's nice. Both are located at sea level where the wind is similar and the air is heavy and wet. They watched that on my game film from Cal and they could see the conditions under which I could perform.
Who is your competition at Seattle?
"Just one guy, Josh Brown. He was the kicker at Nebraska when we played them in 1999, so he's been doing it a few years. He had an OK college career but now he's really good."
So how are you approaching the competition?
"I'm just going to go out there and have fun, and enjoy every day. I know that sounds like a cliché but it's true. Just the opportunity for me to be out there on the field, and to be a Seahawk for the next three months and get a chance to compete - is just great.
"You never know what's going to happen, coaches are always evaluating and talking in any situation.
"To me it's just a matter of working hard and waiting to see where the cards fall.
Where do you think you are now on the learning curve for a kicker?
"Gosh, I'm still learning every day, and I'm out here every day. I really just had one year to put my mind specifically on kicking. I also continue to work on punting a bit because you just never know how things break - other teams I talked to wanted me as a punter."
Who would your coach at Seattle would be?
"Mark Michaels, the Special Teams coach."
Is he a good teacher?
"Yes, though he's new in the position. He was the assistant to Pete Rodriguez who was the Special Teams coach for many years in Seattle."
When will you depart for Seattle?
"I leave next Sunday. I'll be there for almost constantly for three months straight though there may be a few short trips back - I'll want to see my fiancé, see the guys back here.
"Say hello to the Cal fans for me, would you? It's been a great experience for me here at Cal. I enjoyed our Chat session on CyberBears a few weeks ago, I'd be happy to do another if the time is right."
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