At the beginning of summer camp everyone and their mother expected junior kicker Andrew Gantz to be the main kicker for the Cincinnati Bearcats in the 2016 season. Rightfully so, Gantz was second team all-American Athletic Conference last season and was on the Lou Groza Award Watch List member. He made 21 of 27 field goals with a long of 51 yards and made 49 of 50 extra point attempts last season, so it was easy to see why he was expected to carry the kicking duties.
During summer camp doubt started hovering around the kicking game as Gantz was injured at practice, he missed a few games until reinjuring himself in warm ups against USF at Nippert Stadium a few weeks back. After the USF game it was known that Gantz was done for the season and that Josh Pasley was going to be the main kicker for the Bearcats for the rest of the season.
Pasley a left footed kicker so the unit had to adjust to his kicking style during the previous games it was an adventure watching him kick no matter if it was a chip shot field goal or an extra point, nobody knew what to expect. He started off the season 2 of 5 with field goal attempts and is currently 7 of 9 with extra point tries. Whether it be the main left footed holder safety Carter Jacobs was out or the regular holder punter Sam Geraci just couldn’t get the mechanics down for holding for him, something was up.
With all of the troubles #BearcatNation had its doubts they would see another made field goal this season and low and behold a frustrating loss to UConn the only positive to take away from the game was yes, Josh Pasley, he went 3 of 3 in his field goal attempts. He scored all of the Bearcats points and even made a career long 43 yard field goal.
It was good to see him have some success because it was looking bleak for the Kansas native. The fan base is quick to jump on somebody’s back when they fail (rightfully so), but today I’m here to show Josh some love for his great game at Connecticut. Make sure you keep moving forward, I’m pretty sure your number will be called in an important moment soon.