Buffs Sign Australian Kicker

It will be an intriguing experiment. The Buffaloes went down under, nearly 9,000 miles away from Boulder, to find more competition for the starting place kicker job...

Colorado announced the signing of James Stefanou on Tuesday afternoon. The 6-foot-0, 187-pound native of Melbroune, Australia, will have five years to play four with the Buffs.

Born on April 15, 1987, Stefanou will be 30 years old when he joins the Buffaloes this summer. While spending six years playing soccer professionally, he trained periodically at ProKick Australia, an academy that produced the last four Ray Guy Award Winners.

"James has a big leg," Buffs head coach MacIntyre said in a released statement. "We are excited about having him, he is an excellent kicker and he will have a great career here at the University of Colorado."

Stefanou will battle with senior Chris Graham, and sophomore walk-ons Davis Price and Nick Porter for the starting place kicker gig during preseason camp.

After the departed Diego Gonzalez went down with a ruptured Achilles in week three of the 2016 season, Graham missed four field-goals and two extra point attempts, while Price missed on two of his six field-goal attempts and missed one extra point attempt. UCLA was the only team in the Pac-12 that missed as many field-goals as the Buffs last season.

A talented defender on the soccer field, Stefanou represented Australia on its U19 team before his professional career, which included two stints with South Melbourne FC. He helped them to a Australian Victorian Premier League Championship in 2006.

While training at ProKick Australia, under the tutelage of former Pittsburgh Steelers standout Jordan Berry, Stefanou has reportedly made a field-goal from 63 yards out.

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