Another Specialist On The Board?

Taylor Walden won the kicking job at Mamou (La.) as a freshman and he never relinquished the grip he had on his spot. Now, heading into his senior campaign he is hoping to make a good enough impression to have the opportunity to kick on the college level.

"There's nothing more I'd like to do than be able to kick in college," said the 6-1, 224-pound Taylor Walden.

Walden is known for having a strong leg and although he could not remember his exact stats from his junior year he knew that he accounted for 54 points.

As a sophomore he was good on 3-of-4 field goals and 20-20 on extra points.

"I feel like I'm 100 percent in game situations from 35 (yards) and in and I kick them from as far as 55 yards," Walden said. "At the LSU camp my sophomore year I kicked a 57-yarder and I think by the time I finish this year I'll be able to kick them from 60."

College coaches usually take a wait-and-see approach when offering scholarships to kickers and many try to get them to walk-on with the chance of earning a scholarship later on.

Walden understand that philosophy and he is waiting patiently to see what happens down the road.

"It's basically a wait-and-see thing right now because from a kicker's standpoint they always wait," explained Walden. "I think Mississippi State may offer around mid-season and Oklahoma is real interested too. I'm also getting interest from Duke, Georgia, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Alabama."

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