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@Trey_Scott3 who holds the record for all time starts in %%MATCH_8%% state football history?— %%MATCH_1%% (@GrantMahoney21) August 1, 2014
It's Saturday, I just published a scrimmage report and am getting hyped for the Goo Goo Dolls tonight, and I'm not interested in working too hard. So I've posted former Iowa State kicker Grant Mahoney's question — the answer to which I did not know until Mahoney told me it was himself — as an excuse to talk (quickly) about the kicking game.
Also, hope everything is going well for Grant down in Austin, Texas, Our Country's Best City. Enjoy the queso for me.
Since 1996, Iowa State has the nation's 17th-lowest home field goal percentage, at 64.6. The Cyclones have the 16th-lowest percentage from the 20-29-yard range, at 79.2.
More than anything, this is a Jack Trice Stadium problem.
There's good reason to think the Cyclones' percentages will rise the last three years of the Cole Netten era, though. As a redshirt freshman in 2013, Netten hit 6-of-7 FGs from 20-29, 4-of-4, from 30-39 and 3-of-7 from the 40-49 range. In the spring game, Netten connected on a huge 56-yard field goal.
If Netten improves as you'd' expect a collegiate kicker to over the course of the next few years, he'd grow into an all-league player. The Big 12 in 2014 returns five players who had better field goal percentages than Netten (72.2), though he was just behind West Virginia's Josh Lambert and not far from TCU's Jaden Oberkrom. Two of those players — OU's Michael Hunnicutt and Tech's Ryan Bustin — are seniors in 2014, so Netten's going to have a chance to kick his way to the upper echelon.
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