Kicker Corey Paetznick knows what
it's like to be a fan sitting in Jack Trice Stadium; a season ago he was front
and center to witness
Paetznick, a transfer from
"I wasn't even on the sidelines," he said. "I was in the front row. I got tickets; it was probably the hardest thing I've gone through."
As a fan it was heart-breaking, as a player it was exasperating.
"It was just frustrating that I couldn't be out there playing," Paetznick said.
At Dowling High School Paetznick was a second-team all-conference selection his senior season. He made 33-of-35 extra points and hit four field goals. His long was 38 yards.
Paetznick walked on at
"I just wanted to play Division I from the very beginning and I wasn't offered out of high school so I ended up down [in Missouri] and played Division II," Paetznick said. "I had a good year there so I decided to transfer for different reasons - both academics and football."
"Corey's in the mix," McCarney said. "He's had some good kicks; he's missed some. He's had a couple of low kicks that were blocked and he's come back with confidence and hit some good field goals. He's got some potential, he really does."
With Culbertson and Tony Yelk among others vying for kicks, Paetznick's used to the competition.