Paetznick getting a kick out of the competition

Improved. Competitive. Both can be used to describe Iowa State's kicking game and Northwest Missouri State transfer Corey Paetznick is jumping right in the mix.

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 Iowa State's kicking woes.


Paetznick, a transfer from Northwest Missouri State, sat out last season due to eligibility rules.


"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 Northwest Missouri State and made three field goals in his career debut. The following week he set the school record hitting four field goals; he also hit a career long 47 yard field goal that day.


"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."


ISU head coach Dan McCarney said if Iowa State had a game today Bret Culbertson would be the teams PAT/field goal kicker, but that doesn't mean Paetznick's out of the equation.


"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.


"At Northwest Missouri State we had eight kickers when I first went up there and I beat everybody out," he said. "Here we have 11 kickers now so it's pretty much the same boat; good competition."

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