Transfer kicker Answer to Kicking Game?

Coach Prince and Co. are looking for some answers to the kicking game and transfer Brooks Rossman may be the answer. The 6 foot and 180 pound kicker transfered from Ohio University and will be looked at to contest for kicking responsibilities. Is Rossman the answer?

It was a week ago that Kansas State coach Ron Prince was poised to announce that Brooks Rossman, a transfer from Ohio University, had settled into the No. 1 kicking job.

But during the final days of last week, Kansas State coach Prince said, "The last couple days have made the position very undecided. All the guys kicking off have improved, not only with depth of kicks, but different styles, but with our place kickers, we're not very pleased. I had an idea in my mind, but the guys have done everything they could to disprove that. We'll wait until next week."

Rossman is a 6-0, 178-pound junior. In seven games at Ohio in 2005, he was just 1-of-5 on field goals, but 10-of-10 on extra points. In his freshman season in 2004, the San Diego native was 7-of-14. His career long kick is a 39-yarder.

"He's pretty consistent with kicks either coming close, or putting them through," said freshman kicker Josh Cherry. "As for the kickoffs, I think it's between three of us - myself, Rossman and (Jared) Parker."

Also pointing to Rossman's consistency being the difference was Parker.

"He's a fluid kicker. He tries to do the same thing with every rep, which is crucial from a kicking standpoint," Parker said.

The Wildcat junior from Ankeny, Iowa, added, "I know coach gets upset, but it's because of high expectations.. With the new rule (kickoffs from the 30), kickers are more important than ever. Coach gets frustrated because he's pushing us to be the best that we can be. He wants us to be at a top level of performance all the time. If he sees us slide, he gets on us."

Parker projected that Rossman was No. 1 at both kicking assignments, and listed himself No. 2 in kickoffs and Tim Schwerdt No. 2 at place kicking.

Like no year before, kickers will be vital to a team's success due to the new rule that has kickoffs coming from the 30-yard-line, instead of the 35.

"If you have a guy who can kick the ball into the end zone from the 30, you might have one of the best weapons in the league," said the Wildcat coach.

"You're going to see a lot more drives starting at the 40, or even the 50," Prince predicted.

"In the past, the kickoff was a non-competitive play in a lot of games because the ball ended up in the end zone. Now, it's going to be a highly competitive play."

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