Sixty yard field goals are not easy to come by for any kicker. During a recent workout, Louisville Male product and now U of L walk-on, Todd Flannery kicked two of these. After looking at Kentucky, Indiana and Louisville, Todd chose to walk-on at the University of Louisville in hopes of earning a scholarship by next season.
When asked why he chose U of L he replied, "I look at the players already there, the incoming class, and the coaches and I see a desire for a power program. That is something that I know I want to be a part of."
Todd started kicking footballs when he was a freshman in high school. Soccer was always his strong suit but during his sophomore year he injured his right knee and ankle and could not play at 100 percent. He began to direct his focus to football because he felt he had a tremendous opportunity to play in college.
A role model in Todd's life would be former U of L player and now Pro Bowl kicker, David Akers. David and Todd worked out together over the summer and Todd learned many new stretches, warm-ups, and techniques. Todd had this to say about David, "He was very patient working with me and just wanted to help me get better. I see him working hard at what he does and he pushes me to have the same dedication. I just take what he teaches me and use it to make me better."
Playing on one of the most prolific offensives in high school football Todd did not get many chances to shine at kicking field goals. His longest field goal last season was 33 yards. However, in a recent workout he showed just how far he could kick. Todd successfully kicked two out of four 60 yard attempts and two out of four 55 yard attempts.
While at Male, Todd was responsible for all kicking duties. At U of L, Todd plans on competing to take over kick offs and will compete with Nate Smith for the field goal job. With Todd's athletic abilities and strong desire to succeed, he just may "kick" his walk-on status goodbye and get a scholarship by his sophomore year.