Willing to Take a Pressure Kick

The Miami-Florida State game has been decided by a total of 20 points in the past five games. Miami K Jon Peattie is ready to give his team the lift if called upon in a crucial situation.

"You have got to be wanting that," said Jon Peattie, on kicking a potential game-winning kick. "You have to want a kick to come down to you."

Although Peattie, the NCAA's active leading scorer, would prefer a game that is not decided by a kick, he is ready to do what he can to help the team win.

"In a game like this you have to expect it to come down to you, but nothing feels better than having a blowout-type of game," Peattie said. "I'm ready if it comes down to that, but hopefully our offense will just kick butt and the defense will do well too."

In last year's 10-7 loss, Peattie was set to attempt a 28-yard field goal with close to 2:30 remaining in the game. He did not get the opportunity to kick as there was problems with the snap and hold.

It was frustrating for Peattie not to be able to contribute the way he would have liked.

"It was frustrating especially losing the game because it was such a big one," Peattie said. "Honestly, after the game the whole focus was to focus on Clemson because we knew that was our next game and that was going to be a big game going to their house. You just have to learn to put it behind you especially kicking."

This fall has been "very good" for Peattie.

"I am very excited for the game and just ready to get started," he said.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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