Swenson Three FGs Breaks Single Season Record

No one, not even Brett Swenson himself could have foreseen this scenario. The junior from Pompano Beach, FL could leave MSU as statiscally the greatest kicker in Spartans history.

EAST LANSING - No one, not even Brett Swenson himself could foresee this scenario. The junior from Pompano Beach, FL could leave MSU as statiscially the greatest kicker in Spartans history.

This from a school that has had some of the greatest kickers in Big Ten history including Dirk Kryt, Hans Nielsen, Morten Anderson, Ralf Mojsiejenko, Paul Edinger and many, many others.

"It's a great honor and there's been a lot of great kickers coming through here and to be a part of that, I just feel blessed. Going in, [I felt] a little nervous but we were able to come away with it."

"Coach stresses how important special teams is. With the snaps from (Alex) Shackelton, the holds from (Aaron) Bates and the blocking up front, we have a good rhythm going on right now. I feel a little lucky that I'm putting some balls through for three points and it's looking good."

Swenson took a big step toward that goal when he connected on his fifteenth consecutive field goals, eclipsing the 13 straight set by Edinger.

Swenson now has 45 field goals in his career and trails his mentor, all-time Spartans great Morten Anderson by just 18 field goals. Swenson has at least six games left in this season and another 12 next season to break the mark.

At his current pace, Swenson figures to up to at least ninth place surpassing Borys Shlapak who kicked for the legendary Spartan coach Duffy Daugherty in 1970 and '71.

Swenson talked about the record-breaking attempt, which initially appeared it was going to be a lot harder.

"The funny thing was, we were about to kick a 52-yard field goal and coach said 'you got this?' and I said 'yeah, I got this'. He said, 'you got this? and I said 'yeah, I definitely got this, don't worry'. But then we ended up having a catch for a few more yards that moved it up to a 42-yard field goal (attempt) so I guess I got a little lucky right there," joked Swenson.

Swenson has been fortunate in that the current career field goal record holder at MSU, NFL great Morten Anderson, has become reconciled to the Michigan State program after many years of not returning to his Alma Mater and has taken the 5-foot-9, 165-pounder under his wing.

"He showed me how to explode on my plant foot and that definitely helped on those long kicks I had," Swenson told the website MLive.com.

The result is that Swenson has only missed one kick this season, ironically, it was his first attempt of the season in a loss to California.

Since that time the junior has been on a record breaking pace that could leave him atop the record books when he graduates next season.

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