Sobiesk Exits State For Dental School

It isn’t as if the position was settled of course. Still the placekicking job can now be considered completely open for 2015 after the exit of Evan Sobiesk.

Mississippi State has confirmed Sobiesk is leaving one college for another, but not for football. Sobiesk will enroll in dental school, after playing two varsity seasons and redshirting another.

As a 2014 sophomore Sobiesk was 12-of-14 on field goals, and 56-of-59 on PATs. None of his kicks were blocked this season, and his longest make was a 45-yarder in the Egg Bowl.

As a redshirt freshman in 2013 Sobiesk was 3-of-6 after taking over the job mid-season. His longest make was 38 yards, at South Carolina. But the kicks he will be more remembered for came in that Egg Bowl. Sobiesk booted a 36-yarder to tie the game 10-10; then missed a 39-yarder that would have won the game in regulation.

The miss actually created an even more dramatic ending since State was able to win in overtime anyway.

Sobiesk has done occasional kickoff duty, such as an on-sides attempt in this past year’s Alabam game.

With this departure Mississippi State still has two returning placekickers with game experiences. Walk-on freshman Westin Graves actually attempted the first field goal of the 2014 season, missing his try against Southern Mississippi. He was 4-of-5 on PATs.

State also activated true freshman Logan Cooke, initially for kickoffs and then in mid-season for punts when Devon Bell was injured. Cooke tried one field goal, a 40-yarder at Kentucky, which missed.

At this point it does not appear Mississippi State is recruiting a placekicker for the February signing class.

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