Pack Adds Experienced Kicker

Middlebury (VT) College kicker Steve Hauschka will use his final year of eligibility as he has verbally committed to play for NC State in 2007 according to the Times Argus.

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A native of Needham, Mass., Hauschka was a three-year starter at Middlebury College, a Division III football program. He was named to the second-team All-East team in 2006, helping lead the Panthers to a 6-2 record.

Hauschka was also a first-team selection All-NESCAC selection as both a kicker and a punter this year after earning second-team honors for the previous two seasons. The senior broke the school's single-season record with 10 field goals this season, going 10-12 on the year. He owns the school record with 20 career field goals.

Hauschka was second in the league with a 37.9 yard punting average this season. More impressively, 17 of his 52 punts landed inside the opponent's 20 yard line.

After a tremendous performance at Colby this season, he was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week for his punting excellence. He ends his career tied for third on the school's all-time list with a 36.5 yard punting average.

Hauschka is taking advantage of the NCAA's fifth-year transfer rule, a rule that was adopted in 2006. Proposal 2005-54 allows athletes who receive their undergraduate degree in four years and have one year of eligibility remaining to transfer and play at another program without penalty assuming the athlete qualifies and enrolls in a graduate program at the new institution.

Hauschka finished with a 3.54 and a neuroscience degree from Middlebury, and he will enroll in a master's degree program in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at NC State. According to the Times Argus, Hauschka plans to pursue dentistry after his football career is completed.

Once in Raleigh, Hauschka is expected to compete with Josh Czajkowski, Bradley Pierson, and Nathan Franklin for the starting kicker's position. Incoming junior college transfer Jeff Ruiz will compete for the punting position.

Hauschka, who measures in at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, was recruited by NC State recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie, and he visited Raleigh this week according to the Time Argus. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Pack Pride will have more on Hauschka in the near future so stay tuned!

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