Bouw Ready for the Hill

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- During their furious fourth-quarter comeback attempt to tie the NCCA East-West All-Star Game, the East special teams unit fell victim to the elements during a routine PAT. The missed kick contributed to sealing the East squad's fate with a 28-26 loss.

"When the ball was snapped, it started slipping off the side of the T," explained East kicker and UNC incoming freshman Kristian Bouw. "When I kicked it, it was already falling off and it went wide left, because it hit the side of my foot."

The missed PAT kept the East's deficit at 28-20 and after a subsequent touchdown and a failed two-point conversion, the West prevailed 28-26.

Because of how the game flowed, Bouw's scoring chances were limited. The East squad did not attempt a field goal, and the Bayboro (N.C.) Pamlico County product went 2-of-3 on extra points.

"Opportunities were slim because of how the game went," said Bouw. "The first [two] extra points were good, [but] we kind of had a little mishap on the last extra point. It builds character, because it teaches me to mentally forget about the past and move on to the future."

Bouw also manned all the other kicking duties. He punted the ball five times for 186 yards (37.2-yard average) with a long of 43 yards.

"Punt wise I thought I did good," said Bouw. "I got a good leg on most of them where I had pretty good distance.

"Kickoffs, [I had] two in the end zone and one that kind of dropped short so I've got to work on those."

Bouw concluded his high school career Wednesday evening, but is looking towards a bright future as an invited walk-on at North Carolina starting next month.

"I'll be attending their August 3rd training camp," said Bouw. "They have David Wooldridge and Connor Barth as their starting punter and kicker. And then they have me coming on as an invited walk-on and a transfer from Pitt."

This coming season, Bouw will have the role of pushing starting kicker Connor Barth for his job, and might come in as a kickoff specialist.

"I'm going to be trying for field goals, but I think more then likely I'll end up doing punts and kickoffs," said Bouw. "I have more raw leg power than actual technique, at this point."

Bouw plans to major in sports medicine/sports therapy at UNC.

During his senior season, Bouw converted 25-of-30 PATs, kicked 13 kickoffs for touchbacks, and maintained a 37-yard average on punts. He was named to both the All-Conference and All-Area teams.

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