Notebook: Te's kicking, Lampert's role

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- San San Te's comfort as Rutgers' placekicker is at an all-time high, after after Tuesday's practice he told why that is the case. Te talked expectations, how he felt about his first two years as the Scarlet Knights' placekicker and how he is kicking in camp. Also, Evan Lampert's has had an interesting path to being in the mix at tight end.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers kicker San San Te no longer has pain in his back, nor does he have a question of how it will react to surgery.

There is no need to question how the back will respond to planting his foot, or whether his back will withstand a season of torque from the kicking motion.

With a little more than two weeks before the Sept. 2 season opener against Norfolk State, the red-shirt junior is primed for his best season.

"I'm kicking the ball well, probably the best I've ever kicked it," Te said. "I feel like I have a comfort level when I go out there now. I feel like when I go out there I know there are certain things that will happen.

"I know when I go out there I have my own checklist that I go through in my head."

Te's been consistent from short- to mid-range, making 26 of 31 field goal attempts in his career. He is also 84 of 87 on extra points, including 41 straight makes.

His issue has been with kicks longer than 39 yards, where he is 4 of 14 in two seasons. Some of that inaccuracy can be traced to the back injury he kicked through as a freshman, but he isn't using that as an excuse.

"I definitely feel like I should have done better," Te said. "Any competitive person always wants more. My freshman season, I didn't kick as well as I wanted to. I had surgery, and I tried to come back and I didn't kick as well as I wanted to again.

"Right now, for me, it's going out there and doing what I know I can do. It's something I've repeated over and over again. I feel like those seasons are in the past, and I'm moving forward."

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano complimented Te's talent and kicking potential recently, and Te believes his training camp performance has him on schedule for a big season.

"There are a few kicks which I felt like could have been better," Te said. "Overall, I think I'm doing well. I feel like I'm in a good progression into building up to the season."

Leaping Lampert
Evan Lampert has the reputation of being a blocking tight end, but it could be worse.

"People still think I'm a defensive end," Lampert said.

Lampert walked-on to Rutgers as a tight end in 2007, moved to defensive end in 2008 and switched back to tight end last season, which was the first time he played.

Lampert played in each game last season but did not make any catches last season, but is hoping that changes this season.

"I did whatever they told me to do every day," Lampert said. "When things are down and they don't look good, you have to keep going at it and it turned around and is going well.

"I'll go out there and whatever play they tell me to run, I'm going to run it."

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