Hinging on Heidari

It's been an inconsistent season for USC kicker Andre Heidari... will he be ready to go if Saturday's matchup comes down to a field goal?

This time, the misses were inconsequential.

USC kicker Andre Heidari failed to make a 46 yard field goal and a point after attempt in the Trojans 62-28 win at California.

But earlier this season, Heidari's misses have cost USC the game.

He missed one, while another was blocked, in the 10-7 loss to Washington State.

He missed two field goals in the Trojans 14-10 loss at Notre Dame. It was following the loss to the Irish that special teams coach John Baxter announced kicking would be an open competition.

Heidari held onto his job and had a career game the following Saturday against Utah.

But then California happened and USC has to wonder: if Saturday's game against No. 5 Stanford comes down to a field goal, is Heidari ready?

"That's what you come to college for as a kicker," Heidari said after Wednesday's practice. "To prove to your team that you can make a game winning field goal or just get a field goal when it's on the line. That's what I play for."

Heidari said after the Notre Dame game that he felt he lost his swing. He's regained it, attributing Saturday's misses at Cal to "just a missed kick."

Heidari's mindset going into Stanford seems to be fine; the junior kept the mood light Wednesday evening, laughing when reporters joked about not requesting the kicker for interviews after he makes his field goals.

"They're in the past," he said.

Heidari is 11-of-18 on field goal attempts this season. His long? 52-yards at Hawaii.

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