Personal Camp Experience

A local kicker got a personalized camp experience when he made the short trip to WVU's campus last weekend.

University High School placekicker\punter Billy Kinney was the only specialist on hand during Sunday's one-day individual camp, so he received some one-on-one time from Mountaineer special teams coach Joe DeForest. He shared his experiences with after returning home.

"I thought I did pretty well," Kinney said of his dual workout. "Coach DeForest gave me a few things to work on. On my field goal tries, he wanted me to focus on the highest point and pick a spot behind the uprights. That helped me improve the height of my kicks, and it should help my distance."

As a junior at University High, Kinney was 9-10 on field goals with a long of 43 yards, but he believes his range is much further than that. He made a couple of kicks from 48 yards during camp, and said he has hit tries from as far out as 60 yards. At 6-4 and 197 pounds, he packs a powerful core and leg swing to help him generate height and distance.

Kinney also punted last year, averaging 38 yards per try, but has been working diligently to improve his performance in that area. Punting was the focal point of his work during the offseason, and he thinks he could do both in college, although he knows he will have to show improvement on the field this fall as a senior to get notice in that aspect of the kicking game.

Kinney has been a regular camp participant this summer, and is in the process of making a Midwest swing of camps at Indiana, Miami OH) and Notre Dame to work on his game. He is open to the instruction he receives everywhere, but notes that he has to make sure that any adjustments fit his kicking style.

"It's mostly what works for me," he emphasized. " Coaches do tell you certain things, and if you find things that fit you, they can help. Each person and each coach is different."

Kinney has received interest from West Virginia, East Carolina, Ohio State, Ohio University and Marshall, and has the two power conference schools at the top of his interest list.

"I'm open to anywhere, but if Ohio State or West Virginia invited me I'd be very interested," he said. "I will find what the best fit is for me."

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