Kicker Makes Choice

University (W. Va.) High School's Billy Kinney impressed West Virginia's coaches during a summer camp performance, and backed that up with a solid senior season. That led to Kinney's commitment as a preferred football walk-on for the 2014 season.

Billy Kinney, who will compete as both a placekicker and a punter at West Virginia, made his choice to accept a preferred walk-on offer after visiting for several WVU games during the fall. He was also the recipient of recruiting visits from WVU special teams coordinator Joe DeForest.

"Coach DeForest came in to see me, and he laid everything out with the kickers they have now and what the situation is," Kinney said. "I like the fact that he has put guys in the NFL, and that he's one of the best special teams coaches around. He has a great reputation for working with kickers."

A lifelong WVU fan, Kinney also admitted that getting the chance to play for the Mountaineers was special for him. He turned down other recruiting offers, including the promise of a scholarship to Marshall after a redshirt season, to attend West Virginia.

Kinney said that while he will compete in both kicking phases, he thinks he is a bit more advanced as a punter at the moment. He averaged approximately 43 yards per try during his senior season.

"One thing I want to work on is my consistency in executing my techniques," he said of his targeted improvement areas. "I can do everything right. I just have to be more conscious of doing it more consistently."

With his college decision out of the way, Kinney will put all of his attention into his technique work before making the short trip to campus. He does not plan to attend any kicking camps between his high school graduation and July, when he will enroll for summer school so as to get a head start on his academic work.

Kinney anticipates no problems with qualifying.


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