Historically, West Virginia has had some big time kickers.
Paul Woodside was a first-team All-American in the 1984-1985 season, and had a stint with the Kansas City Chiefs. Todd Sauerbrun, although was mainly a punter, had most of the kicking duties his junior year, and was a first-team All-American. Sauerbrun played for 6 different teams in the NFL through his professional years. Finally, Pat McAfee was a second-team All American, and is now the starting punter for the Indianapolis Colts.
There may need to be another kicker named to the list of ‘big time’ WVU kickers after Josh Lambert’s second game winning field goal of the season. With his 55 yard field goal to boost the Mountaineers over Texas Tech, last saturday, the redshirt sophomore kicker is now placed in name in the WVU record books, and is building a national profile.
The 55 yard field goal tied a school record for longest attempt made. The record was first set by, none other than, Paul Woodside in 1984 against the Louisville Cardinals.
“I’ve kicked longer in practice,” said Lambert after WVU’s 37-34 victory over Texas Tech, and long kicks seem to be his specialty. Lambert, this season, is now 3-for-3 when kicking from 50 yards and further. That puts him atop the nation in made kicks from over 50 yards out.
In terms of national exposure, Lambert is tied for most made field goals in the nation at 14. He also is third in the nation with longest made field goal at 55 yards - the two longest field goals include a 58 yard boot from Indiana’s Griffin Oakes, and a 57 yard kick from Maryland’s Brad Craddock.
Lambert could tie or even break a few WVU records by the end of this season. If the kicker stays on course he could tie Paul Woodside’s record for made field goals in a season with 28. Lambert could also break the school record for most points kicking in a season. In 1988, Charlie Baumann accumulated 119 points. Depending on how Lambert continues he could find himself atop that leaderboard, and into Mountaineer history.