With Philip Welch missing a decisive 38-yard field goal, dropping his season total of 8-of-14 on his attempts, the Badgers showed Menomonee Falls senior kicker Kyle French, who was in attendance on an unofficial visit, that Wisconsin is in the need of some kicking competition.
While French remains UW's top kicking target, Dubuque Wahlert kicker Mike Meyer could be a close second.
Meyer was a relative unknown a couple weeks ago, but burst onto the scene when he drilled a 56-yard field goal – the longest in the history of the Mississippi Valley Conference. Making seven field goals on the season, including boots from 49, 40 and 38 yards, Meyer has gone from no interest to looks from Wisconsin, Northern Iowa and Iowa.
"A couple kicks changed a lot for me," Meyer told Badger Nation. "I wasn't really getting too many looks before. I guess people caught on to what I was trying to do. It's quite a jump."
Meyer was one of many invited recruits to last Saturday's game against Iowa, as Wisconsin and recruiting coach Kerry Cooks wanted to get the kicker/punter on campus after watching his highlight film.
"It was an awesome experience," Meyer said. "I got to talk to their special teams coach and Coach Cooks. He's a real nice guy. He usually calls me once a week. We took a tour around their football offices, and got to go on the field to watch the team warm up. It was a great atmosphere at Wisconsin. It was a great game. I loved Wisconsin and Iowa just going at it."
With no offers on the table, Meyer is keeping his options open, including from Wisconsin, who told Meyer that they are waiting on a decision from French before making a decision whether Meyer would get an offer.
Already having been to one Iowa game and being invited to the Indiana-Iowa game next weekend, Meyer is just enjoying the ride.
"If I get an offer, that would be great, but I am keeping my options open with everything," Meyer said. "I am just having a fun time."