Kicker Hoambrecker Signed

Mackenzie Hoambrecker, a 6-0, 196 pound kicker out of Northern Iowa signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent. The talented kicker could push Steve Chritie for the starting job.

Mackenzie Hoambrecker, of Northern Iowa, kicked a school-record 59-yard field goal, in his final college game, with 37 seconds left to give Northern Iowa a 25-24 victory over Southwest Missouri State.

Quite a nice way to end a college career. Hoambrecker finished the season 25-of-29. He also led the NCAA I-AA in field goals made (25) and field-goal percentage (.893) with at least 11 attempted.

Hoambrecker also finished 11th in the nation in scoring with 93 points. He set a school and Gateway Conference record when he hit five field goals in a game, performing the feat twice in 2002.

"Coach (Steve) Crosby, their special teams coach, said they are only bringing me in," said Hoambrecker. "It's me versus Steve Christie, who has had a phenomenal career. He's a 14-year vet.

"It sounds like a good chance to compete, and Coach Crosby said the best person will win."

With Christie not known for his length anymore and Hoambrecker showing he has plenty of it, kicking a 57-yarder to get one game to overtime last season and a 59-yarder to win another, he feels he has a good chance to unseat the veteran.

As a junior Hoambrecker made 18-of-25 field goals, with a long of 45, and 41-of-43 extra points.

Hoambrecker not only has 60-yard range and the ability to put kickoffs out of the end zone, he has also found a knack for making field goals in the clutch, something that could help him stick in the NFL.

Known as a clutch performer, he single-handedly won more than half of his team's games, some in the final minutes. Hoambrecker's strength is his biggest asset and has made him one of the top kickers.

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