I just tried to go out and do well and make my last game as a Seminole a memorable one for me, the rest of my family, and everybody, and hopefully I can keep kicking at the next level, Gano told Scout.com following the game.
Its rare that a punter or kicker wins a bowl game MVP award, and aside from winning the MVP, Gano also got to cut out a piece of the football field to bring back to Tallahassee.
That was pretty neat, Gano said. It was a new experience but I have seen the guys do it in the past. Ill definitely never forget that moment. It was really exciting to go down there and cut the sod off. Thatll be in the sod cemetery; Ill never forget that one.
Gano does more than just punt, although he did average nearly 42 yards per boot, as he is one of the very best kickers in the draft. As a senior, Gano made 24 of his 26 field goal attempts and is very capable of hitting from 50 yards with consistency. Gano received great praise from his head coach.
"Graham Gano is probably the most valuable player weve got right now, legendary FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. Hes probably the most valuable player out there right now. If youve got to pick one of them you hate to lose the most, hed be a pretty good place to start."
Gano earned first team All-ACC honors as a kicker in 2008 and honorable mention All-ACC honors as a punter. Gano won the Lou Groza Award as the nations best kicker as a Senior, but was snubbed from the Senior Bowl a week ago.
Graham Gano, (Photo: Badger Nation)
I would have liked to play in it, Gano said. I was hoping to play in it since my senior year of high school.
Gano has seemed to recoup the somewhat lost art of placing punts in the coffin corner, something that punters used to routinely do 15-20 years ago.
Its all about angles, how your body is angled, how you drop the ball, Gano explained. Its all about practicing that stuff.
Gano is rated slightly higher as a kicker, but his ability to do both kick and punt is invaluable to NFL teams. Gano has plenty of length on his kickoffs and could save at least one or possibly two roster spots on a weekly basis for any NFL team.
Hopefully I will get picked, thats what Im hoping for, Gano said when asked about kicking or punting on the next level.
Right now, Gano is projected as a late-round pick.