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Michigan’s Zack Novak may have missed his calling as a kicker

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

Michigan senior Zack Novak's ability to sink 3-pointers apparently isn't just limited to basketball.

The 6-foot-4 guard was messing around on the football field at the Big House on Wednesday afternoon and drilled a 56-yard field goal from the edge of the block "M" at midfield. A friend videotaped Novak's kick to prove he did it.

Novak modestly noted on Twitter that there's a huge difference between hitting that kick alone on a practice field versus with a defense barreling at you during a game, but that's still a pretty impressive feat.

The longest kick made in Division I college football last season was a 58-yarder by East Carolina's Michael Barbour on Nov. 26. What's more, Hayden Epstein is the only Michigan kicker ever to boot a field goal longer than 56 yards in a game.

The most amazing thing about Novak's apparent kicking prowess is that he never played organized football in high school. It was basketball and baseball that Novak had to choose between after excelling in both sports as a youth.

In theory, Novak could use a fifth year of eligibility to play football for a year the way ex-Duke guard Greg Paulus did at Syracuse. It's a long shot, of course, but the above video is a heck of an audition tape.

(Thanks, @GoodmanCBS)

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