Texas A&M is using one of the more unique aspects of arena football in order to boost its proficiency on special teams.
Aggies special teams coordinator Jeff Banks tweeted out a photo of a newly-installed arena style goalposts to help the team’s kickers improve field goal accuracy. Arena League goalposts are just nine-feet wide, while NCAA goalposts are more than twice the width at 18 feet, six inches.
— Jeff Banks (@jbsttamu) May 13, 2014
Between Josh Lambo (8-of-10) and Taylor Bertolet (23-of-26), the Aggies’ placekickers attempted only 13 field goals last season, making ten. The two kickers also missed four extra points on the year, so these thinner goalposts should help them with their concentration.
The Aggies aren’t the first football team to have this idea. The Washington Redskins installed Arena League uprights on its practice field for kicker Kai Forbath last October.
“It just makes you focus more,” Forbath said, per The Washington Post. “It’s a small margin of error to get it through there, and it just makes it that much easier when you go back to the big ones. I warm up on those, and then go back to the big ones when we kick field goals with the team.”
Forbath told the Post that several other teams, including the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Bucs, also have arena uprights installed at their practice facilities.
Maybe this will catch on elsewhere around college football.
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