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...that ESPN has Tyler Bitancurt as the #7 kicker in this years draft. Granted, maybe 2 kickers get drafted but good lord. He shouldn't even be in the top 20 let alone in the top 10.
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This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by GReal40 17 months ago
Some people think football is a matter of life or death, but it's far more important than that.
Pee-wee kickers are better than him.
There must be only 7 kickers in the draft this year?
Wow! Scouts must not spend that much time evaluating kickers.
Confirms my thoughts concerning ESPn rankings...
Why knock the kid? If I recall, he had more problems with kicks being blocked than anything else. The push allowed by the line is not the fault of the kicker. He was also attempting longer than average field goals.
I cut TB SOME slack because he was forced into double duty because of or pathetic excuse for punter(s) some guys just aren't wired to do both. That said the razor thin close and misses of extra points? Eehhh dunno bout #7....
They were blocked b/c he literally kicked them into our lineman?
Being the #7 kicker in the NFL draft is like being the 20th best QB.
He didn't even have the leg to get height on 35 yard FGs.
However, I still have fond memories of him kicking the game winning FG against #9 Pitt.
That earns him a pass in my book.
love how wvu fans always end up bashing the guys that played here
Are you kidding me? Yes, we bash every single player that used to play here. I Hate Pat White. I hate Mike Lorello...hate em all!
LOL. I'll just say self awareness is a virtue
Don't get me wrong, a lot of kids get bashed when they don't warrant it but in this case I have to disagree with you.
Never a good reason to bash a kid.
22 year holds are kids?
Sorry, just pet peeve of mine.
I never really thought he was good enough to kick in the pros, but he did beat Pitt one year and after Stedman's great catch against South Florida he kicked, I think a 38 yard winner on the last play of the game to put us in the Orange Bowl.
Yeah, he made some great pressure kicks and missed some gimmes. "Inconsistent" is probably the best adjective to describe his WVU career.
I know where you are going with this but this is not a case of a footbsll piayer doing something stupid and killing someone or committing some other major criminal act.
22 year olds who have kept their noses clean and have been a part of the mountaineer family deserve to be called kids as they are just now heading out into the real world.
This board is turning into blue gold news the way people are fighting.
That said, if you play D-1 football, you are fair game to be criticized when you suck. No one is saying he is a bad person.
Keep it real guys
More power to him if he can get a chance to kick in the league.
As stated he never disrespected WVU
He made two of the biggest kicks in WVU history and had one of the best seasons in school history. People forget that because he became so inconsistent later in his career.
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I seem to recall that Mike Vanderjaagt had a better career here as a punter. His field goal record was mixed. But we know the restof the story, and were happy to call him a "great" kicker once he started performing at the highest level.
Will Johnson was a TE here, who blocked and caught a few passes over his career. He took a year out after college and then made the Steelers club as a walk-on.
Tyler Bitancurt had mixed success under Dana, but he was versatile enough that he ended up becoming the punter too.
Let's not forget that there were some oline issues as well.
Who knows if he'll get a chance to kick at the next level, but his leg got stronger and stronger during his career. Originally written off as not having the leg to KO, he was able to position the football on kickoffs, and by the end of his career was also, on occasion, kicking the ball into the opponent's end zone.
I don't pretend to have the knowledge to predict who might have a specialty career in the pros. Who would have thought that Corey McIntyre, a linebacker for WVU, would have a longterm career in the NFL as a fullback?
Guys just look @ Pat McAfee he missed some big kicks but is a pretty good punter for the Colts so maybe there can be somebody to work with him and turn this guy around! Always like seeing the Eers make a splash in the pros
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