High school kicker drills 68-yard field goal ... in practice

High school kicker drills 68-yard field goal ... in practice

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High school kicker drills 68-yard field goal ... in practice

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First things first: This happened in practice (no, Allen Iverson, not a game, not a game. Practice, man). Still, it’s a pretty remarkable achievement.

As noted by the Tampa Bay Times, East Lake High (it’s in Florida) kicker Daniel LaCamera connected on a monstrous 68-yard field goal during one of the squad’s practices. The kick had plenty of leg and soared straight through the uprights against imaginary opponents.

The fact that the kick came in practice dims it’s star a bit, but not too much. Only one high school football player has ever connected on a 68-yarder in a game before, and that kicker — Dirk Borgognone from Nevada’s Reno High — later had a cup of coffee career in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.

There’s another way in which LaCamera’s kick has an edge on Borgognone’s achievement: The Florida teen kicks with the modern, conventional method, using a holder; Borgognone was able to use a tee to get his kick, perfectly legal in 1985, but banned following the 1988 season in the NCAA and beyond.

Could LaCamera connect from this deep in a game? Hopefully we’ll get a chance to find out, either at East Lake or in College Station, Texas, where LaCamera has committed to kick starting in fall 2015.

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