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Published: Monday, Aug. 6 2012 12:36 a.m. MDT

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gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

I remember Sorensen coming out of Bingham. It's tough when you wrench your back hardcore. I hurt my back doing heavy squats and deadlifts with my Polynesian friends 23 years ago. I have never been the same since.

I was trying to lift to heavy to not look weak with guys bigger than myself. And the 80's were a no pain no gain era, and I didn't listen to my body. As a result I pay the price.

Although I am a Ute fan, and don't want to see any 60+ yard FGs from Sorensen against my Utes, I still feel sorry for the guy. To have the talent to be a star kicker, and then to be relegated to unknown status relative to counting on his (Sorensen's) performance from Bronco, is tough.

ColoradoCougarFan
Loveland, CO

I admit last year was rather disappointing as far as our kicking game was played out. If Justin can't improve on what he did last year we'll need another alternative. I kinda wish this article actually explored the options left to BYU if Justin can't live up to at least part of that hype.

Jonas
Denver, Colorado

I love the guy, but can someone please explain to me why we are constantly having to worry about injuries from our KICKER?

First he blew out his ankle, and now our KICKER has back problems from doing olympic lifts?

Our KICKER?

Justin, I know you are a different cat, but it is time to embrace the fact that you are a kicker, and that your first responsibility as a kicker is to lounge around the practice field trying not to sweat enough that you have to shower after practice. If you do that, you (and us) will never have to worry about your injuries again.

Thanks.

Pavalova
Surfers Paradise, AU

Injuries or not, they guy can't keep the ball in bounds after kickoffs. Just when we get momentum, we see a kick sail out of bounds. That's not an injury...if it is, we need to look elsewhere. There have to be other options available.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

He will get better this season. He will have lots of opportunities to practice punting.

CT98
Saint George, UT

I would expect more practical, measured pre-season talk from a Junior. Justin said that Nobody will be able to stop the offense? He thinks he will only be kicking off and kicking extra points? I mean don't get me wrong, I hope that is the case but seriously....this guy sounds like a true freshman with that kind of super bowl talk. Justin's experience should provide a more practical, measured approach. Best of luck to Justin, I hope this is his breakout year.

CBPapa
Cedar Hills, UT

Gotta agree with CT98. Thought it was an interesting article (for the dog days of Summer anyway) until that last paragraph.
Please cut out the hype. I bleed blue but after last year's hype you would think that the players would hold back on that kind of talk.

Winglish
Lehi, UT

I coached high school soccer against Justin's Bingham team. He could literally kick the ball from one goal to the other. I've never seen a leg that big. It's too bad about the injuries. His 62 yard kick in high school was only 1 yard removed from the NFL record of 63 yards.

54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

Isn't this the guy that Ducky told us was going to kick 60 yard field goals?

NICE.

I guess everything changes with a rush from college level players. From the games I have watched, he should work on keeping his kickoffs inbounds.

UgottaloveMaxie
Salt Lake City, UT

I love his enthusiasm. It will be fun to work them again on the field.

AZ Dave
Chandler, AZ

"I mean, I can do whatever they want, but I really think I'll pretty much be limited to kickoff off and to extra points because no one is going to stop our offense." This is too easy

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

"Isn't this the guy that Ducky told us was going to kick 60 yard field goals?

NICE."

54-10,
You have no bounds, don't you? He has been injured, which messes with game performance (ask any football player who has been injured). And you act as if Duckhunter's claim that he can kick 60 yards is outrageous. Well, he HAS kicked 60 yards, so we know he can! Unless 60 yards in college is longer than 60 yards in high school, that is.

factcheck
Salt Lake City, UT

Hey 54-10, Should a bunch of BYU trolls jump on the Chase Hansen article and call out Ute trolls for predicting great things for Chase, now that he was hurt before the season starts? Didn't think so. Keep it classy Ute fans.

By the way Riverton Cougar. Technically a 60 yrd FG in college is harder than HS.

Papa Smurf UTE
Herriman, UT

Isnt the goal post a bit wider in high school than college? If that is the case, it would be harder to kick a 60 yarder in college than at Bingham.

Also, while missions are great ideas and I think that every worthy young LDS man should go on one. I think that it hurts athletes performance. Justin went on a mission, and did not come back the smae kicker. I hope that this does not happen with Chase Hansen, but it usually does. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but there are more star atheltes that go on missions that come back and are never the same. Overall, it is better to serve a mission than play sports, but if you have a chance to become a pro, work on your craft, and try to become the best player you can be. The mission will always be there for you to go on if you get injured or don't make it to the next level.

HSFAN
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes factcheck and Papa Smurf are correct. It is harder in college with the goal posts being about 5 feet more narrow. I know Sorensen missed a couple of close FGs during a Semi final game v. Alta, which was at RES. I think one may have even hit the uprights. Both were long kicks and were close and if they went in, Bingham wins.

Come to think of it, there was a personal foul in 07 and again in 08 that kept Bingham from winning 6 straight titles.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

I wasn't saying it was just as easy, I was merely saying that if he can kick 60 yards, then he can kick 60 yards. It's not unreasonable to think a 60 yard FG is possible, given what he's done in high school.

Either way, I really hope Sorensen gets his peak athletic performance back.

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