BYU football: Riley Stephenson getting ready to kick just in case

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  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 22, 2012 11:42 p.m.

    Sorry to disappont you GoGetter Uncle Rico, but BYU's kicking game will be fine, with or without Sorensen who appears to be on the mend.

    Your time would be better spent worrying about your own injury-prone starting QB who's had THREE shoulder surgeries in the last 22 months and has never made it through a single season uninjured.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 22, 2012 5:37 p.m.

    Also Taysom Hill can fill in nicely if called upon. He was hands down the best punter in the state of Idaho his senior year of high school and one of the best kickers. He also lead in just about every QB statistic in the state also.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Aug. 22, 2012 3:48 p.m.

    I heard Sorensen out of high school had the best leg, not just in high school, college or pro football... best in the world.
    I believe it was said by his high school coach. I have never seen it after watching him at BYU. Perhaps coaches are in denial about his back injury. He may be out of football entirely.

  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 22, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    I remember watching Sorenson boot it in high school. The kid has a leg. Not sure how much different the kicking game is in college compared to high school, but if he's anywhere near as successful as he was in high school then he should have a great career. I hope he gets better.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 22, 2012 1:25 p.m.


    Justin Sorensen kicked 10 FGs today in practice with no back pain, just a little leg soreness from not having kicked in awhile.

    Your wishful thinking just went bust.

    btw, how's Wynn's "tired" shoulder?

  • ed in atl Duluth, GA
    Aug. 22, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    One good thing is the ball is moved up 5 yards for KO's. I remember taking my son to a kicking combine in LV and seeing Riley kick. He was probably a freshman in HS at the time. He had a strong leg back then. He will do great on FG's & PAT's. Funny thing his dad served his mission in GA Macon Mission, same as Sorensen, if I'm not mistaken.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Aug. 22, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    I heard that Taysom Hill did punting in high school. Having him be the punter would force the defense to address the constant threat of a fake punt. Not only can Hill throw, but he is an excellent runner.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Aug. 22, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    just keep kickoffs in bounds and that will be a huge upgrade from Sorenson. Of course the offense has to score in order to get those opportunities....

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Aug. 22, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    What happen to Justin back? Didn't know he had surgery.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 22, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    No need for a punter with our offense.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 22, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    "Looks like the coaches took the kicking game a little too lightly... with no experience as a starter or a backup,..."

    Nice try GoGetter, but

    "At Pine View High, Stephenson did ALL of the punting and placekicking."

    Stephenson already has lots of experience as a punter in college, so it's obvious BYU is well prepared to now add placekicking to his list of responsibilities.

    BYU also has other players currently playing other positions, who also have kicking experience. BYU's kicking cupboard is well stocked.

  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Aug. 22, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    Looks like the coaches took the kicking game a little too lightly... with no experience as a starter or a backup, BYU should get used to seeing 6 points per touchdown and not 7. Forget about field goals past the 20.

    A good coach doesn't ignore the kicking game or special teams...