BYU football notebook: Justin Sorensen hopes to put injury issues behind him

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  • sls Columbia, MO
    March 15, 2013 6:43 p.m.

    With all the injuries, one would think that the Cougar football coaches would have made more effort last year to develop someone else to fill the void. Do they really have that much confidence that Taysom Hill can play QB and kick too? Even Jim McMahon (who was a great punter) gave up one to concentrate on the other.

  • LouisD Las Vegas, NV
    March 13, 2013 1:01 a.m.

    Mechanics are everything. Your photograph appears to show Sorensen making the most fundamental error a kicker can make...he's dragging his leg in front of his body which means he isn't following through correctly. Great picture because it freezes in time exactly what he did wrong on many occasions. He had a great leg. What he is showing in that photo is a mechanical error that is easily correctable with concentration (mental side of the kick).

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    March 12, 2013 11:25 p.m.

    I saw clips on YouTube of Sorensen kicking 50+ yard field goals (several of them) as a kid in high school.

    This guy's got the goods. He can do it. He just needs to get the injuries behind him (Hint: don't fall of porches anymore and limit your time spent on your unicycle) and get his confidence back up to where it was before his injuries.

    You can do it, Justin!!!

    Go Cougars!

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    March 12, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    Ah, kicking the ball out of bounds, or missing chip shot field goals is not an injury issue. It's an issue in the head, between the ears. Confidence isn't there anymore...a new kicker is in order.

  • milkshake St. George, UT
    March 12, 2013 11:54 a.m.

    By the way, I will give you one more missed local product., not special teams. Mike Needham, this kid is going to be really good. When he gets another 15 pounds on him, he will be a very good linebacker. He also had a very good true freshman season.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    March 12, 2013 11:31 a.m.

    Let's decide this on the field. We cannot trust coaches and the newspapers to know what we have. Bring it on!

  • milkshake St. George, UT
    March 12, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    You are missing the point. My argument is that BYU is not taking advantage of the talent in their own back yard, particularly with Special Teams. They do not even have a "true" special teams coach. As per Kolton, he did have verbal offers for both ND and Stanford. he took a recruiting trip and tour of ND and Stanford actually came to St. George. When they learned of the mission, all cards were off the table until he returns.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    March 12, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    I find it interesting that scout shows Donovan having offers from BYU, USU, SUU, Dixie State and Cornell. As far as I know, scout gets scholarship offer lists from the athletes themselves. I know Donovan was good, but I doubt he had scholarship offers from ND or Stanford

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    I hope he gets healthy again. I would love to see him kick a few of those 70 yard field goals for us.

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    March 12, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    Justin, prove me and many others that we are wrong and that you are the best college kicker in Utah and maybe the USA.

  • milkshake St. George, UT
    March 12, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    Couldn't agree more! Along the same line, BYU lost the top Long Snapper recruit in the country, (Kolton Donovan, Pine View H.S.) because they would not offer him a scholarship. I know the family, he had offers from Stanford, ND, Boise State, etc. None of these teams wanted to wait around for a missionary, so he went to SUU prior to leaving on his mission to Texas in January.. Long story, short. SUU ends up with an All American kicker and All Big Sky punter. Kolton ends up being listed as the top LS in Phil Steele magazine and before leaving on his mission was invited to participate in an unofficial free agent camp which he ended up outperforming three free agents! Going back to the issue, this is an LDS kid, from Utah, and BYU would not offer him a scholarship?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 12, 2013 6:21 a.m.

    This has to be frustrating, to Sorensen who has shown that he has all the abilities to be one of the best kickers, to go through a year like last year. Hopefully the media hype is true. The kicking game severely impact the Cougs last year. Not just with the missed kicks, but with the number of times we went for it on 4th down around the 30 yard line because there was no confidence in the kicking game.

    But I am confused why more college teams don't give scholorships to lure top rated kickers. I think we have 7 running backs on scholarship and only 1 kicker. Why not one less scholarshiIp for RBs and pick up a good kicker. As we've seen kickers can make a difference in a game.

    Great to hear about Andrew George being back. He should make an impact, even as a GA.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    March 12, 2013 1:52 a.m.

    I will say this, even with an improvement in the kicking game, one of the most underrated losses last season was All-American punter Riley Stephenson. His ability to create field position and put the defense in great spots was a big part of how well they were able to play. I hope whoever replaces him can do half as well because even with Kyle Van Noy back we will not have last year's defense this season. Then again we can also lean on the offense a bit more and we won't have to beat the opponent and mr. pick six at QB. This year the QB should actually throw touchdown passes to our team instead of the opponent.

  • Dantley Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 11, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    There are many tangibles to the kicking. It takes a great snapper, a player that can catch the ball and place the ball down smoothly, and then the kicker. Many times last year, Sorensen was kicking the ball while the ball was laying down on the ground. It has to be better this year, since it can't get much worse.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 11, 2013 10:41 p.m.

    We absolutely were in awe of Justin Sorensen skill at kicking the football when he was a Senior at Bingham HS and were so thrilled to see him go to BYU. Glad to see him working hard to get back to winning form again after several setbacks. Good luck this coming season! We look forward to seeing him succeed again!

    Go Cougars!