Kickers, for the little time on the field they actually see, can either be the cause of great jubilation or great sorrow.
Their one job, kicking the ball through two upright poles, has many times been the difference between attaining championship glory or not.
USC football hero Matt Boermeester knew what that glory was like after his 46-yard attempt sailed through the uprights and gave USC a dramatic Rose Bowl victory over Penn State last season.
It seemed unfathomable that Boermeester would be anything but revered in Trojan lore, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. In fact, only a few months removed from glory, Boermeester isn’t even on the spring roster.
Boermeester was suspended from the athletic program in February following a “code of conduct issue.”
The exact cause of the suspension is unknown, since student disciplinary actions are confidential and protected by law. However, Boermeester is not allowed to represent the athletic department in any capacity while an investigation is being conducted.
Boermeester had a good year kicking the ball, but the kick to vault the Trojans over Penn State left the greatest impression. He was 18-for-25 on field goal attempts, and 53 for 54 on extra point attempts.
As it stands, it is currently unclear whether Boermeester will be allowed to return to the football team at any point.