Remember in high school when your coach would make a challenge with one player to do something. If that person completed the task, then practice would end early. If not, it went on longer or there was a punishment like some extra sprints.
Needless to say, there was a lot of pressure on that player.
Placekickers feel that pressure almost every time they step onto the field. They feel like they have to make the field goal or it would ruin the game, no matter if it was in the middle of the first quarter or there were three seconds left in the game.
Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker felt that pressure at practice Thursday afternoon.
A video posted to YouTube shows Butker was challenged to make a long 47-yard field goal. If he did, practice was over. Let’s just say that the team was pretty excited to see it split the uprights.
That must have made Butker feel pretty special. He is pretty familiar with bailing his teammates out though. Last summer, he made a 50-yard field goal against the wind to keep the team from doing extra sprints.
It looks like he has some pretty big expectations to live up to going into the season. The Yellow Jackets open the season on September 3 when they host Alcorn State.
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