Remember when we got a commitment from Mr. Universe Justin Sorenson? It came at the perfect time. 2007, as you'll remember, was a horrible year for Cougar kickers. Remember this? We didn't trust our kicker with any kind of responsibility outside the ten yard line.
All the while we were hearing about a wunderkind (that's not a typo--it's German) up at Bingham High School who was kicking 200 yard field goals on a daily basis. And the best news is he signed on with the Cougs.
We've been waiting eagerly for the kicker/unicyclist phenom to step on BYU campus and now he is finally here. The air in Provo is a little bit sweeter.
But now... it looks to me like Sorenson was a little over-hyped.
Sorenson has been a little less than impressive in camp lately according to reports. At best he's been on par with Mitch Payne, last year's train wreck of a kicker.
Although, in fairness to Payne he was hampered most of the year with a groin injury. Ah the kicker's kryptonite: The groin.
There is good news, though: Sorenson may not be as accurate as we all thought he would be, but at least he'll be able to boot the ball out of the endzone on a regular basis. That alone is enough to earn the kid a scholarship; letting the other teams start every drive on the 40 is no way to win ball games.
I neglected to include the link to the story that prompted this post in the first place. In this article Jay Drew reported that BYU coaches allowed Justin Sorenson a chance to kick a 65-yard field goal. He fell well short.