UTC's Nick Pollard is like most college kickers, he seemingly gets more coaching on the art of kicking outside of his own team. "I actually work. My summer job is prokicker.com. It's Rick Sang. Started my freshman year. Learned everything through them. I've also worked with Rob Bironas once or twice from the Titans."
Mocs coach Russ Huesman would love to hire a kicking only coach, but it's just not feasible. "We are only allowed to have ten guys actually coaching out here at any one time. We can't bring a volunteer out here to be involved. I've had people ask me. Past kickers we've had here that are friends of mine. Can I come out and help you? But we are not allowed to. When we step inside here, it's our ten coaches and me. We're the only ones who are allowed to coach."
Mocs assistant Wes Satterfield has kicking experience, so he can check out Pollard's technique. The last thing Pollard needs is for Huesman to give him tips. Said Huesman,"I probably screw him up more than I help him. I coach kickers like I coach linebackers. Probably half the time, Nick looks at me like I'm a complete moron because you don't know enough about it. He'll say my leg this and that. And I say shut-up. Just kick the ball through the uprights."
Reporter-"How much of kicking is mental?" Said Pollard,"If not 99, definitely 90-percent. It's ten percent physical. That's usually what I say. Definitely 90-percent mental."
As a result, teams are pulling out all the stops to test the entire kicking team, like dumping a bucket of water on the kicker or holder. Said Huesman, "Threw water on him. The hat in front of him. Screaming and yelling. Does it work? I don't know." Added Pollard,"Never had an ice bucket dumped on me, that's for sure."