Holder Joseph Davidson and kicker Jake Suder work together for the extra point during a BGSU practice. BLADE PHOTO
BOWLING GREEN — What a difference a year has made for Bowling Green State University placekicker Jake Suder.
Remember last season? There were so many questions about the kicking game, potential kickers rolled through campus in waves. It got so bad, coach Mike Jinks stopped one practice to have a female student trainer attempt an extra point.
Then Suder stepped forward. During the season he made 35-of-38 extra points, and he connected on 9-of-12 field goals. Even more impressive was that the Central Catholic grad made seven of his last eight field goals, with the lone miss coming from 49 yards.
Suddenly, the flow of kickers has slowed to a trickle. Even better, Suder’s performance in scrimmages, which last season was viewed under a microscope and dissected thoroughly, has become basically an afterthought.
Oh by the way, the junior connected on field goals of 24, 44 and 27 yards in Falcons’ first scrimmage Saturday. And he looked good doing so – which perhaps is the best testament to his improvement in a year’s time.