There are seconds of their lives that Landon Foster and Austin MacGinnis will never be able to recall.
Maybe it's when Foster seals a victory by placing the opponent deep in its part of the field.
Maybe it's when MacGinnis boots a game-winning 42-yard field goal for Kentucky.
Neither will remember the seconds when foot hit ball.
It's how life is for kickers and punters.
"I black out every time I go out there," said Foster, a three-year starting punter for UK. "You go out there and it's just a blur. You literally just black out."
Same for MacGinnis.
"After you hit the ball, you realize what happens and if it's good or not, but from the time the ball snaps — your foot hitting it — you can't remember what happens," the Kentucky place-kicker explained.
Part of it is the split seconds that it takes to actually perform their duties. From snap to punt, Foster said the ball is in his hands for 1.2-1.3 seconds.
A kick happens in 1.25 seconds, MacGinnis noted.
"From snap to kick, you just don't remember it," he said. "Muscle memory takes over."
No other player in a Kentucky jersey comprehends the difficulties of their jobs the way MacGinnis does for Foster and Foster does for MacGinnis.
It's made them fast friends.
"We both understand what's going through the other person's head," Foster said. "Someone has a bad kick — that's most the time me — and if he gets frustrated or I get frustrated, you kind of just know to leave him alone a little bit then go up to him and console him or confront him."
MacGinnis guessed that being a kicker or a punter is 70 percent mental and 30 percent training.
So they rely on each other for some of the logistical stuff, like Foster will ask MacGinnis (who punted and kicked in high school as he did) to watch for certain things when he goes on the field.
They watch film together and critique each other when possible.
Mostly, the Kentucky coaches steer clear of actually coaching their kickers.
"You really try not to talk too much to kickers, just let them do their thing," said Coach Mark Stoops, who said his most important involvement with MacGinnis is messing around with him in practice to try to simulate the pressure the sophomore might feel in a game.
"I ... put a little pressure on him, throw my hat in front of him and distract him, get some players to mess with him," Stoops said. "They do a good job messing with him."
So what exactly does Stoops say?
"He really doesn't say awful things, I don't think," MacGinnis smiled before adding. "I try to black him out."
The goal is to not talk to the kickers too much whether things are going well or going poorly, coaches said.
But one guy who has been talking to the Kentucky kickers regularly (along with some others) is sports psychologist Ben Conmy, who was hired by UK this offseason to work with several teams.
"He's awesome," Foster said. "I've met with him personally a lot."
There was one day this summer when MacGinnis wasn't kicking the ball particularly well.
Conmy "told him he should back off a little and mess around a little and then go out and kick again," Foster recalled. "And then he was blasting kickoffs through the end zone."
He stresses visualization, which MacGinnis said he does 50 or more reps daily in camp versus actually kicking.
The sophomore learned the hard way not to get too worked up mentally last season when he missed four of his first 10 field goals.
After getting over the jitters that came with those first few collegiate games, MacGinnis was steady, making 15 of his final 17 kicks and nine in a row to end the season, including a school-record 54-yarder at Tennessee.
"A lot of kids can go out there and make 40-yarders or so, but once the lights are on and fans are out there, then the snap, then be on time," MacGinnis said. "A lot of it is mental."
The Kentucky kicker set a school record with 104 points last season, including hitting all 41 of his extra-point tries. He also had school records for most field goals in a season (21), most extra points without a miss, most kickoff touchbacks in a season (25) and consecutive field goals made.
When one does all of that in his first season on the field, what does he do for an encore?
"Just score points," he said. "Every time we go out there we're going to need the points, just perform for the team basically. That was my only goal last year and it will be my only goal this year."
Stoops set an even loftier goal.
It might be enough to make MacGinnis to black out when he hears it.
"I just want him to make every kick," Stoops said. "He's been really steady and really works hard, so we anticipate a good year for him."