It's been quite a journey for Craig McIntosh. The Lexington Christian product earned a spot on the team last fall and ended the season as the kickoff specialist. Then he won a competition before the Akron game to handle field goals and extra points. He went 2-for-3 on field goals, with his lone miss from 51 yards, and was 4-for-5 on PATs.
Question: Were you surprised when you found out you had won the job last week?
Answer: It was a little bit of a surprise. Pat Simmons and I had been competing all week, and Thursday the depth chart came out and I was No. 1. I was pleased with my performance and all the work I had done. I gained some confidence in the game Saturday even though I missed a couple.
Q: What happened on the missed 51-yarder? What's your range?
A: It started out a little flat down the hash and it drew to the left, just not enough. That's something I'm going to work on and get next time. With my normal swing all the way through, if the conditions are good, 52-53 is right at my range. Anything beyond 55 I'm trying to kick it too hard.
Q: Considering Joe Mansour was signed with hopes of being the placekicker this year, what did you think your role would be?
A: In my mind over the summer I was picturing that I was going to do kickoffs again. I wanted to keep that job. Field goals weren't something I had planned on doing. But I took some reps in the spring and Joe wasn't here yet. I wasn't sure how it would work out, but Joe hasn't been as consistent as he needs to be yet, so I'm happy to fill in until he's ready and do what I can for the team.
Q: Do you miss kickoffs?
A: To some extent, definitely. It's fun being out there for kickoffs, starting the game off. But I like field goals as well. A lot more involved, more pressure, but I'm happy for it, and looking forward to doing it as long as I can.
Q: Have you envisioned going out there for the game-winning kick at the Swamp?
A: Oh yeah. I've thought through every scenario so I can be mentally prepared for that. Once you get out there, everything else is phased out and you're looking at your spot where the ball is going to be.