It’s important for kickers to remember the good days.
When things go bad, they hear more negatives than they probably deserve. When things go well, their contributions can easily be relegated to the footnotes. But when things go great and their field goals help win a game, as was the case for Matthew McCrane during Kansas State’s 33-20 victory over Baylor on Saturday, they are encouraged to celebrate.
McCrane shook off a shaky start to his senior season by connecting on all four his field goal attempts, splitting the uprights from 21, 23 ,37 and 49 yards. K-State needed a strong effort from its kicker, and he delivered.
“He has missed a couple of substantial field goals, but you look at the entirety of his career and he has been very good,” K-State coach Bill Snyder said. “Considering how difficult that is … As I have said so many times, that is probably – outside of snapping the ball – the hardest thing in the game of football itself and he does it quite well. It takes a lot of focus and a great deal of discipline on his part. He works at it and it is important to him. He has done well with it.”
You didn’t hear that type of statement two weeks ago when McCrane missed a meaningful field goal during a 14-7 loss to Vanderbilt. He had a chance to give the Wildcats a 10-7 lead in the second half, but he couldn’t take advantage.
Afterward, McCrane said he heard from several upset K-State fans on social media and that he felt down on himself throughout the Wildcats’ bye week. As time went on, though, he found a way to turn those negative comments into motivation….