You’ve been spoiled for the past four years with Zoltan and you know it. Enter Will Hagerup. I got a glimpse of this kid’s leg recently and he can really hit it. The kicking duties are up in the air but I think this guy will jump right in on Sept 4. I ran over to chat with him today:
How does it feel to walk in the footsteps of Zoltan? "Obviously it’s an honor to follow a legend here and a pretty daunting task. I’m just trying to do as best as I can personally do and not try to set any insane goals and try to compare to him. He’s been a great mentor to me and doing real well so far in the NFL."
On his performance in the Saturday scrimmage: "Just getting out there and warming up at first was just awesome, first time kicking in the Big House. So that was a lot of fun. I thought I did well there, which doesn’t count for much. In the game, the ball was pretty heavy, it was like punting a sponge. I didn’t do great, I hadn’t a few pretty good punts but I’d like to do better. I’ve got two weeks to get myself ready."
On whether he was still helping out on kick-offs: "I was doing some earlier on, but we’ve got a couple really good kickers who are competing for the job. I’d really like to just focus on punting for now and make sure I’m as ready as I can be."
Does he expect to see himself out there against UConn? "It’s still a competition. Nothing’s given to you when you play college football. I’m just doing as well as I can."
Does he chat with Zoltan? "He was my guy on my official visit taking me out, and we talk on a weekly basis. He just says to try to be as relaxed as you can and embrace the experience, because it’s such an amazing place to be. I really started realizing that when we got on the field yesterday."
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