The football kicking landscape has changed so much over the past 10 years. When I was a high school senior in 2001 most kickers were smaller soccer guys that just had a natural kicking motion, but the landscape of kicking training and weight lifting have changed kickers forever.
I like what Bobby Knight was quoted as saying " The key is not the "will to win" - everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important." Kickers are preparing that much harder in the offseason for the possibility of a scholarship.
The average size of an SEC starting kicker/kickoff specialist is 5'11 1/2 and 193 lbs. That is nothing compared to the average position player in the SEC but there is certainly a trend of bigger kickers. NFL kickers are even bigger and the emphasis on the weight room has dramatically increased.
U. of Tennessee's current kicking commitment George Bullock (pictured below) is approximately 6'1 195 lbs. and Kentucky commitment Landon Foster is 6'2 180 lbs. This extra size and weight gives them more leverage into their kick and helps them add additional distance on their kicks and punts.
I have witnessed George Bullock's hard work personally over the years I trained him and I saw that he rarely missed a workout with the team. This has certainly paid dividends as he has one of the strongest legs in the 2012 kicking class.
Coming out of high school I didn't have any private kicking training and it took me close to 6-8 months to learn how to successfully kick off the ground. Most of the kickers that I have trained for 2 years or more will not have much of a transition at all when losing the tee because they are using a fundamentally sound technique.
This coming Summer high school kickers in Tennessee will be looking to gain a scholarship by their performance at university camps and showcase camps. It is important for these kickers to understand that they will not have the use of a tee at the camps. There success will solely be on their ability to kick off the ground and to kick off with a one inch kickoff tee.
Very few (if any) kickers who are looking for a scholarship have the ability to not kick a football or lift all offseason and then try to pick it up in May. The football kicking landscape is changing and it is important to make sure you are not left behind!