In his first season as the Huskies’ place-kicker, Cameron Van Winkle is first in the Pac-12 Conference in converting 86 percent of his field goal tries. His 19 field goals (on 22 attempts) is tied for seventh in the nation and also ranks seventh in UW history.
“He’s got a lot of leg talent and he’s very passionate about what he does,” UW coach Chris Petersen said. He seems to stay pretty in the moment and not let it get too big for him. I think that’s the biggest thing with kickers, specialists, those type of guys, the moment sometimes can get too big, but he hasn’t seem to have done that.”
If the moment comes in the Apple Cup on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1), Van Winkle said he’s confident he’ll be ready.
“It is a dream to make the game-winning field goal,” said Van Winkle, a sophomore from Mount Si High. “But anyone knows how it’s going to end up.”
- UW’s four senior defensive linemen have been as productive as any line in school history, and they’re having a lot of fun.
- Joe Dahl walked away from Montana and into a good situation as WSU’s left tackle.
- For both sides, the Apple Cup is “the biggest game of the year.”
- WSU receiver Vince Mayle practiced Wednesday and is expected to play Saturday.
- Voting remains open for the Paul Hornung Award, for which Shaq Thompson is a finalist.
— Shaq Thompson (@ShaqThompson_7) November 25, 2014