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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 27, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Huskies morning links: If Apple Cup comes down to a kick, UW has confidence in Cameron Van Winkle

Teammates celebrate with Cameron Van Winkle after his 51-yard field goal against Illinois earlier this season. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Teammates celebrate with Cameron Van Winkle after his 51-yard field goal against Illinois earlier this season. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

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.”

As Christian Caple notes, two of the last three Apple Cups in Pullman have been decided by field goals. UW’s Travis Coons missed a 35-yard try at the end of regulation in 2012, a game won by the Cougars on Andrew Furney‘s kick. Washington State also won the 2008 game on Nico Grasu‘s field goal in double overtime.
Courtesy cfbstats.com.

Courtesy cfbstats.com.

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