University of Texas

Longhorns looking for a reliable kicker

Texas head coach Charlie Strong is looking for a new kicker for the 2016 season. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas head coach Charlie Strong is looking for a new kicker for the 2016 season. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) AP

Texas coach Charlie Strong ended spring drills with some clear ideas about his depth chart at multiple positions. But not at kicker, where Mitchell Becker missed his only field goal attempt in Saturday’s spring game and did not show the consistency coaches sought in efforts to replace Nick Rose, who made 13-of-17 field goals last season and hopes to be in an NFL training camp this summer.

Becker’s lone field-goal attempt in the spring game, from 46 yards, was a low line drive that flew wide left despite a no-rush policy by the defense that had been in effect for all spring practices. Strong made it clear the search for Rose’s replacement will continue, possibly with walk-ons or a summer arrival as a graduate transfer.

“I do not have a No. 1 kicker right now. I need one,” Strong said. “We have guys on the team now that can do it. We have enough leg strength. It’s more mental than anything.”

Strong said he seeks someone who can be consistent from 35 yards and in because “that’s the way you are going to win your games.”

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