In today’s edition of The Gazette is my story on sophomore kicker Erik Soderberg.
Through eight games of his first season as Air Force’s kicker, Soderberg has made 17 of 22 field goals. One of the misses, of course, was at Navy, when his 31-yard attempt in overtime sailed wide left.
But instead of letting that kick define his season, Soderberg has rebounded admirably. He’s made five straight kicks including a 48-yarder last Saturday at Utah that tied the game.
When asked how Soderberg was able to rebound from the miss at Navy, coach Troy Calhoun said, “I just think you keep kicking.
“There are three different positions, but it’s a little bit of the same. If you’re a relief pitcher, if you’re a corner(back), if you’re a kicker, you better keep firing.”
Soderberg’s game-tying kick at Utah came with less than seven minutes to play. It was far from a chip shot, but Soderberg made it look like a routine extra point.
“The impressive part about it, it might have been good from eight to 10 (more yards) – it might have been a 56-, 57-yarder,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. “He hit it well without over-swinging. And I think there are some times when you first get into kicking field goals, especially at this level, there are times when you think you’ve got to put a little extra pop to it, and what you do, you don’t hit it as well. It’s like your driver.”