The book on kicking
Perry Lefko October 10, 2009[url=http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/2009/10/10/lefko_kickers]http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/20 ... ko_kickers[/url]
Who would have ever thought that...
Nick Setta would be battling for his job,
while Alex Serna would be secure?
Serna failed miserably as a rookie punter/kicker.
He nailed only 34 of 51 field goals,
which was supposed to be his forte,
and incurred the wrath of his coach Doug Berry,
who was relieved of his job after the season,
and the rabid Bombers fans.
That the Bombers decided to
bring him back surprised some.
Meanwhile in Hamilton, Setta, who was named
the CFL's East Division rookie of the year,
had a solid sophomore season.
He did well enough to receive CFL
all-star honours as the top punter.
While he didn't repeat as the East's all-star kicker,
he did nonetheless have good stats,
nailing 28 of 36 field-goal tries,
only a seven percent drop-off from his rookie season
in which he earned the East all-star award
as the top place-kicker.
Setta arguably had been the
Ticats' best player last year.
What a difference a year makes.
More than 2/3rds through this season,
Serna has been the steadier of the two.
Serna has...the best percentage-wise among the full-time CFL kickers...
The fact he has only had to concentrate on kicking
while rookie Mike Renaud has handled punting
has allowed Serna to concentrate on his strength...
Serna has been a model of consistency this season,
which has been a year of ups and downs for the Bombers.