About a month ago Todd Boleski contacted me about coming to Scottsdale, Arizona for some One on One Kicking Lessons mentioning he had a strong leg but needed to work on fundamentals. My thought after watching Todd for just a few kicks was, he's exactly right.
As Todd continued to kick I could see he had a big leg but needed work on his fundamentals. In the photo below I am showing Todd the sweet spot of his foot that is suppose to hit the sweet spot of the ball. Todd was making contact too many times on the end of his foot. When Todd made contact with the ball the sound was more of a slap than an explosion.
Todd is about 6'5 and 215 pounds with long levers. We started working on his 'Perfect' Triangle trying to get both consistent steps and approach. As that improved so did his 'Perfect Plant' and contact with the ball. He hit some booming field goal kicks of 60 yards or better.
The mistakes that I pointed out on the field became crystal clear in the video review sessions. Todd was a quick fix and in day two he started making even more progress.
He ended the second day with some booming kickoffs into the end zone. I started to think this guy just might have the leg to be a kickoff specialist in the NFL.
The third day Todd showed me with a snap, hold and kick he could nail some long field goals. He made a series of field goals from the 48, 52, 56 and 58 yards.
We finished the third session working again on his kickoff technique. We tried to get his foot to ball contact more consistent by working on his approach and perfect plant. Even after three long days of kicking and with a tired leg I could see this young man has some NFL potential.
I watched Brian punt when the University of Georgia played Arizona State out here in Tempe during the season. Brian hit some excellent hang time punts.
During the first session I pointed out to Brian a couple of minor flaws I saw in his technique. In the video review the flaws also became crystal clear to Brian. Brian knew he needed to make some adjustments.
By the end of the second session Brian was placing the ball directly in front of his punting leg and was dropping the ball a little more consistently. His hard work was paying dividends. He was hitting more (SNO) spiral nose over punts to his power zone. He was starting to smile.
In the third session I put Brian through a full NFL type workout. He started with 4 or 5 open field punts in each direction. Next, I had him directional punt 4 or 5 balls to or outside the numbers. Next, he Pooch Punted several balls and tried to land them inside the ten yard line. We finished the workout checking out his ability to hold for both right and left footed kickers.
It was a pleasure working with Brian and seeing his progress. I wish him the best of luck at his pro day in March and his pursuit of an NFL career.
Todd flew in from Michigan and Brian from Georgia. They decided to room and rent a car together. After spending three days rooming and training together they sure seem to get along pretty well. Maybe this game of football can keep these three guys friends for life. Because all three, Todd, Brian and Nick all have the potential to be playing football on Sundays.
I also want to thank Nick Sundberg for coming out and snapping for the guys during their drills.
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