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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Kenny Byrd One on One

On Tuesday and Wednesday former University of New Mexico Lobo Kicker, Kenny Byrd was in Scottsdale, Arizona for some One on One Kicking Lessons.

Kenny graduated about two years ago from UNM and has received a couple of workouts from NFL teams. He is here in Scottsdale to have me evaluate his kicking technique and give him any help that I feel he needs.

In the first lesson Kenny impressed me right away with the trajectory on his kicks and his leg strength. As he continued to kick he showed me some kinks in his armour. I noticed a few minor flaws in his kicking technique as he continued to kick. He hit a couple of stray bullets that caught my eye.

In the photo above you can see that Kenny has a pretty arc on his kicking leg in which he get some excellent explosion into the ball.

Also, in the above photo Kenny shows that he has pretty good foot to ball contact on almost every kick.

As I continued to watch Kenny kick and also in the video review I pointed out to Kenny that he had changed his swing a couple of times during the workout. I also pointed out his approach was a little long. He noticed during the video review that his approach had changed from previous kicking lesson.

The second day Kenny worked on a kicking progression that I thought would help him with his field goal technique. I believe if Kenny can kick up and through the ball a little more by using his hip and let his eyes follow the ball he will become a much better and more consistent kicker.

It was a real pleasure meeting and working with Kenny. I wish him the best of luck in his future pursuing an NFL or UFL career.

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