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Teggart ready to show grace under pressure

STORRS With apologies to the various magic tricks and have pulled over the years by blocking kicks, there probably hasn’t been a BCS bowl team that relied more heavily on special teams than the 2010 UConn football team.

And despite the dominance of players like punter , gunner and kick returners and , the Huskies’ MVP of that department last season was kicker .

As the Huskies get ready to play their Hurricane delayed opener against Fordham Saturday at Rentschler Field (noon, online at ESPN3), they’re hoping their senior kicker from Northborough, Mass., can once again provide them with a big lift with his right leg.

Teggart “started” the Huskies’ dramatic five game win streak last season with a 27 yard overtime game winner against West Virginia on Oct. 29. And he wholesale jerseys finished it with a 52 yarder at the final gun to give UConn a 19 16 win over USF and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl.

“If they need me in there for a long field goal, short field goal, any kind of field goal, I feel comfortable I can come through for them,” Teggart said matter of factly.

Of course, his 52 yard bomb against the Bulls, Teggart’s fourth field goal of the day and his second of 50 plus yards, is what most remember about his season.

“That’s the kick that sticks in everybody’s mind, but I like to say that there’s no one kick that can make or break a good kicker,” Teggart said. “It’s consistency and being able to hit your next kick.”

As impressive as Teggart’s 2010 season ended, it certainly had its moments of inconsistency early. He missed a very manageable 40 yard kick against Michigan in the opener, missed two in a painful loss to Temple two weeks later, and hit rock bottom along with the rest of the Huskies, mind you by missing a 29 yard chip shot against Louisville Oct. 23.

As the Huskies got hot, however, wholesale jerseys so did Teggart. He made 16 of his final 17 field goal attempts, with his only miss coming on a challenging 49 yarder against Syracuse.

Teggart’s final two field goals of the season came against Oklahoma in the Huskies’ humbling loss, but it’s hard to not think of cheap jerseys his kicks in Tampa as the exclamation point on an outstanding season.

In addition to sending his team into the BCS for the first time in its history, Teggart’s long bombs against the Bulls also cemented his legacy as the best kicker in UConn history.

After three years of play, he’s the school’s leader in field goals made in a single season (25) and a career (52). Teggart already has scored 254 cheap jerseys outlet career points and could break the school record of 259 held by Trumbull’s on Saturday.

Teggart doesn’t hold the UConn record for longest field goal. Jim McManus’ 56 yard boot against New Hampshire in 1998 remains the best in Husky history.

And Teggart still doesn’t even hold his own family’s record. Dad David Sr. once kicked a 53 yarder for New Hampshire, a fact he playfully reminds his son of regularly.

Teggart of course believes he could claim both of those marks for himself if given the chance. That’s not hyperbole, it’s part of his job.

“Since I was a freshman, I’ve been hitting from beyond 50,” Teggart said. “I just haven’t really got too many opportunities (in a game). People don’t know until you get the opportunities. I feel like even before that (South Florida game), I was expected to make long field goals.”

He’s also expected not to wilt under pressure. Teggart famously, or perhaps infamously, got into a minor fight with teammate in their dorm last September leading to breach of peace charges for both players.

Former UConn coach loathed such off field distractions but probably noted privately that Teggart refused to back down from a 255 pound linebacker.

Teggart’s on field accomplishments already have him on the watch list for the Lou Groza Award, an honor given annually to the nation’s top kicker. And they have first year coach prepared to lean on him heavily as he installs a new offense with new featured players quarterback and tailback and waits for it to mesh.

“The kickers should be one of our strengths, which should be important to helping the quarterbacks with the field position game,” Pasqualoni said.

Given the potential growing pains a new offense with new parts might go through, Teggart could be often asked to kick from the fringes of his comfort zone. But it’s a pressure he hopes to have on him for some time, as he hopes to continue his kicking career in the NFL.

“That’s always been my dream, to play at the next level,” said Teggart, a standout baseball player, too, at . “But we still have a full season to play here. I want us to win and I want to help the team win. If we don’t have a winning team, nobody’s going to get a look (from the NFL).”.Articles Connexes: