It appears our FG range is about 25-30 yards

So there is that... when was the last time we hit even a 40 yard FG? Special teams was a disaster yesterday too. It's a full team effort of garbage right now.

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We get it, we're bad.

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Yea and we aren't capable of being more upset about it than Fuente. A guy that's only cared about Tech football for 3 years.

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I mean, it may be only 3 years, but he's a lot more invested, and got a lot more riding on VT's success than any of us do

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

I'm going to go on a limb and say field goals are an execution problem, not play calling or motivational.

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4-9 beyond the 30.

2-2 30-39
2-6 40-49
0-1 50 +

So honestly it's 4-8 on realistic FG's.

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So from this it looks like our range is closer to 40, since we're 2/2 from 30-39.

These one line knee jerk take threads are killing me. Please at least do a little research to back this stuff up. The focus on what's wrong with the program doesn't bug me. This season blows but doesn't mean this site has to devolve into a Twitter rant

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It's not really a knee jerk take thread. Our field goal kicking has been awful the last 2 seasons. It's a legitimate talking point. Every field goal beyond 40 yards is likely a miss. Freaking Cody Journell is the last consistent kicker I can remember, and even his career ended with him kicking balls into the turkey leg stand between the east and south bleachers. It seems unlikely that we're overlooking kicker recruiting given how we signed the #1 long snapper in the country, but what do we think is really going on? Slye was somehow worse as a senior than in his three previous seasons.

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Actually the stats say it's 50/50.

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We get it. In your world, everything is fine and will work out.

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Could you point to where I said that? My actual point is it's not as bad as some want to think there is clearly room for improvement.

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And my point is that there is a problem. It's not a matter of how bad the problem is. It's that there is a problem that needs to be fixed. Saying "well actually it's not that bad" every time someone has a fair criticism is how complacency with mediocrity is brought about.

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Every field goal beyond 40 yards is likely a miss

You made this false statement. It gets called out. Same with anything in life no matter who it is, they mislead, gray area the truth or make claims that aren't true, others should call them out on it.

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Every field goal beyond 40 yards is likely a miss

True statement. VT hits 29% in this range this year.

Our range is 25-30 yards

False statement. VT is perfect inside of 40 yards.

Reality: We have a true sophomore kicker who is perfect (5 of 5) inside of 40 yards, but hits 33% between 40 and 49 yards. During pregame warm-ups for the three games that I attended he looked pretty solid just beyond 40 yards. Field goal kicking might be a minor problem, but it's not horrible.

"The Cup is going nowhere MIkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Okay. Fine. Since you want to be petty and are looking for reasons to stir the pot with anyone with reasonable concerns, here you go:

I am not pleased with our kicker's performance on kicks from 40 yards plus. As a team that prides itself on sufficient special teams, it is unacceptable. While kicks from beyond 40 yards have been made before, it hasn't happened as often and consistently as I, along with most other fans, would like.

Now that there is no gray area, there are no inaccuracies in my argument, and my point has been made loud and clear, you can continue to antagonize others on this website who voice their concerns with this team.

Good day to you, sir.

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I'm not being petty I'm trying to prevent people from driving off the cliff with bogus ideas and information.

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If someone is going to drive off a cliff after hearing something from a stranger on the internet, another stranger on the internet calling the first stranger out on their bullshit probably isn't going to keep the car on the cliff.

50% on a 40 yard field goal in college is flat terrible. No matter how you spin it. Good kickers hit 85% of 40 yard field goals. We aren't talking 50 yarders here.

In the NFL not college:

According to STATS, Football Bowl Subdivision kickers are making 72.8 percent of their field-goal attempts this year, virtually unchanged from 72.9 percent in 2009.

The difference is most stark from 40-49 yards, where NFL kickers are making 82.3 percent of their attempts this season while their FBS counterparts are at 59.9 percent.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-in-college-...

While this article is from four years ago I can't imagine the percent has increased by that much.

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So yep.. 50% sucks. And pardon me... college kickers hit 73% of 40 yarders, not 85%.

FBS counterparts are at 59.9 percent

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Reading comprehension is harder than trolling.

Tell that to Joey "holds the record for most points scored by a VT player" Slye who was 50% from the 40 yard line and beyond in his career here.
Full disclosure between 40-49 yards Slye was 60.6%

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VT is 0-3 on field goals since Notre Dame. Missed from 46 yards twice and from 40 yards once. All 3 attempts were on 4th and 9 or 4th and 10, so going for it was unlikely to succeed.

Two of the three field-goal attempts were after three consecutive incompletions. The Miami field goal attempt was after a 1 yard run and two incompletions.

Recent missed field goals are a result of not completing passes.

VT made 3 of 4 field goals against ND. Including a 43 yarder. The only miss against ND was from 47 yards.

"The Cup is going nowhere MIkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

So it seems as if the issue is our kicker's confidence at this point. The best way to raise a kicker's confidence is for him to make some easy field goals or extra points, similar to how free throws can jump start a basketball player. Unfortunately, our offense can't move the ball consistently enough for him to get enough opportunities. I don't believe the kicker will get going until the offense does, which probably won't happen this season.

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We should have him try many extra points against UVA.

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I like the way this guy thinks.

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Yes, I know this was a troll post but I will pretend otherwise.
Sir, it appears as if the range you mean is actually 40 ish being the meat of our range.
I sure would like that to read 45 yds but, it's not

I wonder if the problem is ball control, poor snap/ hold, as was yesterday, or perhaps something else?

Anyone know what the average expected range is for a college FG kicker?

Wait, is DCWILSON a troll?

I thought DCWILSON was Trevon Hill's user name.

"The Cup is going nowhere MIkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Wait,... so you're telling me we have 11 guys that take the field to attempt a field goal?

I thought it was part of an old urban legend: Legend has it a team has not taken the field since 2017...

Posted this in another thread, but here you go DC

FIELD GOALS MADE-ATT PCT 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 LONG BLK
2018 Brian Johnson 7-12 58.3 0-0 3-3 2-2 2-6 0-1 45 0
2017 Joey Slye 15-22 68.2 0-0 5-6 6-8 2-5 2-3 50 1
2017 Brian Johnson 3-4 75.0 0-0 1-1 2-3 0-0 0-0 30 0
2016 Joey Slye 20-27 74.1 0-0 12-12 7-8 1-6 0-1 47 1
2015 Joey Slye 23-30 76.7 0-0 2-2 8-9 13-16 0-3 48 0
2015 Michael Santamaria 0-1 0.0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0
2014 Joey Slye 20-28 71.4 0-0 10-10 6-8 4-6 0-4 49 2

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Ok, so it appears our range is definitely 40-ish.

How does this compare to the rest of the ACC and CFB?

I wanted to go for it on 4 & 8 over kicking the long FG on Saturday. I knew it was a crap shoot if he would hit it, and figured we had a better chance of converting.

After the missed field goal there were 3 big plays in the next 6 minutes and a great game turned into a blowout:
44 yard TD run Miami
Fumble VT
Punt return TD Miami

Offense,defense and special teams each had 1 big execution failure.

"The Cup is going nowhere MIkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

I know Johnson made some FGs early in the year and that has helped pump his stats up a bit, but right now I would rather go for it on 4th down every time the ball is past the 25 yard line.

42 yarder!!!!!!!!!!!

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True, but I see no reason to inject rain into the celebration at this point.