Transfer Student Wants To Be Next Kicker For Texas Tech

We follow Nathan Underwood through his try out for the Texas Tech football team.

By: Meredith Hillgartner

LUBBOCK, TX-21 year old Nathan Underwood just transferred to Texas Tech.

But he does not want to just go to school, he wants to be a part of it, as kicker for the Red Raider football team.

“I’m pretty nervous, excited but nervous,” Underwood said. “I wanted to try out for the team because I thought I could play at a D1 level.”

Early Wednesday morning, Underwood went to the walk on tryouts to see if he has what it takes to make the team.

“This was pretty spontaneous,” Underwood said. “I thought kicking would be over for me after high school, but I thought I would give it a shot coming to Texas Tech.”

 For four years Underwood was the kicker for Flower Mound Marcus High School.

He also spent those four years playing soccer.

Even though trying out was a last minute decision, he did manage to squeeze in a little practice.

“You just get a bag of balls and a tee and go out to a field just do repetitions over and over and over again,” Underwood said.

Now he is hoping to trade in his old red and black uniform, for new one.

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“It went really well,” Underwood said. “I made it to the second round of cuts.”

Tryouts took just over 3 hours.

What did they have you do?

“Kick field goals, do kick offs,” Underwood said.

And Underwood said he had a lot of competition.

“There was about a hundred people,” Underwood said. ‘And how many people were in the kicking part?’  “About 13 or 14 kickers.”

But now he said he is thankful the first step is over.

“I’m very much less nervous now that it is done,” Underwood said. “Now I just have to sit and wait.”

Underwood is one of three kickers left in the second round, with only two spots left.

He will have to wait until Friday to see if he makes the team, but he said he has a good feeling.

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