Sports

What They Were Thinking

Advertisement

Florida State’s DUSTIN HOPKINS kicks off to Northern Illinois at the start of the Orange Bowl in Miami, Jan. 1, 2013 — “At first I’m thinking, ‘Sky left,’ that’s where they [the coaches] wanted the ball. To the goal line, left. They don’t want it in the end zone for a touchback because they think our defense is so fast they can get them down before the 25-yard line. Then I have a rhythm I go to. It’s a habit of mine. I go [slowly] 1, 2, 3 before I run, then 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and then I kick it. Right after that, I’m thinking I hope the ball is going where I’m supposed to kick it. A good kick sets the tone of the game. Before the kick, I push both ends in and try to make the ball a little fatter and a little rounder so it flies a little easier when the leather’s not as stiff. It may not make a difference the first time, but I feel if you get that ball five times, it helps a little bit. Every once in a while, the kicker picks up a little contact, which is good. I’m not the last guy on defense, I split the gap. If I kicked it left, the guy on my right would fall back and be the safety. I made a couple of hits in my career.”

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com