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Mizzou Kicker Looks to Earn a Scholarship

Posted: Oct 21, 2012 10:00 PM by Eric Blumberg
Updated: Oct 21, 2012 11:58 PM

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COLUMBIA -- Andrew Baggett plays one of those positions football fans seemingly only talk about when he has a bad day, but Missouri's place kicker who hopes to find a place on the scholarship list.

Andrew Baggett's new at kicking, he only picked it up late in his high school career when the football team asked the soccer team for help.

"I went over the practice with him and learned how to kick and the next year I didn't play soccer. I only played football," Baggett said.

His first experience kicking in high school didn't go as planned.

"They snapped it, and it had just rained that week, and so I go to kick it and I kick it into the back of the center's head with the ball," Baggett explained.

Baggett improved and joined Mizzou as a preferred walk-on. The work on the field is tough, but nothing compared to what Baggett faces as an engineering major who is studying calculus 3 and physics.

"I didn't realize it was going to be this much," Baggett said. "It doesn't exactly come really easy to me. I study a lot. Homework is really time consuming. It's not easy stuff."

Neither is kicking field goals, but for this walk-on the goal is to score a football scholarship.

"I do a lot of this for my family because this is my way through school. So, hopefully after this year my parents don't have to pay for school," Baggett said.

Baggett's grandpa was an engineer, but this year he isn't able to come see the Missouri games in person.

"He had knee surgery a couple of years ago and it got kind of messed up with infections so he had knee surgery a couple of months ago so he hasn't been able to come," Baggett said.

So, on Saturday's, Baggett's kicking with his grandpa on his mind.

"He got a phone call from one of his friends and he's like yeah, that's my grandson. So, it's exciting to make him proud," Baggett said.

So far this season Baggett is 8 of 12 on field goal attempts. Baggett has a career long of 46 yards and he has made his last five attempts.

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