Field of Big Splashes

1 decade 3 years 10 months ago Sunday, September 17 2006 Sep 17, 2006 Sunday, September 17, 2006 10:45:40 PM CDT September 17, 2006 in Sports

Jeff Wolfert isn't the only #99 on the Missouri roster, but it's tough to confuse him with a 300 pound defensive lineman.

"That was the number they had left. Last year I was wearing Lorenzo Williams backup jersey, it was a 4XL," he said.

Wolfert is fitting into his jersey now just like he's fitting into the football team, but that wasn't always the case for the former junior Olympic diver.

"I do a 2 and half somersault pike with one twist," Wolfert explained.

The skills earned him a scholarship to the Missouri diving team.

"I got 4th on 1 meter, 5th on 3 meter, and 6th on 10 meter platform at Big 12 Championships," he added.

It's a long leap to believe he's kicking in college without much of a high school resume. His senior year ended right when it started.

"The first game I was a starter. I broke my hip. So, I never really got to see if I was any good at it or not," he said. "I felt like I was and I didn't want that to be the only game I ever played in."

But now Wolfert chases a new dream. Despite the diving success he gave football a try. In his first attempt to walk on he missed, but tried again.

"He said I could walk on in the fall. He didn't want to take me away from diving, but I told him that I'd transfer and try football somewhere else if they didn't want me to play football. So, they thought I was serious and said ok," Wolfert explained.

Quarterback Chase Daniel said, "As a walk on, as a walk on kicker when we already have a kicker. That has my respect. I have the utmost respect for him for doing that. He's succeeded and he just needs to keep getting better."

The red shirt freshman says the skills he learned diving translate onto the football field.

Wolfert explained, "In both scenarios you have to focus out everything and break it down to the mechanics and all the fundamentals."

"I think he's done a great job of handling the pressure, handling the press and handling everything that's come his way," Daniel added.

Wolfert says he's done diving for Mizzou, but he still puts on a show when he's at the pool.

One thing the Tigers don't need worry about, Wolfert's nerves, he's jumped off a 75 foot bridge at Lake of the Ozarks.

For the season Wolfert is five of seven on field goal attempts and perfect on extra points.

More News

Grid
List
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first astronauts to ride a SpaceX capsule into orbit are headed toward a splashdown... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 11:08:00 AM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police are investigating shots fired in the 5300 block of Godas Circle around 1 a.m. Sunday. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 9:48:00 AM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
NEW FLORENCE -- A train went off the tracks in New Florence this morning. According to a Facebook post... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 9:16:00 AM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
MEXICO – Trish Harris of Mexico, Mo. says she reminds her 2-year-old everyday who his father is. His father,... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 8:54:00 PM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Two schools, two graduations. Graduates had the opportunity to finally celebrate four years worth of hard work Saturday.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 7:56:00 PM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A former assistant state attorney general and a former federal prosecutor are vying in Tuesday's Democratic... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 12:57:00 PM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
WARRENSBURG - One woman is dead and two people are injured after a shooting in Warrensburg Saturday morning. ... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 12:00:00 PM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
QUINCY, Ill. - One suspect in a deadly Audrain County home invasion was arrested Friday night. Quincy Police said... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 10:58:00 AM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 9:13:00 AM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - 58-year-old Columbia resident Clayton Jacobs has been reported missing after he was last seen by his neighbors on... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 12:15:00 AM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
MILWAUKEE ( KSDK ) — The Cardinals-Brewers game scheduled for Friday afternoon has been postponed again due to... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 11:00:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools have mandated that their elementary schools will have prepackaged school supplies. The school supplies... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 7:43:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — On Thursday, the Southeastern Conference announced that all participating schools football teams would play a 10 game conference-only... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 5:45:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Graduation ceremonies continued Friday for Columbia Public School seniors, this time with Douglass High School. "I had... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 5:20:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
OSAGE BEACH — The Osage Beach Police Department arrested 50-year-old Terry Dickens on Thursday after following the vehicle from a... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 4:55:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
BOSTON — A federal appeals court Friday threw out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, saying... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 4:52:06 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Elementary students in the Columbia Public School system who are attending in-person classes can purchase prepackaged, sanitized supply... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 4:03:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
TIPTON - A person who tested positive for COVID-19 attended two summer activities at Tipton R-VI School, according to the... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 3:51:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 60°
3am 59°
4am 58°
5am 57°
6am 58°