COLUMBIA, Mo. — In practice, facing no rush, with the wind at his back and next to no one watching, Harrison Mevis has casually nailed a 75-yard field goal.
“I’ve never tried anything further because [there’s no point],” said Mevis, Missouri’s senior kicker.
There was plenty at stake when Mevis cranked through an SEC-record 61-yard field goal at the gun to beat No. 15 Kansas State, 30-27, on Saturday afternoon. To that point, the kicker’s team had sunk into a bit of an offensive malaise this season. His coach hadn’t produced a winning season at Mizzou to date, and Mevis himself was in a slump.
The Indiana native missed six kicks in 28 attempts last year following an All-SEC season in 2021.
“There is a learning process that you’re going to make mistakes,” Mevis told CBS Sports minutes after the game-winning boot. “You look at anyone’s career, no one has ever gone perfect — ever. It’s all about how you handle it, how you improve from it.”
That slump continued into this season. Mevis had made only 1 of 3 field goals in Mizzou’s two games. He missed a 53-yarder short in the second quarter that made him 2 of 5 on the season at that point.
But in the field storming by the sellout crowd that saw Mizzou’s biggest win in five years, the only thing missing was the 243-pound “Thicker Kicker” being carried off the field.
“That was definitely a new feeling. I could get used to it,” Mevis said of the back slaps he received winding his way to the locker room.
To get to this place, Mevis had to leave the Hoosier State. The Warsaw, Indiana, product did not have Indiana as an option (it had a kicker), and FCS Indiana State didn’t extend an offer. Army submitted an offer, but Mervis wanted to play in the Power Five, even if it was with a…
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Author : Dennis Dodd
Publish date : 2023-09-16 22:48:04
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