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German Soccer Player To Handle Kickoff Duties This Season

A new kicker will be handling kicking duties this year.

NCAA Football: Northern Illinois at Boston College Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College kicking has been an area of concern for the Eagles since 2014. A steady rotation of kickers have tried with mixed success on extra points and kickoff duties. Going into this season it was assumed that Mike Knoll would be the starting place kicker, but apparently head coach Steve Addazio will be going in another direction with regards to kickoffs as German soccer player Max Schulze-Geisthovel taking over:

“Guy is going to really help us on kickoffs,” said Addazio. “He’s got a strong, live leg. He’s working on his field goals. But I know right now he’s going to help us on kickoff. He puts it high and deep and pretty consistently. He’s as strong a leg as I’ve seen here. So that’s a good thing. We’ll see how he does on the field goal part. Every once in a while, you get a little something. We don’t have a huge walk-on population, nature of the place. A lot of state schools have things like that pop up a little easier. But this is great. Nice little gift there.”

Honestly allowing Knoll to focus on just place kicking and or punting will be a good thing. Of course Shulze-Geisthovel isn’t the first soccer player to make the switch to football at the collegiate level. Superfan-soccer player Steve Aponavicius joined the Eagles to much success when Ryan Ohliger was suspended by the team. Hopefully the latest iteration will be as successful as the first case.