Texas Longhorns fans have been spoiled as far back as I can remember when it comes to field goal kickers. In recent history, making a field goal was as automatic as you could get for the Longhorns.
This season, however, that has not been the case.
Coming into the season, the Horns faced the large task of replacing Justin Tucker, who graduated and is now starting for the Baltimore Ravens. Tucker performed kick-off, punting and field goal duties for the Longhorns over the last few years.
Seeing that the kicking game would be a major question mark heading into the fall, Mack Brown secured Penn State transfer and First Team All-Big 10 kicker Anthony Fera. Like Tucker, Fera handled punting, kick-off and field goal duties for the Nittany Lions.
Fera, however, has been battling an injury since the summer and has yet to play a down for the Longhorns.
As a result, Texas has had to rely on the leg of a true freshman out of Coppell, Texas: Nick Jordan.
Though he has been perfect on extra points, Jordan has had a bit of trouble adjusting to the college game when it comes to nailing field goals, connecting on just three out of seven attempts with his longest being a 38-yarder against the New Mexico Lobos.
Today, Orangebloods.com is reporting that, with the Horns’ bye weekend this week, Fera should be ready to make his Burnt Orange debut vs. the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater on Sept. 29.
Though he is expected to take over on field goals, Fera will likely not have to punt or perform kick-offs, which should give him some extra time to heal. Duke transfer Alex King has been phenomenal in his few punt attempts this year, averaging 51 yards per punt, while freshman Nick Rose has done an outstanding job with kick-offs.
As the Longhorns enter into conference play and prepare to face stronger opponents, it is crucial that they find a consistent field kicker, and fans hope that Fera will be just that.