Oregon State kicker Justin Kahut spent much of spring practice tinkering with his form. There have been some rough spots, and breaking in a new holder didn’t help.
My Friday story in the GT addresses the new holder in P Johnny Hekker. The stories also touches on him kicking off, and punting of course.
Kahut, a senior, felt the pressure of Hekker working on kickoffs, so he tried to adjust his motion to get more power. When it didn’t work, he went back to what worked.
“I’m dealing with some technique issues,” Kahut said. “I spent the first four or five weeks of the offseason trying to change my angle I was coming at the ball. Then I decided to scrap it. I’m having issues changing back to where I was. I didn’t feel like I wasn’t getting through the ball. I realized I could still get through the ball with more power with my old way.”
Kahut had lingering injuries that hurt his performance over the years. However, he’s healthy at the moment.
Kickers have plenty of time to take in practice, so he watches all the special teams units. He’s confident that they can be game-changers for the Beavers.
“I’m looking forward to this last year,” Kahut said. “I think this team will be the best we’ve had. I’m excited to see what special teams can do. Marcus (Perry) is snapping great and Johnny is doing a good job. I just have to make the kicks.”
Kahut will leave his name sprinkled all over OSU’s record books with points, field goals and extra points. However, those numbers don’t drive him.
It’s 90. That’s the percentage of kicks he wants to make – field goals and extra points. He was at 82 percent last season.
“That’s a lofty goal,” Kahut said. “When I look back at last year there are kicks I shouldn’t have missed that would have put me over that goal. It’s a high goal, but if I fall a little short it’s still a good year.”