Saying the phrase “Maldonado” is a giant no-no in Eugene, Oregon.
The Oregon Soccer program isn’t recognized to kick subject objectives. Within the Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich teaching period at Oregon, in truth Oregon usually would go for 2 following a landing over kicking the additional level.
Let’s simply say it’s been a sore topic and one which instantly causes stress for the Oregon soccer program and Eugene, Oregon neighborhood.
That’s till the second half of the yr 2020.
For the primary time in a very long time, the Geese have a reliable kicker at their disposal and his title is Henry Katleman.
Since taking on for Camden Lewis on additional factors and now subject purpose makes an attempt, Katleman is a breath of recent air. He brings a brand new component to the Oregon offense not having to robotically go for it on fourth down inside their very own 35.
The 5’10”, 204-pound sophomore kicker from Topanga, California took over for Lewis at Oregon State in Week 4. Since then, he has not missed a single additional level or subject purpose. He has FG makes from 33, 21, and 40 this season together with a 41-yard additional level.
Additionally a reminder, Katleman is a walk-on.
Probably the most correct kicker in program historical past was Aidan Schneider (2014-2017). Throughout his time at Oregon, he completed with an ideal ranking of 63-of-63 PAT makes an attempt in 2017. Schneider’s longest subject purpose make was 42 yards at Cal again on September 30, 2017.
Apart from Schneider, it has been a continuing battle yr after yr to discover a dependable kicker.
Till Katleman. He has been an exquisite shock this 2020 season and somebody to observe shifting ahead particularly when it comes right down to a philosophy change on the offensive aspect of the ball.