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BEST IN BOOTS
STEWART MANDEL
August 21, 2012
They are tried and true, all but automatic after a touchdown and dead solid in the clutch. Here, in alphabetical order, are the nation's top kickers
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August 21, 2012

Best In Boots

They are tried and true, all but automatic after a touchdown and dead solid in the clutch. Here, in alphabetical order, are the nation's top kickers

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With his booming leg, Hopkins is considered this year's top NFL prospect after pumping home 22 of 27 field goal tries in 2011. The previous year he hit a game-winning 55-yarder against Clemson.

BRETT MAHER NEBRASKA SENIOR

Taking over for departed All-America Alex Henery, Maher filled his shoes by earning first-team All--Big Ten honors as both a kicker and punter (44.5-yard average). He made 19 of 23 field goals, including a careerlong 51-yarder against Michigan.

QUINN SHARP OKLAHOMA STATE SENIOR

Already the starting punter (45.8-yard career average), Sharp replaced a Groza winner (Dan Bailey) as placekicker last season and made 22 of 25 field goals, including all 14 of his attempts inside 30 yards.

CALEB STURGIS FLORIDA SENIOR

After being out with a back injury, Sturgis rebounded as a medical redshirt in 2011 to become a Groza finalist, making 22 of 26 kicks, including a 55-yarder against Vanderbilt.

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