December 19, 2014

Rams pick Missouri Western kicker

The Rams took Zuerlein with the first pick of the 6th round (171st overall) in the NFL Draft Saturday. The Missouri Western kicker is the third Griffon in school history to hear his name called on draft day. He was the second kicker taken in the 2012 draft, after Texas A&M’s Randy Bullock went to Houston in the fifth round.

Zuerlein came to Western in 2011 after his former school, Nebraska-Omaha, dropped its football program. All he did was produce one of the most prolific seasons by a kicker in NCAA history. Zuerlein was 23-24 in field goals in 2011, including making an NCAA record 21 straight. He also was a perfect 9-9 in field goals of 50 yards or more (including two 58-yarders) which has never been done at any level. His .952 field goal percentage led the nation. He also had 30 touchbacks in his first and only season in a Griffon uniform.

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