Sade in Range of Scoring Record

Kickers are always scoring leaders, and on a list of former State kickers that includes All-American Steve Videtich, All-American and Lou Groza Award winner Marc Primanti and Super Bowl Champion Steven Hauschka (who only played at State one season), Niklas Sade is standing out as one of college football’s premier kickers.

Sade has 250 points, which puts him at fourth in Career Scoring, behind Ted Brown (312 points), Josh Czajkowski (257) and Stan Fritts (256). Trailing Brown by 62 points, if he matched his 2013 total (88) he will easily pass Brown. For more, see the 2014 Media Guide (GoPack.com, pg. 72).

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North Carolina State kicker Niklas Sade is on the verge of becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer, yet he says he doesn’t even remember his biggest moments – like his 43-yard game-winner over Maryland as a sophomore.

“Usually I don’t remember,” Sade said. “I’m so in the zone that everything around me is just blocked out.”

Sade is coming off a junior campaign in which he recorded 88 points — good for the sixth best single-season scoring output by any Wolfpack player in history. With a career total of 250 points entering 2014, he now needs just 63 points to pass Ted Brown on the Pack’s all-time career scoring list.

“I’m not thinking about it going into the season,” Sade said. “It’s pretty great I am in a situation I can do something like that for the program, but I am going to go into the season and take it one kick at a time.”

In 2012, Sade was just 13 of 23 on field goals, including 5-for-14 on kicks over 38 yards.

With the dismissal of Tom O’Brien following that season and the hiring of Dave Doeren, Sade knew he had to get back on track if he wanted to keep his job.

“With Doeren coming in I kind of put myself in his shoes,” Sade said. “If I was looking at the stat sheet and saw a kicker with the percentage I had on field goals I would be worried. I wanted him to trust me and I wanted my teammates to trust me.”

Sade retained the kicking duties and proceeded to hit his first seven field goals in 2013 – including a career-best four in the opener against Louisiana Tech. Confidence had been restored.

“Just being comfortable knowing that anywhere coach puts me on the field I can make that field goal,” Sade said.

He finished the season 19-for-23 and hit better than 50 percent from over 38 yards en route to earning team MVP honors and becoming a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award honoring the nation’s top kicker.

“(I take pride in) how much I put on myself after my sophomore season and being able to recover like that and showing how I can play,” Sade said. “I (want to) play to my potential and even work off of that to get better this year.”

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  • #54191

    JackWolf
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    Kickers are always scoring leaders, and on a list of former State kickers that includes All-American Steve Videtich, All-American and Lou Groza Award
    [See the full post at: Sade in Range of Scoring Record]

    #54192

    Mike
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    Good for Nik, though I hope the majority of his scoring comes in 1’s and not 3’s. His kickoffs can also be a factor by forcing touchbacks and not allowing the returns. It’s the little things in the game that add up to a lot.

    #54193

    BJD95
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    NC State has been blessed with some true badass kickers. Mike Cofer, Damon Hartman, Steven Hauschka, Niklas Sade.

    I am committed to playing fantasy football through the 2015 season, just because I want the experience of having Smooth Operator on my team.

    #54195

    ryebread
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    We’ve had some great kickers and I actually think Sade is the best on kickoffs of any of them. That’s a fantastic weapon to control field position and prevent the KO return for TD that just kills momentum and hurts a team that struggles to score. Big time programs like FSU always have a guy that can put it out of the back of the end zone, and it’s been really nice to see that out of Sade.

    Having said that, Sade’s 88 points last year were in part due to an offense that couldn’t punch one in. I’d prefer him having a Primati like senior season (perfect on a ton of PATs and a high percentage on a few kicked FGs), even if that doesn’t mean he breaks our scoring record.

    Also, when the kicker is the guy getting press in the local rags, it kind of tells you about recruiting and expectations. I mean, I’m fully behind Sade, our team, etc., but if the kicker is your best hope for All Conference (and All American), then is there any real doubt about the talent level?

    #54196

    BJD95
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    Yes, it isn’t a great sign when your kicker is team MVP, and by a very large margin.

    But from the NC State “It can ALWAYS get worse” file…imagine if we had to say the same thing about our PUNTER.

    #54200

    PackFamily
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    NC State has been blessed with some true badass kickers. Mike Cofer, Damon Hartman, Steven Hauschka, Niklas Sade.

    John Deraney?!

    #54205

    tjfoose1
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    John Deraney?!

    ???

    #54206

    TheCOWDOG
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    Yep. Deraney was money on touchbacks, money on PATS, and the virtual offense during the Davis/Stone yrs.

    He was a pretty good punter, double-dipping,as he did.

    Hey,if we cross that goal line 4 times p/g, I’m all good for The Smooth Operator puttin up 3’s

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