Hauschka in Vikings Camp

The Fort Mill Times (Fort Mill has a newspaper? Really?) has a nice write-up on former Wolfpack kicker Steven Hauschka. Stuck behind steady, strong-legged Ryan Longwell on the depth chart, it’s unlikely that he’ll be in a Viking uniform this year. Still, it sounds like he is at least getting notice in camp:

Longwell and special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro have helped Hauschka change his kicking style, with the biggest adjustment involving shortening his delivery and reducing the amount of time it takes him to get a field-goal attempt off.

“A lot of guys I’ve suggested stuff to, they don’t listen and they don’t make it,” Longwell said. “So that’s why I say Steve has a legit chance, because he is now kicking the ball in a style and a form that can make it in this league.”

Ferraro said it didn’t take long for Hauschka to get the hang of it.

“He’s done a good job adjusting to it and his times are really good now,” Ferraro said.

The Vikings open the preseason on Friday night against Seattle, and just how the kicking duties are going to be split in the four games has yet to be determined.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said Hauschka “has an NFL leg,” and Loeffler agrees.

“He’s been tweaking a few things on his field goals, but his kickoffs have been incredible,” Loeffler said. “That’s something that could definitely get a guy in the league and keep him there for a long time. A guy like him could come in and really do some damage because he can hang it up there for a long time.”

I really hope he makes it. In my mind, Hauschka was clearly the team’s MVP last year. It’s weird to say this about a kicker, but he was a genuine badass. Click here to relive his finest moment wearing the red and white, when he carried the Pack to victory in Coral Gables.

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25 Responses to Hauschka in Vikings Camp

  1. James 08/06/2008 at 10:53 AM #

    Sent this to a coworker from Minneapolis. “State must be an easy school,” he says, citing this from the article:

    “He also went from the rigorous course work of neuroscience at a demanding academic school to enrolling in Park/Recreation and Tourism at NC State.”

    Even when we get some coverage there’s a downside.

  2. Noah 08/06/2008 at 12:25 PM #

    Is Southern Cal an easy school because Matt Leinhart only had to take ballroom dancing his final semester?

    Hauschka was at Middlebury (which is an outstanding school) and realized he still had a bit of eligibility left, so he contacted TOB about going to BC. When TOB came to NC State, he was able to bring Hauschka with him.

    As I recall, Hauschka wants to go to med school. Since we don’t have a post-graduate med school, he just enrolled in something general to fulfill his eligibility requirements to play football. He would have done the same thing at BC. Just like Leinhart had already graduated USC and simply needed to stay enrolled for three more months to finish out his football career.

  3. geojim1990 08/06/2008 at 12:26 PM #

    I fail to see the logic in your friend’s statement. Obviously not everyone at NC State majors in Parks & Rec. Also, do the majority of scholarship athletes at other schools pursue rigorous majors?

  4. vtpackfan 08/06/2008 at 12:27 PM #

    He also went from kicking in cow fields in Middlebury Vermont to making it big and being noticed playing BCS football. TOB, a NCAA loophole and The School of Natural Resoucres made that happen.

    Good Luck Steven, maybe you will get a chance to diagnoss Farve’s neuro-pschy.

  5. Noah 08/06/2008 at 12:40 PM #

    BTW, if you ever get a chance to visit Middlebury College, do it. It’s an incredibly beautiful campus. It’s this little town in a valley in Vermont next to the Addirondack and the Green Mountains.

    I’m more of a fan of beaches than mountains, but even I was impressed. The football stadium has a seating capacity of about 12 people, but it’s on a little plateau with the mountains all around it. Very scenic.

    And now back to trashing Parks and Rec and Tourism majors…

  6. geojim1990 08/06/2008 at 1:15 PM #

    To be fair to your friend, the author of the article did insinuate that NC State is a fluff institution … at least compared to Middlebury. I guess it could be worse though, we could offer a journalism degree so people could learn to write uninformed crap like the piece we are discussing.

  7. packalum44 08/06/2008 at 2:05 PM #

    i didn’t see any insinuations that NC State was a fluff school. Noah makes good point. only an idiot like people who live in Minnesota (kidding) would make a negative comment about NC State based on that article.

    last year NC State was ranked 85 overall in academics by US News. BTW, those rankings are b.s. For the accounting program, which I graduated from undergrad and graduate, we were ranked 20th which is good. Don’t remember exact figures but about 25% of the rankings were based on what Professors thought about the schools. 15% or so was what recruiters thought about the schools. So if I am a professor at UCLA and you ask me what I think about NC State’s accounting program compared to USC’s or Arizona…what the hell does someone from Cal. know about NC and the other way around. What does a Cal. recruiter from PWC know about NC State or Wake Forest?

    By the way, all my friends majoring in engineering really breezed through school. So easy in fact they made 60K with a 4 year degree at 23 years old.

  8. Noah 08/06/2008 at 2:27 PM #

    After you get your second job, does anyone really care where you went to school?

    In my profession, it’s all about your portfolio, clips, samples, and recommendations. You could have gone to Hamburger University.

    If you’re an engineer, they want to know if you’re licensed and accredited and that you can play well with others, don’t they?

  9. packbackr04 08/06/2008 at 2:32 PM #

    “”CHAPEL HILL — Former Burlington Cummings wideout Dwight Jones, who is currently enrolled and practicing at Div. II Valdosta State, might end up being a Tar Heel after all.

    According to, Jones’ academics may have been judged under the wrong set of rules, leaving him eligible to play Division I football. “”

    those wacky tarheels, they just do whatever the hell they want and noone seems to care. So Butch is just gonna add a reciever cause he doesnt like waht hes got? seems logical

  10. Afterglow 08/06/2008 at 2:35 PM #

    Hey, settle down their pal; I went to Hamburger University! Nice campus, pastoral (a little stinky) but pastoral.

  11. Noah 08/06/2008 at 3:06 PM #

    I actually think I got my references mixed up. Hamburger U is some sort of McDonald’s training facility. Bovine University is the one I was thinking of.

    That’s the one that Chief Wiggum’s booger-eating moron of a son said he wanted to go to…

  12. primacyone 08/06/2008 at 3:37 PM #

    Wasn’t the first football scrimaage today? Does anybody know anyone that knows someone who was in attendance?

  13. Afterglow 08/06/2008 at 3:47 PM #

    Those Myopic Bovines have nothing on Hamburger University! Go Patties!

  14. Afterglow 08/06/2008 at 3:52 PM #

    Uh, holy crap, you’re not kidding! They train managers.

  15. Dr. BadgerPack 08/06/2008 at 3:58 PM #

    “Wasn’t the first football scrimaage today? Does anybody know anyone that knows someone who was in attendance?”

    I did hear that Heather Dinich showed up during lunch and thought the team looked rather lethargic…

  16. Noah 08/06/2008 at 6:13 PM #

    Uh, holy crap, you’re not kidding! They train managers.

    I don’t know anyone who actually attended, however, everytime it comes up, I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a high school classmate. When I graduated from college, we were talking about what we were doing, what our plans were, etc. He kept talking about “McDonalds” and his “career path.”

    All I could think was that when you use those two phrases in conjunction with one another, you’ve obviously made some very poor decisions.

  17. geojim1990 08/06/2008 at 6:52 PM #

    I hate to pick nits, but if you don’t see anything in–

    He also went from the rigorous course work of neuroscience at a demanding academic school to enrolling in Park/Recreation and Tourism at NC State.

    –that insinuates NC State is somehow inferior to Middlebury then we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

  18. choppack1 08/06/2008 at 10:05 PM #

    Scrimmage notes – Beck had the most impressive #s overall ( I think this was the case the first scrimmage last year), Evans was 4-7, Wilson was 3-6 for 20 yards w/ an INT, Glennon was 9-13 for 105 w/ 1 INT.

  19. Noah 08/07/2008 at 8:35 AM #

    that insinuates NC State is somehow inferior to Middlebury then we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

    According to the USN&WR lists, the Princeton Review, and the WSJ, it is.

    But it’s sort of like comparing an Abrams tank to an F-14 and asking which is the better passenger car.

    Middlebury is an teeny, exclusive, Ivy-caliber, liberal arts college that’s hidden away in a little valley up in New England. NC State is a land grant, state-run A&T university with 30,000 students. They have entirely different missions.

    You compare Middlebury with schools like Bowdoin and Amherst and Bates and Williams. You compare NC State to Michigan State and Auburn and Tex. A&M and Ohio State and UCLA.

  20. packalum44 08/07/2008 at 2:56 PM #

    thanks for the bold geojim1990…missed that…well in that case, screw them. should have been phrased – “demanding curriculum” instead of school…most likely the author majored in journalism so anything that makes them feel better. btw, i had a friend who earned a masters in journalism from NorthWestern (i think they have a good journalism school) and she isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. they start out making 20K a year with a masters. easy major, lots of idiots out there.

  21. Noah 08/07/2008 at 3:58 PM #

    If you have a masters in journalism (unless you’re planning on teaching), you are an idiot. And I have some swampland to sell you, while we’re at it.

  22. Noah 08/07/2008 at 3:59 PM #

    I’m trying to think of a more useless master’s degree…does anyone offer a master’s in P.E?

    A master’s from Hamburger U. would be more appropriate.

  23. primacyone 08/08/2008 at 12:47 PM #

    Scout is finally reviewing the new OL recruit Good. Here is what the analyst they found that has seen him has to say:

    “An absolute mauler, Good is one of the most explosive OL in his class. Has great length and gets excellent extension on DL. His two greatest assets are his feet and his upper-body strength. Overmatches nearly every opponent with quick first step and desire to punish. Is one of the top finishers at his position and will contribute immediately at the next level–Burke Hayes”

  24. EverettBeez 08/09/2008 at 11:14 AM #

    My fine “institution” offers a PhD in Emergency Management. . . on-line. You can get your BS, MA & PhD all on-line from us. So, I guess you get to tell the cheezer with the BS to go direct traffic and he has to call you Dr. Or maybe you learn that when there is a bomb in the trash can you yell loudly “RUN EVERYONE, RUN!!”

    But less you forget, we are also the school the Perrilloux chose to bless with his presence. He’s been golfing a lot and staying out of trouble.

  25. EverettBeez 08/09/2008 at 11:23 AM #

    just looking at the Star-Tribune (another McClatchy-crappy Paper!) and they Vikings turned it over 5 times – no mention of the kicking game at all. He did have a 35 yrd fg & hit two extra points. The other guy didn’t kick at all last night.

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