Respect the kicker
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Most people don’t look at the kicker or the punter as a prime example of what football’s all about. They aren’t out there dodging tackles or delivering big hits, but they’re an intricate part of the game in a different way. Broken Arrow High School senior Chandler Saied is both the punter and kicker for the Tigers and he’s hoping that in his last year he can help get BA to the state championship game for a second consecutive year.
There’s a common perception that the kicker is the butt of all the jokes and gets treated differently by other players and coaches. Saied clears the air and says it’s just a myth and that in his case, it’s the exact opposite.
“It’s thought to be that we get treated worse, but honestly everyone likes me so I kind of get spoiled a little bit and don’t really have to do as much as any other position,” Saied said.
Saied first started kicking in third grade but has just recently started punting. He’s worked with both coaches Seth Ramsay and Billy Gates to try and perfect his game.
Ramsay has been helping with Saied’s punting a lot both in the offseason and in practice. He’s impressed with how Saied is constantly working on his game.
“Chandler has focused more on hangtime,” Ramsay said. “Basically, if you put it in Chandler’s head, he will find a way to be great at it.”
Gates has also noticed Saied’s work ethic and has been impressed by his drive to get better even throughout the season.
“He has done very well this year,” Gates said. “He works on his technique daily to be the best he can be.”
Saied knows that one of the keys to being a good kicker is being mentally focused and prepared for those game changing kicks. Gates said that it’s one of the areas that Saied excels. That preparation helps him in becoming one of the top scorers at Broken Arrow.
“The best part about being a kicker is you get to score the most points,” Saied said. “People don’t really notice it but when you look at the stats, I’m up there. I’m either number one or two, I’m not real sure.”
Saied would like to continue kicking in college and is still waiting to see if he gets more offers before he makes his decision where.