Guys say he’s hit from 60 in practice dozens of times over the years. I think under normal conditions and circumstances in a game, most coaches would put him out there with confidence up to and including the mid 50’s. His game winner against Yale (the second one haha) was good from over 60 if you rewatch it.
FWIW Delaware kicker Ryan Coe hit the portal and was just picked up by Cincinnati. Overall, this year he was 14-17 in FGs (including 5-6 30-39, 4-5 40-49, and 2-3 over 50 yards) and 23-23 for extra points.
I think Ng has plenty of leg. For the NFL, consistency and accuracy are key, and another year could allow him to achieve NFL level consistency. IIRC the Patriots drafted a kicker this year who could kick the ball a mile, but he missed a few extra points in pre-season games, was put on the practice squad, and eventually released. The Pats went with the venerable Nick Folk because he is amazingly accurate. I'm completely rooting for Derek to achieve his dream.
Post by bringbackcaro on Dec 9, 2021 9:57:07 GMT -5
Between this and the Chesney job thread, I’m amazed at how many people seem to not follow college football outside of Holy Cross.
Ng had a very nice career at Holy Cross, but the idea that he is one of the best kickers in the country and/or an NFL prospect is a bit much.
Ng's .588 FG% (10-17) this year ranked him 70th in the county in 1-AA, and would have ranked him 108th (of 112) in 1-A. If you remove his 1-3 mark on 50+ FGs, he'd be at .642, or 60th in 1-AA, and 102nd in 1-A.
Chesney's star kicker at Assumption, Cole Tracy, was 27-29 (.931) in his final year at Assumption, and then was 29-33 (.878) at LSU after transferring for his Senior year. Despite that extremely impressive resume, Tracy has never even made it onto a practice squad in the NFL.
There are 32 kicking jobs in the NFL, and very few turn over each year. The posters on this message board have about the same chance as Ng at landing one of those spots.
I thought we were discussing grad school, not "making a living." Another year of development could make a big difference.
I was thinking full scholarship. Those are very difficult for kickers to earn. The Delaware kid (clearly a superior kicker) landed one (for both his remaining years) with Cincinnati. Cincinnati made it a high priority (apparently their field goal situation is currently horrendous - one fan site notes: Cincinnati finished the season 129th-out of-130 FBS teams in team field goal percentage (43.75%)... Northwestern was the only team worse than the Bearcats... The Bearcats will try to score a touchdown on every one of their Cotton Bowl possessions to avoid ever attempting a field goal.).
Post by midwestsader05 on Dec 9, 2021 10:24:47 GMT -5
Ng will be on scholi somewhere in the fall. Does he have a type of grad program in mind and that is driving his decision making (i.e. he's leveraging his talent to get into a top tier post grad program)...we don't know. He made kicks when it mattered. Also, I agree he has the leg but needs to improve consistency. However, the stats don't discriminate for kicks that were blocked or bad snaps that weren't on him. I can think of several off the top of my head.
Post by cruskater31 on Dec 9, 2021 11:12:13 GMT -5
I believe UNLV, in his hometown is looking for a kicker. A program such as UNLV might be a good fit talent wise (although I am not sure academically). USC might have a need also. Based on perusing the rosters of some major programs, most carry at least 2-3 kickers with Bama having 4. Perhaps a team thinks they are poised to make a run but only have a true freshman kicker or missed out on the recruiting cycle and want a stop gap kicker for a year. He could fit in that scenario.
Post by Sons of Vaval on Dec 9, 2021 11:31:58 GMT -5
Not that I disagree with Caro’s take here, but leave it to him to dump on Chesney, Ng, Sluka, and others involved with the football program, while giving everyone associated with the men’s basketball program a total pass.