Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gwaltney Kicks Cavs Seminoles Sophomore Gets Season Highs in FGs, Points

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gwaltney Kicks Cavs Seminoles Sophomore Gets Season Highs in FGs, Points

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TALLAHASSEE -- By Florida State kicking-game standards, Chance Gwaltney is on a roll.

Maybe two consecutive games with no kicking-game disasters shouldn't qualify as a trend, but when it's FSU, any shred of good news is cause for hope. And in every area, from kickoffs to field-goal attempts to conversions, Gwaltney came through in the Seminoles' 37-3 victory over Virginia yesterday.

Gwaltney, a sophomore from nearby Cairo, Ga., made all four of his extra-point attempts to give him 13 in a row in the last two weeks. He added field goals of 22, 25 and 36 yards, and knocked four kickoffs into the end zone after hooking the opening boot of the game out-of-bounds.

His total of field goals and points were season-highs for an FSU kicker. Gwaltney, who said he was unable to kick in practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a slight groin pull, entered the game with only two field goals for the year. But in the last two games he has boosted his total points from 11 to 33.

FSU coach Bobby Bowden actually felt comfortable enough with Gwaltney's day to give freshman Brett Cimorelli a chance to try a 42-yard field-goal attempt with 1:54 left. He bounced it off the left crossbar.

None of Gwaltney's field-goal attempts was of lengthy, Sebastian Janikowski proportions. But he did exactly what FSU coach Bobby Bowden asked when he gave him the starting job 11 days ago.

"Coach Bowden told me he wanted more consistency with short field goals and extra points," Gwaltney said. "That was pretty much it. I felt more relaxed in practice since then, and it's all a matter of confidence. My confidence right now is pretty good."

Other FSU players also seem relieved that for the moment someone is making the gimmees -- especially Gwaltney, the most experienced of the 'Noles' three kickers

"Someone needed to get in there and be consistent and make the easy ones, and I'm glad it's Chance," said center Jarad Moon. …

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