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January 13, 2014

Kicking it up a notch

For many college football players playing below the Division 1 level, All-American recognition is the ultimate goal.

But not Danvers’ Tad Beuchert, whose selection as a Beyond Sports Network Honorable Mention All-American after his senior season at Division 2 Assumption College may just be a stairway to something more.

A placekicker with one year of eligibility remaining, Beuchert believes he is full of untapped potential — and that kicking is an avenue he intends to fully explore moving forward.

“Kicking is going to stay with me a while; I’m going to chase the dream for as long as I need to. Not because of the awards, but because it’s hard to let go of,” Beuchert said. “I love to do it and I’d love to play again.”

Beuchert, who was also named to the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region One Third Team this week, may spend his fifth year at Assumption. But has some offseason plans to tackle before discussing his situation with the coaching staff.

Next weekend he’ll head to Phoenix, Ariz. for Coach Zauner’s Kicker & Kickoff Specialists Camp for instruction, exposure and a better idea of where his talent stacks up against some other kickers from across the country.

In terms of experience, Beuchert is relatively new to the kicking game. He grew up playing soccer and didn’t make the switch to football until his junior year at St. John’s Prep. His first season kicking at the high school level was spent with the junior varsity team, then he advanced to the varsity as a senior.

He earned the starting kicking job at Assumption as a junior and has made major strides while in college.

This season he was selected to the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team after leading the conference with 79 kicking points. He was tops in the NE-10 with 15 field goals and ranked eighth nationally. He blasted a career-best 48-yarder in a 41-27 win over Saint Anselm College, and kicked a 44-yard field goal in overtime in a game Assumption eventually lost to Stonehill, 41-38.

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