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January 13, 2014

Kicking it up a notch

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His highlight kick, however, was another 44-yard field goal with 3:21 left in the Greyhounds’ 26-23 victory over American International College. Beuchert had been hoping for a chance to to kick a game-winner, and he was pleased his coaches had the confidence to send him out in a big game against AIC.

“It’s an incredible feeling, overwhelming. It was something I always dreamed of and I think every kicker should dream of. It wasn’t last second, but I had missed my only extra point of the season in that game and it happened to be a tie game. I was pretty hard on myself on the sideline,” said Beuchert, a psychology major with a minor in biology.

“I had an opportunity to kick a 27-yarder (later) and then, with three minutes left, the go-ahead field goal. It was just an incredible opportunity, something that I always thought if I had the chance I needed to take advantage of it.”

Beuchert said he feels comfortable kicking from as deep as 55 yards, and the Assumption coaching staff obviously had confidence in him from long range. He connected on seven field goals from 35 yards or more, including four from 40-plus. He was also 34-for-35 on extra points.

Basically a self-taught kicker, Beuchert has put a lot of work in during the offseason. He’s especially grateful for being able to train with Peter Reppas of Repertoire Fitness.

“I worked really hard with Peter Reppas, who I’ve been training with for eight years now. He got my mindset ready to go into the season. He said to play like someone was trying to take my job,” said Beuchert, who also credited his parents, Doreen and Ted, for constant support.

“I’m in the best shape of my life and I competed every day. I acted like someone would come take my job and they brought another kicker in (to Assumption). We became good friends, but we competed every day.”

That drive to succeed propelled Beuchert into an award-winning season.

Now, he wants to find out how far it can carry him.

“I haven’t scratched the surface at all. I’m going to break out one day and do something big. Kicking is going to take me somewhere,” Beuchert said. “That’s my dream and I’m doing it one step at a time. I want to be successful in my craft.”

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