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October 10, 2012

Beuchert kicking it up a notch at Assumption

Sometimes in life the destination chooses you.

Football was never the first choice for Tad Beuchert, but four years after putting his first set of shoulder pads on he’s making his mark on the gridiron for Assumption College.

Beuchert made a transition from soccer to football during his junior year at St. John’s Prep, eventually taking over the Eagles’ kicking duties as a senior. He performed well enough and enjoyed it enough to continue at Division 2 Assumption, where he earned the starting place-kicker job this fall as a junior.

“I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love football,” Beuchert said. “I never thought I would say that. It’s definitely a different path, but it definitely turned out the best for me.”

Beuchert grew up playing soccer, but found himself in an unusual position when he was cut from the St. John’s program at the beginning of his junior year. The next day he went to the office of Eagles’ football coach and Athletic Director Jim O’Leary to inquire about football.

It quickly became clear that Beuchert could help the St. John’s kicking game.

“I played receiver for a little bit, but I had trouble remembering the plays and running routes,” said Beuchert, a Danvers native. “Coach O’Leary saw that I could kick and they trusted me with the JV team at first, then I made an appearance the next year on the varsity and did very well. I had one field goal my senior year, but I made the most of it kicking it during the Thanksgiving Day game against Xaverian. I definitely like the pressure; that’s my favorite part. It’s never easy and it’s always something different.”

So far Beuchert has thrived under pressure as a college kicker. He has been named the Northeast-10 Special Teams Player of the Week twice already this season and he ranks among the top 20 kickers in Division 2.

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