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Monday, June 17, 2013
Aggie Snapshot: K Taylor Bertolet

By Sam Khan Jr.

During the summer, GigEmNation will take a closer look at returning starters and other key players on the two-deep for Texas A&M -- excluding the Aggies' 2013 recruiting class -- that could make notable impact this fall in our Aggie Snapshot series. Starting with No. 1 De'Vante Harris, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 95 Julien Obioha.

No. 24 Taylor Bertolet
Sophomore kicker

Impact thus far: As a redshirt freshman, Bertolet was 13-of-22 on field goals (59.1 percent). On point-after-touchdown kick attempts, Bertolet was 67-of-74. He handled all 103 kickoffs, averaging 63.1 yards per kick and recording 65 touchbacks. Consistency was perhaps his biggest issue. Though he showed an accurate deep leg (he was 3-for-4 from 50 yards or further out), he had significant trouble from 30-49 yards, where he was 2-for-9 on field goals.

Expectations for 2013: The Aggies are looking for improved consistency from Bertolet this fall. New special teams coordinator Jeff Banks, a former college punter himself, said that Bertolet showed much progress in the spring.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Bertolet overcomes his inconsistency issues and becomes one of the top placekickers in the conference and perhaps the country.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: The struggles of 2012 ruminate in his mind and lead to more inconsistency, which hurts Texas A&M's ability to win close football games.

Future impact: Head coach Kevin Sumlin recently compared Bertolet's struggles to those of former Aggie kicker Randy Bullock. Eventually, Bullock became an All-American who won the Lou Groza Award, the honor that goes to the nation's best kicker, before he left Aggieland for an NFL career. Bertolet's leg strength suggests that he has the potential to accomplish something similar down the road, but this season will be key in his development.