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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- When attempting to diagnose what contributed to the inconsistency of Texas A&M place-kicker Taylor Bertolet in the 2012 season, new special teams coordinator Jeff Banks decided he would go straight to the video for his own, uninfluenced, unbiased opinions.

So he set out to watch Bertolet's performance from every game, from the season opener against Florida to the season finale in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, without asking for opinions from current or previous coaches, including head coach Kevin Sumlin.

One thing stood out to Banks, and it's one thing that few have doubted about Bertolet -- and it's why there's plenty of hope that his redshirt sophomore season is much better than the last one.

"I made my whole opinion based off that," Banks said of his film study. "He's an unbelievable talent and he has a great leg. But there were some fundamental things from the first game of the season against Florida to the last game of the season [that he struggled with]."

In 2012, Bertolet was 13-of-22 on field goal attempts, a 59.1 percent success rate. On extra-point kicks, he was 67-of-74. His talent level has never appeared to be a question. He was an Under Armour All-American in high school and was ranked among the best kickers in the nation coming out of Reading (Pa.) Exeter Township. Despite his struggles, he has a strong enough leg to hit from long distances (his longest field goal last year was 54 yards and he was 3-of-4 on attempts from 50 yards or further).

So this spring for Banks and Bertolet has been about correcting or eliminating those fundamental errors any way possible.

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