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September 5, 2013

Kicking into high gear

BLOOMINGTON – As a Sycamore, Tanner Fritschle is picking up right where he left off as a Hatchet.

Fritschle, Indiana State’s junior place kicker, headed to Indiana State two years ago after a record setting career kicking for the Black and Gold.

Last season Fritschle set an Indiana State school record by hitting 83.3 percent (15-18) of his field goals, including a long of 48 yards in ISU’s win at FCS No. 1 North Dakota State. He was also good on 29-30 extra points and averaged 62.4 yards per kick off, including 23 touchbacks. In addition, Fritschle was good on big kicks as he connected on field goals to end the first half in each of ISU’s first four games of the campaign.

Now, as a junior, Fritschle is more experienced and in line to not only take on more of a leadership role for the Sycamores, but also to be an even better kicker than the he was a year ago.

“Everyone gets, bigger, stronger, faster when they get in college, so that’s kind of expected. Being a junior you kind of know how to pace yourself, how to slow things down during practice or speed things up to where it needs to be,” said Fritschle. “So that’s a big learning curve there, just learning how much to put into everything, and just to take mental reps instead.

“I’ve always been the one guy, the one kicker who comes in. I still get called the kicker, just like back at home in Washington. It’s really just motivating, picking the guys up on the sidelines when things are going rough,” said Fritschle. “If things are going good it’s just maintaining the momentum of everybody. We’re specialists, we’re separate from everybody, but we’re still a part of the team.”

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