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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Improving Rutgers kicker Kyle Federico prepares for any weather in Seattle

(AP photo)
By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

The forecast for Thursday at Seattle's CenturyLink Stadium is a high of 76 degrees and partly cloudy. Those at Rutgers are waiting for one on up-and-down kicker Kyle Federico.

Federico, a career 60.2 percent kicker, has felt the ebbs and flows of another training camp. He rebounded from a rough outing in Rutgers' first scrimmage in which he went 1-for-4, eventually drawing praise from head coach Kyle Flood.

Federico missed four of five kicks during one stretch last year before rebounding to go 8-for-10 in Rutgers' final six games.

"I'm just trying to keep getting better and better," Federico said Wednesday. "I'll throw in those couple bad kicks. That's when you have to go straight back to the basics. No matter how well I'm doing, I like to focus on the basics, key on those things. That's what's going to bring me (to) my best potential."

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For the record, Federico's ready for whatever pattern rain-heavy Seattle throws at him against Washington State.

"That shouldn't really change what you do," he said. "No matter what the weather's going to be out there, I'm going to go out there and do what I've been doing here in the good weather, bad weather, whether it's going to be cold (like) in the Pinstripe Bowl or rainy in Seattle."

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