In an age of sports psychology and modern mental exercises that keep athletes relaxed and ready, Air Force kicker Will Conant sticks to a slightly older technique.
“When I’m on the sideline, I’m praying the whole time,” said the junior from Edmond, Okla. “It just calms me down and gets me in my own world.”
The approach is working.
Conant has hit his first three field goal attempts this season, with makes of 52, 34 and 33 yards. He’s also made all five PATs that he has attempted. The 14 points makes Conant the team’s leading scorer.
This marks a significant improvement from last year, when Air Force made just 4 of 10 field goals last year.
Conant had not attempted a kick at the collegiate level before this season.
“I’m really comfortable out there, that’s the big thing,” Conant said. “And that I can contribute to the team.”
Conant was a kicker exclusively for his high school football team and also played soccer.
“I had to make some choices,” he said. “My senior year I really made some defining decisions on what I was going to pursue with camps and showcases and things like that.
“It worked out.”