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Monday, September 22, 2008
Kicking winner could be invited to try out for Red Raiders

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas Tech might have found a kicker after coach Mike Leach was impressed with the performance of a student who won an in-game promotion while the Red Raiders were playing Massachusetts.

Student Matt Williams, a junior education major, was invited to try out for the Red Raiders after he converted a 30-yard attempt at the end of the third quarter of the Red Raiders' victory.

"We're always looking for guys who can come help us," Leach said. "We'll see if his stuff checks out. We don't have a lot of depth there."

Leach has maintained a history of employing walk-on kickers during much of his coaching tenure with players like Robert Treece and Alex Trlica. He invested a scholarship in an incoming freshman kicker Donnie Carona for the first time in his tenure this season with mixed results.

Carona has misfired on four of his five field-goal attempts, including all three tries from more than 40 yards.

Leach was impressed enough to notice that Williams' kick Saturday had more height and power than any of the others who have tried in the promotion.

"I've seen that guy try one kick," Leach said. "But the difference between his and the others is that they barely got off the ground. His got his up right away."