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Kicker completes zero to hero journey

Sophomore Gibbons puts struggles behind, delivers one sweet game-winning boot

Updated: January 4, 2012, 3:08 AM ET
By Michael Rothstein | WolverineNation

NEW ORLEANS -- A season ago, if this situation unfolded -- Michigan needing a field goal to win a game -- everyone inside the stadium would have shuddered. Even some of Brendan Gibbons' teammates might have had concerns.

This was a kicker who couldn't kick, a guy who was so maligned last season he lost his job to walk-on Seth Broekhuizen.

Yet a year later, with Michigan in overtime in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and needing a field goal to win, Gibbons trotted out and everyone had more ...

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