Chat with Mason Crosby
ESPN.com's Scouts Inc. has evaluated every player in the draft and this is what they say about Crosby: ''Crosby did not have a great senior season, he gets too many kicks blocked and his stats may be a bit inflated. However, he possesses a rare blend of power and accuracy, which is why he still grades out as the clear-cut No. 1 kicker in the 2007 class. Crosby projects as a late first-day or early second-day pick.''
Send in your questions now, then join Crosby on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:01 PM)
Mason is here and ready to take your questions!
Colin (georgetown, tx)
Hey Mason, Do you ever find time to play soccer anymore?
Mason Crosby (2:02 PM)
Actually, I get out occasionally over Christmas break and just kick the ball around with my brother, dad and my brother's friends. It's a great workout.
Mason Crosby (2:02 PM)
I haven't done anything competitive in a couple of years, though.
Vineet (Chicago, IL)
Who was your favorite player growing up?
Mason Crosby (2:04 PM)
My favorite player was Joe Montana. I loved watching him compete and whenever they were winning Super Bowls...my team was the Cowboys, but I loved watching Montana play, because he's such a strong competitor and I wanted to be like that.
Yo Mason, CU alum here...what's the #1 thing Hawk has to do to turn the program around? Good luck in the NFL!
Mason Crosby (2:05 PM)
I think he's doing a lot of the right things. Really putting an emphasis on training in the offseason, getting guys motivated. The key is to keep getting the top recruits to come to CU. He's got a pretty good class this year and it's just something that will take a little bit of time, but he'll keep doing it to build a strong program.
Wes (North CA)
I watched you play in many games while at Colorado and was always impressed with the range you have on your kicks. What is the longest FG you ever made? And do you like kicking on grass or turf better?
Mason Crosby (2:06 PM)
Longest kick I've ever made...in pregame, I've kicked about 72 yards, 60 in a game. And I love kicking on grass. It's not always as true as turf, but there's something about the feel of grass and I love playing on grass.
Mason Crosby (2:08 PM)
That's how football is supposed to be. You've got to overcome all of that uneven ground.
Jordan (Pittsburgh, PA)
Mason, tell me about your experience at the combine?
Buzzmaster (2:20 PM)
Sorry for the delay .. some computer issues causing us to not be able to post answers .. but Mason is still taking your questions and we will get them posted as soon as we can!
Mason Crosby (2:31 PM)
To answer the question about the combine: It was an intense and mentally-challenging experience each day. I felt I was lucky enough to be there and I worked so hard to get there, that I really enjoyed myself. I just talked to teams, kicked and enjoyed every second I was there. It was stressful and hectic, but I'm blessed to have had the chance to take part in it. It's a crazy situation. They test you on everything. They tell you to get up on stage in front of 300-400 guys in your underwear and you just do it. But I enjoyed it.
We all know you've got a strong leg, but what are the things you are working on as you look to make an NFL roster?
Mason Crosby (2:34 PM)
I'm always working on being consistent, having the same kick every time. Never changing what I do. I'm just working on being as accurate as I can be on field goals and on hang time and distance on kickoffs. Even when I'm kicking at my best, I know I can always kick better. I'm also working on onside kicks, as well. They are the biggest craft in kicking. It's something I want to get better at.
Sherry (Arvada, CO)
Which quality do you feel is stronger for you: accuracy or leg strength?
Mason Crosby (2:35 PM)
I think it's kind of a combo of both. But the quality I do like the most is being accurate inside of 50 yards and making those clutch kicks. Most guys in my position can hit a ball 50 yards, but being able to do it in the clutch and being consistent inside of 50 is something I take pride in. I love kicking the long ones, but making those that some take for granted is very important.
Ben (DM, Iowa)
Historically kickers are the teams scapegoat. What do you say to people who tell you kickers aren't 'real' football players.
Mason Crosby (2:38 PM)
Is this my teammate, Ben Carpenter? I don't really try to make a big deal about that. I played all the positions in high school and I chose to kick, because it's what I'm best at. I don't really think about all that stuff. I do my job, and everyone else does their job. I'm there to score points. I usually lead the team in scoring and that's an important thing. I think when kickers don't come through and do their jobs, they're looked at as less than another guy. But I never felt ostracized from the team, though.
Josh (Sheboygan, WI)
What were your thoughts on the "IT'S DIVISION ONE FOOTBALL!!!" tirade, and was it your Mom that wrote the letter?
Mason Crosby (2:40 PM)
No, it wasn't my mom. And I don't know the whole situation, since I haven't talked to coach Hawkins about it. He's a passionate guy and probably wanted to make the point that he's working the guys as much as he feels he needs to. They're not doing anything different from when I was there and sometimes things get blown out of proportion in the media.
Daniel (Athens, Ga)
How much longer are you able to kick in Boulder than at sea level?
Mason Crosby (2:42 PM)
You know, I don't feel like there's much difference. I'm training down here in Texas right nwo and I feel like I'm hitting the ball just as well as I do in Colorado. I've played all over the place and I've gotten a lot of long chances away from Folsom. Like I said before, I have to make the kick and it doesn't matter if I kick it a mile if I'm not on target. And that's how I like to look at it. I kicked a 58-yarder at Miami, which is two yards shorter than my long. Personally, it doesn't make too much difference. I don't feel any different. I just do the same thing each time.
Hey Mason. Going into the NFL do you anticipate starting somewhere, or would you settle for just handling kickoffs?
Mason Crosby (2:44 PM)
I try not to think about that. I want to play. I went to Colorado, because I had a chance to play for four years and start. I don't want to say that I wouldn't kickoff somewhere for a year or two before taking over. But my heart is into playing as much as possible. If that's what I'm asked to do, then I'll do it. But I'd love to start and be the guy. I'm a team player, first off, and I take care of business.
Mason Crosby (2:45 PM)
Thank you for all the support and questions. I'm working hard and am going to do everything in my control to get to that next level. Keep up the support and support the Buffs, too. They're on the rise and they'll always be my team. I wish everyone the best!