FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas senior kicker Adam McFain took control of the starting job from sophomore Cole Hedlund two weeks ago and has been perfect for the Hogs since.
McFain has nailed all three of his field goal attempts (25, 36 and 43 yards) and is perfect on extra points while starting in a loss to Alabama and win over Ole Miss. He was sidelined for the majority of last season with a quad injury.
The Greenwood, Ark., native recently addressed the media about his recent success, his injury and more. Here’s some of what McFain had to say:
Q: How do you feel about your recent success?
A: “It feels great. I’m enjoying it. Living it up. Last year I had the injury. This year I have been healthy all year. I was coming back trying to get better, but Cole was hitting the ball really well. Trying to surpass what he was doing was tough, but I finally overcame it and I am glad I got the opportunity.”
Q: How did you get hurt last year?
A: “I was out practicing by myself last summer (2015) and basically tore my quad kicking and then re-injured it about two weeks later. I thought it was OK, but it wasn’t. I re-injured it in the pool on the Fourth of July with my family.”
Q: Do you feel like the kicking game has been the unsung hero of this team?
A: “The entire kicking game has been huge for us. Especially Toby (Baker) punting and changing the field position and then putting points on the board with us. It’s been huge. “
Q: What’s you’re field goal range?
A: “Coach (Bret Bielema) had me out there hitting a couple (from 54 yards) and a couple (from 52 yards). Before I won the job, (Bielema) had me only hitting long field goals.”
Q: How have you felt about winning the kicking job?
A: “It’s been huge winning the starting job. I struggled last year with injury and it’s been tough, because Cole had been hitting the ball really well but I was able to come back and take it.”
Q: When did you get your confidence back?
A: “Throughout camp I was hitting it pretty well, but Cole obviously had a better percentage than I did. But going into the season (Bielema) had me kicking only long field goals and I was pretty confident in what I was doing. I think I was roughly 90 percent and I was glad that Coach started giving me the opportunity to kick shorter field goals. I have full confidence in what I do and my snapper and holder and what I do in practice, because every kick is the same kick whether it’s a 30-yarder or a 50-yarder. It’s the same kick.”