COLUMBIA, S.C. — Parker White can’t let himself get too down about the field goals he doesn’t make for the South Carolina football team.
Just like he can’t get too excited about the ones that split the pipes.
That’s the approach White, a redshirt sophomore, will take into the 2018 season, as he continues to battle for the Gamecocks kicking job. He said he hopes to find that happy medium this offseason.
“Kind of keeping a level head through misses and makes, not really getting too excited, just staying calm the whole game, so I’m consistent with that,” he said.
For White, that’s one half of the plan. On the other side, which might not be quite as crucial, is the physical aspect of kicking field goals and extra points.
“Also getting more flexible in the offseason, working out hard and all that stuff. … Just getting more reps, kicking more,” White said. “You just learn how to do better by kicking more. Just doing that should help me a lot.”
White connected on 14 of 25 field goals in 2017. Of his 11 misses, 8 were between 40 and 49 yards. During the spring game he made kicks from 46 and 47 yards.
“I didn’t realize the first kick was 46 [yards],” he said. “I thought it was closer than that, but it was good to hear that I made two long kicks. I didn’t realize that they were that long.”
Long or short, White won’t spend much time this offseason thinking about those kicks, or any of the field goals he made or missed in 2017.
“You’ve got to have short-term memory as a kicker,” he said. “You definitely [have to] forget about those misses. This spring’s gone really well. I’ve worked really hard since the offseason ended. It’s paying off for me right now. I’m hitting the ball really well.”