Charlie Strong Nabs A Kicker

Someone who does it all.

With apologies to Art Carmody, the University of Louisville’s kicking game has been woefully inadequate ever since anyone can remember. Carmody was good but had his limitations, specializing in field goals and extra points, notching 433 total points and the prestigious Lou Groza award. He was never used for kickoffs or punts.

Charlie Strong has reportedly gained a commitment from John Wallace, a kicker from Central Hardin High School in the Elizabethtown area.  Wallace is ranked the top kicker in the state for the 2011 recruiting class by and has made 22-of-27 field goals and 69-of-71 extra points, according to the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise, which offers some insight into his credentials:

While Wallace has been known for his lethal field-goal kicking, which the Central Hardin coaching staff said maxes out at a range of a little beyond 60 yards, he has greatly improved his punting and kickoffs.

“Here’s an example of how he’s improved,” Central Hardin kicking coach Dallas Halcomb said of Wallace. “At the Nike camp (last May), he had a hang time on his punts of 3.65 seconds. In the middle of September, I had seven balls in the bag and had him punt all of them and I timed him. His lowest time was 4.54 and his highest time was 4.66.

“Kickoff-wise at the Nike camp he averaged 56 or 57 yards. … Our first six or seven games until we got into the real mud this past season, he averaged 66½ yards on his kickoffs.”

Wallace had visited Louisville last season while the program was wobbling under another coach. “I like it a lot better than I did last year up there,” he said. “It just seemed more organized than it used to be.”

Things have changed.