The truth is, nobody ever really thinks much about the kicker until he’s lined up to attempt a field goal with the game on the line.
But in reality, the kicker is a key player each and every time he comes on the field, whether he’s keeping the ball in play on a kick-off or he’s taking a crack at a long field goal in the first quarter.
Indeed, if football is a game of inches, the kicker is a significant variable in the outcome.
The following slideshow ranks the top 25 “clutch” kickers in college football history and in doing so, celebrates what is perhaps the least lauded position on the gridiron.
In the instance of this compilation, the word “clutch” is used to describe not just guys who have won games on a huge stage with a single kick (though there are a few of those included), but also those athletes whose teams, coaches and fans could count on to deliver every time they lined up behind a kick.
These are the guys who very literally changed the landscape of big games, big seasons and the history of college football in a very underwhelming way.