SEC Football Top 150 Players: No. 73, Caleb Sturgis, Florida K

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJune 18, 2012

Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis
Florida kicker Caleb SturgisKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The SEC Blog will be counting down the top 150 players in the SEC every day, concluding on Aug. 30, at the start of the college football regular season.


73. Caleb Sturgis, No. 19, Florida Placekicker

2011 stats: 22-of-26 field goals, long of 55, 31-of-31 on extra point attempts, averaged 66.4 yards per kickoff (58 attempts), 10 touchbacks

 

Strengths

Sturgis was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award last season, which is given to the nation's top placekicker. He has established himself as one of the most reliable placekickers in the country during his first three seasons in Gainesville. On an offense that had issues scoring points, Sturgis was one of the few bright spots and kept Florida in games when the offense struggled.

 

Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis
Florida kicker Caleb SturgisAl Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Weaknesses

The most glaring issue facing every kicker this season is the change in kickoff rules, which could drastically change the strategy that kickers employ. Ideally, Sturgis won't make much of an impact at all, because Brent Pease was brought in to fix an offense that has been broken for the last two seasons.

 

2012 Prediction

Pease's offense won't click right away, so having Sturgis there as an insurance policy is a big advantage for the Gators. Kickers take a lot of heat, but having a reliable weapon like Sturgis can prevent games from getting away from you.