A back-to-back finalist for the Lou Groza award, Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis will enter the NFL on the heels of two-straight qualities seasons in Gainesville.
Since 2011, Sturgis has connected on 46 of 54 field goal attempts for the Gators—a conversion rate of over 85 percent. Of his eight misses, three were blocked.
Such consistency and accuracy has now made Sturgis one of the top kicking prospects in the 2013 NFL draft.
In the following slides, we'll present some of the best highlights from Sturgis' kicking career at Florida.
In evaluating a kicker, NFL teams likely want to see how a player handles a pressure situation.
There's likely no better pressure scenario than a game-winning kick.
In the provided video, Sturgis connects on a short kick late in the fourth quarter of a 2009 contest against Arkansas. The make gave Florida the lead with under 10 seconds remaining.
While not an in-game highlight, this short video does show off the range Sturgis will bring with him to the next level.
Sturgis attempts five distance kicks at the Kohl's kicking clinic—from 55, 61,72 and two from 62 yards out—and connects on each attempt. It's an impressive display of length and power.
While he couldn't be expected to hit at such distances on a consistent basis in the NFL, distance conversions like the examples shown do suggest that his kick power is of a professional quality.
Eight of Sturgis' school-record 70 made field goals came from 50 yards or out. Here we see one of his more important 50-yarders.
Down 10 points to Texas A&M in the second half of the 2012 season opener, Sturgis boomed a 51-yard field goal that split the uprights comfortably.
The make eventually served as the spring board for Florida's comeback win.
During his sophomore season, Sturgis put his name on the kicking map with this boom of a kick.
Up 14-10 on the University of Georgia, the top ranked Gators sent out Sturgis for an intimidating 56-yard kick. He made the attempt with plenty of room to spare.
The 56-yard make still ranks as the career long for Sturgis, who also made from 55 yards out in 2011.
Sturgis is clearly a kicker with a strong leg and NFL-ready accuracy.
In the provided video highlight, we see a collection of the longest and most important kicks in Sturgis' career at the University of Florida. With 70 career makes, Sturgis certainly provided his fair share of kicking examples.
As the video shows, Sturgis has a repeatable run-up and strong follow through that allows for consistent accuracy. His ability to hit from 50 yards or greater will also aid his draft stock.
A very low number of kickers are drafted each year, but Sturgis is certainly one of the favorites to hear his name called from the 2013 class.