Somebody knock on wood. I know once I say this, he’ll probably miss his 1st field goal this Sunday vs. the Baltimore Ravens. Then again, he probably won’t. I am of course referring to Miami’s golden-boot rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis. Through the first quarter of the season, the kid with the nerves (and leg) of steel has still not missed a field goal or an extra point.
Here is Sturgis’ stat line through the first four games: 30-39 yards – 2/2, 40-49 yards – 3/3, 50 yards or more – 2/2, XP – 7/7. On top of that, he averages a touch back 63.16% of the time on kickoffs. Point is, so far Sturgis has been flawless. Out of NFL kickers with at least 7 field goal attempts, only 4 remain perfect. Sturgis is one of these four. His long of 54 yards is the 3rd longest so far this season. He is kicking like a ten year veteran, not a rookie seeing his first action in the big leagues.
As fellow staff writer Paul L. Picken Jr. said, “Sturgis is boring.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. He trots in from the sideline, destroys the ball through the center of the uprights, then trots back off. He leaves the excitement to the other plays on the team. Sturgis is as methodical and as poised as they come. And so far- as I sit knocking on my wooden desk- it’s working .
In Sturgis we trust.