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Kyle French to Leave Program Next Year

It has been a rough start to the season for Badgers  junior kicker Kyle French. Beginning the season as Wisconsin’s starting field goal kicker, French was benched after the game against Northwestern and announced later in the week that he will forgo his senior season.

French is 5-for-8 on the year, and in an era where kickers are becoming more and more accurate, the start to the season has been disappointing to say the least. Tack on a missed extra point as well and this season has not been kind to French at all. For his career in Madison, French has gone 18-for-29.

On Thursday night French originally posted on Facebookthat the Badgers coaching staff asked him to forgo his senior season and focus on career outside of football. He then tweeted Friday that the decision was mutual between him and the coaching staff:

Thanks for all the support. It was mutual agreement that is best for everyone. #OnWisconsin

Sophomore Jack Russell will now take over the field goal kicking duties as the Badgers play Illinois Saturday night. Coach Gary Andersen however surprised many, myself included, when he said that star senior linebacker Chris Borland would be long distance kicker for the Badgers if they need to try from 45 yards or further out.

French is on track to graduate with a degree in personal finance in the spring and could possibly graduate with his degree in economics by next fall.

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  • Al Laufer

    Field goal kicking fiasco on last staff. In the Big Ten these days, you need a kicker that is money from 35-40. Has already cost them this year. New staff must prove they can recruit kicker and wide receivers

    • Taylor Johnson

      Could not agree with that statement more. In a conference like the Big Ten you are going to face a lot of close games. A missed field goal early in a game could be all the difference deciding whether a team goes to Pasadena or not. And yes this new staff does need to address kicking and receiving holes that will need to be filled.