Football fans are enamoured with strong-legged kickers who can boot the ball a country mile, but Brandonite Keegan Treloar is more concerned with splitting the uprights every single time.
The second-year member of the Concordia Stingers isn’t there yet, but he’s getting closer.
After hitting 57 per cent (12-for-21) of his field goal attempts as a freshman, Treloar is up to 71 per cent (15-for-21) this season, putting him 10th among all Canadian Interuniversity Sport marksmen. His 62 points are tied for fifth among CIS kickers, and Treloar feels like he’s coming into his own at the position.
"Last year it was kind of weird coming into the CIS," he said Wednesday from Montreal. "… The game’s pretty high paced, everyone’s a lot bigger and you’re kinda just looking around and not knowing what it is (that is happening). And this year, the game’s slowed down quite a bit. I kinda know what to expect and that’s improved my game."
Treloar has heard all the jokes about the work habits, or lack thereof, of kickers. He laughs along with them, but he doesn’t buy into it. The Vincent Massey Vikings grad puts in his hours in the gym, bulking his 6-foot-1 frame up to 200 pounds, logs his time in the video room and spends the off-season kicking with a handful of Canadian Football League kickers and punters who come to hone their craft in Concordia’s dome during the winter.
"All I do now is just work on technique, technique," said Treloar, who has a longest make of 42 yards this season. "The leg strength has been there and I do work out to make sure the leg is there, but it comes down to consistency. A lot of the field goals happen 40 yards and in, and the leg strength isn’t as apparent and as necessary when you just have to be consistent and keep everything the same."
Treloar reached the epitome of that in his third game of the RSEQ conference season when he hit all six of his field goals was also 3-for-3 on converts for a sparkling 21-point performance against the St. Francis Xavier X-Men in Antigonish, N.S.
While Treloar’s statistics remain from that game, unfortunately his team’s 41-20 victory did not. The Stingers realized they had used an ineligible player for the first four games of the season and self-disclosed the error to the CIS, resulting in the governing body stripping them of their two victories.
"It totally caught me by surprise," Treloar said. "I showed up the one day at meetings and everything was told to me and I found out that we lost our wins and we would be starting off after that game with an 0-6 record. You just kind of have to brush it off and keep playing the rest of the games and close off the season on a positive note."
Now 1-6, the Stingers could have been 3-4 and in the thick of the hunt for one of the RSEQ’s four playoff spots. But rather than dwelling on that, Treloar chooses to focus on how the team finishes up its last two games of the season and continues the process of building for next year.
"We’re a great program with a lot of great young talent, which is always good if you have a lot of prospects that are still kind of getting used to the CIS, kind of like I am," he said. "We’re a real young team and we’re really developing well as a group and really coming together."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 18, 2012