Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 1, 2014

Column: Kicker says he can boot 60-yd. FGs for WVU

MORGANTOWN —

Josh Lambert, who’s from Garland, Texas, believes he’s capable of kicking a field goal from 60 yards for West Virginia University.

The 5-foot-11, 221-pound sophomore, who also has some experience punting the football, made a field goal from 53 yards in this spring’s Gold-Blue intra squad scrimmage.

He had booted a 53-yarder also in an actual game as a two-year starter at Garland High School in the Dallas, Tex, area.

What’s more, Lambert said last week he has kicked a field goal as far as 70 yards in practice... never in a game at any level. You can tell in chatting with Josh, though, that he has the utmost confidence in his strong kicking leg.

“If everything goes right, I know I can hit from 60,” he said reassuringly. “I can’t hit it every single time. But I can hit from that distance.”
As a Mountaineer, he made 17 of 23 field goals in his collegiate debut. And four of those six missed attempts were from more than 50 yards. Moreover, Lambert was battling two torn muscles in a groin and in his foot. But he’s healthy now.
“I’ve had a really, really solid off-season (of workouts),” he said. “I’ve been working hard, lifting weights. When we’re not too sore to kick some, we do.”
Lambert has added 15 pounds to his body since last season, and he believes that will help, too. “But I think the biggest thing is that I stay healthy,” he said.
With the poor predictions and WVU coming off a 4-8 season, some folks think the Mountaineers might have to rely more on field goal support in 2014. The Texas native said that he is not worried about that possibility.
“If we have to go kick one field goal a game, or 14 field goals a game, it doesn’t matter to me. My biggest thing is to just help the team when needed.”

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