Wisconsin Kicker To Forgo Next Season
By Kristen Finstad
When Wisconsin kicker Kyle French missed a 38-yard field goal last week against Northwestern, he also lost his scholarship for next season, according to Fox Sports Wisconsin.
French, a redshirt junior, has had trouble maintaining his starting spot with the Badgers during the last two seasons as the coaching staff has been frustrated with his inconsistency.
Earlier this season, freshman Andrew Endicott replaced French as the team's kickoff man despite French opening the season as the Badgers' No. 1 kicker. And last Saturday, sophomore Jack Russell took over for French kicking extra points after French's missed field goal.
Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said Thursday that in the future Russell will be the team's starter for field goals and extra points, and that linebacker Chris Borland will be taking care of field goal tries of 45 yards or longer.
French announced on his Facebook page Thursday night that he will not return for his senior season.
"I want to personally thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career in football," he wrote. "The coaches have asked me to forgo my senior season and focus on my career outside of football after this season. It has been a great ride, a time I'll never forget and I'm excited for what is to come."
French followed that up with a tweet Friday morning that read: "Thanks for all the support. It was a mutual agreement that is best for everyone."
French is 5-for-8 on field goal attempts this season and has hit 18 of 29 in his career at Wisconsin.