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‘I Could Be In That Mix’: Former Penn State Football Kicker Alex Felkins Makes NFL Pitch At Pro Day

Former Penn State football kicker Alex Felkins wasn’t perfect at his Pro Day.

He didn’t hit all his field goal attempts in front of NFL scouts and coaches but still hit a 61-yard shot before knocking a hefty amount of his kickoff attempts into the end zone.

Felkins’ Pro Day was the culmination of just a single year at Penn State. A transfer from Columbia, Felkins was initially the Nittany Lions’ backup kicker before earning the starting job 30 minutes into the season.

When Sander Sahaydak missed two field goals in the first half against West Virginia, Felkins took over and knocked down one field goal in Penn State’s win. After a 12-point performance against Illinois, the job belonged to Felkins.

Felkins finished the season as No. 46 in the nation in field goal percentage, making 79.2% of his attempts. He hit a season-long 50-yard attempt against Indiana and never missed an extra point during the campaign.

When Felkins transferred to Penn State from Columbia, it was a football-based decision. A year later, he feels he has the potential to be an NFL kicker.

“I think I could be in that mix this year. Realistically, I probably won’t get drafted. There are only one or two guys,” Felkins said. “But I definitely think I can take advantage of whatever workouts I get and hopefully get into a training camp somewhere.”

Felkins didn’t spend time with any Penn Staters currently in the NFL, but he said he reached out to former Penn State long snapper Chris Stoll, who told him to take a few weeks off after the Peach Bowl. After that, Felkins started preparations for the draft.

Felkins isn’t working out with a particular coach or program. Rather, he’s training himself at Penn State’s facilities while he finishes his MBA. Without the attention that comes with training at a program with connections, Felkins had to use Penn State’s Pro Day to his advantage. He said he spoke to a few scouts, and despite his flaws, showed what he could do in the NFL.

“You want every opportunity you can to show your ability for the next level for the scouts, so there are not many better platforms to do it than at a Penn State Pro Day,” Felkins said. “Obviously, we have all 32 teams here, so you can’t really ask for many more eyes to be looking at you to show what you can do.”

Felkins has long been a realist. He said after the Illinois game that he could lose the starting placekicker job just as quickly as he earned it. He also acknowledged the difficulties of making it in the NFL as a placekicker. With that in mind, he’s focusing on himself instead of the competition.

“Especially from here on out, every workout I do has an opportunity to extend my career or shorten it, so every time I get an opportunity like this, I try to take full advantage,” Felkins said. “We’ll see what happens after today. Hopefully, I’ll get some private workouts here within the next few weeks, and then we’ll see what happens at the draft and after that.”

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Joe Lister

Joe is a junior journalism major at Penn State and an associate editor at Onward State. He covers Penn State football and enjoys yelling on Twitter about Philadelphia/Penn State sports. He also listens to Mac Miller more than you. If you want to find him, Joe's usually watching soccer with his shirt off or at the gym with his shirt on. Please send all positive affirmations and/or hate mail toward him on Twitter (iamjoelister) or via email ([email protected]).

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