August 17, 2010

Brauchle back healthy for the Bulldogs

To say Sean Brauchle had a rollercoaster season in his first season at Mississippi State would be an understatement.

The heralded two time junior college All-American missed his first two kicks of the year before coming back to be the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week just two games later. But things went south from there as Brauchle missed the final seven games of the year due to injury.

"Just at the beginning of the season I was special teams player of the week in the SEC and then three weeks later I've got a bum hip flexor," Brauchle said. "It was crappy to go down and then watching from the sideline made it even worse. You want to push yourself to get out there but that wasn't the right move. You've got to let it settle and heal but now I'm back to normal and it feels good to go out there and do my thing."

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder finished the season 6-of-9 in his field goal attempts with a long of 49-yards. He also converted all 12 of his extra points for the Bulldogs.

In his absence Derek DePasquale came on to covert 10 of his 12 attempts giving Dan Mullen two reliable kickers with experience heading into 2010.

"He's got to be happy that he's got two kickers that he is confident in," Brauchle said. "We both have our different ranges and we're solid. The competition is there but we don't see it as much because we're just out there helping each other out."

Mullen serves as MSU's special teams coordinator along with his duties as head coach. Brauchle commended the knowledge that he has gained about special teams during the offseason.

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