Kicker Justin Tucker #9 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after kicking a 50-yard field goal in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Tucker was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month on Thursday. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Former Texas kicker Justin Tucker has idea that could revolutionize kickoffs

Posted November 29th, 2016

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It may not have been official, but “The Dan Patrick Show” had a Texas Longhorns theme on Tuesday.

In addition to his interview with new Texas coach Tom Herman, Patrick also interviewed former Longhorn and current Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, who is having a historic NFL season. Tucker talked to Patrick about a few topics, most notably an idea he has that could revolutionize kickoffs.

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Tucker, a Westlake graduate who played for the Longhorns from 2008-11, said he thinks kickers should be rewarded for kicking the ball through the uprights on the kickoff. His preference would be for the kicker’s team to get a point, but he also brought up the idea of determining field position depending on if the kick goes through.

Normally, a kick through the end zone results in a touchback and the opposing team getting the ball on the 25-yard line. In Tucker’s scenario, the opposing team would get the ball at the 10-yard line if a kick went through the uprights.

“Everybody is sick and tired of offenses running up the score,” he said. “They want to see defense, at least in Baltimore I think they do.”

He also said he thinks he could make “one out of every five” in the right conditions. Tucker has not missed a kick this season, and he leads the league in field goal percentage, field goals made (27) and kicks made from 40 or more yards (18).

What do you think, is Tucker on to something? Imagine the drama of a team scoring a game-tying touchdown with seconds left on the clock, and the kicker having a chance to win it on the kickoff. If not exactly fair, it would at least be entertaining.

Here are a couple of other excerpts from Tucker’s interview:

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