Former Penn State kicker and fan-favorite Sam Ficken will finally get his shot in the NFL. Ficken has come to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars, aka "Penn State South", who have added him to the current 90-man roster to give him the opportunity to be the team's kicker for the 2016 season.
Ficken was ranked among the top kickers to enter the 2015 NFL Draft, yet did not hear his name called in seven rounds, nor was he given an opportunity as an unsigned free agent. However, if anyone knows how to keep his head up and persevere, it's Ficken. He became famous for bouncing back from a 17-16 loss to Virginia in 2012 where he missed four field goals (including a potential game-winner in the closing seconds) and an extra point. He would go on to set the Penn State record for most consecutive field goals made, and had several memorable moments throughout the remainder of his career, including game-winning kicks to beat Wisconsin in 2012 and Boston College in the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl.
He will now look to replace Jason Myers, who had a promising rookie season in 2015 by connecting on 26 of 30 field goal attempts with a long of 58 yards. However, he did struggle with extra points, missing seven during the season (32 of 39). He also managed 55 touchbacks on 82 kickoff attempts.
Ficken will be joined by former Penn Staters Jared Odrick, Paul Posluszny and Allen Robinson in Jacksonville.