The powerful and highly accurate leg of senior kicker Brad Greenway will ultimately decide many of the Red’s football games. Greenway is one of the most highly regarded place kickers in the Ivy League. Looking back at past kickers for the Red, Greenway currently sits in fifth place with 17 career field goals, and is currently 11 points shy of reaching his 100 collegiate point mark.
“What I like about it the most is probably the pressure put on a kicker because everyone’s eyes are on you, no matter what goes wrong — if there’s a block, a field goal, a bad snap — it comes down to if you make it or not,” Greenway said.
Greenway has led the Red in scoring for the past two seasons, and has been actively training during the offseason with various strength and conditioning exercises to prepare for this season. With two years of extensive playing time under his belt and the designation as Cornell’s No. 1 place kicker, Greenway has a few personal goals for the upcoming season.
“Be First-team All-Ivy and stay healthy, which I haven’t done since I’ve been here. Just being able to contribute 100 percent to the team and win a couple of games,” Greenway said.
Greenway had a productive junior year on the gridiron, finishing second in the Ivy League with eight successful field goals. Adding his successful extra point conversions, Greenway was third in scoring among kickers.
“Brad is always the first one on the field and the last one off the field. … He runs, he lifts; he’s a football player, playing kicker,” said head coach Kent Austin. “He really works at his craft, working all the time, tweaking his steps. … You have to be that meticulous to be a good kicker.”
Last year, Greenway successfully converted on three field goals of over 40 yards, including a 47-yarder against Harvard. With Greenway’s enhanced leg strength and improved accuracy, the team anticipates more record-breaking performances from this senior leader.
Original Author: Jill Mendelsohn