August 28, 2007

2007 Football Player Preview: Place-Kicker Peter Zell

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The kicking game is the most overlooked part of virtually every football team. A place-kicker can have as much impact on the success of a football team as any other player on the field, and luckily for Cornell, it’s last-minute and potentially game-changing kicks are in good hands.
Senior place-kicker Peter Zell has gone from being the team’s fourth string kicker as a freshman to its starter, helping the Red take down a number of elite opponents en route to a 5-5 record in 2006.
Last year, he ranked 34th nationally with nine field goals in 14 attempts, made all 22 of his extra points and led the Red with a team-high 49 points.
Zell also excelled in pressure situations, hitting a career-best three field goals — including a 45-yarder and the eventual game-winner — in a 23-21 win against No. 23 Albany. The kick helped him earn Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Look for the senior to build on 2006 and continue his clutch play in the upcoming season.
— Compiled by Sun Staff