Saying the word “Maldonado” is a big no-no in Eugene, Oregon.
The Oregon Football program isn’t known to kick field goals. In the Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich coaching era at Oregon, in fact Oregon often would go for two following a touchdown over kicking the extra point.
Let’s just say it’s been a sore subject and one that immediately causes stress for the Oregon football program and Eugene, Oregon community.
That is until the second half of the year 2020.
For the first time in a long time, the Ducks have a trustworthy kicker at their disposal and his name is Henry Katleman.
Since taking over for Camden Lewis on extra points and now field goal attempts, Katleman is a breath of fresh air. He brings a new element to the Oregon offense not having to automatically go for it on fourth down inside their own 35.
The 5’10”, 204-pound sophomore kicker from Topanga, California took over for Lewis at Oregon State in Week 4. Since then, he has not missed a single extra point or field goal. He has FG makes from 33, 21, and 40 this season including a 41-yard extra point.
Also a reminder, Katleman is a walk-on.
The most accurate kicker in program history was Aidan Schneider (2014-2017). During his time at Oregon, he finished with a perfect rating of 63-of-63 PAT attempts in 2017. Schneider’s longest field goal make was 42 yards at Cal back on September 30, 2017.
Besides Schneider, it has been a constant struggle year after year to find a reliable kicker.
Until Katleman. He has been a wonderful surprise this 2020 season and someone to watch moving forward especially when it comes down to a philosophy change on the offensive side of the ball.
And then there was this gem, making Katleman America's kicker.
What's not to love about this guy?