It’s no secret that Aaron Medley missed some potentially season-altering field goals last year. He just barely missed the game-winning field goal against Florida and missed three straight in a five-point loss to Alabama.
But if there’s one person who needs no reminder, it’s Medley. And he can’t wait for another opportunity to come through for his team when they need him.
“Any time you can get another kick like that in a game situation it’s awesome,” Medley said. “In practice and scrimmages and having it played out, when a kick comes up, you know, you treat that one rep like it’s a game.”
Medley was able to somewhat salvage what started as a frustrating season by finishing 21-of-31 on field goals for the season, good for 11th in the conference in accuracy after falling down to the bottom of the league in the middle of the season, and even increased his career long to 47.
But it’s never been about distance for Medley. Everyone knows he has the leg to get it there. It’s a matter of accuracy and keeping a cool head – both of which he is working to correct.
“It’s having a short memory, and just realizing what you did wrong,” he said. “It was between the ears for sure. Just going through a season of learning, you know still in that learning process. In the SEC it’s important to make those kicks when it counts.”
Despite the struggles last season, Medley said he is still confident he can hit from 55 yards out and says the team’s confidence in him remains in tact.
“They’re supportive, for sure,” he said. “You need a good kicker to win the close games.”