Eisenhower's Lynch impresses at K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KWCH) -- Blake Lynch impressed many on Friday nights, kicking field goals at Goddard Eisenhower through the 2011-2014 seasons.

Now, he's impressing hundreds of thousands of Kansas State fans on Saturdays at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The red-shirt kicker, listed at 5'5", has some big shoes to fill. His predecessor Matthew McCrane started this season kicking for the Arizona Cardinals.

Through three games, Lynch has kicked 8-9 field goals for a 44-yard long. He has notched every extra point and has even tallied two tackles, though he hopes that stat doesn't need to keep increasing.

"I'd rather have us stop them before it hits me, but it's pretty fun!" he said.

Head Coach Bill Snyder is impressed with his improvement over his three years on the Wildcats roster.

"I think he's a wonderful example for young people in our program of how an individual can improve his play week in and week out, day in and day out," he said."I remember when he couldn't hit it from here to that wall over there, and all of the sudden, he's a pretty accurate field goal kicker from a pretty decent range."

That range is something Lynch is trying to improve upon. In high school, he hit a career-long 51 yards. He said he's hitting consistently from 55 yards in practice.

"I still have some things to work on, but I just try to stay consistent," he said. "[I'd like to work on] distance and height of my field goals. I've always been an accurate kicker, but I'm trying to get a bit more power behind the ball."

The small, but mighty kicker entered the program at 5'3" 141 pounds. He's grown nearly two inches and put on roughly 10 pounds over the course of three years.

"A lot of it is just getting older, working out a lot, and getting more experience, really."