By Maya Lockett & Steven Barrera
Adam Sandler once sang about the lonesome kicker but one particular foot at College of the Canyons continues to receive national attention. Tanner Brown has been a huge part of the cougar success these past two years.
Once the new season begins he will continue to gain notoriety for his explosive kicks at Allegiant Stadium.
Brown has decided to continue his collegiate football career at University of Nevada Las Vegas, he announced his decision on twitter on February 4th 2020.
Brown started his kicking career his sophmore year at Saugus High School after having his old soccer coach ask if he would kick for the football team.
The day changed his life forever, but with faith and dedication Brown has made himself into a household name.
“It’s always fun to watch Tanner kick, either during a game or at practice,” said Jesse Munoz who is the sports information director at COC. “Some of the video clips I’ve seen from him at practice, booting 60-yard field goals with ease, are amazing,”
“My family pushes me to be better everyday, it’s mainly my mom who is really driving me. She was the one who took me to soccer tournaments and camps,” said Brown.“It’s only right that I pay her back in the work ethic that I’ve put into football.”
“He is always operating with a goal to get better,” said Munoz. Brown focuses on getting closer to his main goal everyday.
That goal is the NFL. If Brown can continue to play the way he is, that goal will be achieved. Last season Brown made 97% of his extra-points along with a season long 50-yard field goal.
“Tanner is well on his way to taking his talents to an NCAA Division 1 program, and from there eventually accomplishing his goal of kicking on Sundays which any of the 32 kickers currently in the NFL will tell you is no easy job,” said Munoz “He’s a very hardworking and talented young man, and the sky is the limit in terms of how high he can go, His College of the Canyons football family will definitely be rooting for him along the way.”
Despite the possibility the season may be cancelled due to Covid-19, Brown continues to practice his kicks and does as many workouts at home as he could. “The virus could affect my season by cancelling it,” Said Brown “ I’m not worried about it and I’m staying ready for whatever happens.”