Posted Mon Apr 28th by Jonathan Douglas
Hartley is from Texas and is about as laid back as you can get. He has the calm personality that Jason Elam always impressed me with although Gerratt seems a bit more on the hippy end of that persuasion.
In High School Hartley set a national record for points in a career by a kicker. His longest FG was 52 yards and he dominated on kickoffs, posting 86% touchbacks.
At Oklahoma, he took over half way through his freshman year. He had a modest year in terms of Field Goals, but did very well on kickoffs. He had 33 touchbacks out of 67 kicks. He averaged 58.5 yards on kickoffs and had only one kickoff go out of bounds.
In 2006 he exploded with a near perfect 19 of 20 FG attempts (his one miss was blocked by no fault of his own). That 95% was enough to led the nation among kickers with more than 10 attempts that year. He also nailed PAT’s (49 of 50) and continued to do well on kickoffs with 31 touchbacks out of 78 kickoffs.
His senior year slumped a bit as he made only 13 of 15 FG’s and 71 of 76 PAT. He did kick his career longest FG against Utah State (53 yards) and continued to do well on kickoffs.
Here is a video of Garrett leading into his senior year. You definitely get a feeling of his calmness and humility.
I like the kid. What do you think?