While much of college football frets about kicking, Idaho coach Robb Akey has had no such worries for the past four years.
Trey Farquhar has been one of the bright spots in Moscow, a dependable and consistent option for the Vandals.
Hes got great confidence. I love that about him. Hes been like that since the day we got him here, Akey said.
Farquhar has made 47-of-66 career attempts (71.2 percent), including 6-of-7 this season. And he is a long-distance weapon with seven field goals of 50 yards or more, including a 53-yarder in Idahos OT loss to Wyoming.
Hes calm about it, senior cornerback Aaron Grymes said. Hes always got a smile on his face and he makes the kick. Kicker is a hard position. People are going to love you or people are going to hate you. Trey is that guy that everybody loves.
A native of Redlands, Calif., Farquhar drew interest from USC and TCU but opted for Idaho because he had an opportunity to play right away. He enrolled mid-year and earned the starting job immediately.
He hasnt relinquished it, setting several Idaho single-season and career records, while avoiding the curse of kickers that has plagued many in the country.
Pretty much just doing what Im supposed to do. Sometimes you get more attempts than others, the 6-foot-1, 191-pounder Farquhar said. I really dont think about anybody else, kickerwise. I dont pay attention to it.
Farquhar said he and Akey talk about his range before the game. Though the kicker can make practice kicks from 62 yards, he wants to be completely confident in his spot.
The number he wants is the number he knows Im going to be 100 percent at, Farquhar said. Even NFL guys dont hit those (60-yarders). Ill tell him 35. Thats a 52-yard field goal. I should be able to hit that 100 percent of the time.
Said Akey: Ive got great confidence in him. I like to think people could see that the way I wont hesitate to send him out there.
Farquhars leg strength could be a major help as he tackles his next goal: reaching the NFL.
Thats been my goal since coming out of high school, he said.
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