Top Returning ACC Kickers For 2017

    An unveiling of the premier ACC kickers for 2017, headlined by returning first-team all-star Mike Weaver of Wake Forest.

    March 15, 2017

    An unveiling of the premier ACC kickers for 2017, headlined by returning first-team all-star Mike Weaver of Wake Forest.


    The ACC is welcoming back its first-team all-league kicker from 2016. And second-team. And third-team. Yeah, the ACC is in fine shape at placekicker entering 2017, promising news for a conference that could lean on its special-teamers in the opening month, as a swath of new quarterbacks adjust to life as a first-time starters. The league is littered with proven legs, including Clemson’s Greg Huegel and Florida State’s Ricky Aguayo, who currently sit just outside of medal contention.

    Top Returning ACC Kickers

    3. Joey Slye, Virginia Tech

    Interestingly, Slye’s leg will often be more valuable to the Hokie defense than the offense. Field goal accuracy has been an issue for the senior, who’s missed at least seven attempts in each of the last three years. And in 2016, he was only 1-of-7 beyond 40 yards. Slye, though, was Third Team All-ACC and is No. 3 on this list because of the strength he exhibits on kickoffs. He led the country in touchbacks and was No. 4 in distance, preventing Tech opponents from starting drives with favorable field position.

    2. Michael Badgley, Miami

    Badgley returns for his senior season as one of the nation’s most accurate placekickers. He’s connected on 60-of-74 career field goal attempts, including an impressive 10-of-11 outside of 40 yards in 2016. Badgley has seen it all since arriving from Fork Union Military Academy, so he won’t become unnerved by the moment. And his pop on kickoffs has improved in each of the last two seasons, propping him up to No. 23 nationally in distance and touchback percentage in 2016.

    1. Mike Weaver, Wake Forest

    The rest of the league will be chasing Weaver, the reigning First Team All-ACC kicker from a season ago. It’s been an interesting journey for the senior, a former soccer star who didn’t enroll in college until three years after his high school graduation. He’s been a key weapon ever since for an offense prone to stalling in the red zone. Weaver nailed 21-of-27 field goals and ranked No. 11 nationally in kickoff distance, though he’s yet to show his comfortable range extends outside of 45 yards.

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