USC added sophomore kicker Matt Boermeester to the scholarship fold on Tuesday. For Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian, the addition of the former Saddleback College kicker was a great opportunity both in securing a talented player, and driving competition at the positon.
“Matt is a guy that kicked at Saddleback a year ago, [and] came to camp with us this summer and was really impressive,” Sarkisian told reporters after Tuesday’s practice.
“He’s got three years to play with the redshirt and we just felt like for a guy with that talent and quality, and that powerful of a leg…we just couldn’t pass up on him. We scholarshipped him, and he’s here with us now. I think he provides a great challenge for Andre [Heidari].”Senior kicker Andre Heidari has an up-and-down couple of seasons, and Sarkisian is confident that Boermeester’s presence will be a strong motivational factor for him.
“Competition has been preached on this field for a long, long time,” said Sarkisian. “It’s been preached at every position, and this is just another example of guys battling and us getting the best out of our players.
“I think in the end, it’ll be the best for Andre.”
The competition could already be paying off. Both kickers hit from 52 yards on Tuesday, which was a bounce back day for Heidari after he struggled on Monday.
Boremeester has made eight of nine field goals attempted in practice thus far. Not too shabby for a kicker that never played high school football.
In three seasons as the Trojans’ placekicker, Heidari has made 73 percent of his kicks, with a career long of 50 yards.