August 10, 2006

Gioia maintains kicking lead

Someone asked Charlie Weis the other day how he can create game-like, pressure situations for his kickers in practice. He came up with a very simple way following Tuesday's session After allowing all four kickers (Carl Gioia, Ryan Burkhart, Bobby Renkes and Nate Whitaker) to kick field goals semi-live, he summoned Gioia, who kicked a 29-yard field goal and an extra point in Notre Dame's crucial 38-31 victory over Stanford last Thanksgiving weekend.

"I put the ball on the 24-yard line, in the middle of the field, and said, 'Okay, come on back out here Gioia,'" Weis said. "We all know he struggled some in the spring game. I said, 'Here's the deal. You make this field goal, you don't run. You miss this field goal and we run eight 80s.'

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