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Alex Felkins puts kicking worries to rest for Penn State football

Alex Felkins has stepped up in a big way for the Penn State football team. Taking over the starting kicker role on the team.



Alex Felkins, Penn State football, Special teams
Sep 16, 2023; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions kicker Alex Felkins (91) kicks a field goal against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Penn State football team got off to a slow start on special teams this season. In a position battle that went deep into fall camp, Sander Sahaydak won the starting job in week 1. As we all know, he did not perform well against West Virginia. Due to his kicking issues, Penn State was forced to turn to Alex Felkins during the second half of the West Virginia game and he delivered. But since his field goal attempt was only 25 yards, the concern was his range. Felkins put those concerns to rest against Illinois and looks to be the strong kicker that Penn State needs.

Alex Felkins puts kicking worries to rest for Penn State football

Special teams concerns crept into week 3 of the 2023 season for Penn State. The Nittany Lion faithful did not get to see a field goal attempt in the week 2 win over Delaware. But Alex Felkins not only took over the job against Illinois, he cemented himself as the kicker moving forward this season. Felkins finished the game going 3-4 on field goals with a long of 45 yards. He also connected on all 3 extra-point attempts. A very strong outing from the Columbia transfer. After the Illinois game, we caught up with Alex Felkins.

He said, “Yeah I mean obviously I felt good the way that I started the game, especially with that 45-yarder going into the wind. But going the other way I felt pregame too.”

His confidence continues to grow with the more kicks that he makes for Penn State. The one that he missed was blocked on an outrageous play by Jer’Zhan Newton who dominated the defensive line for Illinois.

What is Felkins’ range?

We have seen that Felkins can make those 35-45-yard field goals. But at the end of the day, how strong is his leg? He opened up about that following the game as well.

Felkins said, “I think 55-56 is probably where I feel comfortable. Anything outside of that I would probably have to muscle a little more but realistically 55-56 any given day.”

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