CU’s Will Oliver watches one of his field goals against CSU earlier this season.
CU's Will Oliver watches one of his field goals against CSU earlier this season. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

Going unnoticed is generally a good think when it comes to place-kickers.

So far this fall, Colorado kicker Will Oliver has flown under the radar with a steady and reliable performance through five games.

He has already made one more kick than he attempted all of last season when he went 6-for-8 on field goal tries. This season he is 9-for-10, though coach Mike MacIntyre would prefer to have a few of those back and replaced by touchdowns.

Oliver has also been handling kickoff duties, a job he didn't expect, but one he inherited in August when Justin Castor was injured and had to undergo season-ending surgery.

"He's done a good job," MacIntyre said. "There has been a couple of games of course where you'd like to kick it deep in the end zone every time, but the last few games he's been kicking it real good and he's been placing it good. And he's given us an opportunity on our kickoff team -- he can do a lot of different things -- to have a little bit of an arsenal in that area."

Oliver earned praise from coaches and teammates at the end of Wednesday's practice when he made a 56-yard field goal with plenty of room to spare.

Contact staff writer Kyle Ringo at ringok@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/kyleringo.