After two seasons as the starting place kicker at Colorado, Will Oliver is entrenched in that spot going into his junior season.
He certainly doesn't act like a guy on easy street, though.
"The competition is there," he said. "I'm not looking at it as though I have the job. Obviously it could all change. I'm just trying to keep working every day."
Although the Buffs do have three other kickers in camp, CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said Oliver is the starter. CU's only kicker since the start of the 2011 season, Oliver is 17-for-24 on field goal attempts during his career and 57-for-59 on extra points. He has made 30 consecutive extra points dating back to his freshman year.
"Will has been very accurate, he's been very competitive and very professional in the way he works at it," MacIntyre said. "I've been pleased with him."
Although his job appears to be safe, Oliver has worked harder than ever before, for both team and personal reasons.
He wants the team to be able to depend on him, and he's put in the work to make sure they can do that.
"You've got to be golden from 40-45 (yards) and in and then you want to be guaranteed points for your team," said Oliver, who is 5-for-7 from 40-plus during his career, with a long of 52 yards. "I'm trying to provide consistency; we get into a certain range and, boom, it's automatic three."
Oliver said he feels confident in his consistency from 55 yards and in and would feel good with any attempt from 60 yards and in. He may not get many chances from those distances, though. During MacIntyre's three years as the San Jose State head coach, his kickers booted 71 field goals, just three of those from beyond 46 yards (going 0-for-3).
On a personal level, Oliver is already looking at his post-college future.
"Obviously I want to play in the NFL at some point, so I'm not just competing against kids here or kids in my league, I'm competing against players in the NFL," he said.
To increase his chances at an NFL career, Oliver has been working hard on his kickoffs. Last year, Justin Castor handled those duties. Currently, the two are battling for the job.
"I think (the coaches) are going to decide in the coming week or two," Oliver said. "I'm much more comfortable with kickoffs this year than I was last year. I'm fighting for it and competing for it. I'm doing everything I can and working on it."
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