by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor
Zimmerman placekicker Alex MacGregor has shown definite college potential the last two years, although a pulled hamstring held him back at times.
MacGregor was 5-for-6 on field goals this year and 11-for-12 on extra-points, on a 2-7 team that struggled offensively. He was 8-for-10 on field goals over three years, including a 47-yarder. His miss this year (barely) was from 40.
“He does has Division I ability,” said coach Tom Kish. “However, only a fraction of schools are looking for a kicker, so I don’t really know how things will shake out.”
MacGregor, 6-foot-1 and 184 pounds, was a running back and middle linebacker until 10th grade, but had multiple concussions, and his parents pulled him out of playing except for kicking.
His hamstring became an issue in the third week of his junior year when he pulled the muscle while kicking off. He was limited to extra points the rest of the year.
This year, he aggravated the injury in the sixth game, against St. Cloud Cathedral, and sat out the next game, a 13-10 loss to Milaca.
“I would have had a chance to kick a field goal late in that game, too,” he lamented. “Of all the games to miss.”
MacGregor has attended several kicking camps, which is the main venue for a high school kicker to get college attention.
NDSU coaches watched him last summer when the Thunder attended their team camp. MacGregor said the Bison coach told him he was good enough to kick for them but NDSU already had a freshman kicker.
“Division III coaches have told me that if I come to their school I can kick for them next year,” said MacGregor.
He wants to see if any D-II teams show interest with a partial scholarship. The downside is that kicker is the one position where teams only need one guy, or two if they want a backup.
MacGregor said his longest hits in practice have been 63 yards with the wind and 55 without wind.