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Former Nittany Lion’s NFL hopes still alive and kicking

Former Penn State placekicker Sam Ficken was invited to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ minicamp this week on a “workout basis.” Ficken reportedly had a workout last year with the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs, but neither panned out.
Former Penn State placekicker Sam Ficken was invited to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ minicamp this week on a “workout basis.” Ficken reportedly had a workout last year with the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs, but neither panned out. Centre Daily Times, file

Former Penn State captain Sam Ficken’s NFL hopes are still alive and … kicking.

The placekicker was invited to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ minicamp this week on a “workout basis,” announced by the team on Tuesday.

The Jaguars do already have a kicker on their roster, Jason Myers, who signed with the team in 2015 and was 26 for 30 in field goals last season and 32 for 39 in extra point attempts.

“It’s a tough job to break into,” Ficken told StateCollege.com after Penn State’s Pro Day in April. “Honestly there are about 50 guys who can kick in the league and there are 32 spots, so what happens to those other 18 guys who can probably do it. My goal is to get into camp and into preseason and do really well and then anything can happen at that point. Just staying with it.”

Prior to his invite, Ficken, a fan-favorite during his time as a Nittany Lion for his dust-to-glory performances on the field, spent time working out at Penn State facilities. He reportedly had a workout last year with the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs, but neither panned out. This year, he kicked for a few scouts who lingered in Holuba Hall after Penn State’s Pro Day.

Punter Ryan Quigley was also invited to the Jaguars’ minicamp on a workout basis.

Penn State has three former players currently on the Jaguars’ roster: defensive end Jared Odrick, linebacker Paul Posluszny and Allen Robinson. Robinson played with Ficken from 2011-2013.

Jourdan Rodrigue: 814-231-4629, @JourdanRodrigue

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