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"Sid Vicious" on Big Stage

Not this Sid Vicious

Pressure can be a killer for a kicker. Try Thursday night's game: Virginia Tech against Boston College (two nationally ranked teams), under the lights, on ESPN, with a BC crowd likely to be shaking Alumni Stadium in hopes of an upset.

Tough situation for a kicker. Especially for one who has never played football before – at any level. Last year, Steve Aponavicius – a freshman at Boston College on his first day of classes – entered an empty Alumni Stadium to see if he was any good at kicking field goals. The left-footed, long-ball specialist (on the soccer pitch) was just messing around out there, hoping no one with any...

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