Former Hawkeye Kyle Schlicher Signs with Iowa BarnstormersPosted: April 29, 2011
Former Iowa kicker Kyle Schlicher will have his first opportunity to kick for a professional football team Saturday.
Schlicher, the Hawkeyes starting kicker from 2004 to 2006, signed with the Arena Football League’s Iowa Barnstormers, the team announced Thursday.
The kicker is one of four former Hawkeyes on the Barnstormers roster, joining Brad Banks, Rodney Filer, and Pete Traynor. He’s the fourth kicker to play for the Barnstormers this season — the team is 0-3 on field goal attempts through six games.
“It feels great to be re-united with some fellow Hawkeyes and to be back in a competitive environment,” Schlicher told HawkeyeLocator via text message. “It also feels good to put the pads and helmet on again. I’m excited, humbled and very grateful for the opportunity.”
Schlicher made 51 field goals during his Iowa career (third-most in school history) and earned second team All-Big Ten honors in 2005. After failing to sign with an NFL squad after college, Schlicher became a strength and conditioning coach for Navy SEALs at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois.
In a February 24 interview with Big 10 Rant, the 27-year-old former Hawkeye said he still aspired to kick professionally. There is a football field on the Naval Base he works at, and Schlicher said he is still able to connect on 55-60 yard kicks.
Schlicher got his wish.
He’ll get an opportunity to prove he still has what it takes to kick in a game situation when the Barnstormers face the Philadelphia Soul in Des Moines on Saturday.