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Overall He's Kind of Ordinary : But Beverly Hills Punter Has an Extaordinary Foot

October 09, 1986|RAY RIPTON | Times Staff Writer

He said that his man with the golden leg is also a heady player. Against North Torrance, he said, Glazer got a bad snap from center that was bouncing around at about his 10-yard line. Rather than trying to pick up the ball and get off a bad kick, one that North Torrance might have blocked and recovered for a touchdown, Glazer picked it up, ran through the end zone and gave North a safety.

It wasn't a situation that Glazer hadn't seen before, at least in practice, but Stansbury said, "Rather than give up six points, he gave them two. He was game-aware; he did the right thing."

Bill Hoag, now retired, thought Glazer was doing something right when he picked up a ball and kicked it one day when he had come out for Hoag's freshman football team. Glazer didn't boot it out of sight, as George Gipp supposedly did for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, but he kicked it a long way. And Hoag made him his punter.

Glazer said that Hoag "gave me a few tips--how to hold the ball, how it should be pointed--and I went on from there."

Two summers ago he went to a kicking camp in Long Beach, run by Ben Agajanian, who is in charge of kickers for the Dallas Cowboys and was for many years one of the NFL's top place kickers.

Glazer, who consults Agajanian once in a while, said the former NFL star stresses that kicking isn't done just with the leg, that "you have to get your whole body into it."

There's more to it than body work, he said, "it's all in the drop, making sure the ball is level when it hits your foot. And if you get the right spin on the ball, it will go far."

Glazer hopes to go far with his kicking, maybe as far as the NFL. And he's received about 30 letters from colleges who have shown interest in him as a punter. The interested schools include USC, Arizona and Washington.

He's interested in playing college ball, but he said, "If I get a scholarship, that's great. But I'm not going to die if I don't get one."

He works hard at his punting, even when he's watching football games either in person or on television.

He said that Guy is his chief role model. "Every time I go to a Raider game I watch him. I study his form, how he receives the ball from the center, how he holds it, his leg extension.

"I watch all the punters and compare them. I try to see why one shanks the ball and another one gets off a good kick." He doesn't just observe punters, however, he watches the whole game. And watching, practicing and playing is paying off for him.

"He's not just a kicker," said Stansbury. "He's an athlete and an integral part of our defense. And he's playing very well this year."

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