Mahoney’s kickin’ $ss

What Iowa State fan thought Grant Mahoney had a chance to make history this season?

OK, good history. Anybody? The freshman kicker from Marion has been as steady as any kicker the Cyclones have had in years. 

Back in August — even up to game week for South Dakota State, according to Gene Chizik — we didn’t know who would be out there on Saturdays booting PAT and field goals. Mahoney’s been the guy, and done a great job under big-time pressure.

He’s hit on all 18 extra-point tries and 9 of his 13 field goals. Had he not missed three of four at Iowa, we’d be talking about all-Big 12 potential for the rook.

Through five games, Mahoney leads the conference in field goals made.

“I’m not sure it’s good for our team, but it’s good for him,” Chizik said.

That’s where the history part comes in. The single-season mark for field goals made in a season is 20, by Jeff Shudak in 1987.  

Mahoney is on pace to break that mark.

ISU’s record for consecutive games with a made field goal is 11, again by Shudak.

Mahoney is at five and counting.

ISU’s mark for career field goals? You guessed it, Shudak with 58 from 1987 to 1990.

If he continues like this, Mahoney could be the most prolific field-goal kicker in school history.

“He’s gonna be really good,” Chizik said. “He’s really good now and I hope he stays consistent. He’s going to have a great career here. You are going to hear a lot about him the next three years and the rest of this year.”

Some other marks that could be threatened by Mahoney, barring injury, illness, transfer, abduction, leg amputation, etc. — Career Points: 266 (Shudak); Points in a season: 97 (Adam Benike, 2002); Most extra points: 106 (Jamie Kohl, 95-98)

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