Stamps kicker bootstrapped

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:43 PM ET

Rob Maver might be the only Calgary Stampeder not overly excited that his team is scoring so many points.

In the past three victories, all massive blowouts over West Division rivals, the Stampeders kicker has missed four field goals.

Previously to that, the rookie was going along at a 93.5% clip.

He hit a low point Monday in the Labour Day Classic by missing twice, and now his season average is 79.2%.

Neither of the misses — 44- and 29-yard attempts on consecutive drives — really mattered in the course of a 52-5 stomping.

“Pressure helps me focus,” said Maver, who was a first-round draft pick this season. “I have to approach every kick as if it’s the same.

“I have to ignore the scoreboard. I have to learn to do it. I have to go my job every single time regardless of the game.”

With the way the offence has played, Maver hasn’t been an integral part in the scoring.

In Week 2, the Guelph product was called upon to kick a 22-yarder for the win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Back on Aug. 15 against the Eskimos, he missed a 13-yarder against Edmonton as the Stamps won 56-15.

So now that he’s at the midway point of his first season, Maver gives himself a B-minus grade.

“Fortunately, my brain-farts have come at times when it hasn’t affected the outcome of the game,” Maver said.

“At the same time, I have to get much better. I have to learn from my misses because those are valuable opportunities.”

Maver will be excited the next time the Stamps are in a tight game.

“Nobody wants to coast through games kicking converts,” Maver said. “Everybody wants to make meaningful kicks now and then.

“I don’t think we will have too many of those situations the way we’re playing — knock on wood — but if those opportunities come, I will welcome them with a great kick.”


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