Tucker looking forward to kicking indoors

January 31, 2013 | WNST Staff


(on whether he thought it was possible to go from a college free agent to kicking in the Super Bowl) “I definitely did. You never really expect anything in this game. I just know, more than anything, I’m thankful for the opportunities that I’ve received. I don’t really think about them as opportunities as much as I do as blessings. In this whole season, dating back to last year when I was just out of school, it’s been kind of a whirlwind. But it’s nothing we can’t handle. I’ve never really thought like a rookie because I can’t afford to at my position.”


(on how the competition in training camp helped him gain confidence) “I think the competition that I had in training camp and the work I’ve been doing over the course of the last several months has been great for all of us specialists. As far as building confidence, we feel good going onto the field because of how we practice and how we prepare on and off the field.”


(on how John Harbaugh gets involved in special teams) “He definitely does. He’ll be walking down the hall while we’re watching some tape and he’ll pop his head in and sit down with us and see what we’re doing. It’s really cool to have a coach that is so hands-on with every aspect of the game. Not just special teams, but every single aspect of the game and every player in that building.”


(on gaining confidence from the game-winning kick at Denver) “I think any time you’re able to come through in a tough situation for your team, to be able to share that experience with so many great people – being able to stack that success on other successes is definitely a positive thing. That’s big for creating a little bit of momentum, which we definitely feel like as a special teams unit and as a team we’ve been able to build over the course of the last couple weeks.”


(on taking a practice kick on the playing field before the game-winning kick) “That didn’t really have any bearing on what happened the next play. It doesn’t have any bearing at all. It was just another opportunity to swing the leg more than anything. It’s really no different other than kicking the ball into the net on the sideline. It’s just aiming at a different target.”


(on whether teams trying to ice him by calling timeout before a kick matters to him) “I don’t think it does. If anything, it gives you a little bit more time to pick out your aiming point. If you’re battling the elements to strategize that aspect a little bit more. I don’t think it really has any bearing on what happens in live game action anyways.”


(on playing indoors) “I am (looking forward to it). But every field, every dome, every environment is different. The Superdome is unique in and of itself. We had a chance to go kick a little bit there yesterday and we had a good workout. But it is nice to more or less take the elements out of the game and just focus on hitting a straight ball.”