Name: Brady Hammel
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
Upon my final season at Miles College, I wanted to make some beneficial goals for not only myself, but goals that could help the team. I feel as though setting goals that can help your team in the long is a bigger factor than personal goals sometime because football is all about being a team player. For my personal goals I wanted to make at least 85% of all my kicks on the year and I accomplished that by going 14-for-14 on my extra points and 3-for-4 field goals with the only missed field goal being blocked. I also set a personal goal to kick a career long on field goals in a game this year and I achieved that by kicking a 44-yard field goal on Senior Day breaking my old personal record of 43-yards. For setting some accomplishments for the team, I wanted to contribute to the team and make some game changing plays to get our offense back on the field. As it is hard to do that as a kicker I resorted to helping the offense in the best way possible, onside kicks. I went 3-for-3 on onside kicks during my senior campaign at Miles College, including two back to back surprise onside kicks in the same game.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I feel as though my coaches and teammates would have positive things to say about me. I feel they saw that I was a hard working player on the field, in the classroom and in the weight room because of my drive to never quit. Throughout my senior campaign at Miles I was not kicking field goals the whole season, I had gotten benched my Junior year at Miles for some early misses and I was just doing kickoffs for the first part of my Senior campaign. I was called into duty midway through the year because of an injury and only had 1 miss (which was blocked) and connected on all my extra points. I feel as though they would say I have a grind, good at being adjustable to change, that I had a certain tenacity on the way I went about my craft on field and the great bond I had with my teammates.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
It is different for specialists when looking at film compared to other players because we have such a unique way of going about watching film, but I look at every single kick that I have every single day at practice and notice the things I did correctly, and also the things that I need to adjust. Being a kicker you have to be able to pinpoint extra what you are doing and master to the tee or you will not be consistent at your craft. I take film very seriously because it is important for a specialist to watch film just as much as any other player on the team.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What separates me from other pro prospect at my position is that I work great when the odds are stacked against me. Out of high school I had minimal look sand I landed at my first school where we a had combined record of 0-22 in my two years at that school. I hit the Transfer Portal after my Sophomore season and did not receive any offers until June right before Fall camp in August. I lost my job my Junior year and continued to grind my way back to the top my Senior season. I am a great mentally prepared kicker and feel that sets me apart from other kickers because kicking is majority a mental game and you cannot let distractions get in your way.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
My offseason plan is to continue to train and prepare for any professional opportunities that may arise. I had played in an All-Star game that played in at the beginning of January called The Podyum All-Star Bowl down in Miami, Florida. I also train year round with Coach Mike McCabe of OneOnOneKicking in Birmingham, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida, where I get the opportunity to train with many professional specialists and get critiqued by the best specialists in the world. Finally, I also will be working hard in the weight room to continue to get stronger and stay in athletic shape for any opportunity.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I bring a hardworking and ready to learn attitude to a team and I feel as though my charcter to others is one of my biggest strengths. I am also a very big team player and I am a big gym junkie! I feel my strengths and abilities would be great assets to a team because I know what it takes to be at the next level and if you have a great level of focus anything is possible.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
I am a very coachable player and I am a very adaptable player. I am a player who always wants to strive to get better and learn more and more about what I need to do to succeed every single day. I bring a strong leadership role to the team and I bring a great mindset to have on the team to help keep teammates on track of the ultimate goal. I will strive to kick to my greatest ability and I will never sell you short on making your decision of picking me any day of the week. I am a player who is ready to work and produce great things for any team that takes a chance on me.