Cameron Van Winkle is one of the most-decorated kickers to ever play for Washington. He played from 2013 to 2016 and finished third all-time in scoring for kickers behind Jeff Jaeger and John Anderson with 327 points.
Anderson – who finished his Husky career with 363 total points – had six kicks in his four-year career to either tie or win games, including a situation at Arizona State in 2001 where he made a winning field goal, only to see it taken off the board by then-UW Head Coach Rick Neuheisel because it allowed the Huskies to wind the clock all the way down to the point where Anderson could kick a game-winning field goal on the last play of the game. And he did.
“I loved the feeling of getting a chance to help my team win,” Anderson told Dawgman.com Monday afternoon when asked about the pressures associated with trying to make an impactful field goal in the waning moments of a game. “Standing out there by yourself is a special feeling. I used that as motivation and really did not feel nervous. I knew my teammates had total confidence in and I always wanted a chance to do my job and help the team win.”
On Monday, Van Winkle used his personal Twitter account (@CvWinkle) to post his thoughts about Peyton Henry‘s 37-yard miss in the dying seconds of regulation in Oregon’s 30-27 overtime win over the Huskies. He provided context from his own history kicking for a Power 5 program as insight into what Henry must have been going through in the seconds before attempting the kick. And he also puts the role of the kicker within the context of the entire team and how their failures are probably highlighted more than a quarterback incompletion or a receiver’s dropped pass or defensive back’s dropped interception.
Van Winkle knows what Henry is going better than anyone. At Boise State in 2015, Van Winkle had a chance to tie the game at 16 with 15 seconds to play. All he had to do was make a 46-yard field goal, but like Henry’s kick – it went wide right.
“I feel terrible for (Henry),” said Anderson. “As a ex-Washington kicker I just want to him to know that there are a lot of us cheering for him and the next time he gets the chance to make a big kick he is going to make it.”
Below are Van Winkle’s comments. They are well worth reading.