MORGANTOWN Tyler Bitancurt is entering his fourth year as one of the best placekickers West Virginia University ever had in football.
The 6-foot-1, 203-pound senior from Springfield, Va., ended last season well situated on WVU's Career Kicking lists. He ranked No. 5 in kick scoring (260 points), No. 5 in field goals made (39 of 54 attempts), and No. 3 on PAT made list (193).
Asked whether he thinks a game could be decided by a field goal or extra point this year, Bitancurt replied:
"Absolutely. Every point counts and that's in every game not just those in the Big 12 Conference.
"All those teams we're going to be playing against, we've got to be ready on offense. It's important that we put up a lot of points on the board."
He believes the Mountaineers are going to be competing with some of the best offenses in the country.
"So it's important that we make extra points and field goals," Bitancurt stressed. "I'm doing real well. I believe I am a better kicker than I was a year ago."
He noted that WVU's special teams did really well in this summer's kick camp. In fact, it was the best he's seen since he has been at West Virginia.
"I feel like we're going to be pretty solid when the season starts," he said. "Kicking a field goal 55 yards is still my goal."
Bitancurt's career best at West Virginia University is 45 yards.
But, he has worked more on becoming consistent as well as more accurate.
"I want to be 100 percent accurate from 40 yards," Bitancurt stated. "Beyond that, we want to be the best we can.
"Yes, I'm pleased with my first three years here. But, I'm not completely satisfied.
"I expect a lot of good things out of myself because this is what I prepared for and that's what the team needs.
"So I set my goals high. My dream is do well in the Big 12."
Bitancurt earned all-state status as a senior at West Springfield High.