Blessed to be given the chance to attend #Seahawks mini camp! Starting on this journey God has planned for me with a chip on my shoulder.— Andrew Furney (@AndrewFurney) May 11, 2014
Andrew Furney going to kick for an NFL team and he won't have to travel far. Furney announced on Twitter Saturday night that he will attend Seahawks mini camp and compete for an invitation to attend the team's training camp in July and August. Making the team will be a long shot -- NFL teams carry only one kicker on their 53 man roster and the Seahawks extended kicker Steve Hauschka through 2016 earlier this offseason.
Seattle showed legitimate interest in Furney, inviting him one one of their 30 allowed visits.
Kickers often try out for many teams before eventually landing somewhere, due to the fact that spots are rarely relinquished and more talented legs graduate every year. To have a shot at playing in the NFL a kicker must be one of the top couple players at his position in a graduating class.
But you could certainly argue that Furney meets the standard, having set a school record in field goal percentage as a sophomore, connecting on 14 of 16 kicks. He finished his career at WSU 5 of 7 on field goals of 50 or more yards, including a 60-yard kick that ranks as the second longest in Pac-12 history. He was 18 of 22 from 40-49 yards.
Furney also kicked off 89 times, a skill that gives him additional value to NFL teams.