Greater availability of scholarships for kickers is also giving Division I-A opportunities for some athletes who likely would have to play their full-time positions at smaller schools. Paul Asack of Xaverian (Westwood, Mass.), who has Division I-AA potential at linebacker, committed to Duke as a kicker. Jimmy Howell, a 6'6", 248-pound QB-P-K for West Florence (S.C.), committed to Virginia, which has offered him a scholarship as a punter and a chance to try out at kicker, quarterback and tight end. Even Sharp, who is 12 of 12 on extra points and 5 for 5 in field goals this season, had to realize his first love—baseball, in which he is an all-district centerfielder—wasn't going to get him the shot at a scholarship that kicking would.
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