REVENGE OF THE SCOUTED
Scouts Inc. says of Alexis Serna
Strengths: Powerful, can get good distance on kickoffs and can connect on long-range field goal attempts despite size. Fairly accurate and doesn't miss many field goal attempts inside 40 yards. Has experience kicking in poor weather and it doesn't appear to affect him. Handled the punting duties last year, showed adequate accuracy in that role and is versatile enough to fill in there if needed.
Appears to lose confidence at times, appears to dwell on mistakes and missed three field goal attempts in one game last year. Missed three point-after attempts including one that would have tied the game in overtime in 2004 LSU game, and there are concerns about ability to come though under pressure. Ball can come out low when attempting long-range field goal attempts; vulnerable to getting kicks blocked in those situations and had a field goal attempt blocked there.
Alexis Serna responds to Scouts Inc. Draft Tracker report
Oh my gosh, this is my dream to be able to react to one of these! My strengths are accurate, but my weaknesses are totally off. It's laughable.
Scouts Inc.: "Appears to dwell on mistakes."
Every miss that I had this season, I followed it up with a make. If that's a long time dwelling on mistakes, then missing two in a row must be an eternity.
Scouts Inc.: "Missed three field goal attempts in one game last year."
They are referring to the University of Oregon game. It was a cold and windy day. I was struggling to catch and hold the ball for punts because it was so cold and dry. On my first attempt, the ball slipped out of my holder's hand when he put it down. I kicked the ball as it was falling to the ground. The second kick I probably should have never attempted. It was a 50-yarder into a tough wind, but I thought I could make it. I fell just short and to the left. The third kick was blocked off the edge. My get-off time was fine, the guy just got a really good jump on the snap. It doesn't mention that I made a 41-yard field goal in overtime to send the game to double overtime -- and we went on to win that game. I never lost confidence or worried about the missed kicks because I had no control over them.
Scouts Inc.: "Missed three point-after attempts including one that would have tied the game in overtime in 2004 LSU game."
I hold the Pac-10 record for consecutive PATs made with 144 (and probably the record for missed, as well, with those three).
Scouts Inc.: "Concerns about ability to come though under pressure."
I had two bad games where I did not come through for my team. The LSU game freshman year and Stanford game my sophomore year. The Stanford game I was short on a 53-yard field goal. It was dead center but just fell short. Freshman year I kicked a field goal late in the fourth quarter against New Mexico, Stanford, and Washington to solidify the game. Senior year I kicked a field goal against Stanford late in the fourth quarter to solidify the game, as well. I kicked the game winner against Boise State my sophomore year and against Oregon my junior year. And that Civil War game against Oregon, I kicked one to send it into double overtime. I can kick under pressure.
Scouts Inc.: "The ball can come out low when attempting long-range field goal attempts; vulnerable to getting kicks blocked in those situations and had a field goal attempt blocked there."
I am 7-for-13 from 50-plus with a long of 58 yards. I had one blocked kick, which was not my fault. Our center, Kyle DeVan, had been injured and was taken off the field goal team. The chemistry with the new player was not there yet, and they allowed a defender deep into the backfield, and he got a hand on the ball. If there is one thing for sure, I do not kick the ball low.