William and Mary place-kicker and punter Drake Kuhn has left the football team and will play with the Tribe's soccer team this fall, according to team sources.
Kuhn, a fifth-year senior and a Lafayette High graduate, walked on to W&M's soccer team as a goalkeeper. He was an all-state-caliber goalkeeper in high school and played for Tribe soccer coach Chris Norris as a youth.
“I've been out of the game for four years, so it will take some time to get back into the swing of things,” Kuhn told The Virginia Gazette. “I've been training a lot this summer and feel as though I have been improving every day. Hopefully it won't take too long to get back on top of my game.”
John Carpenter, a redshirt sophomore from Cumberland, Md., is in line to assume place-kicking and punting duties for the football team as the Tribe prepares for preseason camp. He handled kickoff duties last season and made 3 of 6 field-goal attempts.
Kuhn walked on to the Tribe football team and became the primary kicker and punter the past two seasons. He was named third-team All-CAA as a punter, averaging 42.4 yards per kick. But he made just 7 of 14 field-goal attempts in 2012, with a long of 41 yards.
Kuhn missed two field-goal attempts in a double-overtime loss against nationally ranked James Madison in October, including a 31-yarder that would have won the game in regulation.
Kuhn made 10 of 14 field-goal attempts as a sophomore and 13 of 18 as a redshirt freshman, including his final nine kicks.
The Tribe's soccer team returns a pair of experienced goalkeepers in juniors Bennett Jones and Alex Harrington. Jones started 13 games last season and Harrington five.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun