Morgan State senior kicker Kemar Scarlett, who as an African-American kicker is a rarity in the football world, was featured in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine. Scarlett is trying to break into the NFL, which currently has just one black kicking specialist (Browns punter Reggie Hodges).
Scarlett made 18 of his 24 field goal attempts in 2010, and the Ravens and the Eagles sent scouts to his pro day workout.
The article explains the challenges faced by young African-American athletes who want to become kickers and punters, and how Scarlett and Morgan State punter Nick Adams, who is a junior and not draft eligible this year, have tried to change perceptions by adding a little swagger to the kicking game.
“I bet if punters and kickers looked better, there would be a lot of young people who would want to get into it," Scarlett said in the article, which can be found online at ESPN.com. "They'll come off as cool, not, 'He's just a kicker.' It's that stigma I want to get over. We're athletes, and we're important athletes."