By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
3:13 PM EDT, October 19, 2012
It won't be a strange experience for Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker on Sunday when he kicks against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium.
It will be a homecoming for Tucker, a former University of Texas standout who was born in Houston and attended high school in Austin.
Tucker's first collegiate field goal was at Reliant Stadium, a 51-yard field goal against Rice during his junior season.
"It's as good an environment as you're going to find, a good field, a dome-type situation," Tucker said. "It will be cool being back in the Lonestar state."
Tucker said he's gathered roughly 10 tickets for family and friends to attend this game.
"We'll have a good motley crew," said Tucker, who made 40 of 48 career field goals and scored 191 points in two seasons as the Longhorns' kicker. "I told them they can't wear any navy and red. They've got to wear purple and black."
Tucker has connected on 12 of 13 field goals since beating out former Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff, who has since been cut by the Washington Redskins, a 92.3 percent clip.
With 53 points, Graham is tied with Texans kicker Shayne Graham for the sixth-most among NFL kickers this season.
Tucker has 22 touchbacks on kickoffs, tying him with Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bosher for the fourth-most in the NFL this season.
"It's just a matter of stacking good days," Tucker said. "That's something that everybody around here is big about."
Tucker hit a 27-yard game-winning field goal against the New England Patriots, hitting long field goals of 56 yards and 51 yards.
The 56-yarder tied a Ravens franchise record established by Wade Richey on Sept. 14, 2003 against the Cleveland Browns.
"He's striking the ball really well, he really is," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He's fundamentally really sound, and he has a good head. He's doing a good job,"