Gators Excited by Eddy Pineiro’s Impressive Spring Game

Gators Excited by Eddy Pineiro’s Impressive Spring Game

GAINESVILLE –Kicker Eddy Pineiro has already made waves in his time practicing with the Florida Gators. The excitement culminated in an exciting performance last week during the Gators’ annual Orange and Blue Spring game.

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Photo credit: Florida Gators

Yes, there’s probably a bit too much stock being placed in the one game, in which there was no real-time rush from a true opponent. Yes, he missed two field goals for a sixty percent mark on the game. And yes, we are still months away from an actual game in the 2016 season.

But hey, it’s the first kicker the Gators have had since Caleb Sturgis where fans don’t have to hold their break on a chip shot. Isn’t that reason enough to rejoice?

Pineiro may have missed two field goals – one rather badly – but both were from 50+ yards away, and it was the kicker’s first time in a game simulation at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Some slack is probably in order. That fact, combined with the fact that he hit field goals of 52, 46, and 56 (!) yards away – the last with room to spare – is impressive.

When Gators fans erupted around the stadium, especially following that last one, the reasons were understandable. According to Gators Only, even the coaching staff breathed a collective sigh of reprieve.

It was a little bit of a relief, even for us as a staff. We wanted to see how he would do kind of in the stadium and that kind of thing. I thought he answered the bell pretty darn good,” coach Jim McElwain said.

Of course, McElwain may not have even attempted such long field goal attempts in a real game situation, depending on the circumstances. But knowing that extended kicks are a viable option if the time comes to it has to be a nice backpocket thought for the coaching staff.

To be honest, they would probably be content with PATs being a non-issue. A solid kicker’s value is often only realized when a team no longer has one. For the Gators, Pineiro puts that privilege back on the table.