Steve Aponavicius

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Steve Aponavicius
Personal Info
Date of Birth August 10, 1986
Place of Birth Easton, Pennsylvania
Height 5'10"
Weight 185 pounds
Player Information
Position Placekicker
Number 83
School Boston College
Bowl Games
2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl
2007 Champs Sports Bowl
2008 Music City Bowl
2009 Emerald Bowl
Teams Played For
Boston College Eagles

Steve Aponavicius is an American football kicker. In 2009, he became the leading scorer in the history of Boston College's football program.[1] A left-footed soccer convert, Aponavicius made his career debut against nationally ranked Virginia Tech on October 12, 2006 and successfully kicked two field goals and two extra points in the Eagles' 22–3 victory.[2]

Aponavicius never played competitive football before coming to Boston College. Growing up, Aponavicius played baseball and soccer in Easton, Pennsylvania, a city known for its high school football. He was an avid member of the "Rover Nation" student cheering section at Cottingham Stadium, where the Easton Area High School Red Rovers played football.

As a freshman at Boston College in fall of 2005, Aponavicius began kicking field goals inside Alumni Stadium where he was spotted by Jay Civetti, a Graduate Assistant in the program. Civetti informed Aponavicius the team was currently looking for kickers and offered the special teams coach's contact information. After a brief one-kick tryout, Aponavicius began practicing with the team. His sophomore year, when starting placekicker Ryan Ohliger was suspended from the team for an incident at a local bar, Aponavicius was given the starting nod for a Thursday night matchup against Virginia Tech in front of a packed crowd of 44,500. Aponavicius' success as a walk-on kicker for Boston College gained him the nickname "Sid Vicious" and drew extensive press coverage and comparisons to the famed Notre Dame walk-on "Rudy."[3][4][5][6]

He ended his dream-like season in 2006 with a game-winning 37-yard field goal to defeat Navy in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.[7][8] Aponavicius finished the season as the team's leading point scorer, amassing 48 points. He was also named to the All-ACC Academic Team.

After receiving his undergraduate degree, Aponavicius enrolled in graduate school for his final year of eligibility.[9] As a fifth-year senior, he became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Boston College football program.[10][11] At the time, Boston College coach Frank Spaziani said, "To drop out of the student body and come in here, and after a lot of hard work and a lot of time and energy, to become the all-time leading scorer – that's a great accomplishment that he can be very proud of. And we're very, very happy for him."[12]

Aponavicius is of Lithuanian ancestry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lakin, Tom (November 1, 2009). "Aponavicius walking on clouds". ESPN. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Walk-on kicker helps BC past No. 22 Virginia Tech". October 12, 2006. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Lenn Robbins (October 13, 2006). "'RUDY' STORY; BACKUP KICKER PROPELS B.C.". New York Post. 
  4. ^ Dick Weiss (October 12, 2006). "KICKER'S BOOT-IFUL REWARD. BC WALK-ON SUDDENLY STARTER". New York Daily News. 
  5. ^ Andre D. Williams (October 24, 2007). "Easton's Aponavicius helps BC Eagles soar: The former walk-on has a scholarship and is kicking well for 7–0 club". Morning Call – Allentown, Pa. 
  6. ^ Andre D. Williams (October 18, 2006). "Aponavicius trying to keep both feet on the ground: BC soph from Easton is flying south to take on Florida State Saturday". Morning Call – Allentown, Pa. 
  7. ^ Steve Conroy (December 31, 2006). "Aponavicius finishes up strong". Boston Herald. 
  8. ^ Michael Vega (January 1, 2007). "Walk-on provided walkoff magic for BC; Will kicker's season earn him scholarship?". Boston Globe. 
  9. ^ Mark Blaudschun (December 30, 2008). "He may keep a foot in door BC's Aponavicius considers return". Boston Globe. 
  10. ^ "Record Is Given the Boot". Boston Globe. November 1, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Aponavicius gets a kick out of setting BC mark". News & Record (North Carolina). November 1, 2009. 
  12. ^ Tom Lakin (November 1, 2009). "Aponavicius walking on clouds: Kicker goes from fan to Eagles' all-time scorer". ESPN.com. 

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