Medley among nation's elite kickers
Coming off a strong sophomore campaign, Marshall County High School football player Aaron Medley has been ranked as one of the nation's best underclassmen placekickers for the second year in a row after turning in an impressive performance at the Chris Sailer Kicking Camp, which was held in Los Angeles, California on June 30 and July 1.
Going against the top underclassmen kickers in the country, Medley won both the place kicking and punting competitions at the camp. Thanks to his performance in the two events, the Chris Sailer Kicking Camp ranked Medley as the top punter in the country for the Class of 2014 and the number two placekicker in the nation for the second straight year.
Medley has attended kicking camps at the University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and LSU this summer as well and finished second in the placing kicking competition at UT while competing against high school seniors and junior college kickers.
"He's just got a God given ability to kick a football," said MCHS kicking coach Tony Johnson. "There's never been another kicker like him at this school. He'll go as far as he wants to go with it if he keeps working hard. His potential is unlimited. The hardest job is trying to find something wrong with each kick because I don't want him to become complacent."
A two time All-District performer at Marshall County high school, Medley has handled the placekicking, punting, and kickoff duties for the Tigers each of the last two years. During that time, Medley has converted 51-of-56 extra points and 14-of-20 field goal attempts, which includes a career long 44-yarder last season.
While offensive and defensive statistics are often the most scrutinized at the end of the game, Medley has often helped the Tigers win the field position battle with "hidden yards" on special teams. He has averaged 34.6 yards on 74 career punts and last season blasted 31-of-62 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
"When you kick the ball into the end zone, the other teams starts at the 20-yard line instead of returning the ball and potentially starting at the 35 or 40-yard line. That makes a big difference over the course of a game," said Johnson.
Medley showed flashes of his potential while playing at Lewisburg Middle School and made 3-of-4 field goal attempts during his LMS career, highlighted by a 40-yarder as an eighth grader.
"I didn't think I'd be real good at it when I started, but I ended up doing pretty well and decided I could do something with it," said Medley. "When I first started I was just using all leg, but now my technique has gotten a lot better and everything feels more fluid."
Having made field goals of over 60 yards in practice, Medley believes he can be accurate from as far out as 55 yards in game situations.
"I've got a lot more confidence now," said Medley. "Every kick is the same now whether it's an extra point or a game winning 50-yarder. "
Medley has also shown promise on the baseball diamond and posted a .327 batting average as a sophomore to go along with six doubles and one homerun while starting in the outfield for much of the 2012 season.
Given his recent track record, Medley should continue to be a special teams weapon for the Tigers for the next two seasons on the gridiron.