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Some people crumble under pressure. It's safe to say that Bowling Green State University football student Jake Suder is not one of those people.
The junior was challenged by his coach to make a spontaneous 53-yard field goal ... with a full scholarship on the line. (For reference, 53 yards is roughly half the length of a standard football field.)
Here's how that went for Suder:
Did you catch that? Here it is again, just in case. Cue up "Chariots of Fire" for the full effect:
It's the stuff movie montages are made of. Suder played last season on a 1-year scholarship that was up for reconsideration, and he now has secured a full ride for the rest of his college career.
Bowling Green spokesman Jason Knavel confirmed to Yahoo Sports that the challenge was, in fact, completely unplanned. Suder was simply having a great practice, and head coach Mike Jinks decided to reward his efforts.
“Coach had two scholarships still available for kids this year and Jake was one of the few kids who they had on their short list as a possibility for those two,” Knavel told Yahoo Sports via email. “At practice, they were kicking and Jake was nailing them. So when they got to the long one (53 yards out), Coach Jinks out of the blue told him, ‘Knock this one down for a full scholarship.’ It really was organic and out of the blue.”
You just never know when someone will give you a shot ... and when making it could change your life!