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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Locos Sign Kicker Hauschka




October 5, 2010

By UFL Press

LAS VEGAS, NV – Saturday, September 25, 2010 – The Las Vegas Locomotives added Steven Hauschka to their roster Monday. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound kicker has gained NFL experience with the Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions.

Hauschka entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He shared kicking duties for the Vikings with Ryan Longwell in the preseason, before being waived by the team. He debuted in the regular season with the Ravens. His first professional field goal attempt came on November 9, 2008 against the Houston Texans, when he connected on a 54-yarder.

“We have some experience with Steve,” said Locos’ head coach Jim Fassel. “Graham Gano, who was our kicker last year, competed with him in Baltimore and so we’ve watched his career unfold. We certainly feel that he can come in and make a difference for our team both with his long kickoffs and with his accurate field goals.”

Hauschka also handled kickoffs for the Ravens. He was most recently on the Detroit Lions roster, playing in two 2010 preseason games. He went 4-for-4 in the Lions’ 25-20 win over the Denver Broncos making field goals of 28, 27, 29 and 27 yards.

Hauschka didn’t get a shot at a field goal in the other preseason game he played in, but he went 5-for-5 on extra points. He also showed off his big leg on kickoffs in both games.

“Long kickoffs are huge in our game,” Fassel said. “Everybody in our league has good returners and to help our special teams out we need a guy that can get the ball deep and get some hangtime on it, and we certainly feel like Steve can provide that for us.”

The Locos cut kicker Parker Douglass to create roster space for Hauschka. Douglass went 4-for-6 on field goals in the first two games for the Locos, but kept the ball short in his kickoffs.

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