CORVALLIS - Clackamas High School graduate Justin Kahut on Saturday made some giant strides towards earning an athletic scholarship as a kicker for Oregon State University's football team.
Playing in the Beavers' Black and White Spring Game on Saturday, Kahut went 4-for-4 on field goals, splitting the uprights on attempts of 55, 50, 42 and 31 yards.
Kahut, who will be a sophomore in eligibility next fall, has been an understudy to OSU all-conference kicker Alexa Serna for the past two seasons as a walk-on.
'It's just been an awesome experience to go to bowl games and travel with the team,' Kahut said during a Sunday afternoon telephone interview. 'And learning from Alexa has been fun too.'
A construction engineering management major with a 3.4 GPA, Kahut has been told that he will likely receive a scholarship to kick for the Beavers in the fall.
'I'd love to play in the NFL someday,' said Kahut. 'I've got one roommate, Sam Paulescu, who punted for the Broncos in their last game of the year last year, and Alexa is going to play [professional football] somewhere. I've been hanging around NFL guys and hopefully I can make that jump eventually.'
Kahut is rooming with both Paulescu and Serna.
The former Clackamas High star said that Serna has helped him a lot, both in terms of confidence and technique.
'He says to trust in your abilities,' said Kahut. ''Don't think about it. Just trust in your abilities and do the best you can.'
'Technique-wise, he says, 'Focus on the ball and keep your head down.' That's the main thing.'
Kahut had a phenomenal senior year at Clackamas High School. In 11 games he put 46-of-64 kickoffs (72 percent) into the end zone, with most of them passing out of the back side. He put seven kickoffs through the uprights and he averaged kicking the ball to the 2-yard line.
Kahut was 38-of-41 on PAT kicks (93 percent), and 9-of-16 (56 percent) on field goal attempts his senior year at Clackamas.