Local kicking coach proud of protege

Abingdon's Doug Blevins was watching when Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker lined up for a 61-yard field goal Monday night.

Blevins, a former Miami Dolphins assistant coach and highly respected kicking guru, considers Tucker one of his finest students.

Tucker worked with Blevins when he was a high school kicker in Texas.

"I'll never forget the first time I worked with him," Blevins told News 5 WCYB.

"I told his mom and dad that he would play pro football."

The prediction came true. Tucker is in his second season with the Ravens.

Monday night, with the game on the line against the Detroit Lions, Tucker attempted a 61-yarder.

"It started kind of outside and hooked back in. He hit it well."

It was Tucker's 33rd straight field goal without a miss and his sixth of the game, giving the Ravens an 18-16 win over the Lions.

"He wanted to attempt that 61-yard field goal last night. Not only did he want to attempt it, he knew he would hit it."

Blevins was also watching Detroit's kicker. Just like Tucker, veteran David Akers once trained under Blevins.

Blevins' story has been well-documented. He was born with cerebral palsy, but overcame adversity and turned himself into one of most respected kicking coaches in the nation.

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