Basehor-Linwood grad Savner to continue football
Kyle Savner didn’t watch much of the offensive or defensive portions of practice at Coffeyville Community College the last two seasons.
He was too busy punting and running for the football team as a kicker.
“The first day of practice, we came back and ran eight miles,” he said. “I didn’t know how I did it, but I did it. It was weird, but it was good.”
Savner kicked for Coffeyville and now has signed to play at Emporia State University, reporting on January 9 for the second semester.
“I plan on competing for a spot for them next year,” he said. “They have high hopes for me, and I have a good chance. I have to go out there and give it my all.”
He plans to try out as a place kicker and punter for the Hornets. It will be the latest step in his kicking career. He enjoyed his time at Coffeyville.
“Going to Coffeyville was a great experience,” he said. “I came in as a freshman and got a starting spot. I was the long field goal kicker. The other kid was for PATs and stuff. I was the starting punter. We didn’t punt a lot, but I had the best statistics average wise.”
Savner’s most memorable game came against Garden City when he made his first field goal in a game.
Savner also experienced the solitary life that being a kicking specialist on a football team can bring. When he wasn’t in a kicking drill, he was running.
“All I did at Coffeyville was kick and run,” he said. “I ran most of the practice. I did all the conditioning drills; I was out running with other kickers and long snappers. You know, we are just kickers, but everyone needs us at the end.”
He also gave advice to players who might want to play in high school.
“It is nothing like high school. In college, football is all you have time for. You have to be dedicated to play it. You eat, breathe and sleep football,” he said. “That was a big adjustment coming out of high school for me.”
Savner said he plans to change his major at Emporia State, but is undecided on what he wants to study.
Kyle is the son of Mark Savner and Christine Diaz.