Oregon Ducks kicker Alejandro Maldonado isn’t the most popular player amongst Oregon fans, but he’s doing his best to keep their criticisms from getting him down. Maldonado has missed some important kicks for the Ducks over the years, including a potentially game-tying kick against USC in 2011 and two 40-plus yarders against Stanford last season, but as he told The Oregonian recently, he can’t let his lack of success derail him:
You can’t give up, you can’t quit. Even when the grind is grinding on you, when every weight is on top of you, you got to find a way to lift it and keep moving forward. That’s the way I’ve been raised. It’s that simple, really. You have to keep working to get out of your hole.
I want to show I am this person, one who finishes. And that’s what I have to do: finish and trust my leg. When I tell myself that, it happens.
Maldonado and the Ducks will play the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal on Thursday night. If the game comes down to a field goal like it did last year, Maldonado will have the ultimate opportunity to redeem himself.
[Source: Oregon Live]