Brad Keith

Sports Editor

Media in the press box were packing away their laptop computers and notes, preparing to head down for post game interviews.

Texas A&M-Kingsville fans were standing at the ready, preparing to celebrate their teamís dramatic 46-43 win.

The last play was merely a formality, one that had to be run before the buzzer could sound and the final score could become official.

I mean, a 64-yard field goal at the end of regulation? In a national playoff game? By a Division II kicker? Nah.

Then the bizarre happened, only if you know much about Garrett Lindholm, you know it wasnít bizarre at all.

Lindholm drilled the kick - which was one yard longer than the NFL record and second longest at any level since tees were outlawed on field goal tries - right through the middle of the uprights.

Just as he had done on a 55-yard attempt against the wind to beat Midwestern State.

Lindholm finished his senior season 15-18 on field goal tries, including a perfect 10-10 inside 40 yards.

He was 4-4 in two playoff games.

He booted 22 touchbacks and made six tackles on special teams.

And he was not named an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. And he was not the first-team selection, but a second-team honoree by Daktronics, which is based on the voting of Division II sports information directors.

Garrett Lindholm didnít just make long kicks. He made them under pressure. With games on the line. And playoff dreams.

Garrett Lindholm didnít just make the 55-yarder against Midwestern in a key Lone Star Conference South Division game, he booted it through the very top of the uprights. For proof, find the kick on You Tube and watch for yourself.

Garrett Lindholm didnít just make any old chip shot in the national playoffs, he booted a bomb that earned himself, his school, the LSC and all of D2 a spot on that nightís countless replays of SportsCenter on ESPN. He got a thumbs up from USA Today.

Garrett Lindholm isnít just another Division II kicker worthy of post season recognition - heís the best kicker at any level of the sport.

Fortunately, the NFL scouts will get it right, and Lindholm will get his shot to kick on Sundays.

As for the AFCA and Daktronics - perhaps the All-American voters should look up Lindholmís bombs on the Web and then vote again.

Garrett Lindholm is a first-team All-American. Period.