Kickers, sometimes, get labeled. Usually, it’s something along the lines of being non-athletes or a bit flaky.Iowa State’s Edwin Arceo doesn’t appear to be either. He does appear to be competent and confident. As an athlete, Arceo grew up in a soccer playing family. His dad, Jose, played in Mexico. As a high school football player in Muscatine, Edwin was a multi-position, multi-skilled performer. He had 1,008 receiving yards and 337 rushing yards in his junior season. In his final prep campaign, he passed for 970 yards after moving to QB. His team started 0-3 that season and won five of six games after he moved to quarterback. At the same time, Arceo continued to be an accomplished placekicker at Muscatine HS and eventually Iowa Central CC. “He doesn’t get rattled easily and, believe me, I try to do that with our kickers as we go through practice,” Coach Paul Rhoads said. “In the spring, he was hitting the ball well and I got in his ear asking him why he didn’t kick that well in training camp.” Arceo drilled the next kick and then confidently answered Rhoads’ needling. “(Because) you didn’t invite me to training camp,” Rhoads said. “That’s the way he is.” Yes, he’s competent and confident.
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