Found December 26, 2012 on NFL Draft Zone:
When Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer saw rookie kicker Blair Walsh warming up at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 23, he went to coach Leslie Frazier with a simple, if bold, opinion: The Vikings should be able to attempt a field goal whenever they crossed the 50-yard line. So when Frazier sent Walsh out for a field goal with the ball on the Houston Texans’ 38-yard line in the second quarter, he had little doubt about the kick. Never mind the fact that no one in franchise history had made a longer one. “I felt pretty good when we had the chance to kick the 56-yarder, based on what he had done in pregame,” Frazier said. The Vikings have every reason to feel that confident in Walsh, the 5-foot-9 kicker they took in the sixth round of the 2012 draft. He drilled the 56-yarder, setting an NFL record by making his ninth kick of more than 50 yards this season, and hit two other field goals that helped run the Vikings’ lead from 7-3 to 16-3 on Sunday. He is 32 for 35 this season, and he has yet to miss from more than 50 yards out. Walsh’s 56-yarder matched Paul Edinger’s 2005 field goal as the longest in franchise history. While Greg Zuerlein has been getting all the love, Blair Walsh has been pretty darn impressive for a rookie. He has won several games for the Vikings, and is looking like a very promising player for the future in Minnesota.
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