In 2010, his first season as the Dallas Cowboys’ place kicker, David Buehler saw his fair share of struggles. Of 32 field goal attempts, Buehler made 24, for an unimpressive 75 percent success rate; he also missed two of his 44 extra point attempts.
But that didn’t stop Dallas from giving the lone field goal attempt in the preseason opener to Buehler, who is competing for the job against Dan Bailey, the 2010 Lou Groza Award winner out of Oklahoma State. Buehler made good on the 42-yarder, and also successfully converted an extra point attempt.
It was a promising debut for the USC product, who had an inconsistent showing in training camp.
"I'm just gonna go out there every time they line me up and I'm gonna make the kick," Buehler said after the 24-23 victory, per the Dallas Morning News. "That's how I see it. Obviously I was a little rusty at the start of camp, but I'm knocking off that rust and capitalizing in games."
Buehler was asked if he felt that the job was, at this point, his to lose.
"I feel like it is, yeah," he said. "Last year I learned a lot, obviously it was roller coaster of a season, but I took all of the positives out of it. I feel like I was in every damn situation a kicker could be in throughout his career in one year."
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