Back to the boards for MU placekicker

Thursday, January 22, 2009 | 5:54 p.m. CST; updated 12:54 a.m. CST, Monday, January 26, 2009
Jeff Wolfert, shown in a 2006 photograph, left the diving team to walk on to the football team. He plans to compete again as a diver next month.

COLUMBIA — The Missouri men's diving team will receive some special help from an old teammate.

MU placekicker and former diver Jeff Wolfert will be returning to dive for the Tigers at the 2009 Big 12 Conference meet.

"I didn't think anything about it until (diving) coach (James) Sweeney approached me with the idea," Wolfert explained Thursday. "He said we are neck and neck with Texas A&M for the Big 12 Conference meet, and with your help we might be able to beat them."

Wolfert has not made any official announcements about his return, but he says that he plans to inform the public of his return at a press conference sometime in the near future. Steve Keers, a spokesman for the swimming and diving team, was unable to confirm any dates for a conference.

Wolfert, who joined the Tigers' football team as a walk-on in 2006, just completed his senior season after leading the team in scoring with 133 points. He made 20-of-27 field goals for the Tigers in 2008 and made every one of his 73 point-after attempts.

Wolfert said that making a smooth transition from the football field to the swimming pool would just be a matter of practice.

Not only is Wolfert continuing to work out daily as a prospect for the 2009 NFL Draft, but he is now diving twice a week in order to prepare for the Big 12 meet. The meet is scheduled to begin on Feb. 25 at the MU Student Rec Center.

"I'm not expecting to place very high," Wolfert admitted,"I just want to do my best."

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