They say kicking is a mental game, so we decided to get inside the mind of sophomore placekicker Andrew Baggett. He divulged information about his favorite local eateries, the challenge of fitting in as a specialist, and his remote-hogging girlfriend.
What are your top five favorite movies?
Most movies I watch now are for my girlfriend. She just tells me what to watch. I don’t know if I have five favorite movies.
Where do you go to eat around town?
I try to eat a little healthy, so I try to eat at sandwich shops, get a turkey sandwich. If I want to splurge, I’ll go to Flat Branch and eat with my parents or some of the places downtown that are specific to Columbia like Shakespeare’s Pizza.
What’s your favorite class?
My favorite class right now would probably be 19th-century America. I’m in engineering, so all my classes are tough. I’ve got thermodynamics, statics, 19th-century history and statistics 4710, so (19th century America) is my easy class. I put one in there for myself, so I’m not stressing out all over the board.
What’s one thing people don’t know about your hometown (Lee’s Summit)?
We’ve got a lot of people from my hometown on this team. Corbin Berkstresser, Evan Boehm, me and some other guys who don’t necessarily play: Jordan Hill, D'Andre McKenzie, Jordan Wade. I’m sure there’s another one I missed.
What would you say to someone who told you kickers aren’t real football players?
I’d say OK, and I wouldn’t argue with them because there’s no point in arguing with them. A lot of times, kickers can make a game or lose a game for a team. Georgia won (Oct. 5) on a kick, so I think that kind of shows — maybe not in the sense of having to go tackle people and being 200 or 300 pounds — but I think kickers are a very important part of the game.