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Utah kicker Phillips not concerned about missed field goals

Utah kicker Andy Phillips, who saw his streak of successful kicks end at Arizona when he missed from 42 and 40 yards out, said he'll be ready if called upon to kick against USC.

Phillips, who is 12-of-14 on the season, said he knew kicking at Arizona in his first real away game would be a challenge and he simply kicked the ball too hard.

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"Naturally as a right-footed kicker you pull the ball to the left," he said. "So I haven't made any huge adjustments because I don't feel like I was kicking the ball poorly."

Recent kickers have gone on a downhill slide after failed attempts, but Phillips is convinced that won't happen to him.

"Like (punter) Tom Hackett says, you have to have the memory of a goldfish as a kicker," Phillips said. "It's so true because no matter what, if you make or miss a kick, you go into the next one with the same mentality. It's what I have practiced and what I learned in skiing. For sure if you go into a ski race with no confidence because you blew out the first day or first run then you are done from the get go."

- Lya Wodraska

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