Daytona Beach Mainland got spanked by nationally-ranked Miami Central 34-3 Friday, but the Bucs unleashed a new weapon. Punter/placekicker Jonathan Linkenheimer, a transfer from Bartram Trail, has a huge leg — big enough to make him yet another major college prospect for the Buccaneers.
Linkenheimer (6-3, 180) had a 29-yard field goal for Mainland's only points, but much more impressive were his kickoffs into the end zone, punts and a 52-yard field goal miss that had way more than enough distance. That boot sailed beyond the end zone and would have been good from 60, but was wide left — and not by a lot.
It conjured up images of another big kicker who played his high school ball in Daytona Beach, former Seabreeze and FSU star and 10th-year NFL Oakland Raiders veteran Sebastian Janikowski.
Janikowski owns the Central Florida record for longest field goal with a 60-yarder he hit in 1997.
Linkenheimer averaged 44 yards on four punts, with some good hang time. He boomed a 56-yarder. Check out the link to this video which shows Linkenheimer nailing 50-, 55- and 60-yard field goals at a camp.
Shades of SeaBass: Mainland finds kicking gem in Jonathan Linkenheimer
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