Hekker takes blame for delay of game penalty in OT

Hekker takes blame for delay of game penalty in OT

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Hekker takes blame for delay of game penalty in OT

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by Scott Bierman / FootballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 3:14 AM

ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- It was quite a game for Rams punter Johnny Hekker on Sunday.  He completed two passes, shanked a punt for a total net of 13 yards and failed to snap a ball in time for Greg Zuerlein to kick a game-winning 53-yard field goal in overtime. 

The Rams would be assessed a five-yard penalty and Zuerlein would miss the 58-yard attempt.

It is hard to put the blame on Hekker for the tie after he completed the two passes to keep separate drives alive, one of which ended in a touchdown.  But the 22-year-old rookie punter owned up to the delay of game.

“That’s my fault.  As the holder, I am supposed to be aware of the play clock and everything,” Hekker said.  “Just ran out onto the field wasn’t thinking much of it, thought we had more time than we did, didn’t even glance at the clock.  Rookie mistake on my part, won’t happen again.”

Hekker also stated that the kicking team was not rushed to get onto the field for the field goal.  It was just a mental error.

“I told them ahead of time that we were going to kick it on fourth down if we don’t convert on third, so just get ready and they were ready and they ran out there and then it slipped,” Jeff Fisher said on Monday.  “Sometimes that second delay thing is OK, but it was very close.  You have got a young holder who is a punter, that is three-for-three and that had one bad punt, that played a really, really solid game.” 

“It’s just unfortunate.  It’s just one of those things.”

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