BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Taylor Pontius of Biloxi, a former member of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs, is getting a shot to crack the Indianapolis Colts roster.
Reports out of Indianapolis say Pontius is nothing more than a camp leg in an effort to give veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri a break during training camp.
However, Pontius made his presence known in the Colts' rookie mini-camp and the Indianapolis coaching staff took notice.
After leaving Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Pontius made his way to North Alabama. The 5-11, 180 pound kicker connected on 16 of 20 field goal attempts and 57 of 59 extra point attempts in two seasons at North Alabama.
He was named first-team All-Gulf South Conference kicker. Pontius has a powerful leg. He drilled a 54-yard field goal to propel North Alabama past Valdosta State and 38 of his kickoffs sailed into the end zone for touchbacks.
Pontius punted and averaged 37.6 yards per punt.
Pontius will give his all in training camp and will give 42-year-old Adam Vinatieri real competition, competition that will push Vinatieri or competition that will boot the veteran off to the sidelines.