Sunday, November 23, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

49ers’ Dawson still learning to kick in new stadium

By
From page B8 | August 21, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA — Phil Dawson converted 49 of his 50 pregame kicks, even a pair of 58-yard field goals going from each direction.

That’s about as accurate as San Francisco’s veteran place kicker has been in recent years.

So it was a bit startling to watch as he sailed his only two chances during Sunday’s 34-0 loss to Denver wide right — first from 55 yards then again from 44.

Dawson planned to return to Levi’s Stadium on Tuesday afternoon to get back to work learning a new field and its quirks.

“Honestly, I don’t know that I’m going to have that place figured out any time soon,” Dawson said. “The best you can do is show up on those game days and figure out a way to get them through. A lot of information was gathered Sunday, in a painful way. I would have enjoyed to learn differently, but I’ll take every kick I can get in there.”

The grass, like with any new sod, is still getting its roots established and has come up in places. It is dry in others. Not that Dawson is complaining about the conditions, given that he can now walk some 100 yards from the practice fields to the stadium to kick.

He never had that luxury at Candlestick Park, where he missed one of his first attempts last August, also against the Broncos.

“I got off to a slow start there, too, and then kind of halfway got confident in what I was doing there. I expect the same to happen here.”

The 39-year-old Dawson had only kicked four times in the new $1.2 billion stadium before missing the two first-half kicks.

“It only took me about 10 years to get comfortable in Cleveland,” he joked. “We’ll see how long it takes here.”

In his first year with the 49ers following 14 seasons in Cleveland, Dawson converted 32-of-36 field goals and set a franchise record with 27 successful field goals in a row. He was rewarded with a new two-year contract in March.

“We know Phil, he’s got to make those kicks. He’s going to make those kicks,” said 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “It’s another part of everybody playing together as a unit and making sure the protection is sound and the snap is good, the hold is good and the kick is good. All of those things have to work together and it didn’t on the first long one. All areas we know are correctable. We’ll count on Phil to make those kicks.”

Dawson understands plenty about the growth of grass, new or old. He grew up mowing lawns and doing other yard work and still enjoys gardening.

While there might not be the tricky winds off San Francisco Bay and ever-changing conditions of Candlestick, there are still elements.

“One thing we’re going to run into around here is your pregame warmup, we come out around 11:30 and the wind hasn’t really picked up,” Dawson said. “Anyone who lives around here knows the wind starts generally around 1 p.m. What you learn in pregame may not necessarily help you at all once the game starts.”

Dawson said farewell to his wife and three kids earlier Tuesday as they headed home to Austin, Texas, for the school year.

Then, it was back to business with his special teams mates preparing for Sunday’s home game with San Diego.

“We’ve been in there a lot. He’s made the kicks, no problem, no issues whether he will or not,” said San Francisco punter and holder Andy Lee. “Things happen. Luckily he got them away in the preseason. I don’t see any reason of concern at all. He’ll get it straight, get it figured out and we won’t have to worry about it.”

Notes: On Monday, the Niners signed injured defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey to a two-year contract extension through 2016. … Safety Antoine Bethea is going through the concussion protocol following his injury Sunday, and there’s no timetable for his return. … Quarterback Colin Kaepernick said a foot injury he dealt with most of last season didn’t require offseason surgery, only rest. … Harbaugh announced Monday that wide receiver Michael Crabtree is in Texas, where he welcomed a son, Michael. “Didn’t get a wing span on him yet,” the coach cracked.

Comments

comments

The Associated Press

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Hollywood readies its big guns for the holidays

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Need for local foster parents grows

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

     
    Tactical robot decreases officer risks

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Berkeley, Santa Cruz students protest fee hikes

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Couple arrested on drug, firearm possession charges

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

    Woman confronts suspicious follower

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

     
    Bob Dunning: Signs, signs, everywhere a sign

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

    For the record

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    Auction-bound student artwork stolen in downtown heist

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3, 1 Comment | Gallery

    UCD awarded $100M to lead program to predict, prevent pandemic threats

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Breakfast with Santa tickets are going fast

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Probationers, parolees graduate from Yolo transitional program

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Free boot camp, yoga fundraiser this week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Enterprise observes holiday hours

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Bell-ringers still needed this holiday season

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Give blood and get a free movie ticket

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Thanksgiving feast is open to all

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Workshop will answer financial aid questions

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Yolo Food Bank invites locals to run with the flock

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Museum announces holiday schedule

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    At the Pond: Stop, look and listen

    By Jean Jackman | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Round up at the registers for Davis schools

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Project Linus seeks donations

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    Swing your partner!

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A6

    Fairfield School enjoys a festive feast

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    Right at home: gifts you can use and use up

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

    Dec. 10 jeans drive benefits STEAC

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A9

     
    Davis Community Church history recounted in Sunday talk

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    Open your heart

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Bob Hope interview pulled from ‘the vault’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12

    .

    Forum

    There’s only one way to fix this

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Students barking up the wrong tree

    By Our View | From Page: A14

    Rick McKee cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A14

     
    Heartbroken over treatment of teacher

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

    Google, tell me. Is my son a genius?

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A14

     
    Daryl Cagle cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A15

    Cordial political discourse: Seven years later, the thoughts resonate

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

     
    Easing the stress during college application season

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

    How I want to be remembered

    By Marion Franck | From Page: A16

     
    Watch out for holiday weight gain

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A16

     
    When the computer stares back

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A16

    .

    Sports

    Turnovers costly as UC Davis loses Classic, 41-30

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Aggie men finish off Furman

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Upset-minded Lions bounce UCD from WWPA tourney

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    New, old-look helmets not enough to lift UCD footballers

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Late shot sinks Aggie women

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD roundup: Seniors play well in Aggie volleyball loss

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Wire briefs: Kings get past depleted T-Wolves

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

     
    With volleyball playoff berth, DHS accomplished its 2014 goal

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B6 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

     
    Don’t pass up the parking gift downtown

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A13

    Doby Fleeman: Give thanks for our innovation culture

    By Doby Fleeman | From Page: A20

     
    Honey, spreads showcased at open house

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A20

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, November 23, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8