Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
(Again, thanks to Brooks Crawford of the Atlantic Kicking Institute for helping me break down film of the specialists.)
Like Lester Coleman, featured yesterday in the Countdown, Andrew King is a specialist who is unlikely to see much game action in 2016. As a redshirt sophomore, King has not played in his two seasons on Grounds yet, with Dylan Sims and Ian Frye ahead of him so far in Charlottesville. Frye is gone this year, but Sims returns and will probably handle most of the placekicking duties.
If King does have a role on the 2016 Cavaliers, it will most likely be as a kick-off man. He has a BIG leg with lots of hang time on his kicks. Should Sims display a limited range, King could be an effective spot kicker: his inconsistent accuracy is less of a concern when the long-range kick is a fairly low percentage one anyway. According to Crawford, he could "develop into a very strong kickoff specialist with some work in the weight room—and the dining hall."
King played for Broughton High School in Raleigh, and you can see some of that big leg in action in the clip below.
While King has not played yet at Virginia, he has been getting things done in the classroom, receiving recognition on the 2015 ACC Academic Honor Roll.