Jonathan Garibay embraces the Cowboys kicking battle and shares his football origin

Cowboys kicker Jonathan Garibay joined an episode of K&C’s masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] Monday to discuss his football background, unique practice and personal bests. Here’s what he had to say.

Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

Now there are two kickers here. Is it a friendly competition? Is it bitter right now? How is it going?

Garibay: “No, it was great. It was awesome. Lirim (Hajrullahu) is also a veterinarian. I just can’t wait to learn from him and Jake (McQuaide) and Bryan (Anger). They’ve been awesome here so far.

You know, kickers decide the outcome of games. Often, quarterbacks too. Quarterbacks are paid $40 million a year to do so. When do you think the kickers will reach that number?

Garibay: “Hopefully sooner than later. We will see.”

You had just told a really interesting story about how you got into football. Can you say a little more? Because I want to ask you a bit more what the difference is now.

Garibay: “I grew up playing football for most of my childhood, and once I got to college I was still a great football player and a lot of my college friends were going to try for the football team, you know, the next year, in freshman year, and they were like, ‘Hey, man, come and have a try with us and keep the band together. And I was like, okay, you know , I’ll do it. I don’t even look at it. But ok. So I tried, you know, I was probably playing running back and linebacker, I think, that summer, and then we had some kicking tries. Our coach got the whole team together in midfield and everyone wanted to shoot. I was like, I’m playing football, it can’t be that hard. As soon as I kicked in the ball. the coach just looks at the ball and he whistles. He’s like, ‘okay, we found a guy. He grabs me by the face mask and he says to me: ‘Son, you’re gonna kick for the next four years.'”

Was it your first time kicking a soccer ball?

Garibay: “Yeah.”

Was it a kickoff or were you trying to throw a basket?

Garibay: “Getting started. And then over time I was able to learn technique and stuff. But it was just a kick-off and I was like, ‘I just gotta go far.’ That’s all what i did and i think it worked so far.

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As you move forward, does he still kick the ball? Or is there something different?

Garibay: “I mean, you can’t make it too complicated. But at the end of the day, all you have to do is kick. But going through that process, when I became, I think, a junior in high school, that’s when I really learned the technique of alignment and stuff. I just kind of put it to my own use and whatever worked with me. In the end, it’s like anything. The more you put in, the more you will get out. I just put my work and that’s it.

How do you try to keep the same mindset between a kick in the first quarter and five seconds left, that’s going to determine the outcome? Because even if I try, the first round and the ninth round, it has a different meaning.

Garibay: “At the end of the day, you only have one for one. You must have this mindset. It’s not trying to go 30 for 30, 40 for 40. The end of the season goal or whatever. Every kick is different. Every kick has its little thing. Just go one for one. That’s it.”

Do the posts seem smaller each time you move away? Or do you have to tell your mind, no, it’s the same size?

Garibay: “I really don’t think about that. Frankly. One thing that completely changed the way I look at it, as you step back. It happened recently, while I was, I was training. John Carney is a coach from San Diego. He kicked the league for a while. He just said to me: ‘Garibay when I kick, I don’t even look at that post anymore. I just watch the alley. Because the messages have the same width as the hashes at the bottom of the message. So he’s like, ‘just throw it down the alley.’ And that’s all. But it was a great tip. And you know, at the end of the day, just trust the alignment. And if you’re lined up correctly, just hit the ball the same way. The ball must follow this line.

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How many times at Texas Tech did I have to tackle?

Garibay: “Handy? In practice, I hit a few guys. Oh. I had a forced fumble against Oklahoma State in 2020. You can look it up.

How excited were you when it happened?

Garibay: “I was pumped, but nobody was there to get the ball back so they got it.”

What are some of the fun games you play with the other kickers or with yourself, instead of just kicking, is there something else you try to do to keep it interesting?

Garibay: “What we did yesterday, basically we started on the touchline and the closer you get to the end zone the weaker the posts get in the side. So we were playing this game, trying to make it from there. Because it narrows it down, we used to play that game. It’s something we did in college or we played ping. But you didn’t have to kick it from hashes, you could kick it anywhere on the field. It’s just still interesting.

How fast do you know when you warm up before a game, your distance? What does this conversation look like?

Garibay: “Normally, like we did, before practice you have an idea of ​​your range and you hit back and forth. Then you do the same thing around halftime. You kick back and forth and see what the wind does. You give the coach your range. That’s how I did. »

In Lubbock, with the wind, how far did you make a field goal?

Garibay: “We threw it inside. I mean, I hit 67, 68. I think I probably nailed a 70 on the outside, maybe with a little breeze. I did it in college once before I left. I was training to go to Tech and I was like, you know what? Let me test my range. There was a little crosswind and I just drove it. I tried once and it felt like I wasn’t going to do it again.

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