Wake Forest gets former Army kicker

Wake Forest, looking for a kicker this season, has added transfers Eric Osteen of Army and Darren Ford of Hope College.Photo Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

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Wake Forest has added two graduate transfer kickers, including Eric Osteen, who served five years on active duty in the U.S. Army after graduating from West Point.

The 28-year-old Osteen was a platoon leader, company executive officer and company logistics officer who most recently led U.S. Army operations after three hurricanes in 2016 and 2017.

As a senior for the Army Cadets, he had 29 touchbacks on 53 kickoffs as a senior in 2012.

Darren Ford was a kicker and punter at Division III Hope College.

Ford made 25 of 38 field goals and 99 extra points last season at Hope.

Wake Forest must replace kicker Mike Weaver, who set the school’s single-season scoring record in 2017 before graduating.