UTC kicker Aaron Sears favors even-keeled approach

Three steps back. Two steps to his left.

Aaron Sears' process has never changed, through the good or the bad.

He may tweak it some, of course. Those steps back could be longer. Those steps to the side could be as well, but the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga kicker isn't changing a thing when it comes to his approach to football.

That's true even as there could have been reasons to make adjustments - none bigger than the glaringly bad game he had on Nov. 13 against Mercer, when Sears missed two field-goal tries and an extra-point attempt in UTC's 10-6 loss to the Bears. That Southern Conference loss in Macon, Georgia, severely hurt the preseason league favorite's chances of reaching the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Sears didn't change his process that day; the kicks just didn't go in.