A few hours before the start of every game, Brandon McManus takes to the field with his trusty place-kicking holder for a routine that has not changed, no matter the time, the day, the circumstances.

From hash mark to hash mark he moves, working his way back from extra-point distance to beyond 60 yards, nailing each kick before grabbing his holder and starting the process all over again on the opposite side of the field, sending the football over heads of opponents warming up and a gaggle of fans roaming the field and sidelines.

During the weekdays, McManus strays little from his other routine that he established long ago, hitting kick after kick on a separate field alongside punter Riley Dixon and long snapper Casey Kreiter.

“I’m completely different than a lot of other guys,” McManus has said. “I use the (organized team activities) to kind of get ready for season in the summer. A lot of guys will continue to kick and I don’t know if that’s why they get injured more than I do because their muscles kind of wear down. I’m a little different. I stay in shape and I work out a lot but I don’t do any kicking really. I might kick once before we report at any time. That’s just kind of my mentality and it has worked for me.”

A few hours before the start of every game, Brandon McManus takes to the field with his trusty place-kicking holder for a routine that has not changed, no matter the time, the day, the circumstances.

From hash mark to hash mark he moves, working his way back from extra-point distance to beyond 60 yards, nailing each kick before grabbing his holder and starting the process all over again on the opposite side of the field, sending the football over heads of opponents warming up and a gaggle of fans roaming the field and sidelines.

During the weekdays, McManus strays little from his other routine that he established long ago, hitting kick after kick on a separate field alongside punter Riley Dixon and long snapper Casey Kreiter.

“I’m completely different than a lot of other guys,” McManus has said. “I use the (organized team activities) to kind of get ready for season in the summer. A lot of guys will continue to kick and I don’t know if that’s why they get injured more than I do because their muscles kind of wear down. I’m a little different. I stay in shape and I work out a lot but I don’t do any kicking really. I might kick once before we report at any time. That’s just kind of my mentality and it has worked for me.”