Q&A: Cole Netten finds form vs. Texas

Iowa State’s redshirt freshman kicker Cole Netten is off to a hot start. The Ankeny product is currently 6-for-8 on the season. He converted on 37, 41 and 29-yard field goals in last Thursday’s 31-30 loss to Texas. 

On Monday, Netten spoke with members of the local media about his freshman campaign. Here is the transcribed Q&A. 

On Thursday when the offense was driving at the end of the game, what would have been a comfortable distance for you to kick from?

CN: A comfortable distance going that way is 50-yards. It’s possible to make it past that, but a comfortable range is 50.

What were you like on the sideline? Were you getting anxious?

CN:To be honest, no, I wasn’t. I was pretty calm. I just don’t think I had realized that it was coming down to a game-winning field goal yet. I feel like I would be a little more nervous as I was trotting out on the field but I was pretty calm.

Have you ever been in that situation before?

CN:I have, once in high school. It was a pretty easy 25-yard chip shot. Nothing like that.

Is that part of the process? You know, separating yourself away from the emotions and just going out there and kicking?

CN: When I go out there, it’s all quiet to me. Everything is blocked off. Whenever I am out there, I’m 10 times more focused.

Where are you at as a kicker right now compared to say, a month ago, now that you’ve actually gone out there and executed in an actual game? Do you feel more comfortable?

CN:Yes. A lot more comfortable. The first game was super nerve-racking. It almost feels routine now. I’ve been there before.

Did you need a game like the Texas game to get your confidence back?

CN:I did after that Tulsa game, missing two field goals. One of the things that separates a kicker and a great kicker is you bounce back the next game from a game like the one I had at Tulsa. 

You don’t often see a lot of guys redshirt at the kicker position. How did that extra year help you out as a player? 

CN:Two things: Comfort and strength. I came in not very strong to be honest. My lifts have gone up exceptionally and that has helped with distance and being comfortable out there. Two, the first time I ran out there on the field against UNI the very first time when I was redshirting, I almost fell over because my legs felt like noodles. It was crazy and something I’ve never experienced before. Having a whole year to go to all of the home games and travel to some away games made me more comfortable. The redshirt year was great. 

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.