September 7, 2011
In this photo taken Monday for an article by the Adelaide (Australia) Advertiser, renowned Australian Rules football player Luke Jones examines the new type of ball he’ll be using for the next four years when he joins the Albany State football team as its new kicker Friday. Jones, whose brand of Australian Rules football is much different than American football — including a different sized football — can reportedly kick 55-yard field goals with ease and can clear more than 70 yards on punts. (Photo courtesy of Brenton Edwards/Adelaide (Australia) Advertiser)
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Albany State's kicking woes this past season stretched into the new season last Saturday when the Rams missed two extra points and had a punt and FG blocked, all of which prompted the coaching staff to look long and hard -- and far and wide -- for a more reliable option, which they've found: Australian Rules footballer Luke Jones, who will land in the U.S. for the first time Friday and will likely join the team next week.