Pitt kicker Alex Kessman has signed with an agent, ending his collegiate career, according to a social media post by noted NFL specialist agency RSR Sports on Monday.
Kessman finishes his Pitt career having made 69 of 95 field goal attempt, for 72.6%, but owns almost every distance-kicking record in the Pitt books, with the school’s longest field goal of 58 yards as well as the NCAA record field-goal percentage from over 50 yards.
He was also frequently called upon to help the Pitt offense in 2020, kicking 1.9 field goals per game, the seventh-most amongst FBS kickers and scoring 86 points, the 12th-most of any FBS player.
A four-year starter, Kessman also surpassed Chris Blewitt’s program record of 56 career field goals this season. He also holds a share of the Heinz Field record for longest field goal with Matt Gay, then of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kessman also dealt with inconsistency in his time at Pitt, as he 72.6% conversion percentage implies. He missed an extra point in overtime to help cost Pitt a game at Boston College this season and missed a chip shot field goal at Penn State in 2019 with the team trailing late.
RSR is the agency for many top NFL specialists, including Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens. RSR also recently signed Miami kicker Jose Borregales.
With Kessman moving onto the pro game, Pitt will turn to Ben Sauls in 2021. Sauls attempted and made just one extra point for Pitt in 2020 while serving as Kessman’s understudy. The left-footed Ohio native was the No. 12 kicker in the 2020 recruiting class, according to 247 Sports.