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Fever Kicker Earns His Name

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Many players in the AF2 are trying to make a name for themselves. Fever kicker Ryan Cesca was just trying to get people to say his name.

Being the third kicker the team has had this season, the Fever players didn't bother to learn his name. "Kicker" was all Cesca heard.

"Kind of like earning your stripes," said team leader Robert Garth. "We've been through a lot of kickers. "

"It didn't really bother me," said Cesca. "I had to come in and earn my stripes. It's all fun and games, you go through it."

He's had just one bad game, and is now 13 for 19 on PATs through three contests. Finally, this week in practice, his teammates stopped calling him kicker, and started calling him Ryan Cesca.

"He's got a name now!" said Garth. "Cesca's been here 5-6 weeks. His name's 'Ryan Cesca' now. It's not 'kicker' anymore."

Coach Tony Wells won't go that far. "It' s 'Ryan.' He does not get the 'Cesca' yet. He's done alright. Unless he does something catastrophic, he's our guy. He's our kicker. The guys like him."

The former Oregon State kicker moved here form Eugene, Oregon, where he was going to school. He knows he could very easily go back to being just "kicker."

"I don't believe in security for kickers." he said. "You got to make plays. We'll see how things go. I didn't expect to do this well so soon. Maybe get some tryouts for other leagues and be back here next year.

So far he's making a good name for himself.

The Fever host Central Valley Saturday at 7 p.m.