Sept. 14, 2012
Chris Lider has claimed the starting kicking position for the Grizzlies. The redshirt freshman hails from Bellevue, Wash. In high school, he had success in both football as a punter and in soccer as a defender. This year, he played in his first collegiate game and has some pretty big shoes to fill as he steps in for Brody McKnight, who graduated last year.
How does it feel to be starting kicker for the Montana Grizzlies as a redshirt freshman?
I feel honored to be the starting kicker. Looking at the past kickers (Brody McKnight and Dan Carpenter) and how successful they have been, it is cool to have the opportunity to do the same thing they did here.
What are your expectations for yourself this season?
I have high expectations for myself. I expect myself to continue where Brody left off. I don't want there to be any drop off.
What do you think is your biggest strength as kicker?
I feel my biggest strength as a kicker is my leg strength.
What would you like to improve on?
My biggest thing I want to improve on this season is becoming more consistent in my kicking game.
If you weren't a kicker, what position would you love to play? Why?
If I wasn't a kicker I would want to be a DB. I played half a season of it my freshman year of high school, but because I was one of the bigger guys on the team they moved me to LB.
Was there a moment while playing high school football that made you think about pursuing playing college football?
I dreamed about playing a college sport my whole life, but my freshman year when I started playing football was the first time I started to think that I might have a shot to play college football somewhere.
Do you have a pre-game routine?
Yes, I warm up the same before every game. Before chapel I stretch and foam roll, then once I am out on the field I do some dynamic stretching before I start kicking.
What is your favorite sports memory?
My favorite sports memory was actually in soccer. I was playing a soccer tournament in Sweden and I scored a hat trick in one of our games. It's my favorite sports memory because I played defense and I rarely scored and also it was against a non-American team.
What was the biggest adjustment you had to make when you moved to Montana from Washington?
The biggest adjustment I had to make when I came here from Bellevue, Wash., was that I had to get used to living in a smaller city. But it wasn't hard at all because Missoula has a lot of things to do outdoors.
What are the challenges of being a college football player?
Time management. Having to balance school and football can be hard. There are a lot of things you have to give up in order to succeed in school and football.
What is the most rewarding part of playing for the Griz?
The most rewarding part about playing for the Griz is the fans. Being able to play in front of 25,000 plus fans every home game is awesome!
What do you like to do outside of football?
Outside of football ball I like to do anything that has to do with the outdoors. Football was the reason why I came to UM and all the things to do outdoors here was just the icing on the cake.
What has been the hardest class you have taken at UM?
My hardest class so far has been Accounting 201. But I bet once I get into the upper core business classes, Accounting 201 will seem a lot easier.
Do you have a role model? If yes, who?
Yes, my brothers are my role models. I strive to be like them every day!
Who is your favorite athlete?
I don't have a specific favorite athlete. But I like athletes that love proving their critics wrong, like Tim Tebow and Russell Westbrook.
What's your favorite football team?
Obviously the Montana Grizzlies, but I have grown up watching the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Huskies so I root for them too. I will always root for UM over UW though.
Who has helped you the most with your football career?
My brother, Josh, who was a kicker in college. He was the one who got me into kicking and has been my coach since day one.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I see myself having a family and working at my dream job by then.
Why did you pick your major?
My major is business. I picked it because I like the leadership aspect of it and I have always been interested on how businesses run.
So we all know that you are a talented kicker, but do you have a hidden talent that would be unexpected to most people?
As of right now I am working on becoming a talented fly fisherman.
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