Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 5/161 - Randy Bullock, K, 5-9, 205, Texas A&M...They offered Neil Rackers the minimum, and he accepted the minimum but with Washington. That left them with no kicker. Bullock won the Lou Groza Award as a senior at Texas A&M, and now he'll return to Houston to kick for his hometown team. - The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Randy Bullock News
08/26/12 - PK Randy Bullock will be placed on injured reserve and is out for the entire season because of a torn muscle in his groin area. It means Shayne Graham, 34, will be the Texans' kicker.
08/05/12 - PK Randy Bullock has impressed the coaches with his accuracy on field goals and distance on kickoff returns, and they're eager to see him in a game, beginning with the preseason opener at Carolina. In their first 10 years, they had two proven veterans, Kris Brown and Neil Rackers, as their kickers. Now they're going with a rookie for the first time.
04/30/12 - For their first nine seasons, the Texans knew Kris Brown was their kicker. Then they signed Neil Rackers to beat out Brown, who was cut in 2009. Rackers kicked in 2010 and 2011, scoring 124 points and a team-record 135 points. Last season, though, Rackers missed six field goals, three more than the previous season. The coaches seemed to lose confidence in him. They offered him the minimum salary to return, but he signed with Washington. That left them without a kicker on the roster. General manager Rick Smith used a fifth-round pick on Randy Bullock, who grew up in Klein, a Houston suburb, and kicked at Texas A&M. Special teams coordinator Joe Marciano scouted Bullock thoroughly at the Combine and at his Pro Day. They thought enough of him to take him in the fifth round rather than wait until the sixth and hope he was still on the board. - The Sports Xchange
04/30/12 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 5/161 - Randy Bullock, K, 5-9, 205, Texas A&M...They offered Neil Rackers the minimum, and he accepted the minimum but with Washington. That left them with no kicker. Bullock won the Lou Groza Award as a senior at Texas A&M, and now he'll return to Houston to kick for his hometown team. - The Sports Xchange
04/19/12 - It was a simple question. During interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine, Houston Texans special teams coach Joe Marciano asked Texas A&M kicker Randy Bullock how he would handle his first adverse situation in the NFL. "You've never had a slump," Marciano said. "What happens when you have your first one?" Bullock, without blinking an eye, said, "Coach, my dad died when I was 15. How much more adversity is there?" Bullock was a freshman at Klein High School in Houston in 2004 when he and his older brother, Rhett, went on a hunting trip to South Texas with their father, Rich. On the final day of the trip, two days before Christmas, Rich died of a heart attack. He was 53. "It was tough, but at the same time, my mom and brother were very supportive of me the whole way," Bullock said. "I can't thank them enough for all the support that they've given me. They are a big part of my success." In his locker, Bullock keeps a picture of his dad, to whom he dedicated his senior season. Bullock won the Lou Groza Award as the nation's best kicker after making 29 of 33 field goals. For his career, Bullock made 63 of 80 field-goal attempts. Still, he isn't likely to be drafted. "It's tough, but at the same time, I think I have what it takes," Bullock said. "Draft day, I might not get a phone call, but I think I'll get an opportunity to go to camp somewhere and compete for a job." - Charean Williams, The Sacramento Bee