WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Eric Osteen’s college football return at Wake Forest

Kicking in a college football game again was always on Eric Osteen’s mind while serving in the Army.

Osteen knew he had one year of eligibility remaining after he graduated West Point in 2013. The only question was would the NCAA approve the 28-year-old Osteen’s waiver to play as a graduate student for Wake Forest this fall. About a month ago, the NCAA granted Osteen one more season.

“I decided to do it because you leave football and you look back on it and you are like, ‘I really think I could have done this differently in the locker room or around the team,’” said Osteen, who hasn’t kicked in a college football game since 2012 Army-Navy.

Read Osteen’s story here.

Osteen will be competing for the starting kicking job at Wake Forest, a program that he kicked against his senior season at West Point in 2012. He’s joined Wake Forest for workouts and will kick in front of coach David Clawson when preseason begins later this summer.

“It’s awesome,” Osteen said of being back in a college team atmosphere. “I love it. You put it all out there every day and all of these guys are leaders. There’s an awesome culture at Wake Forest. It’s really similar to Army. It’s just good to be around leaders and just a great group of players pushing each other every day.”

Osteen completed his five years of active duty as a Signal Corps officer on May 25. He served in the 63rd Signal Battalion and ended his military career as a battalion logistics officer where he created the funding for missions that helped aid in natural disasters.

“We did way over 50 missions when I was there,” Osteen said.

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