Younghoe Koo Wins Starting Kicker Job, Josh Lambo Waived
One of the most surprising releases on cutdown day was 2016's starting kicker Josh Lambo being waived in favor of Younghoe Koo, who had an unlikely path to the NFL. An UDFA Rookie out of Georgia State, Koo and his parents immigrated to Ridgewood, New Jersey from Korea when he was 12.
He went on to be a star Kicker and Cornerback at Ridgewood High in New Jersey and earned a scholarship to Georgia State. In his senior season at GSU he missed just one field goal (A 54-yarder), and was named a Lou Groza award finalist, the award given annually to the nation's best college kicker.
Koo signed with the Chargers in May, and clearly made an impression with the coaching staff in camp as he was able to beat out the incumbent Lambo despite seeing very limited preseason action. Lambo, the Chargers' kicker for the past two seasons, made 26 of 32 field goal attempts last year (a mediocre 81.3% clip) and missed all 3 attempts greater than 50 yards.
Koo's story is definitely an interesting one, and a great bio on him can be read here.