Rugland thinks he could hit one from ‘‘well beyond’’ 60, and Husted said that’s very possible.
‘‘Heck, if he’s in Denver he can probably hit it from 65,’’ Husted said.
The Jets liked what they saw enough to invite Rugland back for a second audition in March.
Meantime, he wants to spend more time with Husted to refine his technique and consistency, and he’s looking for a sponsor to help pay for another stay in San Diego since he would need to take an unpaid leave of absence from his job as a youth counselor for the local child protective services.
Training on his own isn’t so easy these days, given the winter climate in Norway.
‘‘It’s hard to get better when you’re practicing in the snow,’’ he said.
Husted has put him in touch with an agent, Jill McBride Baxter, who is trying to get him back in the U.S.
‘‘It’s not easy,’’ said the Los Angeles-based McBride Baxter, whose other NFL clients include Jets punter Robert Malone and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Marlon Moore. ‘‘He’s got a life in Norway. He works with youth. He’s got a job. He’s got a dog.’’
He also still has a lot to work on. Power is one thing, but getting timing and technique right is equally important. Before working with Husted, Rugland had never kicked with a snap and hold.
And, of course, it remains to be seen whether Rugland can perform as well in a game situation. Some current NFL players, who had watched his video online, weren’t so sure.
‘‘It’s a cool video,’’ Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely said, ‘‘but I don’t know if it necessarily translates to kicking field goals consistently in a timed, pressurized environment.’’
New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford agreed.
‘‘I think he’s talented, but there’s a different dynamic when you have a video camera and 1,000 chances versus when there’s 80,000 people screaming at you (at a game) and you only have one shot,’’ Weatherford said. ‘‘You can’t teach that skill.’’
Rugland, though, said he thinks his Scandinavian nerves can handle the pressure.
‘‘It’s hard to say before you've experienced it,’’ he said. ‘‘But I imagine it will be a bit like a penalty kick in soccer. I was under a lot pressure during the (Jets) tryout, and a lot of people would freeze up at something like that because there’s a lot of people watching you. But that went well, so I think I have good chances of handling it.’’
The Jets may not be Rugland’s only hope of making the NFL. Husted said the Raiders, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles have also contacted him for scouting reports. He said the ‘‘ideal situation’’ for the Norwegian may be to get picked up on the practice squad by one team and spend a year honing his skills — the same route taken by Australian punter Darren Bennett in the 1990s.
Bennett was an Australian Rules football player who was given a workout by the San Diego Chargers during his honeymoon in California, and ended up becoming one of the top punters in the NFL.
Rugland thinks he can make a similar journey.
‘‘If you have the quality that’s required, you'll get the chance,’’ he said. ‘‘I probably have to prove a bit more than others, and impress people a bit more. Those I'm competing against have played in the NFL for several years, or at least played in high school and college. But I believe in it myself, that if everything goes perfectly then it is a realistic chance. Although it’s still a long way to go.’’
And if things don’t work out with the NFL. Rugland’s YouTube video may at least turn into a different kind of film.
Husted said he was contacted by a producer.
‘‘He thinks there may be a movie in this,’’ he said.
Rugland’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDwbjHV8jLo
AP Sports Writers Ben Walker and Dennis Waszak Jr. in New York contributed to this report.