Published: Sep 10, 2010 3:36 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 11, 2010 4:30 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State kicker Brett Sheldon is hoping to get into Saturday's game at Cincinnati and help his team win.

Sheldon figures if he kicks a few field goals, it will help people see his talent first and not his birth defect.

The 22-year-old Sheldon was born with short arms and hands with three fingers. It didn't stop him from chasing his dream of playing college football and making the team as a walk-on. He's the backup kicker.

One of his coaches, Jesse Minter, says they love having Sheldon on the team. He never complains and doesn't feel his work on the field is any different. Minter says Sheldon is "an extra heartbeat" for the Sycamores.