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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wyoming Cowboys Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 25, 2015 - spring game
"Punter Wood averaged 48.0 yards per punt on two punts.  Place-kicker Martin was 4 of 5 in PATs and 1-2 in field-goal attempts, making a 36-yard field goal that resulted in the game winner and missing from 42 yards." - County 10

March 25, 2015 - spring specialists
"Wyoming’s special teams returns two key starters in junior punter Ethan Wood and junior long snapper Brendan Turelli, who both enter the 2015 season having started for the past two seasons.  Gone is senior place-kicker Stuart Williams and senior holder Sam Stratton. 'We are very pleased with the way Ethan (Wood) transitioned last year from being primarily a rugby-style punter his freshman season to more of a traditional punter the past season,' said coach Craig Bohl. 'We also worked a lot on directional punting with Ethan last year, and we were happy with the progress he made. Our snapping by Brendan (Turelli) last year was excellent.  He did a great job. The place-kicking and kickoff duties are still up in the air at this point.  Ethan can certainly kick off, and Justin Martin, who has gone back and forth between kicking and the secondary, is another guy we will take a look at for kickoffs this Spring.  We will have open compeition for the place-kicking duties this Spring, as well as through Fall camp'." - Sweetwater Now

January 26, 2015 - kicker Tristan Bailey commits
"Rampart kicker Tristan Bailey, who was named to the All-State team, has decided to attend school at Wyoming and continue his kicking career with the Cowboys. Bailey was being recruited by both Colorado State and the University of Colorado, but found that Wyoming was a better fit for him. 'I visted there, this past weekend and just seeing everything that’s going on just really sold me,' Bailey said. 'When I went to Boulder and Fort Collins I just felt unsure about everything. When I went to Wyoming, everything seemed to fit.' Bailey was successful on 10 of his 12 field goal attempts for the Rams this fall, with his longest boot coming from 53 yards out." - CHSAA

December 16, 2014 - kicker Jon Coppens to walk on
"With senior Stuart Williams closing a four-year career in Laramie in 2014, the Cowboys needed to address placekicking this offseason. Fort Worth, Texas, native Jon Coppens -- a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete -- may fill that role. Coppens plans to walk on at Wyoming, he confirmed to the Star-Tribune. Coppens, who played for Nolan Catholic High School in 2014, held offers from Rice, Cornell, Army, Dartmouth and Yale. He connected on 8 of 10 field goal attempts, with a long of 45 yards, and converted all 25 extra point tries in his senior season. Prior to moving to Texas, Coppens lived in Minnesota, so the prep kicker should have plenty of experience performing in harsh conditions." - Casper Star-Tribune

September 20, 2014 - Stuart Williams kicks game winner over Florida Atlantic
"A Stuart Williams 18-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining in regulation led the Wyoming Cowboys to a 20-19 comeback victory against the Florida Atlantic Owls in non-conference action at War Memorial Stadium." - UPI

August 16, 2014 - first fall scrimmage
“I [head coach Craig Bohl] wanted to make sure we put our field-goal kicker in a position to attempt field goals from different distances. We also did a lot of kickoffs today with kick returns. I think we pretty much covered the water front today.' Senior place-kicker Stuart Williams was 4 of 5 in field-goal attempts on Saturday. He successfully converted field goals from 49 yards, 41 yards, 41 yards and 24 yards. His only miss of the day came from 49 yards out." - KGWN

August 12, 2014 - punter loses parents in plane crash
"Tragedy struck the University of Wyoming football team over the weekend. John and Resia Wood, the parents of sophomore punter Ethan Wood, were killed in plane crash Saturday in southern Iowa. According to, the Woods were flying from Mackinaw Island, Michigan to their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A post on UW’s Facebook page said they were in Michigan to visit their son, Josh, a defensive backs coach at Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan. The Woods leave behind five children. UW football coach Craig Bohl said Monday that he is unsure when Wood will return to the team. Wood averaged 42 yards per punt last season as a true freshman, including a long of 64, and 13 punts were downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He also led UW with 40 kickoffs, 21 for touchbacks. Senior kicker Stuart Williams said the entire team was upset when the players heard the news. Williams made his fall debut during last Saturday’s second practice. He was held out of camp last week by Bohl. NCAA rules allow teams to have 105 players in practice during camp, and since Williams is a senior and well-established as the team’s kicker, Bohl wanted to use his spot to look at other players. Williams now is the team’s punter and place-kicker, and he handles kickoffs. Junior Justin Martin kicked off 25 times last season, but he is out with an ankle injury. Williams said he has to watch his volume of kicking now." - WyoSports 

August 7, 2014 - camp specialists
"Wyoming sophomore long snapper Brendan Turelli attended practice for the first time on Thursday. Earlier in the week, coach Craig Bohl said starting kicker Stuart Williams and Turelli were practicing separately from the team, so the coaching staff could evaluate more players at other positions in practice. The plan was to integrate Williams and Turelli later in camp. That time has arrived for Turelli, though Williams was still nowhere to be seen." - Casper Star Tribune

May 16, 2014 - spring specialists
"Everyone returns on special teams. This is a good thing. Among the familiar faces: Stuart Williams at kicker, Ethan Wood at kicker, Brendan Turelli as the snapper and Justin Martin as the kickoff specialist." - USA Today

April 5, 2014 - first spring scrimmage
"Coach Craig Bohl said the snaps during special teams work were good, and praised Stratton for handling a high snap on a field goal. Bohl said senior kicker Stuart Williams, who made both of his field-goal attempts from 23 and 29 yards, kicked the ball well. There were no punt returns in the scrimmage, and the team didn’t work on kickoffs." - Cowboy Chronicles

Eastern Washington Eagles Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 25, 2015 - spring game
"Senior kicker Tyler McNannay, who made all 11 of his field goal attempts a year ago, converted field goals of 25 and 21 yards and had a 48-yarder blocked by Andre Lino." - KXLY

September 18, 2014 - punter Jake Miller
"Miller’s stock is pretty high these days. The senior from Central Valley is averaging 47.6 yards a kick and netting 42.1 yards, fourth-best in the Football Championship Subdivision. Two weeks ago, he was named the Big Sky Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. Already the Eagles’ leading career punter, he’s always looking for more – and sometimes a little less – when an Eagles drive stalls at midfield. During warmups before a game 'I always start with my regular kicks,' Miller explained. 'Then, when I’m a little more tired, I’ll get a good gauge of how I want to kick it close in. I’m always working on those things: hang time and placement. There’s not a stat for that, but it makes a difference'." - Spokesman-Review

August 4, 2014 - kicker Roldan Alcobendas
"Eastern Washington has some questions at kicker, but none bigger than the ones Roldan Alcobendas faced a year ago. Three months after signing with the Eagles early in 2013, the Camas High star injured an ACL – perhaps ending his college football dreams before they could begin. After all, Alcobendas was damaged goods. But here he is, the favorite to kick field goals and extra points for the Eagles this season. As if there was any doubt. 'Of course we were going to stay with him,' coach Beau Baldwin said of Alcobendas, a 6-foot, 175-pound redshirt freshman. 'I knew he would respond from that, and we’re confident in him.'
Nevertheless, the Eagles have three options at kicker, including senior punter Jake Miller from Spokane Valley and true freshman Jason Schwartz of Bellevue. At this point, Miller may handle kickoff duties, but Alcobendas has shown a consistency on short- to middle-range field goals that Baldwin prizes.... 'I’m going to go for it anyway from the 50 (yard-line) down to the 20,' Baldwin said Monday morning after the first of several kicking competitions scheduled for fall camp. 'I want a consistency when we’re kicking from 35 yards on in, because unless it’s right before halftime, it’s (a field-goal try) not going to happen anyway. That’s what I want, is that ability to make the ones we’re supposed to make,' said Baldwin, who appreciates Alcobendas’ ability to do just that." - Spokesman-Review

April 23, 2014 - long snapper Cory Alcantar
"On a blustery day last week, Eastern Washington long snapper Cory Alcantar was being carried away by his emotions. 'It’s been amazing, and I feel so blessed to be here – I feel like I won the lottery,' said Alcantar, who certainly beat the odds last summer in becoming the first junior college transfer in recent Eastern history. 'We really don’t recruit JCs, but we felt like he would compete right away,' Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin said. 'Ultimately he took it over and has run with it.' Alcantar has jumped with it too. On off days, he and punter Jake Miller routinely scale the fence at Roos Field, where Alcantar works on his spiral, and his placement." - Spokesman-Review

April 22, 2014 - spring specialists
"As redshirt freshman Roldan Alcobendas and walk-on Trevor Merritt were blasting the ball past the track at the south end of Roos Field, the coaches were sizing them up in what is shaping up to be one of the most interesting position battles on the roster. 'It’s going about as I expected,' said special teams coach Jeff Schmedding, who lost Kevin Miller to graduation. The heir apparent is Alcobendas, a 2013 recruit from Camas, Wash., who tore his ACL that same year in a high school soccer game. 'We’re very excited abour him, and from what we’re seeing, he’s doing a good job of rehabbing and should be close to 100 percent,' Schmedding said. Also in camp is Merritt, a redshirt sophomore from Renton, Wash. The Eagles didn’t sign any high school kickers this year, but are rumored to be looking at adding another kicker/punter this summer. Punter Jake Miller also is a possibility for kickoffs, and saw action at that position in Saturday’s scrimmage.... Junior college transfer Cory Alcantar, a 6-foor-4, 240-pounder from Yucaipa, Calif., is back for his second year as the snapper on punts and placekicks. 'He’s done a tremendous job for us,' Schmedding said." - Spokesman-Review

UCLA Bruins Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 25, 2015 - spring game
"Kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn missed his first field goal, but made two impressive scores of approximately 48 and 52 yards." - Go Joe Bruin

November 9, 2014 - teammates want Ka’imi Fairbairn to kick
"UCLA was faced with a fourth-and-21 situation from the 28-yard line with eight minutes left. A field goal would pad to the Bruins' lead. Only, kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn has struggled from long range in his college career. When UCLA Coach Jim Mora called timeout, he felt some pressure from players. 'What was neat was I was kind of contemplating what to do there,' Mora said. 'His teammates didn’t talk me into, but they said he will make it. 'Send him out there and let him kick it. He will make it.' It was resounding.' Mora ran the field goal unit onto the field. Fairbairn was perfect on his 46-yard try in the Bruins' 44-30 victory. It made him nine of 20 in his career from 40-or-more-yards." - LA Times

November 4, 2014 - punter Matt Mengel
"There were several components that were important to UCLA's 17-7 victory, and punter Matt Mengel was among them. Mengel averaged 40.7 yards per punt, but it wasn't so much how far the ball traveled as much as where it landed. Of his seven punts, six put the Wildcats inside their 20-yard line, three inside the 10. 'That feels great,'" Mengel said. 'Now their quarterback has to be thinking, 'Shoot, I got to drive the ball 90 yards against a defense that is on top of its stuff today?' To him, that can only be discouraging.' Mengel was a late addition to the team, coming in after Sean Covington left school. Splitting the punting duties with Adam Searl, Mengel is averaging 39.8 yards per kick. "I have become more consistent hitting the ball 40 or more yards," Mengel said. "It has taken tons of training, working on my drops, working on my form. It's finally starting to come together'." - LA Times

October 18, 2014 - Ka’imi Fairbairn kicks game winner over Cal
"UCLA snap a seven-game skid at California with a 36-34 victory Saturday.... It wasn't easy with the Bruins not taking the lead for good until Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked his third field goal, a 26-yarder with 3:40 remaining that provided the go-ahead score and helped UCLA get back on the winning track after losses to Utah and Oregon." - Fox Sports

October 16, 2014 - kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn
"Fairbairn missed his 11th kick of 40 yards or longer last week against Oregon, a week after missing two long-distance tries to beat Utah. The junior from Hawaii is a respectable 27 of 32 from less than 40 yards during his UCLA career, but he’s now just 8 of 19 from beyond that range, leading some to wonder if coach Mora will continue to opt for field goals outside of the red zone, as opposed to taking a chance on fourth down. 'It’s hard,' Mora said. 'That’s a position where the psyche of that player is so important because it’s a singular moment in time and they’re so isolated. … You just encourage them to improve and perform at their best and help them along, give him guidance'....  With his struggles again in the spotlight the past two weeks, Fairbairn said Tuesday that he believes he can turn things around. 'I think I’m fine,' Fairbairn said. 'I just have to keep working hard and the results will show. I know we need it'." - Los Angeles Register

August 15, 2014 - kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn
Ka’imi Fairbairn ended UCLA's practice Friday by burying a 51-yard field goal that was dead-solid-perfect. That has been a common sight the last two seasons ... at least on the practice field. In games, it has been hit and miss. That, Fairbairn said, should change this season. 'I'm more comfortable, more confident,' he said. 'It seems more simple to me. I just don't get affected by things I can't control'.... Fairbairn has prepared mentally, and physically. 'You can hear the ball come off his foot with more thump,' coach Jim Mora said. Fairbairn explained it in baseball terms. 'It's like a batter, you have good technique to begin with, then you add strength,' he said. 'I have more pop on the ball'.... Fairbairn said he is taking a different approach. 'I learned to block out the noise, whether it's the crowd or the media or whatever,' Fairbairn said. 'It all starts in practice. You make every kick a game-winner so when you get in that situation you feel like you've done it a million times'." - LA Times

August 15, 2014 - punter competition
"UCLA brought in punter Matt Mengel from Long Beach City College to potentially replace all-conference honorable mention Sean Covington, but the newcomer hasn’t locked down a starting job just yet. Instead, redshirt freshman Adam Searl may have inched ahead. The 6-foot, 180-pound Irvine native has seen his workload increase this week, and was used on all the practice punts Friday morning. 'Adam is a guy that’s very, very improved,' said Mora. 'He looks like a guy that can actually get it done. Last year, He was inconsistent. His leg wasn’t great. But he’s had a really good offseason, he works hard, and I trust him.' Sean Flintoft, a walk-on from Loyola High, is also available as both a punter and a kicker. 'It was a real unknown,' Mora said of the punters. 'I was very concerned coming into camp, but watching them here for the last week and a half, I feel like we’re going to be in good shape there'.” - Los Angeles Daily News

July 26, 2014 - punter Sean Covington departs, kicker/punter Matt Mengel enters
"Sophomore punter Sean Covington is no longer with the program, according to sources. Academics were cited as the reason by a good source. UCLA has brought in JC punter Matt Mengel to try to fill the gap of losing its starting punter. Mengel, from Long Beach City College, has a big leg but is inconsistent. Kicker/punter guru Chris Sailer says about Mengel: 'He has an NFL leg. Strongest leg I've seen since David Buehler (USC and Dallas Cowboys). Huge in kickoffs. Big potential as a field goal kicker and punter. The sky is the limit.' Mengel will be a junior. He committed to UCLA yesterday for a preferred walk-on spot with a chance to earn a scholarship. Sources are telling us that UCLA will have a scholarship to give to a punter for the 2015 class." - Bruin Report Online

April 26, 2014 - spring game
"The white team’s best chance to score was punter Sean Covington’s 33-yard field goal attempt, but the kick sailed wide left. Ka’imi Fairbairn didn’t attempt any field goals for the blue team, but hit all four extra points." - Inside UCLA

April 19, 2014 - holder consultant
"Former UCLA punter Jeff Locke returned to UCLA recently with professional advice for the Bruins' special-team players. Locke, now with the Minnesota Vikings, is also a holder and gave Jerry Neuheisel a tip: Lean the ball forward. 'In high school, you lean the ball back because kickers don't have as strong of legs,' said Neuheisel, who holds for UCLA kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn. 'They do in college.' The significance of leaning the ball forward is simple. 'It improves the target,' Fairbairn said. 'You see more of the sweet spot.' It seems to have helped. Fairbairn's accuracy and range have improved considerably, at least during practice. He hit a 52-yarder, only to have it waved off because of a false start. Fairbairn barely missed from 57 yards on the next try." - LA Times

Utah Utes Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 25, 2015 - spring game
"Andy Phillips finished the game with two made field goals for the white team, with his longest a 53-yard attempt in the first half." - KSL

November 15, 2014 - punter Tom Hackett key in 20-17 win over Stanford
"Hackett was Utah’s special-teams star, with Andy Phillips not attempting any field goals and Kaelin Clay unable to make any big plays in the return game. Hackett punted nine times for a 44.7-yard average, which only begins to tell his story. Five of his punts forced Stanford to take possession inside its 10-yard line. The Cardinal never scored on any of those drives, despite some advancement, so Hackett clearly played a major role in the defense’s success." - Salt Lake Tribune

October 31, 2014 - punter Mitch Wishnowsky commits
"Wishnowsky, a 22-year-old freshman at Santa Barbara City College, plans to enroll at Utah in January 2016 and take over punting duties. Hailing from Perth in Western Australia, Wishnowsky said he committed to the U. last week after visiting with Tom Hackett and the coaching staff. 'Tom speaks highly of the coaches and the things they do on special teams,' Wishnowsky said. 'I like how Tom rolls out, and all the different sort of punts he gets to do. Being the No. 1 special teams in the nation, I hope Utah can stay that way when I come'.... Through seven games, SBCC is 6-1. Wishnowsky is averaging only 37.4 yards per punt, but he's placed 17 of his 34 punts within the 20 yard line." - Salt Lake Tribune

October 22, 2014 - punter Tom Hackett a weapon
"Hackett ranks second in the country in punting average, at 48 yards per game, but that isn’t the best measure of his impact. Hackett has punted 37 times this season; only nine of them have even been returnable — for a total of 23 yards, or 2.6 yards per return. The Utes lead the nation in net punting (45.2 yards), which measures the total yards a punt gains, including the return. Hackett has put 11 punts inside the 10-yard line this season, four inside the 5. " - Desert News

October 4, 2014 - Andy Phillips kicks game winner over UCLA
It’s hard to get more suspenseful than an Andy Phillips field goal with 34 seconds left, leading Utah to a 30-28 win over UCLA.... Phillips kicked three field goals, including the game-winner with 34 seconds left. Considering the Utes have never won more than four conference games in a year, it was a good time on Saturday to resort to summoning a curse from the netherworld. Or to simply try some things for good luck. Phillips, for one, wouldn’t be above a conjuring or two. 'I’m a little superstitious — starting the night before the game,' Phillips said this week. He and punter Hackett, who room together on the road, have their rituals. Phillips, for example, always makes sure he sleeps in the bed closest to the wall; Hackett hibernates nearest the window. Hackett also sleeps with a football — strange for a player who grew up in Australia and didn’t know the rules of football until a few years ago. Meanwhile, Phillips says that for the pregame meal, he always chooses red pasta over white. 'I just don’t trust the white,' he said this week. 'Sometimes it’s good, but I’m like, ‘Nope, can’t do that'." - Deseret News

August 20, 2014 - hurry-up
"At the end of practice, the special teams unit executed some hurry-up field goal drills. Place kicker Andy Phillips nailed a 46-yard field goal during the hurry-up segment. 'We were just working on a situation,' coach Kyle Whittingham said. 'You never want to rush your kicker unless the clock is a factor. Every once in a while, we'll send the field goal unit out simulating when we have no timeouts, the clock is running and it's fourth down so we can't spike the ball to stop it. That situation may very well come up this year so we have worked that drill probably six or seven times during fall camp'." - Block U

August 5, 2014 - summer specialists
"The kicking and punting game should be very good again this season. Returning sophomore kicker Andy Phillips will look to continue his stellar play from last season. Phillips is an All American candidate and one of the most reliable kickers in the country. The punting game will also boast an All American candidate in returning junior punter Tom Hackett. Hackett was first team All Pac 12 last season and is one of the best punters in the country. Sophomore Chase Dominguez will again handle all the snapping duties this season. Dominguez played very well as a true freshman last season." - Torn By Sports

April 15, 2014 - kicker Chayden Johnston commits
"The 6-foot junior gave a verbal commitment to Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham after Tuesday’s practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium. 'Utah has always been my No. 1 choice,' Johnston said. 'I figured, why wait?' Johnston spent Tuesday’s practice on the sideline with Utah's kicking corps, including ski-racer-turned-kicker Andy Phillips.... Johnston is a first-team all-state winner and one of the top rated prep kickers in the country. He said his longest field goal in a game is 51 yards, while his longest in practice is 68 yards.... Johnston was offered a scholarship after Utah’s Junior Day a couple of weeks ago. He plans to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints right after high school so he probably won’t get to play with Phillips, who is just finishing his freshman year at the U." - Deseret News

April 12, 2014 - second spring scrimmage kicking
"Kicker Andy Phillips was also pleased with how things went in the scrimmage. The sophomore, who made a 41-yard kick early in the gathering, did a backflip after making a 59-yard field goal. 'He drilled it. That was a heck of a kick,' Whittingham said. 'I’m not sure about the backflip after. Pretty impressive, but we don’t want much of that going on'.” - Deseret News

April 4, 2014 - kicker Andy Phillips goes long
"Andy Phillips made two field goals that exceeded his career long of 51 yards in Friday afternoon's spring scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The sophomore All-America candidate connected on kicks from 52 and 53 yards out. 'That was great to see. He’s in a groove right now,' said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. 'He works hard. He’s been very consistent all throughout spring and his leg is stronger this year'." - Deseret News

April 4, 2014 - coaching, kicking & golf
Once upon a time, Kyle Whittingham was a kicker. Or, he clarified, a 'hacker'. 'I was the best of the worst' at Provo High, said Utah’s head coach and special teams coordinator. Not easily confused with, say, Tom Dempsey, he estimates his range at 'about 12 yards'. ]A lot of fakes. A lot of going for it on fourth down'. And so when Whittingham coaches honorable mention All-Pac 12 kicker Andy Phillips, he often talks golf — where the onetime linebacker may actually have a leg up: Whittingham has gone nine against Phillips and beaten him by three strokes, although Phillips said it’s 'to be continued'. 'That’s probably where we’ve connected most,' Phillips said. 'Kicking’s a lot like golfing. Leg swing, golf swing, mentally — it’s crazy how much they overlap'."- The Salt Lake Tribune

March 27, 2014 - kicker Andy Phillips
"New Utah special teams coach Kyle Whittingham asked his kicker how far the offense needed to advance for a field goal. 'Coach, I’m good from 57.' Granted, it was indoors at Spence Eccles Field House and the Utes will be in the elements for all 12 regular season games in 2014, but sophomore Andy Phillips drilled a 52-yarder to end practice Thursday and 'he probably would have hit 57,' Whittingham said. In the honorable mention All-Pac 12 Phillips, Whittingham inherits a 'proven commodity' who, ironically, had never played in a football game until last August." - The Salt Lake Tribune

Arkansas Razorbacks Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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April 25, 2015 -  spring game
"The Field Goal Shootouts that occurred after the first and third quarters were a unique twist to the spring game. Kickers Adam McFain (Red team and returning starter) made six of his eight total field goals between the two shootouts, while backup Lane Saling made seven of his eight tries for the White team. The two kickers alternated field goal tries four times in each shootout, kicking from a further distance each time.
Adam McFain: 5-8, makes from 27, 30, 31, 42, 43 yards, misses from 32, 38, 52 yards
Lane Saling: 6-8, makes from 27, 32, 32, 38, 42, 43 yards, misses from 27, 37 yards" - Saturday Down South

April 15, 2015 - kicking competition
"The long-distance kicking battle that culminated in Cole Hedlund's 59-yard field goal on the final play of Arkansas' scrimmage last Saturday was no aberration. The team's kickers have pushed themselves into a new performance level this spring. Returning starter Adam McFain made a 55-yard try moments before Hedlund, a redshirt freshman, matched him from that distance. McFain's 59-yard kick fell just short of the crossbar, and when Hedlund connected to cap the practice, a group of teammates lifted him on their shoulders as if he'd just made a game-winning kick. 'Yeah, that was pretty awesome,' Hedlund said. 'That was probably the best moment ever, making the kick, just being lifted up by my teammates knowing they were supportive of me.' Assistant coach Rory Segrest, who oversees the kickers, is ecstatic about the competition taking place between McFain, Hedlund and sophomore Lane Saling. 'A high percentage for kickers is usually about 80 percent, if you look at college or even at the NFL for that matter,' Segrest said. 'Heck, all of our guys right now are 85 to 86 percent, and that includes those longer kicks. We've got some great competition. It's a good position to be in and I'm excited about those guys continuing to battle it out this spring'." - Arkansas Online

April 11, 2015 - second spring scrimmage
"The 120-plus play scrimmage was capped-off by redshirt-freshman kicker Cole Hedlund’s 59-yard field goal. Hedlund went 4-for-4 on the day with field goals from 29-, 47-, 55- and 59-yards out." - Razorbacks

April 4, 2015 - first spring scrimmage
"Adam McFain appears to be the leading candidate at place kicker after making a pair of field goals from 32 and 26 yards. Lane Saling made a 31-yard field goal and Cole Hedlund was successful on an extra-point attempt." - Whole Hog Sports

February 6, 2015 - long snapper George Madden IV added
Blanchard, Okla. (Blanchard HS) - four year varsity football letterman as starting defensive end, right guard and long snapper… Selected as team captain for the Lions… Named a finalist for the 2015 Army All American Game at long snapper... Aided the Lions to the 2013 Oklahoma 3A State Football Championships as a junior… Made all but one punt snaps without a miss or blocked punt and was named the Overall Player of the Game in game six and Defensive Player of the Game in game seven during junior campaign… Helped Blanchard HS to the 2012 Oklahoma 3A State Championship as a sophomore, while being named the Offensive Player of the Game in the semi-final contest… Made all punt snaps without a miss or blocked punt as a sophomore… Coached at Blanchard HS by Jeff Craig… Also earned varsity letters in wrestling, power lifting and track and field… Placed fifth at the 2014 Oklahoma Power Lifting State Championship." - Razorbacks

February 4, 2015 - punter Blake Johnson signs
"Long Beach, Calif. - Earned three stars from Rivals, Scout and ESPN… Ranked the No. 2 punter nationally… Rivals ranks him the third-best specialist in the country... 247Sports ranks him as the No. 6 punter/kicker nationally… Selected as one of just two punters to play in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas… Named All-CIF Southern Section First Team at punter… Earned California Division I All-State First Team honors from MaxPreps… Named Punter of the Year by… Earned Long Beach Press Telegram Dream Team first team honors as both a junior and senior… Two-time first team All-Sunset League linebacker and earned his team’s defensive player of the year award as both a junior and senior… Helped Los Alamitos finish 9-2 with a 5-0 mark in league play and the Sunset League championship… Punted 28 times for 1,039 yards (37.1 avg.) with a long of 63 in 2014… Landed punts inside the 20 (42.9 percent) as a senior… Booted 52 punts for 1,889 yards (36.3 avg.) with 15 landing inside the 20 and a long of 54 in 2013… As a sophomore, punted 42 times for 1,617 yards (38.5) including a career long 70 yarder." - Razorbacks

October 28, 2014 - holder Matt Emrich discusses kicker Adam McFain
"El Dorado's Matt Emrich has a hold on the Arkansas place-kicking situation that he can't foresee the Razorbacks' letting go any time soon. After senior John Henson suffered two blocked PAT's on successive weeks of 14-13 and 45-32 SEC losses to Alabama and Georgia — and missed on 43- and 40-yard field goal attempts — third-year sophomore walk-on Adam McFain boomed a 49-yard field goal and kicked 6 of 6 PATs during Arkansas' 45-17, nonconference, homecoming victory over Alabama-Birmingham last Saturday. McFain remains the kicker heading into Saturday night's SEC West clash with the No. 1 Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville, Miss. 'He's hot and we are going to ride him,' Emrich said after Tuesday's practice. 'He's always had a strong leg. But, he is really pulling it together now. He's kicking the ball as well as I have seen it kicked.' That's saying something since Emrich — also a walk-on third-year sophomore — was here for Zach Hocker's last two Arkansas seasons and netted his first letter holding for Hocker's kicks last season." - Baxter Bulletin

October 20, 2014 - kicker & punter changes
"Sam Irwin-Hill punted so well as a junior college transfer last season that he began this season on the Ray Guy Award watch list. The Australian senior punted well at season's outset both for distance or pooch punt inside the 20, but in last Saturday's 45-32 loss to Georgia he averaged only 33 yards punting three line drives with little hang time. So, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said Monday he leans toward sophomore walk-on backup punter Toby Baker going into Saturday's 11 a.m. game televised by the SEC Network. 'Toby Baker is going to be our punter on Saturday unless I see something change on Sam,' Bielema said. 'Sam is a tremendous kid that I love to be around on a daily basis. But I'm also a bottom-line results guy. And he's capable of hitting the ball better. So he will or Toby Baker will definitely have his shot come Saturday.' Bielema changed place-kickers during the Georgia game.  Sophomore walk-on Adam McFain of Greenwood kicked Arkansas' last two PAT's against Georgia. Senior kicker John Henson suffered a blocked PAT during the 14-13 SEC loss to Alabama on Oct. 11 and his lone PAT against Georgia was blocked after Arkansas took a 6-0 lead. 'We obviously had a little penetration on that first one,' Bielema said of Georgia blocking Henson's PAT. 'But Adam McFain gets the kick up so quickly that he's going to handle the kicking duties until I see something different to take him out of that role.' McFain has done most of Arkansas kick-offs since Irwin-Hill was replaced as the early-season kickoff man. McFain had replaced Henson for long field goals but his lone attempt against Alabama never materialized because the wet-ball snap in the rain went awry." - Hootens 

September 30, 2014 - kicking competition
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said the Razorbacks will open the place-kicking competition during the bye week after senior John Henson missed a 44-yard field goal in the 35-28 loss to Texas A&M last Saturday. Bielema said he met with special teams coordinator Rory Segrest and the Razorbacks plan to evaluate their options. Henson, who won the kicking job over freshman Cole Hedlund in preseason camp, is 2-for-4. But his two field goals are from 21 and 22 yards. 'If it was even close, normally you tend to go with the younger player,' Bielema said of the competition. 'But John was stroking the ball just extremely well. I want to say in the first three weeks he had one miss. Every day at the beginning of practice we kick four field goals with our ones and twos. We machine-gun fire them and we do them up front to try to create a little bit of a stressor. I’m yelling at them, everybody’s yelling at them. He had been fairly solid. But obviously last week and then this week causes us to make a further evaluation of what the situation is'.... Bielema said Arkansas will open the competition to Henson, Hedlund, freshman Lane Saling and sophomore Adam McFain. Saling made an extra point in the Nicholls State win, while McFain has handled kickoff duties the past two games. Bielema said Arkansas had considered McFain as an option on field goals of 40 yards or more. But he wasn’t comfortable going with the sophomore last week." - Pine Bluff Commercial

August 22, 2104 - final summer scrimmage
"Senior specialist Sam Irwin-Hill showed his strong leg, booting kickoffs deep into the end zone and unleashing some long punts … Senior kicker John Henson nailed a 56-yard field goal with room to spare." - Nashville Sports Mix

August 18, 2014 - kicking competition
“I got a lot of good perspectives on all sorts of lessons.' John Henson is finally ready to apply them on the field, though, as he competes with freshman Cole Hedlund for the starting position in preseason camp. The Razorbacks are in search of someone they can count on after Zach Hocker was selected in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. So far, Henson looks like he’s the favorite to win the position. He has made every field goal attempt in practices open to the media this preseason and has shown range solid range. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said before last Saturday’s scrimmage Henson had a 'bit of an edge' in the competition against Hedlund because he has been 'absolutely fantastic' on field goals. But Arkansas holder Matt Emrich — who is preparing for his second year at the position — said both have made the competition intriguing this month. 'It’s completely different this year because last year it was obviously Zach and it was him the whole way,' Emrich said. 'They’re battling right now. John’s doing a great job and Cole’s doing a good job too, for a freshman. We’ll see where it ends up'.” - Times Record

August 16, 2014 - summer scrimmage
"Kickers John Henson and Cole Hedlund each missed one field goal Saturday. Henson's miss was wide left from 47 yards away. Hedlund had a 30-yard kick bounce off the left upright. It appears Henson would be the team's starting place-kicker and kickoff man if the season began today." - Whole Hog Sports

August 13, 2014 - coach discusses kicking
"To open the Razorbacks’ second practice of the day, Arkansas’ kicking team squared off in a field goal competition. Senior John Henson was perfect and closed the competition with a 50-yard field goal. Coach Bielema on the kicking game: "The kickers have been a highlight, including the punters. Each kicker has been either 3-for-4 or 4-for-4 almost every single day we’ve been practicing. I always like to put them a bit out of their comfort range and they’ve responded. John Henson has been absolutely fantastic in the field goal department and Sam Irwin-Hill has looked good in the kick-off department, which has been a nice surprise for us." - Arkansas Fight

August 10, 2014 - kicker John Henson awarded scholarship
"Kicker John Henson, who is a senior, was awarded a scholarship today by Bret Bielema, who has said he wants to build a strong walk-on program at Arkansas. Henson was 1-of-1 on PAT attempts in Arkansas' season-opening victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. He also had one kickoff that went 65 yards in that game. In 2012, he made two appearances playing in games against South Carolina and LSU. Against LSU he scored all seven of his points kicking one PAT as well as field goals of 25 and 17 yards." - 247 Sports

July 26, 2014 - punter Blake Johnson commits
"He and his family visited Fayetteville on Thursday before leaving for a visit to LSU. Johnson, 6-1, 190, of Los Alamitos, Calif., is rated the No. 1 punter in the nation by Chris Sailer Kicking and had scholarship offers from Oregon State, Duke and Colorado. LSU asked him to walk-on because of limited scholarships. Johnson said the coaching staff and the people of Fayetteville helped sway him." - Whole Hog Sports 

May 30, 2014 - the specialists
"Australian Sam Irwin-Hill’s introduction to major-college football was action-packed. The ambidextrous punter ranked 13th in the nation with a 44.3-yard average, and he triggered several fourth-down gambles, running and throwing, with mixed results. The Razorbacks gave a scholarship to Texas legend Cole Hedlund, hoping he can follow Zach Hocker as the next four-year kicker in the program." - Athlon Sports

February 5, 2014 - kicker Cole Hedlund signs
"Hedlund went 24/26 on field goal attempts as a senior. Coming up one short of his own national single season record he set as a sophomore. If that's not impressive enough, he also set the national record for field goals in a career with 51, a week after missing his only two of the season. His efforts earned him a first team selection on the USA Today's All-USA team. Hedlund is rated a three star prospect on most major recruiting services, he chose Arkansas over Texas A&M, among other schools.With the kicker spot vacated by Zach Hocker, who is no stranger to breaking records himself, Hedlund should definitely be in the running for the open job." - Arkansas Fight

Kansas Jayhawks Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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April 25, 2015 - spring game
"The Blue squad attempted a 43-yard field goal which sophomore kicker, Ryan Weese missed. Several plays later, Weese would redeem himself by completing a 38-yard field goal attempt to give the Blue squad a 3-0 lead at the 4:38 mark which would hold heading to half time.... junior kicker Matthew Wyman drilled a 28-yard field goal, capping a surge of 17-straight points in the final quarter for the Blue team." - Jayhawks
February 16, 2015 - kicker Tre Honshtein commits
"Honshtein tweeted on Monday that he will join the University of Kansas’ football program.... Honshtein will be a walk-on with the Jayhawks. Honshtein said that he expects to be the team’s kickoff specialist at a true freshman, and he will compete with incumbent kicker Matthew Wyman for place-kicking duties. Honshtein kicked 17 field goals over the past two seasons, and he converted two 51-yard attempts. Honshtein did not miss any of the 113 extra points that he tried during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and he contributed 100 touchbacks on East View’s kickoff unit. Honshtein was an APSE first-team all-state honoree during his junior and senior seasons." - Statesman

September 13, 2014 - punter Trevor goes long, often in loss to Duke
"Senior punter Trevor Pardula drew praise after averaging 51.8 yards on eight punts. A 72-yard bomb that was downed inside the 5-yard line was his longest of the season." - Kansas City Star
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September 6, 2014 - Matthew Wyman back as starting kicker
"Just when it looked as if the Kansas University football team had turned to a new place kicker, sophomore Matthew Wyman, the hero of last season's Louisiana Tech victory, went trotting onto the field for the first field goal attempt of Saturday's 34-28 victory against Southeast Missouri State at Memorial Stadium. And he drilled a 43-yarder like he was expecting to be out there all along. In fact, Wyman was pretty sharp all night, finishing 2-for-4 on field goal attempts — one 49-yard try was blocked — and drilling all four extra-point tries. 'Wyman hit the ball pretty well all night,' said KU coach Charlie Weis of his kicker, who, just last Tuesday, appeared to have been beaten out for the job by freshman John Duvic. 'Forget about the one that got blocked because he didn't have a chance. But even the one he missed from 49 yards, he hit that one really solid.' So why Wyman instead of Duvic? 'When Duvic was named the starting kicker this week, it didn’t go too well,' Weis said. 'We’ll just leave it at that. I don’t think he was quite ready for me to say ‘You’re the guy'." - KU Sports

September 2, 2014 - John Duvic named starting kicker
"John Duvic will be the kicker, beating out Matthew Wyman. Said Wyman has the stronger leg, but Duvic was more accurate in practice and he preferred accuracy. " - Topeka Capital-Journal

August 16, 2014 - kicking competition
"Matthew Wyman and freshman John Duvic added another chapter to the place-kicker showdown that has been ongoing throughout camp, and Saturday’s round went to Duvic, who drilled six of the seven kicks he attempted during the field-goal portion of practice. His only miss came from 42 yards on the right hash. Meanwhile, Wyman, who said prior to Saturday’s practice that he had performed well during camp and felt much more confident and consistent, struggled, missing four straight field-goal attempts during the seven-kick stretch.Weis has said from the beginning of camp that the two were in a close battle for the No. 1 job." - Lawrence Journal-World

August 8, 2014 - kicking competition
"Incumbent Matthew Wyman will battle with incoming freshman John Duvic during the next few weeks. 'Now, he has a pro leg, so he has every ability to be a front-line field goal kicker,' coach Charlie Weis said of Wyman. 'His whole summer was spent on being more dependable and being more accurate. With John Duvic coming in, he’s going to have his work cut out, because the one thing is, he is accurate. Let’s see what he does when there’s 50,000 people in the stadium, though, too'.” - KU Sports

April 5, 2014 - kicker John Duvic preferred walk-on
" recently reported that John Duvic, a first-team all-state kicker from Benet Academy near Chicago, was planning to enroll at KU this fall and would join the football team as a preferred walk-on. During his senior season at Benet, Duvic, the son of former Northwestern kicker John Duvic, set the Illinois state record for most field goals made in a game (five) and enjoyed a two-week stretch when he made nine field goals, including a 50-yarder." - Lawrence Journal-World

Iowa Hawkeyes Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 25, 2015 - spring game
"Iowa kickers did convert on four of their five field goal attempts, including all four from inside 50 yards. Returning starter Marshall Koehn connected from 32, 34 and 44 yards, while redshirt freshman Miguel Recinos of Mason City hit from 35 yards shortly after Mick Ellis sent a 51-yard attempt wide left late in the third quarter." - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

April 8, 2015 - punting competition
"Dillon Kidd and Connor Kornbrath are back for their senior years after combining to rank 117th nationally out of 125 teams in net punting, at 33.4 yards a kick. And now, they have company in the competition to be Iowa's main punter. Place-kickers Marshall Koehn (a senior from Solon) and Miguel Recinos (a redshirt freshman walk-on from Mason City) are pushing the two scholarship punters in practice. 'We have four specialists in our program,' special-teams coach Chris White said. 'One of them needs to step up and perform better on Saturdays.' Koehn could be the most intriguing option. He's got a cannon of a leg, as shown with his propensity for touchbacks on kickoffs (63.2 percent, which ranked No. 8 nationally). Iowa's opponents only mustered 370 yards of kickoff returns — less than 31 yards per game — last season, mainly because they rarely got a chance. Koehn also handled most of Iowa's placements last year (hitting 12 of 16 field goals), so the question was asked to White: Could he handle both this fall? 'A lot of college kids have done that. You just have to make sure he doesn't get a tired leg,' said White, noting that kickoffs can take the biggest toll on a specialist's leg." - Hawk Central

January 30, 2015 - long snapper Jackson Subbert commits
"Williamsburg long snapper Jackson Subbert grew up dreaming of having a chance to suit up for the Hawkeyes. Now, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Subbert will be doing just that next year after deciding to commit to Iowa after being offered an opportunity to walk-on with the program." - Rivals

December 16, 2014 - punter Colten Rastetter plans to walk on
"Rastetter said that Iowa Recruiting Coordinator Seth Wallace stopped to see him last week at Guttenberg (IA) Clayton Ridge High. The senior punter visited the Hawkeyes for most of their home games this season. '(Wallace) told me that they would like to have me on the team,' the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Rastetter said. 'They want me to walk on and create more competition in the punting field right now and help improve them in their special teams.' Iowa struggled in the punting game this year. Dillon Kidd averaged 39.1 yards on 42 punts and Connor Kornbrath kicked 16 times for 36.7. The scholarship juniors finished out of the Big Ten's top 10 at their position. The Iowa opportunity is one Rastetter likely will take. 'Honestly, with it being my only (walk-on) offer, my dream has been to be a Hawkeye, to walk on to the Black and Gold,' he said. 'So, probably in a couple weeks, I'll get back in contact with them and probably accept it.' Rastetter averaged 41.5 yards on 45 punts this fall with a long of 69. He recorded six touchbacks on 20 kickoffs. The Iowa Newspaper Association named him first-team all-state for Class 1A." - Scout

October 18, 2014 - punting committee
"The Iowa football team took an unusual approach to solving its punting problem, using both Connor Kornbrath and Dillon Kidd. 'Right now, I'm doing the plus-50 punts,' said Kornbrath, who was Iowa's regular punter last year but was beaten out this season. 'And Dillon is doing the other punts.' Kornbrath averaged 37.4 yards on five punts, with four being downed inside the 20-yard line. Kidd averaged 36.8 on four attempts, with one inside the 20. Kidd, a junior-college transfer, had exclusively handled Iowa's punting chores in the first six games, but hasn't been effective. He's averaging an underwhelming 38.6 yards on 35 kicks. 'We've been splitting the reps,' Kornbrath said. 'And been going from there'." - Hawk Central

September 23, 2014 - Marshall Koehn goes long at Heinz
"The 52-yard field goal the Iowa junior hit during the final minute of the third quarter of Saturday’s 24-20 win at Pitt was just the fourth field goal of 50 yards or more successfully attempted in 16 tries by Division I kickers at Heinz Field where swirling winds frequently create a challenging environment for kickers. The field goal was the eighth-longest in Hawkeye history. Tim Douglas owns the Iowa record, kicking a 58-yard field goal against Illinois in 1998." - Quad-City Times

August 26, 2014 - Dillon Kidd named starting punter
"Following a spring and summer of competition, Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz announced on Tuesday that Kidd would be starting in Saturday's season opener against Northern Iowa.... Kidd, who has two years to play two in terms of eligibility, doesn't feel he's put Connor Kornbrath far into his rearview mirror. 'It wasn't just a competition for camp. It was something that was going to push us throughout the entire season and the rest of the time while both of us are still here. My goal every day is to go out and hit every punt I can to the best of my ability. And then through that process go out on Saturdays and do that exact same thing and hopefully help our team win,' Kidd said. Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz agreed with Kidd's assessment of the situation. 'The two punters, Connor and Dillon, have done a nice job, and really it's a very close competition,' he said." - Scout

August 15, 2014 - special teams coach Chris White excited
"Punter is another position that has seen progress and competition. Junior Connor Kornbrath punted 65 times a season ago for an average of 40 yards a punt and a long of 55. He had 11 travel 50-or-more yards and 27 landed inside the 20. Kornbrath is being pushed by junior college transfer Dillon Kidd. 'From the spring, Dillon has really elevated Connor's game and they both have performed extremely well,' White said. 'I'm very pleased with how we're punting the ball right now.' White is equally content with the place-kicking battle between junior Marshall Koehn and freshmen Mick Ellis and Miguel Recinos. 'We have three talented guys. Each day one guy has stepped up a little more than the others, it's a tight race,' White said.With all the good news coming out of camp concerning Hawkeye special teams, one thing that has not emerged is a clear No. 1 at the respective positions. 'Nothing has sorted itself out other than they are competing hard and they have given great effort and the level of play and execution has been pretty high,' White said. 'I'm pleased with everything that is going on'." - Hawkeyes

August 10, 2014 - kicking competition
"The 6-foot-0, 195-pound junior has appeared in one game in his career, converting a PAT and kicking off once in a 59-3 win over Western Michigan last season. Yet even with a limited resume, Marshall Koehn is the most experienced kicker on the Iowa roster. True freshmen Mick Ellis and Miguel Recinos joined the program this fall and will compete with Koehn for the starting nod. Ellis was 13-of-17 on field goals with a long of 53 yards as a junior at Lovejoy High School in Allen, Texas. Recinos, a first-team all-state pick last season at Mason City, joined the program as a walk-on. 'They are always bringing guys in to compete with you and competition is good for everybody,' Koehn said. 'Hopefully it brings the best out of one of us and hopefully we can help the team be great this year.' Even with Koehn’s name alone on the depth chart, head coach Kirk Ferentz made no bones about the fact the kick chores remained wide open heading into fall camp." - Hawk Central

August 8, 2014 - punting competition
Dillon Kidd averaged 38.2 yards per punt in junior college and traveled roughly 4,000 miles the past three seasons, only to find himself mired in a duel with Kornbrath. 'We’ve been in competition since I got here,' Kidd said. 'There’s always going to be guys going for the same spot. You have to know that being a college specialist'.... But Kornbrath is coming back for his junior year, after averaging 39.1 yards on 118 punts the past two seasons. '(Coaches) brought me in and said at times I was good,' Kornbrath said. 'At times, we both knew I needed to get better. I think it’s definitely refocused me, thinking more about every practice. A lot of what coach (Kirk) Ferentz talks about is details and bringing that in to everyday things.' So far, the results have been encouraging. 'I think Connor handled it exceptionally well,' White said. 'He understood that he needs to be more consistent. There’s no question about it.' Will Korbrath or Kidd provide the ultimate answer to the Hawkeyes’ punting predicament? 'We’re both mature enough to realize there is going to be competition,' Kidd said. 'In a perfect world there would only be one guy on every team, but we know that it’s not a perfect world'.” - Hawk Central

August 4, 2014 - new kicker
"Who will replace kicker Mike Meyer? 'That is one of the questions,' answered coach Kirk Ferentz. 'Just on the front of who our field goal kicker is, right now, I have no idea. Hopefully we'll know a little bit more here in a couple of weeks.' Marshall Koehn is the only kicker listed on the two-deep, which makes him the front-runner, but Ferentz has never been one to surrender a position and he expects someone to use the next three weeks to earn the position. 'We just don't know,' said Ferentz. 'It could well be Marshall Koehn. It wouldn't surprise me in the least. But we need to develop consistency at that position. The competition there should be healthy'."-  Hawkeyes 

July 14, 2014 - punting competition
No other player was put under more scrutiny this offseason than junior punter Connor Kornbrath. It was softened by coaches saying they wanted to provide some competition for Kornbrath, but the fact of the matter is Iowa gave a junior college punter a scholarship. Junior Dillon Kidd is in Iowa City, and Kornbrath, who finished ninth in the Big Ten with 39.97 yards on 65 punts, is on notice. 'We did bring in a junior college punter. We felt that Connor needed to be pushed, and it’s helped Connor the first six practices for sure,' special teams coordinator Chris White said this spring. 'It’s helped him, and Dillon is in heavy competition with Connor right now.' More from White: “We’re trying to be fair to both of them. We’re competing every day, whether it’s in practice or specifically after practice. We’re charting every punt, and any time we’re outdoors we have to chart their hang times and their distances. We’ve got it all tabulated. Each day we’ll give them their averages and hang times and distances and really where we feel those guys are. At the end of spring we’ll kind of let them know where we feel they are. It’s not going to be a done deal until training camp. I know that for sure'." - The Gazette

July 3, 2014 - kicking depth chart
"Marshall Koehn right now is the listed starter on the depth chart for Iowa at kicker above senior Alden Haffer. The production Iowa will get out of Koehn is merely speculative as he has only seen the field once against Western Michigan where he was 1-1 on his only PAT attempt. He also did one kick off which went 62 yards." - isportsweb

July 2, 2014- long snapper Kyle Kluver
This spring, it was Kluver and Kluver on the depth chart. He was the only long snapper on Iowa’s roster. 'Yeah, and every one of our guys on the roster, basically, is in the competition, outside of maybe Kluver,' Ferentz said this spring when asked about having two punters. 'I’m not sure who our backup snapper is right now, but we’ll have somebody in the fall. Right now if he’s not here, if he gets the flu, we may not kick that day.' The 'somebody in the fall' is Zach Johnson, a 6-3, 245-pounder from Hopkins (Minn.) High School. He told, 'It will be me and Tyler Kluver down there competing for the head spot and whoever gets it, gets the full ride'.” - The Gazette

April 26, 2014 - spring game
Punts: Connor Kornbrath: 10 for 37.7 average (downed three inside the 20); Dillon Kidd: 7 for 41.3 (one touchback)... Field goals: Marshall Koehn: 3 for 3 (42, 37, 22); Alden Haffar: 0 for 2 (49, 44) - The Gazette

April 21, 2014 - former kicker talk current kickers
"Mike Meyer was a reliable performer from 2010-13, converting 61 of 80 field goals (76.3 percent), before completing his college career last season. Now the Hawkeyes are trying to fill a void. Marshall Koehn is listed atop the depth chart, followed by Alden Haffar. Mick Ellis, a freshman from Texas, could figure into the mix this fall.... Nate Kaeding offers a been-there, done-that perspective. He became a starter as a freshman, endured early inconsistencies, then broke through with a four-field goal performance at Penn State, helping the Hawkeyes beat the Nittany Lions 26-23 in overtime, on Nov. 4, 2000. 'I think they’re going to be better prepared,' Kaeding said of the current candidates. 'Because coach (Kirk) Ferentz and (special teams) coach (Chris) White and everybody there is going to do a really good job of putting them in some pressure situations, game-like situations'.” - Hawk Central

April 4, 2014 - kicking competition
"Two more Iowans are spending spring ball seeing who will emerge as the Hawkeyes' top kicker. Senior Alden Haffar -- a transfer from Iowa Central Community College -- prepped at West Des Moines Valley; junior Marshall Koehn graduated from Solon High School. Koehn converted a PAT and sent a kickoff 62 yards last season during a 59-3 win against Western Michigan.... here will be additional competition when fall camp opens in August. Mick Ellis, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound kicker from Allen, Texas, is a member of the 2014 Hawkeye signing day class. He made 13 field goals in high school, with two coming from more than 50 yards." - Iowa Hawkeyes

March 26, 2014 - spring specialists overview
"Coach Kirk Ferentz wants a competitive situation for Iowa kickers and punters, one of the reasons the Hawkeyes signed junior college punter Dillon Kidd to add to its mix of specialists this spring. Kidd was brought in to challenge two-year starter Connor Kornbrath, who averaged 40 yards on 65 punts last season. Kicker Mike Meyer also completed his eligibility last season and juniors Marshall Koehn and Alden Haffar will compete this spring prior to the arrival of incoming freshman Mick Ellis of Allen, Texas, in the summer." -  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

February 6, 2014 - kicker Miguel Recinos to walk-on
"According to a tweet by former Cyclone and now independent kicking coach Bret Culbertson, Miguel Recinos of Mason City is planning to walk-on for the Hawkeyes. According to, in 2013, Recinos was 18-20 on XP, 10-16 (long 58) on FGs, had 34/38 touchbacks on KOs, and averaged 43.7 yards per punt with a long of 68." - 247sports

February 5, 2014 - kicker Mick Ellis signs
"Allen, Texas (Lovejoy HS) -- High school honors – - earned second team all-state honors as a junior . . . Career – - connected on 13-17 field goals as a junior, including kicks of 53, 52 and 49 yards . . . had 34 touchbacks." - Hawkeye Nation

February 4, 2014 - Long snapper Zach Johnson commits as preferred walk-on
"The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Minnesota native made his official visit to Iowa City over the weekend and finalized the details on joining the team as a preferred walk-on this season. If you go back a year however, Johnson was not so sure if Division I football was in his future. 'Well, basically, I went down to Iowa last summer for a football camp, a long snapping camp, just because I really wanted to see if I was any good,' said Johnson. 'When I got there, I started snapping and a couple of coaches thought that I was pretty decent. LeVar Woods was actually the coach that first noticed me and then he brought the head coach over,' he continued. 'Eventually we started talking about possibly walking on.'  Johnson attends Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN, where he has also been a starter on the offensive line. As a senior, he made sure to explore all of his options, but a chance to play in the Big Ten was hard to turn down. 'I was looking at Bethel, St. Thomas, Gustavus, and some smaller schools, but the Hawkeyes were definitely at the top of my list,' Johnson said." - Hawkeye Report

January 9, 2014 - JUCO punter Dillon Kidd transfers
"Former Milford Prep Academy punter Dillon Kidd has committed to the University of Iowa. Kidd informed Kohls Kicking Camp personnel of his decision and they have told me Kidd will be on full scholarship. Kidd was at Florida State in 2012 and played this last year for El Camino Community College. This link will take you to his state profile for this past year at El Camino.  Kidd will be eligible to play in the 2014 season and will take part in spring drills." - Hawkeye Nation