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Monday, July 27, 2015

SMU Mustangs Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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July 24, 2015 - kicker Chad Hedlund transfers from Wake Forest
"According to SMU’s official athletic website, former Argyle and Wake Forest kicker Chad Hedlund is now on the Mustangs’ roster. Hedlund did not see game action last season. He did, however, convert on 8-of-12 field goal attempts and was a perfect 26-for-26 on PATs in 2013. Hedlund also handled all placekicking duties, led Wake Forest in points with 50 and nailed a career-long 51-yard field goal against Maryland. During his time at Argyle, Hedlund made 36 field goals with a career-long of 53 yards. He was a three-time all-district selection." - Dallas Morning News

July 23, 2015 - summer specialists
"Jackson Koonce will be back as SMU’s punter for a couple more seasons and should continue to improve this year. Koonce will also get a crack at taking over the placekicking duties in 2015 however he will be battling with incoming freshman Josh Williams for that role." - Scout

May 29, 2015 - punter Alex Melvin signs
"The Mustangs signed Burnet punter Alex Melvin as a preferred walk-on, according to a report from The Daily Tribune.... Melvin will also double as a kicker.... 'I started punting my sophomore year and fell in love with it,' Melvin said. 'I pursued it to the best of my ability. It has contributed to me being able to accomplish this.' SMU has three other kickers and punters on the roster — Jackson Koonce, Daniel Chaparro and Michael Armstrong." - Dallas Morning News

April 20, 2015 - spring specialists
"The Mustangs lose Cody Rademacher, who was inconsistent a year ago, and must replace him with either redshirt freshman Michael Armstrong or junior Daniel Chaparro. Neither has seen game action for the Mustangs... Jackson Koonce will continue to serve as the punter." - Dallas Morning News

February 22, 2015 - long snapper Garrett Stotts commits as preferred walk-on
"Chad Morris' Texas high school connections hit a little closer to home this Sunday, as Morris snagged the commitment of long snapper Garrett Stott as a preferred walk-on. Stott played at Morris' last high school coaching gig, Lake Travis. 'Coach Morris is there and he used to be at Lake Travis a few years ago. He and coach (Hank) Carter go way back and (Carter) helped me through the process,' Stott told the HillTopics. 'I really like coach Morris, I'm excited to play for him. I like everything he's saying to me and I'm excited to meet the other coaches. I think SMU will be a good fit for me.' Stott's preferred walk-on status will change after the first semester at school, after which the staff has promised him a full scholarship." - Hill Topics

February 4, 2015 - kicker Josh Williams signs
"A two-star Rivals recruit... Picked SMU over an offer from Fresno State... Was named a Semper Fidelis All-American as a senior at Rowlett... A five-star Kohl's Camp kicker rating... Rated the No. 12 kicker in the nation by Kohl's." - Mustangs

January 25, 2015 - kicker Josh Williams commits
"SMU picked up another commitment Sunday morning, this time from Rowlett kicker Josh Williams.... Williams comes in as a decorated kicker, being named to the Semper Fi All-American team, first-team all-district team and first-team all-state academics team." - Rivals

July 16, 2014 - summer specialists
"Contenders: Kickers/Punters: Alex Faoro (So.), Daniel Chaparro (So.), Cody Rademacher (Sr.), Jackson Koonce (Fr.) - Chase Hover handled both kicking and punting duties a season ago but was lost to graduation, leaving to big holes to fill. Koonce will likely take over that role as a true freshman. The Mustangs recruited him out of Oceanside (Calif.), where he was named the Avocado League Kicker of the Year.... Keep an eye on Rademacher. Koonce is better as a punter, which means Rademacher will have a chance to wrestle away the starting kicker job. A transfer from Air Force, Rademacher sat out in 2012 and played in six games last year as the holder. As a senior at Austin Westlake, Rademacher earned honorable mention All-State honors." - Dallas Morning News

May 26, 2014 - kicker competition
"In terms of replacing Chase Hoover, SMU could use junior Cody Rademacher, sophomore Alex Faoro or incoming freshman Jackson Koonce. When it comes to kicking competitions, always bank on the kicker recruited on scholarship. That'd be Koonce." - USA Today

February 4, 2014 - kicker Jackson Koonce commits
"Koonce transferred to Oceanside from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame for his senior season. He kicked off 63 times for the Pirates with 50 touchbacks. He made 46-of-49 PATS and 4-of-8 field goals with a school-record long of 52. He punted 34 times, averaging 34.4 yards with 15 punts downed inside the 20, and was named the Avocado West League Kicker of the Year. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Koonce had offers from Army, Air Force, Columbia and USD. He also considered William & Mary and Cal Poly-SLO. Koonce carries a 4.6 GPA and scored 1,900 on his SAT." - U-T San Diego

Mexico Men's National Soccer Team News

July 26, 2015 - Andres Guardado, Jesus Corona & Oribe Peralta score in win over Jamaica
Mexico captured a record-extending seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup title with a 3-1 win over Jamaica on Sunday before a crowd of 68,930 at Lincoln Financial Field.... Golden Ball winner Andres Guardado, Jesus Corona and Oribe Peralta scored for Mexico, while Darren Mattocks accounted for the Reggae Boyz’s lone goal. Guardado, who finished as the tournament’s second-leading scorer with six goals, netted the first in the 31st minute. Player of the Match Jonathan Dos Santos’ quickly taken free kick was sprayed to the right wing for Paul Aguilar, catching the Jamaican defense somewhat off guard. The Club America standout delivered an assured cross towards the far post, where Guardado volleyed home with his left foot from 10-yards out. Two minutes after the break, Corona – who was named the Bright Future award recipient -- doubled the advantage with the type of skill for which he’s gaining a strong reputation. The 22-year-old attacker stripped defender Michael Hector of possession, raced towards goal and beat goalkeeper Ryan Thompson with a left-footed effort from 20-yards out. Oribe Peralta ended the encounter for all intents and purposes in the 61st minute with his fourth goal of the competition. A modest defensive clearance ultimately found the feet of Aguilar on the right. His cross was misplayed by Hector and fell to Peralta eight yards from goal for a simple right-footed finish." - CONCACAF

July 22, 2015 - Andres Guardado scores brace in win over Panama
"Andres Guardado converted two penalty kicks and Mexico rallied for a 2-1 victory over 10-man Panama on Wednesday before a capacity crowd of 70,511 at the Georgia Dome to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final for an eighth time.... Despite being reduced to 10 players in the 25th minute following Luis Tejada’s ejection, Panama was seconds away from making a second straight appearance in the final. That all changed after Roman Torres was called for a handball in the box and Mexico was awarded a penalty kick. Lengthy protestations followed, but Guardado eventually converted from the spot ten minutes into stoppage time to force an additional 30 minutes of play. Mexico was presented with another penalty kick opportunity near the end of the first extra-time period, when Javier Orozco was fouled in the box by Harold Cummings. Once again, the composed Guardado found the back of the net on the subsequent kick to give the Tricolor a 2-1 lead that it would not relinquish. It was the PSV Eindhoven star’s fifth goal of this Gold Cup and ninth overall. Panama’s lone tally came in the 57th minute through Torres, who scored the game-winning goal against Mexico in the 2013 semifinals. Eric Davis delivered a right-sided corner to the far post as Torres outmuscled Francisco Javier Rodriguez to the ball, heading past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa." - CONCACAF

July 19, 2015 - Andres Guardado scores late winner over Costa Rica
"Andres Guardado converted a penalty kick deep into stoppage time of the second extra-time period, giving Mexico a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday. As a result, the Mexicans secured a fifth straight trip to the semifinals. Costa Rica, the 2014 Central American Cup champion, was eliminated at the same stage for the third consecutive time.... That goal came in what was essentially the 124th minute of play with Guardado leaving no doubt, lashing his left-footed kick from the spot authoritatively into the left side of the net. The PSV Eindhoven star was presented with the opportunity to be the hero, when referee Walter Lopez ruled that Oribe Peralta -- as he was trying to latch onto Miguel Layun’s left-sided cross -- was fouled by Costa Rica’s Roy Miller in the box." - CONCACAF

July 9, 2015 - Oribe Peralta scores hat-trick in win over Cuba
"Oribe Peralta recorded a hat-trick to power Mexico to a 6-0 victory over Cuba in the Group C opener for both teams at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday night. Carlos Vela, Andres Guardado and Giovani Dos Santos also tallied for the Mexicans at Soldier Field. Peralta, the 2013 CONCACAF Player of the Year, gave the Tricolor all the scoring it needed in the 17th minute, poking home from seven-yards out after a flurry of activity in Cuba’s end. After Guardado’s left-footed effort was blocked at the right post by Yasmany Lopez, the unmarked Peralta reacted quickly for his first career Gold Cup goal.... The 26-year-old outmuscled Hanier Dranguet for a bouncing ball in the left side of the box and snapped off a left-footer into the right side of the net to make it 2-0. In the 37th minute, Peralta would net his second. A splendidly deceptive feed on the ground into the right side of the box by Hector Herrera, plus a fine off-the-ball run by Paul Aguilar, allowed the Club America star to slot home easily from nine-yards out. Team captain Guardado grabbed the fourth two minutes prior to the break, beating an offside trap to head home from 12 yards off a wonderful chip into the left side of the penalty area by Antonio Rios....  Peralta’s third goal just after the hour mark. A lofted cross from the left side of the box targeted Peralta, who outjumped Jorge Luis Corrales at the right post for a header towards the goal. As Corrales remained on the ground, Peralta pushed the ball home from “can’t miss” range. Dos Santos, a second-half substitute for his brother Jonathan, punctuated the scoreline in 75th minute, finding the ball of the net courtesy of a long ball from Miguel Layun." - CONCACAF

July 1, 2015 - Chicharito Hernandez will miss Gold Cup with broken collarbone
"Manchester United striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez suffered a broken collarbone playing for Mexico in a goalless friendly against Honduras and is expected to miss the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup. It was a first-half injury that took out the 27-year-old Guadalajara native in the Mexicans' final tune-up match before the biennial North American regional championship tournament that begins next week. Hernandez has 40 goals in 73 caps for Mexico and losing him is a major blow to Mexican hopes of taking the Gold Cup crown for a seventh time in 13 editions of the event, having won in 1993, 1996 and 1998, 2003, 2009 and 2011." - FIFA

June 27, 2015 - Giovani Dos Santos & Javier Hernandez score in draw with Costa Rica
"Mexico and Costa Rica tied 2-2 during an international friendly at the Citrus Bowl Saturday, with El Tri coming to life to erase Los Ticos' 2-0 halftime lead. Mexico's Giovani Dos Santos slipped past the defense and buried a shot into the far corner of the net to make the score 2-1 in the 53rd minute. Dos Santos later set up Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in the box, with Chicharito falling sideways as headed the ball in to tie the match 2-2 in the 55th minute.... It was a far different look than Mexico provided during the first half. Costa Rica's David Ramirez slipped past Mexico's defense, including Miguel Layun, and blasted a shot into the net that bounced off Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa and gave Los Ticos an a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of the match.... In the 36th minute, Mexico's Layun was credited with an own-goal when he failed to clear a Ramirez cross. Ochoa has struggled in the net for El Tri against a relentless Costa Rica attack." - Orlando Sentinel

June 24, 2015 - Gold Cup roster
  • Goalkeepers: Moises Munoz (Club America/Mexico); Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga/Spain); Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey/Mexico) 
  • Defenders: Paul Aguilar (Club America/Mexico); Yasser Corona (Queretaro/Mexico); Miguel Herrera (Pachuca/Mexico); Miguel Layun (Watford/England); Hector Moreno (Espanyol/Spain); Diego Reyes (Porto/Portugal); Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Cruz Azul/Mexico) 
  • Midfielders: Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain); Jesús Dueñas (Tigres/Mexico); Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands); Hector Herrera (Porto/Portugal); Antonio Rios (Toluca/Mexico); Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres/Mexico); Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon/Mexico) 
  • Forwards: Jesus Corona (FC Twente/Netherlands); Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain); Carlos Esquivel (Toluca/Mexico); Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid/Spain); Oribe Peralta (Club America/Mexico); Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad/Spain)
June 15, 2015 - Matías Vuoso scores equalizing brace in draw with Chile
"Arturo Vidal and Matías Vuoso fired a brace apiece as Chile and Mexico shared the spoils in a thrilling Copa America Group A match in Santiago. In a breathless, back-and-forth encounter at the Estadio Nacional, Mexico cast off the insipidness of their opening goalless draw against Bolivia to give as good as they got against the hosts and one of the pre-tournament favorites. Miguel Herrera’s squad, missing several players ahead of next month’s gold Cup twice took the lead in the opening half first through first Vuoso and then Raúl Jiménez. But Chile repeatedly found an answer as a Mexico defense missing the experience of Rafael Márquez came unstuck. Having got the initial equalizer, the superb Arturo Vidal crossed onto the head of Eduardo Vargas to make it 2-2 before at the start of the second half he converted from the penalty spot after himself being brought down. Having had a day’s less rest and with Chile now in the ascendency, Mexico might have been expected to fade away, but instead they stunned the home crowd as Vuoso nipped in to make it 3-3 with just over 20 minutes remaining. And that proved enough for what could prove a vital point, as Chile failed to convert late chances and were denied by an erroneous offside flag." - IBT

June 3, 2015 - Juan Carlos Valenzuela scores equalizer in draw with Peru
"Wednesday's 1-1 tie for Mexico against Peru might have been only a warmup match for El Tri, but it gave coach Miguel Herrera -- who has said he has a team capable of winning the tournament -- a timely reminder of just how difficult a competition it is likely to be for a weakened Mexico squad.... Peru dominated the first half and eventually went ahead when Jefferson Farfan tapped home in the 62nd minute, with Juan Carlos Valenzuela equalizing for Mexico with a header in the 76th." - ESPN

May 30, 2015 - Eduardo Herrera scores brace in win over Guatemala
"Mexico started its final Copa America preparations in fine style, cruising past Guatemala 3-0 at home on Saturday. In their first of three pre-tournament friendlies, Mexico extended Guatemala's winless run to five games, with Eduardo Herrera scoring a brace for the home side in Tuxtla Gutierrez, as Miguel Herrera's side bid farewell to its home fans.... Herrera, who scored with his first touch for Mexico in April, made it three goals in four matches in his fledgling international career, with strikes either side of halftime. On the half-hour mark, Mexico wingback Gerardo Flores bravely slid in against Guatemala goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez to hook the ball back for Herrera to finish. It was 2-0 in the 63rd minute when Hugo Ayala split the visitors' defense to pick out Herrera's run and the Pumas UNAM striker converted across Jerez from a tight angle, while Jesus Corona completed Mexico's win 11 minutes later with a tap in from Raul Jimenez's cross." - Goal

April 13, 2015 - Jurgen Damm out, Carlos Esquivel in
"Midfielder Jurgen Damm has been advised to rest while fighting salmonellosis and will be replaced by Toluca’s Carlos Esquivel.  The 33-year-old attacker has scored two goals in 13 appearances for the Red Devils during the current Liga MX Clausura season." - CONCACAF

April 9, 2015 - roster updates for USA friendly
"Chivas striker Erick "Cubo" Torres is back in the Mexico squad for the April 15 friendly against the United States in San Antonio, despite his lack of minutes for his club. The 22-year-old -- on loan from MLS side Houston Dynamo -- hasn't started a single Liga MX game since his return to Chivas for the Clausura 2015, but has scored five goals over league and cup matches. Chivas teammate Carlos Salcedo -- who joined the club over the winter from Real Salt Lake -- received his first call-up to the full national team, with the 21-year-old center back having impressed so far this season. Other first team call-ups in Herrera's 19-player squad include Chiapas right midfielder Luis 'Chaka' Rodriguez and Queretaro's central midfielder Mario Osuna. Leon's Luis "Chapo" Montes comes back into the squad for the first time since breaking his leg against Ecuador in a World Cup 2014 warm-up match." - ESPN

March 31, 2015 - Eduardo Herrera scores in win over Paraguay
"Eduardo Herrera scored with his first touch in international football, netting the only goal in Mexico's 1-0 triumph over Paraguay in Kansas City on Tuesday. The 26-year-old striker volleyed Juan Carlos Medina's free kick home at the back post in just the third minute at Arrowhead Stadium, and while el Tri had the better of the chances for the rest of the match, they had to settle for successive one-goal wins." - Copa America

March 28, 2015 - Javier Hernandez scores in win over Ecuador
"Javier Hernandez moved a step closer to overhauling Jared Borgetti on Mexico's all-time scoring list after helping Miguel Herrera's men to a 1-0 victory over Ecuador in Saturday's international friendly. Hernandez scored the only goal of the match at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the 14th minute - moving second alongside Cuauhtemoc Blanco on 39 goals. The 26-year-old - on loan at Real Madrid - is now just seven goals adrift of Borgetti." - Fox Sports

March 25, 2015 - roster pre-updates
"Midfielder Hector Herrera and defender Miguel Layun will return to their clubs after El Tri's March 28 friendly with Ecuador and will not feature against Paraguay on March 31. Porto want Herrera to be ready for their April 2 Portuguese league cup semi-final against Maritimo, while promotion-chasing Watford hope to include Layun in their side for the clash with Derby County on April 3. Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera said the players' departure is part of the relationship the national team has with clubs." - Copa America

March 23, 2015 - Francisco Javier Rodríguez & Rafael Marquez withdraw
"Mexico have revealed that defender Francisco Javier Rodríguez has dropped out of their squad for the friendlies against Ecuador and Paraguay. The experienced centre-back – who has 98 international caps to his name – has withdrawn due a family problem.... It means Herrera, who initially named a 25-man squad, will now have only 23 players at his disposal with Rafael Marquez also having withdrawn through injury." - Copa America

March 18, 2015 - roster named for Ecuador & Paraguay friendlies
  • Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga - Spain), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)
  • Defenders: Julio Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Maza Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Oswaldo Alanis (Santos), Paul Aguilar (America), Adrian Aldrete (Santos), Diego Reyes (Porto - Portugal), Miguel Layun (Watford - England), Hector Moreno (Espanyol - Spain)
  • Midfielders: Jesus Duenas (Tigres), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Javier Guemez (Tijuana), Juan Carlos Medina (Atlas), Jurgen Damm (Pachuca), Hector Herrera (Porto - Portugal), Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Andres Guardado (PSV - Netherlands), Jesus Corona (FC Twente - Netherlands)
  • Forwards: Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez (Real Madrid - Spain), Raul Jimenez (Atletico Madrid - Spain), Eduardo Herrera (Pumas), Gio dos Santos (Villarreal - Spain)
March 9, 2015 - roster updates
"Head coach Miguel Herrera has named 12 European-based players who will make up part of his squad for the forthcoming friendlies with Ecuador and Paraguay. El Tri, who will once again be competing at the Copa América this summer in Chile, take on Group A rivals Ecuador in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 28. Herrera’s side then head to Kansas City for their clash with Paraguay, who are in Copa America Group B, for their second game on US soil. Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela, who ended a lengthy international exile late last year to return to Herrera’s plans, misses out as he is currently sidelined after undergoing knee surgery. But Real Madrid’s on-loan Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez makes the cut, despite his relative lack of action following his summer switch." - Copa America

November 17, 2014 - roster changes
"Mexico manager Miguel Herrera has named his starting XI for Tuesday's friendly against Belarus and will make 10 changes from the side which defeated Netherlands 3-2 on Wednesday. Right wing-back Paul Aguilar is the only player who will start both matches, with Herrera making wholesale alterations for the second of two November matches El Tri are playing in Europe.... In midfield, Jonathan dos Santos is set to start as the holding midfielder and earn his first start for the national team since a 2012 friendly against Colombia. He's joined in midfield by Jesus "Tecatito" Corona, who assisted Carlos Vela's second goal against the Dutch, and Alfonso Gonzalez. The forwards will be Gio dos Santos and Raul Jimenez, who replaced goalscorers Carlos Vela and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in the 76th minute of the match in Amsterdam." - Copa America

November 12, 2014 - Carlos Vela scores brace, Javier Hernandez hits winner over Netherlands
"In a rematch of their round of 16 game at this past summer’s World Cup, Mexico avenged its loss with a 3-2 win over the Netherlands on Wednesday in a game played on Dutch soil. The difference was Carlos Vela, who scored twice upon his return from a self-imposed exile.  For nearly 3½ years, Vela had refused callups after he was suspended from the team for disciplinary reasons in late 2010 and heavily criticized for his performances in 2011. It took only eight minutes to remind Mexico what they had missed. Vela had stepped into some vacant space outside the Dutch box and unleashed a rocket, a bending effort into the far top corner that left Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul helpless. In the 62nd minute, Vela put El Tri ahead a second time after Wesley Sneijder’s own strike from distance had evened the game back up just after halftime, when he’d brought down a poor clearance from the Mexican defense. This time, Jesus Manuel Corona, who had only just come on, connected with Vela over the top for the forward to lash his finish through Krul. But it was Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez who ultimately won the game. He was played through in the 69th minute, staying onside by no more than a few inches, then circled Krul to slipped in Mexico’s third. All the Dutch could offer in response was Daley Blind’s shot from distance five minutes later, when he ran up the gut and saw his shot deflected by Diego Reyes to wrong-foot goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa." - Fox Sports

November 4, 2014 - roster updates
"El Tri is set to take on the Netherlands and Belarus in friendlies on November 12th and 18th, respectively, with both matches taking place on European soil. Miguel Herrera had previously called in ten Europe-based players for these games, and he has now completed the roster with the addition of twelve domestic-based players. Querétaro’s George Corral, Atlas’s Arturo González, and Santos Laguna’s Adrián Aldrete are somewhat surprising call ups, while América’s Oribe Peralta is a notable absence." - Soccer, Translated

October 28, 2014 - Carlos Vela gets a call
"Carlos Vela has been called into Mexico's camp for November friendly matches against the Netherlands and Belarus. The Real Sociedad forward, who last night missed out on being named La Liga's best striker in 2013-14 after being placed on the shortlist, hasn't represented his country since 2011 because of various disputes. Miguel Herrera had hinted at a call-up for these two matches and, despite a news conference from the player that seemed to indicate he would not accept a call, has called Vela into camp." - Goal

October 12, 2014 - Erick Torres scores in win over Panama
Second-half substitute Erick Torres struck in the 89th minute to give Mexico a 1-0 victory over Panama in an international friendly on Sunday at the Estadio Corregidora Stadium.... Torres’ goal came as a result of being in the right place at the right time.  After some patient possession play, Miguel Angel Herrera unleashed a right-footed shot from 25-yards out.  The ball bounced in front of goalkeeper Oscar McFarlane, off his chest and into the air.  Oribe Peralta rushed in for a header, only for MacFarlane to apply the slightest of deflections.  It fell to Torres fortuitously and the Chivas USA standout was able to hit the back of the net with his right foot from six-yards out." - CONCACAF

October 9, 2014 - Javier Hernandez & Oswaldo Alanis score in win over Honduras
"Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez made the most of his first start for Mexico in almost a year as he scored an early goal for El Tri that helped defeat Honduras 2-0 on Thursday night. Chicharito’s goal was his 37th scored for El Tri and the victory marked the first time Mexico has defeated Honduras in over five years. Chicharito scored in the 21st minute after receiving a terrific assist from fellow striker, Oribe Peralta. With the goal Chicharito is now two goals shy of tying Cuahtemoc Blanco for second place on Mexico’s all time leading scorer list. Jared Borgetti is the current record holder with over 46 goals tallied while playing for El Tri. Newcomer, Oswaldo Alanis, scored the second goal for Mexico in the 36th minute off of a terrific set piece. Marco Fabian took the corner kick and placed it perfectly in front of the net for Alanis to head in easily." - Latin Times

October 2, 2014 - roster updates
"Mexico coach Miguel Herrera finalised his list of players for El Tri's October friendlies, adding Tijuana Xolos midfielder Javier Guemez, but leaving out Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona. El Tri will play two friendlies in October: Oct. 9 vs. Honduras at Victor Manuel Reyna stadium in Chiapas and on Oct. 12 vs. Panama at Queretaro. Herrera, who named the Europe-based players last week, said there was no controversy involved in leaving Corona behind. "He is not off the team. I would like to look at other players, it is nothing more'..... About the addition of Xolos midfielder Javier Guemez, Atlas' Alfonso Arturo Gonzalez and Cruz Azul's Julio Cesar Dominguez, Herrera said: 'they have earnd the chance, they have been playing very well'.... Last week, Mexico recalled a number of its Europe-based players, including Real Madrid striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and left out Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela. Malaga goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, on loan Rayo Vallecano winger Javier Aquino, Porto's Hector Herrera and Chivas USA's Erick Torres were included with Hernandez. Herrera left out Porto's Diego Reyes and the Villarreal brother duo of Jonathan and Giovani dos Santos.' - ESPN

September 9, 2014 - Miguel Layun scores in win over Bolivia
"Mexico picked up their first win of the 2018 World Cup cycle on Tuesday, besting Bolivia, 1-0, in a friendly. Miguel Layun provided the difference for El Tri, who were the better side in front of a partisan crowd in Denver, CO., but still struggled some with many of their best players missing. Miguel Herrera used few first choice players for this contest as the Mexico manager opted to give some youngsters and some once-exiled players an opportunity. Despite not having the likes of Hector Moreno, Diego Reyes, Carlos Pena, Giovani dos Santos, Javier Hernandez and Raul Jimenez, Mexico were the better side from the start, creating chances within minutes. Their pace overwhelmed Bolivia and in the 18th minute, they got on the scoreboard. A nifty one-two at the top of the box between Javier Orozco and Cubo Torres undid the Bolivia defense, but Cubo's finish wasn't great. It was straight at the goalkeeper, but fortunately for El Tri, Daniel Vaca did not handle the shot well and left a fat rebound for Layun to tap into the back of the net." - SB Nation

June 30, 2014 - Hector Moreno out six months with broken tibia
"The center back suffered a fracture in Mexico's loss to the Netherlands, which will likely keep him out of  action for several months and derail a move to a bigger club. Mexico center back Hector Moreno was carried off just before halftime in El Tri’s 2-1 loss to the Netherlands and is likely to be out for six months. Espanyol’s Moreno fractured his tibia bone while attempting to tackle Arjen Robben and will be operated on in Guadalajara on Tuesday. 'This type of injury requires six months to get back to playing,' doctor Rafael Ortega, who will be carrying out the operation, told Medio Tiempo.' - Goal

June 23, 2014 - Javier Hernandez leads Mexico to win over Croatia
"A three-goal burst in the space of 10 minutes propelled Mexico to a 3-1 win over Croatia in Recife in the final Group A game. Mexico will now head into the Round of 16, where it will face the Netherlands in Fortaleza on Sunday. The two teams played out a sloppy and tetchy match that only came to life when Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera withdrew the ineffective Gio dos Santos and replaced him with striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. Hernandez, the Manchester United attacker, galvanized a hitherto stunted attack, and in the 72nd minute, Rafa Marquez rose above Vedran Corluka and Dejan Lovren to direct a header past Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa to give El Tri the lead. Hernandez set up the second goal three minutes, later, racing downfield to pass to Oribe Peralta on the right wing. Peralta’s low center was met by an unmarked Andres Guardado, who fired home from 12 yards. Hernandez rounded out the Mexican scoring himself in the 82nd minute, when he headed home a corner at the far post." - New York Times

June 13, 2014 - Oribe Peralta scores in win over Cameroon 
"Oribe Peralta scored in the second half to help Mexico to a 1-0 victory over Cameroon in torrential rain Friday, earning El Tri their first World Cup win over an African team and giving them a crucial three points in Group A. Peralta's left-foot shot in the 61st minute justified coach Miguel Herrera's decision to start him ahead of striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, arguably Mexico's best known player. Giovanni Dos Santos had two goals disallowed in a frustrating first half, when Samuel Eto'o hit the post for Cameroon. Peralta broke the deadlock just as thousands of Mexican fans were cheering for Hernandez to come into the game. He swooped after Cameroon goalkeeper Charles Itandje parried a shot by Dos Santos." - San Jose Mercury News

May 31, 2014 - Luis Montes sugffers broken leg
"Midfielder Luis Montes was stretchered off of El Tri’s friendly with Ecuador at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, after fracturing his right tibia and fibula, according to Univision. The 28-year-old Leon player has been ruled out of the World Cup. Montes was driven immediately to a local hospital. The injury occurred in the 35th minute, when Montes challenged for a loose ball with Ecuador’s Segundo Castillo. There was nothing malicious on either player’s part, but Montes came out of the tackle writhing in pain and clutching his lower right leg." - MLS

May 28, 2014 - Miguel Layun scores twice in 3-0 win over Israel
"Miguel Layun scored the first two international goals of his career to lead Mexico to a 3-0 victory over Israel at Estadio Azteca on Wednesday night. Layun found the net on either side of half-time and Marco Fabian added another as El Tri won the first of four friendlies before opening their World Cup campaign against Cameroon on June 13. The Mexican Federation used the Israel match to celebrate the career of legendary forward Cuauhtemoc Blanco, who recently signed with Puebla at age 41 and wore the No. 10 shirt in more than 100 matches for his country. Herrera named his starting line-up on Monday, surprisingly leaving Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez on the bench. Instead, Blanco and Oribe Peralta started up front." - Goal

May 9, 2014 - Word Cup roster named
  • Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)
  • Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio)
  • Alfredo Talavera (Toluca).
  • Rafa Marquez (Leon)
  • Paul Aguilar (America)
  • Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen)
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Hamilton Tiger-Cats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

July 26, 2015 - Justin Medlock kicks five field goals in win over Saskatchewan
The Ticats have rebounded in Regina, improving to 2-and-2, after beating the Roughriders 31-21 Sunday night.... Kicker Justin Medlock attempted a 58 yard field goal, but was wide left, his first miss in eight tries this season.... Hamilton added to its lead early in the second quarter when Medlock connected from 43 yard out to make it 10-3.... The left footed Medlock missed his second field goal attempt of the night, this one from 40 yards out, and Hamilton settled for a single point and an 11-6 lead. The UCLA alum made amends later in the second quarter when he booted a 21 yard field goal to extend Hamilton’s lead to 14-6.... Medlock nailed his third field goal of the game, a 49 yarder, to cut ’s lead to 21-17.... Medlock hits his fifth field goal of the game, a 39 yarder, to give the Ticats a 31-21 lead over the Riders." - AM900 CHML

June 29, 2015 - kicker Hugh O'Neill added to practice squad
"Hugh O'Neill and his magnificent beard have joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.The Ticats added the Canadian kicker to the practice roster and he practised with the club at Shouldice Field in Calgary on Monday. 'He's done all three kicking jobs before but we're going to take a look at him primarily as a punter,' head coach Kent Austin said. O'Neill was drafted 11th overall by the B.C. Lions in 2011 and played 10 games for the Edmonton Eskimos last Canadian Football League season, connecting on 20 of 26 field goal attempts and averaging 44.4 yards per punt. The Esks released O'Neill in January and he signed with Saskatchewan before being let go at the end of training camp." - Hamilton Spectator

October 17, 2014 - Justin Medlock accounts for half of scoring in win over Ottawa
"Hamilton kicker Justin Medlock kicked a 94-yard single on the ensuing kickoff to go up 15-6. He added a 75-yard punt single midway through the fourth to make it 16-6 [the final score]. Medlock made two of three field-goal attempts, hitting from 21 and 26 yards but hitting the left upright and falling short from 36." - National Post

October 4, 2014 - Justin Medlock hits five field goals in win over Lions
"Hamilton kicker Justin Medlock fought through gusty conditions and made all five of his field-goal attempts to keep his Tiger-Cats undefeated at Tim Hortons Field. Medlock’s field goals, and two conceded safeties late in the game, accounted for all the Ticat scoring in a 19-17 victory over the B.C. Lions Saturday night. 'I love to get the opportunity to put the game on my foot,' he said after hitting attempts from 39, 15, 42, 37 and eight yards out. 'It’s tough conditions, but you’ve just got to get through it.' The wind now blows south-north at the new field, and Medlock is still getting used to it. 'It’s a tricky stadium,” he said. “It’s like kicking in an airport. You’re going into a really hard wind and (then) going downwind — it’s pretty hard'." - The Star

September 3, 2014 - long snapper Aaron Crawford
"The Tiger-Cats have added national long-snapper Aaron Crawford to their practice roster, the team announced today. Crawford, a 6-4, 260-pound product of Saint Mary’s played four games with the Ticats last season after stints with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts." - Tiger-Cats

June 26, 2014 - kicker Justin Medlock discusses trio
"You've worked hard in training camp to get your snapper (Marc Antonie-Fortin) and holder (Luke Tasker) the way you like them; how's that process going? 'It's been a process, but it's been good. We're snapping really well, the holder has really picked it up the last week or so. We got kind of thrown in with a new snapper in the first pre-season game, but the second game was flawless. We're getting more comfortable and as the weeks go on it will just be like riding a bike'." - The Hamilton Spectator

June 4, 2014 - kicker Justin Medlock & long snapper Marc-Antoine Fortin
"Shortly after signing with Hamilton in February, Justin Medlock reached out via Facebook to Tiger-Cat teammate Marc-Antoine Fortin. They didn't know each other but Medlock knew he and Fortin were about to play an important part in each other's lives. The sooner they got started, the better. Fortin is a long snapper, Medlock is a kicker. And, while there was the usual pleasantries exchanged, the meticulous Medlock — an otherwise easygoing guy who is freakishly intense about kicking — had a very specific purpose for opening up the lines of communication. 'He was telling me some stuff that he wanted,' chuckles Fortin. 'Every kicker is picky and he's no different. You just have to give them what they want'.... The two have spent extra time after practice working on both the short snaps for field goals and the long ones for punting. They've been trying to eat as many meals together as possible and Medlock is hoping they'll be roommates on the road. Medlock believes communication is the key to success and will talk through every nuance, no matter how small. 'I'm sure people think: 'This guy is crazy.' But, at the end of the day, we have to do it right,' Medlock said. In addition to pleasing his detailed-oriented kicker, Fortin is also battling back from the torn ACL he suffered in the first game of the 2013 campaign. He's being counted on to replace the steady Kevin Scott, who held the long-snapper's role for three seasons." - The Hamilton Spectator

June 2, 2014 - holder competition
"Day 2 of training camp in Hamilton ended with returning placekicker/punter Justin Medlock auditioning holders. Andy Fantuz is the incumbent, having done the job last year for Luca Congi, while Carey Koch, a newcomer to the Ticats receiving corps, has shown a huge interest in the job. Medlock, who had former backup quarterback Jason Boltus doing the job in his first stint in Hamilton, has heard enough good things about Luke Tasker that he sought him out and asked him if he would consider it. All three were put through their paces on Monday. Medlock, a left-footed kicker and a guy who kicks off the turf as opposed to most CFL kickers who use a tee, is very particular about his holder and while he doesn’t want to offend anyone, is diligently going about finding the guy he will be most comfortable with who, in turn, will give him the best chance at success. 'It just takes reps really and the want to be good at it,' Medlock said. 'It takes a guy who has good hands and Fantuz, Koch and Tasker all have great hands. That’s one thing. Big hands is another and a guy who wants to be good'.” - Toronto Sun

March 18, 2014 - team parts ways with kicking coach Paul Osbaldiston
"When Kent Austin announces his 2014 coaching staff this week, it will not include the franchise's all-time kicker Paul Osbaldiston, who had been working with Ticat kickers and punters for the past three years, under two different head coaches and three special teams co-ordinators. 'I was called in before Christmas,' said the 49-year-old who is the Tiger-Cats' career scoring leader and holds most of the franchise kicking records. 'They said they were going to go in a different direction. They didn't give any kind of reason. I wasn't going to sit and argue or debate. They had made up their minds at that point'."- The Spec

February 6, 2014 - kicker Luca Congi granted release
"Congi joined the Ticats as a free agent in March 2012 and hit on 67 of 91 field goals over two seasons. But this off-season, Hamilton signed veteran kicker Justin Medlock. "We'd like to thank Luca for his contributions to our team on the field and in our community," Ticats head coach/general manager Kent Austin said in a statement. "He was a true professional throughout his time in Hamilton and we wish him the best in the future." Congi, 30, a native of Waterloo, Ont., began his CFL career with Saskatchewan, spending six seasons with the Roughriders before joining the Ticats." - CBC

January 8, 2014 - kickers Justin Medlock & Brett Lauther re-signed
"The six-foot, 208-pound Medlock, a native of Fremont, Calif., spent the 2011 season with Hamilton before signing with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers on March 6, 2012. Last year, Medlock attended the Oakland Raiders’ training camp. In 2011, Medlock hit 49-of-55 field goal attempts, a club-record 89.1 per cent success ratio. He also averaged 41.6 yards per punt and was named Hamilton’s top special-teams player.... Medlock also has previous CFL experience with the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts. He also spent time with the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, who selected Medlock in the fifth round, No. 160 overall, in the 2007 NFL draft out of UCLA. Medlock has hit on 96-of-111 field-goal tries (86.5 per cent) over his CFL career....
Lauther hit on 6-of-10 field goals last season, his first in the CFL, and also averaged 59.8 yards per kickoff." - Canadian Press

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Miami Dolphins Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

July 26, 2015 - kicker Caleb Sturgis injury update
"Sturgis is expected to return at or near the start of training camp after injuring his left quad playing in a team-sponsored kickball game. He led the Dolphins in scoring the past two seasons. 'I’ve been here the last three weeks, and he’s been here every day working his tail off,' Philbin said of Sturgis. "I think he should be ready to roll'." - ESPN

June 1, 2015 - kicker Caleb Sturgis suffers quad injury
"Sturgis will miss the rest of OTAs (Organized Team Activities) and possibly the June 16-18 mini-camp due to a thigh bruise to his left (non-kicking) leg. 'We’ll see how things go,' coach Joe Philbin said. Rookie Andrew Franks, who attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y., will handle placekicking duties in Sturgis’ absence." - Sun-Sentinel

May 5, 2015 - kicker Zach Hocker released

May 2, 2015 - kicker Andrew Franks signed
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) senior kicker Andrew Franks has agreed to a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He is expected to join the Dolphins on Wednesday or Thursday and participate in the team's rookie camp as well as the OTAs (organized team activities) later month and in June. 'I got to work out one-on-one with Miami, with their special teams coordinator, and I thought that workout went really well,' Franks said. 'I fit their needs quite well, and they give me a good chance to fight for a job. They kept in good contact throughout this draft process and they made it pretty easy for me'." - RPI

May 2, 2015 - punter Matt Darr signed
"Former Tennessee punter Matt Darr posted on his Twitter account Saturday night that he has signed with the NFL's Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent. 'Miami it is!' he tweeted. 'Thankful to have this opportunity with the #Dolphins organization. The journey continues! #LetItRide #VFL' Darr served as the Vols' starting punter last season as a fifth-year senior. He played in 24 games and started in 22 during his UT career, averaging 40.6 yards on 136 punts, with 27 kicks of 50-plus yards and 46 that were downed inside the 20." - 247Sports

March 10, 2015 - punter Brandon Fields contract restructured
"The Miami Dolphins have found a way to restructure Brandon Fields' contract, keeping the top shelf punter with the only NFL franchise he's every played for. Fields was due $7.18 million in the final two years of his contract. He was the NFL's second-highest paid punter coming into the 2015 season, which is why the Dolphins planned to cut the former Michigan State standout if he didn't agree to a new deal. After some back and forth with his agent for the past 48 hours sources say 'a favorable deal for both parties got done.' Terms of the new deal have are not immediately available, but they'll certainly feature a 2015 cap hit that's lower than his old $3.1 million hit. Sources say the deal saves Miami $1 million in cap space, and remains a two-year deal." - Sun-Sentinel

January 6, 2015 - kicker Zach Hocker signed
"Hocker wrote: 'New team, same dream. Happy to say I’m officially a Miami Dolphin. I am truly grateful for this opportunity.' Hocker will have to win the starting role over Miami’s current placekicker Caleb Sturgis during the offseason and preseason. Sturgis hit 29-of-37 field goals for an average of 78.4 percent in 2014. In 2013, Sturgis was 26-of-34 for a 76.5 percent average. Hocker was selected in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins but was beaten by Washington’s veteran kicker Kai Forbath. Hocker was cut from the Redskins during the preseason." - The Courier

December 1, 2014 - Caleb Sturgis kicks game winner over Jets
"The Miami Dolphins kept their playoff hopes intact by rallying for a 16-13 victory over the New York Jets on Monday night when Caleb Sturgis made a 26-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining.... Sturgis also made field goals of 43 and 44 yards. Caleb Sturgis and Nick Folk traded field goals in the third quarter and the New York Jets took a 13-6 lead over the Miami Dolphins into the fourth quarter of a low-scoring snoozer Monday night." - The Ledger

October 21, 2014 - coach says specialists need to improve
"After another uneven performance by special teams, Dolphins coaches challenged players to start performing consistently Tuesday, with coach Joe Philbin going so far as to tell kicker Caleb Sturgis — in front of the team — things must improve. The Dolphins’ 27-14 victory at Chicago on Sunday evened the team’s record at 3-3 but failed to mask issues with both the punting and kicking games. Brandon Fields, a Pro Bowl punter a year ago, averaged only 37.5 yards on two punts, including a shank of 34 yards. Sturgis made 2-of-4 field-goal attempts, succeeding from 33 and 19 yards but wide right from 50 and having a 37-yard attempt blocked. Philbin emphasized he expects more from both players and is confident he’ll get it. 'I like the way he’s been kicking the ball,' Philbin said of Sturgis. 'We were in the team meeting today and we said we’ve got to make those field goals … He knows that and I suspect that he will work at it and he’ll get better at it.' Sturgis has converted 11-of-14 attempts this season and is 3-of-5 from 40 or more yards. In his two-year career, Sturgis is 4-of-8 from 50 or more yards. Fields is averaging 43.3 yards per punt, well off 48.8 of a year ago. His net average of 31.8 also lags far behind last year’s 42.4. Fields said he has focused on 'little things, whether it’s my steps, my drop, how I’m holding the ball.' Fields said flaws in his fundamentals are correctable." - Palm Beach Post

September 7, 2014 - Caleb Sturgis kicks four field goals in upset of Patriots
"Sturgis, who played at St. Augustine High, scored 15 points in Miami’s 33-20 victory against New England. The former Florida product was perfect on four field goals and three extra points to help the Dolphins topple the defending AFC East champions.... Sturgis showed no signs of a groin injury that plagued him all of preseason, by connecting on kicks of 38, 24, 22 and 27 yards in the Dolphins upset." - St. Augustine Record

September 2, 2014 - kicker Caleb Sturgis ready
"Sturgis still has a labored walk because of the groin strain he suffered in week one of camp, then re-aggravated before the Tampa Bay exhibition game. but the former University of Florida standout, whom the Dolphins selected in the fifth-round of the 2013 draft, says he'll be ready for Sunday's season-opener against the New England Patriots. 'I feel bad. I want to be part of the team,' Sturgis said when asked about all the time he's missed. 'Especially at this position [because] you get limited opportunities to begin with. At the same time you got to stay confident [believing] that you're going to get healthy, and when you do get healthy you're going to do your job well.' Sturgis is confident he'll be able to handling Miami's kickoffs, and that distance kicks won't be an issue, saying 'I feel great now'." - Sun Sentinel

August 30, 2014 - kicker Jake Rogers released

August 25, 2014 - kicker John Potter waived, Caleb Sturgis improving
"Potter sustained a thigh injury after kicking a 26-yard first-quarter field goal in Saturday’s 25-20 victory over Dallas. The Dolphins still have two kickers on the roster – Caleb Sturgis, the likely regular season kicker who is sidelined with a groin injury, and Jake Rogers, who was signed Monday. There’s a chance Sturgis is healthy enough to kick in the Sept. 7 opener against New England. He didn’t practice Monday but seemed fairly active. Sturgis went through rehabilitation work on the side along with running back Mike Gillislee (hamstring) and simulated kickoffs during a special teams drill." - Sun Sentinel

August 24, 2014 - kicker Jake Rogers signed
"In light of injuries to Caleb Sturgis and John Potter, the Dolphins are set to sign free-agent kicker Jake Rogers, a source told FOX Sports. Rogers has spent time with six NFL teams (Cleveland, Washington, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Dallas and the New York Giants) as both a kicker and punter since 2011 but hasn't appeared in a regular-season game. The University of Cincinnati's all-time leading scorer, Rogers was with the Browns and Redskins earlier this year before being released. Rogers may have to handle the kicking duties Thursday in Miami's preseason finale against St. Louis. Sturgis, who was Miami's kicker in 2013, remains sidelined by a groin ailment while Potter left Saturday night's preseason win over Dallas with a hip injury." - Fox Sports

August 23, 2014 - kicker John Potter leaves game with hip injury
"John Potter, working in place of an injured Caleb Sturgis (groin), left Saturday night’s exhibition game against the Cowboys with a hip injury. He did not return. Potter appeared to injure himself while connecting on a 26-yard field goal in the first half. He went immediately to the locker room, leaving Brandon Fields to handle kickoff duties. The Dolphins went scoreless the rest of the half and didn’t need a kicker. After the intermission, Fields and John Denney were the only specialists to come out of the locker room." - Miami Herald
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August 19, 2014 - kicker Caleb Sturgis to miss this week's game
Caleb Sturgis will miss Saturday’s preseason game against Dallas because of a groin ailment.... Sturgis hopes to kick in Miami’s preseason finale Aug. 28 against St. Louis, the source said.... Asked by local media about how much uncertainty he had about who would be kicking in the regular-season opener Sept. 7 against New England, Philbin said, 'We’ll see. We’ve got a lot of time … We’re open to anything. We haven’t named any kicker. I don’t know who’s going to be kicking for the New England game yet'.” - Fox Sports

August 18, 2014 - kicker Caleb Sturgis re-injury
The Miami Dolphins rested kicker Caleb Sturgis for nearly two weeks hoping his strained groin would healthy enough for him to kick during Saturday night's 20-14 preseason win over Tampa Bay. Sturgis was 3-for-3 on field goals attempts during Thursday's practice, participated in Friday's walk through, and began warming up on the field before Miami's second preseason game. However, numerous television stations caught Sturgis re-aggravating his groin strain during his warm-up. The coaches immediately shut the former University of Florida standout down, and used newly signed kicker John Potter for all field goals, extra points and kickoffs against the Buccaneers.... If Sturgis doesn't make a full recovery by Aug. 30, which is the day all NFL teams must trim the roster to 53 players, his status could become problematic for first-year GM Dennis Hickey because it would be burdensome to carry two kickers on the 53-man roster. However, the Dolphins can't afford to have Sturgis' groin problems cost the team victories, and field position on kickoffs like last season. Miami could place Sturgis on injured reserve, and make him the one player allowed to come off IR during the season. However, that would mean he'd miss the first half of this season, or possible the entire year." - Sun Sentinel

August 16, 2014 - John Potter handles kicking against Bucs
"New Dolphins kicker John Potter, pressed into action when Caleb Sturgis appeared to aggravate his nagging groin injury, blasted field goals of 51 and 48 yards and made both extra points in the Dolphins' 20-14 win over the Buccaneers. Potter was added to replace Danny Hrapmann, who was cut after missing two field goals in practice on Thursday. Last season, Sturgis' groin contributed to him missing five field goals in the middle of the season, and those missed kicks played a factor in Miami's losses to the Ravens, Bills and Patriots." - Orlando Sentinel

August 15, 2014 - kicker John Potter signed, Danny Hrapmann waived
"The 6-1, 219-pound Potter joins the Dolphins from the Detroit Lions where he spent a portion of the 2014 off-season prior to being released on May 12, 2014. He has appeared in nine career games with the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins and has made three of the four field goals he attempted and all seven point after tries. Potter originally entered the NFL as a seventh round pick (251st overall) of the Buffalo Bills in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was released by the Bills on November 6, 2012. He signed with the Washington Redskins on June 12, 2013 and was released on August 26, 2013. He re-signed with the Redskins on September 14, 2013 and was released October 1, 2013. He signed with the Lions on December 31, 2013. A four-year letter winner and academic All-America at Western Michigan, Potter appeared in 50 games for the Broncos connecting on 47 of 65 field goals and 184 of 188 point after attempts." - Dolphins

August 14, 2014 - kicker Caleb Sturgis returns to practice
"Sturgis kicked field goals in a competitive setting Thursday for the first time since he sustained a groin injury. Sturgis made all four of his field goal attempts — from 39, 41, 42 and 44 yards." - Dolphins

August 5, 2014 - kicker Danny Hrapmann signed
"Hrapmann’s signing is an indication kicker Caleb Sturgis, who has been battling a groin ailment, isn’t likely to play in the preseason opener Friday at Atlanta. Hrapmann, who attended Southern Mississippi, spent the 2014 offseason in camp with Arizona but was cut Friday. Hrapmann signed with Pittsburgh after being undrafted in 2012 and spent the 2012 and 2013 offseasons with the Steelers but was cut in August both years. Sturgis has attended with the Dolphins the last two days, which is more promising than being inside the facility doing rehabilitation work, but he hasn’t done much. He kicked an extra point in Saturday’s scrimmage but turned up on the injury report Monday, which in Dolphins parlance, means he’s likely to miss a few practices." - Sun Sentinel

August 2, 2014 - Brandon Bogotay tryout
"The Miami Dolphins are going to work out kicker Brandon Bogotay on Sunday, according to a league source. Bogotay played collegiately at Georgia. He handled kickoff duties, converted seven career point-after touchdowns and made 1 of 2 field goals as a senior with his only miss coming from 52 yards. Bogotay kicked behind Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl kicker Blair Walsh at Georgia. Bogotay was signed by the Cleveland Browns last year and was released prior to the start of the regular season." - National Football Post

July 28, 2014 - kicker Caleb Sturgis
On the field, Sturgis isn’t a rookie anymore so training camp isn’t quite the eye-opening experience it was 12 months ago. He also now is the only kicker in training camp for the Dolphins, a drastic change from last year when he came in looking to unseat veteran incumbent Dan Carpenter. What hasn’t changed is Sturgis’ drive. In fact, it just might be even more intense after a rookie season he deemed not up to his standards.... Like Sturgis, punter Brandon Fields and long-snapper John Denney also are the only players at their position in training camp. Denney happens to be the longest-tenured player on the roster, while Fields is the second-longest-tenured. Sturgis would love nothing better than to achieve that kind of longevity. He’s doing everything in his power to achieve that goal, but first and foremost to improve on his rookie season. 'Every day you go out there you want to hit every field goal,' Sturgis said. 'You try. When you get in a rhythm where you’re hitting every field goal you make, you stay at a consistent level. I think the other thing is just being real conscious with how many kicks you take every day, how many to warm up, but every one counts because another big thing for us is health and if you’re healthy all the way through it makes everything a lot easier'.” - Dolphins

May 19, 2014 - kicker Gregory Rivara invited to minicamp
"Gregory Rivara, former Lobo kicker, wasn’t even recruited to play for UNM, but now he’s getting ready to prove he’s ready for the pros. 'It was a bit surreal,' Rivara said. 'It took a few minutes for it to set in.” Rivara said he got a call from the Miami Dolphins special teams coach last week. 'He asked me how my weekend was, and asked me if I was ready to go and I said yes, sir,' Rivara said. 'He said well we’re extending an invite to rookie mini-camp to you. I’ve thought about that for 10 years'.... The call from the Dolphins could prove his hard work has paid off. Until he leaves for camp Thursday, he said you can find him on the field twice a day. 'I have to do what ever I have to do so when I get to that camp I’m ready to go,' Rivara said." - WRQE

May 13, 2014 - punter Matt Szymanski waived
"The Dolphins made one other move Tuesday, releasing punter Matt Szymanski." - Miami Herald

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May 12, 2014 - kicker Anthony Fera tryout
The Dolphins worked out undrafted free agent, former Texas kicker Anthony Fera. See his profile here.

April 22, 2014 - punter Matt Szymanski signed
"The Miami Dolphins have signed former Southern Methodist punter Matt Szymanski to the team's training camp roster.... Szymanski, who has experience as a kicker and punter, was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs training camp roster, and was actually put on the practice squad last year. He initially signed with Texas A&M, but transferred to SMU after his sophomore season. At SMU Szymanski handled all of the Mustang's kicking duties. Szymanski made all but one of the 80 extra point attempts he made his junior and senior season. He also averaged 41.5 yards per punt in his collegiate career. He punted 123 times for 5,105 yards, with a long of 74 yards. However, he only made 35 of 58 field goal attempts during his college career, and that included making 7-of-12 attempts his senior season." - Sun Sentinel

Minnesota Vikings Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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July 26, 2015 - kicker Blair Walsh signs 4-year extension
"NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports it's a four-year extension worth up to $14 million with $5.25 million guaranteed, according to a source informed of the situation. The deal makes Walsh one of the five-highest paid kickers in the game.... Walsh earned first-team All-Pro honors as a rookie, when he set an NFL record with 10 consecutive field goals of at least 50 yards. His accuracy dipped last season, when he converted just 26 of 35 attempts, a league-low conversion rate of 74.3." - NFL

April 3, 2015 - long snapper Kevin McDermott signed
"The Minnesota Vikings are looking for competition at long snapper. Though long-time long snapper Cullen Loeffler is back on a one-year deal, the Vikings are signing long snapper Kevin McDermott to a one-year deal, according to a league source. McDermott, 25, left UCLA in the same class as Vikings punter Jeff Locke, who was drafted in the fifth round (155th overall) by Minnesota. McDermott went undrafted and won the starting job for the San Francisco 49ers out of training camp. He was most recently with the Baltimore Ravens, joining in October after their long snapper tore an ACL." - ESPN

March 8, 2014 - long snapper Cullen Loeffler re-signed for another year
"The Minnesota Vikings have struck a one-year deal to hold onto long snapper Cullen Loeffler, according to a league source. Loeffler was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. The veteran long snapper was signed originally by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2004 after playing at Texas." - National Football Post

December 14, 2014 - Blair Walsh misses trio in loss to Lions 
"A week after he made only one of his three field-goal attempts in an overtime victory over the New York Jets, Walsh missed all three of his attempts in a 16-14 loss to the Detroit Lions, including two in the final eight minutes of the game. 'I’m still confident. I know my abilities. I know how I’ve done in the past,' said Walsh, who as a rookie was a first-team All-Pro kicker in 2012. 'Yeah, we’ve missed a bunch the last two games and we do need to make up for that. But I think if you really break it down, I don’t think there are any fundamental flaws going on. It’s something I can easily fix.' Walsh’s first miss came in the first quarter, when he pushed a 53-yard attempt wide right. His second field-goal attempt, a 26-yarder that could have increased the team’s lead to 17-13 in the fourth quarter, was blocked by Lions defensive end Jason Jones. And his final try, which came with one second left, was well short from 68 yards out. Walsh said he lobbied the coaching staff to allow him to kick it. Had Walsh made that improbable game-winner, it would have been the longest field goal in NFL history.  'The one you really, really look back on is [the 53-yarder],' Walsh said. Walsh has uncharacteristically missed nine of his 31 field-goal tries this season, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer endorsed his kicker after the game — as if giving Walsh a chance to win the game from midfield hadn’t already said enough. 'I have not lost any confidence in him,' Zimmer said. 'At the end of the ballgame, he hit it pretty good. I thought it had a chance'." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

December 7, 2014 - Blair Walsh misses pair in win over Jets 
"Walsh, who had been 5 of 6 for the Vikings on attempts of 50 yards or more, had a chance to beat the New York Jets and tie his career long with a 56-yard boot on the last play of regulation. But Walsh missed badly short and to the right. Walsh also missed a 39-yard attempt wide right in the third quarter. Yet his Vikings were able to beat the Jets 30-24 in overtime at TCF Bank Stadium. 'I just didn't give it a shot,' Walsh said of the miss at the end of regulation. 'I didn't hit it real solid. There was a right-to-left wind going that way all day and I wanted to leave it out right and let it come back in. But I didn't hit a good enough ball for it even to go that way.' The 39-yard miss really rankled Walsh. That's a chip shot for the third-year kicker who entered the game 9 of 10 on the season from 40 yards or less. 'Of course, you expect yourself to make that,' Walsh said. 'It's just something you learn from. I'm glad my teammates were there to pick me up and I'll get better'."- Twin Cities 

November 16, 2014 - Blair Walsh connects long, misses short 
Blair Walsh was money again from long range, burying a 50-yard field goal Sunday to give the Vikings an early 3-0 lead over the Bears. But his 38-yard miss in the third quarter, which would have closed Chicago's lead to 14-13, left Walsh at a loss. 'It's almost one of those kicks you can't believe you missed,' he said. Walsh pushed his attempt wide right, just as Bears kicker Robbie Gould did from 40 yards in the same direction in the first quarter. 'For some reason, going into the kick I just wasn't very confident,' Walsh said. 'I've got to do better, especially kicking from the middle of the field. I shouldn't have missed it'.... It was his shortest miss of the season. Overall, Walsh is 17 for 21 (80.9 percent), including 4-for-5 from 50-plus yards." - Twin Cities 

September 28, 2014 - Blair Walsh hits four field goals, including 55 yarder 
The Vikings money kicker acknowledged he overcompensated for a strong cross wind in pushing a 49-yard attempt wide right early in the second quarter. So when he lined up in the same direction for a 55-yarder with 3:38 remaining and Minnesota ahead by seven points, Walsh bore down on the pivotal kick with nary a thought about the breeze. And he buried it. 'Regardless of what the wind was doing, it was going to be in my face a little bit so I wanted to just drive it there,' Walsh said. 'I knew my natural height would get it there. I had it in my head I didn't want to hit it like the one earlier.' Walsh, who also converted kicks of 18, 41 and 33 yards, did not try to convince himself the 55-yarder was just another attempt. 'You don't want to trick yourself,' he said. 'You want to embrace (the moment), understand what it is, the situation. I knew if I made that kick, we're most likely winning that game.' Walsh is 9 of 11 in field goals this season. His only misses are from 40-49 yards." - St. Paul Pioneer Press 

August 21, 2014 - stadium update
"As Minnesota adjusts to playing outside full-time for the next two years at the University of Minnesota, Walsh and punter Jeff Locke feel they have a good handle on dealing with the elements. The two made four trips to TCF Bank Stadium this summer, tracking wind conditions in the open-air stadium and producing wind charts. Walsh couldn't have had better conditions in two preseason games, yet he's missed twice from beyond 50 yards and also missed an extra-point attempt, the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal due to the NFL's experimental longer extra-point attempts. 'If it was one of those deals where he was shanking the ball, if he was wrapping his foot, he was pushing the ball too far to the right every time, I'd be concerned,' special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said. 'But he's hitting the ball well. Even in games, he hit the ball well. . . . It's one of those things he's just got to continue to focus on his follow-through and the little small attributes that make him such a great kicker compared to the other kickers in this league'.... Walsh and Locke, perhaps more than any other Minnesota players, endure the biggest transition in moving to TCF Bank Stadium. Not only is TCF Bank Stadium an outdoor facility with a wide bowl, but the west end of the stadium is open. 'I think almost every kicker would agree that when you have a single open end, it can cause some different things to happen aside from a regular stadium,' Locke said. 'You can get a lot of whipping affect and some inconsistencies with the wind when you have an open end to the stadium. It always changes things up a little bit'." - Fox Sports

August 18, 2014 - kicker Blair Walsh anti-streak 
Vikings kicker Blair Walsh set an NFL record converting his first 12 field goals of 50-plus yards. He is 0 for 5 since midseason 2013, unofficially considering two of those misses have come this season. Add a missed extra-point from the experimental 33-yard distance Saturday night against Arizona, and Walsh has been uncharacteristically erratic. 'I don't know that I attribute it to anything yet,' coach Mike Zimmer said Monday. "He's been great in practice, and he's been great previously. I expect him to make those kicks, and I'm sure he will.' Walsh, the 2012 Pro Bowler entering his third season, was 8 for 8 during last week's final scrimmage and converted all of his kicks from 50 or more yards during special teams drills in Mankato." - St. Paul Pioneer Press 

August 16, 2014 - kicker Blair Walsh misses a few
"A miss from 53 yards last week is followed by a missed 51-yarder and a missed extra point this week. What is happening with the misses? Granted, two of them were from 50 yards. Also, it should be noted that Walsh was hitting from 65 yards in pregame warmups on Saturday and he’s been nothing short of perfect in training camp, particularly in the evening practices, where he’s gone 22 for 22 on field goal tries." - Vikings

August 1, 2014 - kicker Blair Walsh working on little things
"Now that you're in your third Training Camp and you're a grizzled veteran, what are the little things you're trying to work on during these practices? Blair Walsh: "Just a lot of form stuff. You can't kick every day because you'll get tired real quick and it would be tough to maintain that. But we're out here working on form stuff trying to perfect our technique." What about your technique are you trying to improve? Is it plant foot placement, how you swing your leg, where you're focusing? "Little stuff. I want to get better at right hash kicks. I've been working a lot on that the past couple days. Putting the ball directionally on kickoffs better. There's little things that you're always getting better at that you learn really matter." - Daily Norseman

June 15, 2014 - kicker Blair Walsh a tamed housecoat?
While the new stadium, host of the Super Bowl in 2018, is being constructed the team head outdoors to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank stadium for two seasons. ‘I’m just trying to get better at trying to manage the weather conditions outside,’ said Walsh of the conditions he will face. ‘I’ve been a tamed housecoat for the past couple of years and you’ve got to grow up and go outside. It should be fun. We’ve been down there a couple of times in practice already to let us know what it’s all about. We’ve had some good practice of playing in the cold weather in the last couple of years: we had a game in Green Bay, that was in the mid teens and we played in a complete blizzard in Baltimore so we’ve had some good quality work in the snow and the cold, so I’m much more concerned about the open conditions and the wind rather than the cold'." - Daily Mail

May 20, 2014 - punter Garrett Maloney invited to minicamp
"Graduating St. Thomas football players Garrett Maloney and Willie Schneider received invitations to compete for a roster spot on the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts, respectively, last Monday.... Maloney, a punter, was selected for the All-MIAC team twice and was a preseason All-American in 2013.... Maloney, who is from Elm Grove, Wisconsin, and attended Marquette High School, is a marketing major. Not only did Maloney play football while at St. Thomas, but also spent some time on the hardwood as a member of the 2011 national champion St. Thomas basketball team." - Tommie Media

April 29, 2014 - Blair Walsh & Jeff Locke investigate stadium conditions
"The Vikings special teams unit is already trying to get acclimated with its new home at TCF Bank Stadium, which can be a challenge. The wind intensifies in the horseshoe-shaped stadium and can create headaches for punters and kickers. So Blair Walsh and Jeff Locke paid a visit to the stadium before the university began installing the new turf and reached out to a few Gophers to swap notes. Walsh said the idea came from Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer at the end of last season. Walsh and Locke reached out to redshirt junior punter Peter Mortell and former Gophers kicker Chris Hawthorne, who started last season. 'The field is definitely not conducive to hit straight balls,' Walsh said. 'The ball is going to move no matter what with that wind, but you can definitely conquer it, master it and sort of make it your advantage. And that’s the way we’re going to have to look at it from a positive outlook on it.'... Hawthorne said it’s difficult to judge distance on kicks because the wind will make the ball spin quicker. Walsh said the wind doesn’t impact field goals inside 40 yards, but he noticed the wind coming over the scoreboard when kicking from 45 yards." - Star Tribune