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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Washington Huskies Kicker, Punter & Snapper News 2014


April 18th - spring specialists
"Cameron Van Winkle, coming off back surgery, has been steady in his return. On Thursday night, he made all of his field-goal attempts: from 30, 34, 33 and 37 yards. … Mitch Johnson, a Bellevue High product, transferred from UCLA to start the spring term. … Punting drills have been limited, but Korey Durkee has been just fine when given opportunities. At Boise State, Chris Petersen said he did some unusual things in the punting game – rugby style, namely – and that will likely continue here. Tristan Vizcaino (6-2, 195), a kicker and punter from Chino Hills, Calif., signed with UW in February." - Seattle Times

Montana Grizzlies Kicker, Punter & Snapper News 2014


April 18th - spring specialists
"One of the main goals for University of Montana head football coach Mick Delaney going into spring drills this year was to establish who the starting kicker for the 2014 season would be. However, that goal was not achieved, and the three players who are vying for that role will carry their competition into fall camp, which begins in early August.... Two of the three players vying for the kicker's job, junior Chris Lider and sophomore Ben Worst, have started at the position each of the past two seasons. Also vying for the starting job is sophomore squad member Harrison Greenberg. 'We went into spring hoping that one of them would just take the job over in the spring, and we've got one kicker and we're ready to go, period, but that didn't happen,' said Griz head coach Mick Delaney; 'That's not all bad, because I think that all three of them, Ben, Harrison, and Chris have improved though the spring. They each do something a little different'.... Junior punter Stephen Shaw returns as the starter for the third season in a row, and is coming off an excellent sophomore campaign.  'Stephen's worked really hard in the weight room this winter and this spring,' Delaney said. 'I think that he has a chance to be an All-American. He's got a strong, live leg, and he needs a little more consistency'." - Grizzlies

April 17th - final spring scrimmage
"Field Goals (10-of-15): Ben Worst - Makes: 24, 38, 40, 42. Misses: 49. Chris Lider - Makes: 24, 38, 40; Misses: 42, 49. Harrison Greenberg - Makes: 24, 38, 42; Misses: 40, 49." - Grizzlies

March 22nd - first spring scrimmage
"Head coach Mike Delaney said one of the priorities this spring is to establish a place-kicker. Junior Chris Lider, and sophomores Harrison Greenberg and Ben Worst are the three players competing for that job. Worst started the last 11 games of the 2013 season, and made 9-of-17 field goal tries. That trio went a combined 10-of-17 (58.8%) in field goal attempts in today's scrimmage. 'It's a work in progress,' said Delaney regarding the competition for the place-kicking job. 'We are going to try to find a kicker by the end of spring, and say ‘okay,' that's what we've got, and that why were doing more than usual in that area. We got some heavy competition there, and we'll see what happens'." - KPAX

Montana State Bobcats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News 2014


April 18th - Sonny Holland Scrimmage
"Saturday's action will include competition between kickers Trevor Bolton and Luke Daly. Coach Ash hopes Saturday's proceedings gives some clarity to that situation. 'The field segment is also important,' Ash said. 'We've not settled on (a kicker). It's been average at best, and I've told the kickers that they need to have a good showing on Saturday. It will be an opportunity with the crowd and something on the line to see if those guys step up.' Last week, Ash said Bolton, a junior from Great Falls and Daly, a freshman from Billings, were dead even in the field goal competition. MSU will add Helena kicker Trevin Thompson to the fold in the fall." -  Bobcat Nation

January 26th - kicker Trevin Thompson commits
"I did grow up a Griz fan, but when I was a freshman or a sophomore and I knew it would be the Griz or the Cats as the main teams that wanted me, you can’t really start favoring a school,' Thompson said. Thompson blossomed into the top kicking prospect in the state his junior year. Scholarship offers came from both schools. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound right-footed kicker took a visit to Missoula the third weekend in January and enjoyed himself. After spending the most recent weekend in Bozeman, Thompson knew the right fit for him. Thompson will be a Montana State Bobcat. He gave his verbal commitment to the MSU coaching staff on Sunday morning....  Thompson will have his tuition paid for two academic years with the promise of more scholarship aid as soon as he hits the playing field. MSU had junior Trevor Bolton, a Great Falls native who hosted Thompson on his visit, and freshman Luke Daly, a 2013 redshirt from Billings, on its current roster. Rory Perez, MSU’s place kicker the last two seasons and punter the last four, graduated.... Thompson broke seven school records his senior year for the Bengals. Thompson scored 179 points in his illustrious career and set school records for PATs in a season and a career, field goals in a game, season and career and points in a season and a career. Many of the Bengal records Thompson broke belonged to former University of Montana All-America kicker Dan Carpenter, now a six-year NFL veteran. Thompson has range out to 55 and even 60 yards, although his career long in a game is 43 yards." - Bobcat Nation

Oklahoma Sooners Kicker, Punter & Snapper News 2014


April 18th - spring specialists
"Already considered among the nation’s best, Michael Hunnicutt is locked in as the Sooners’ starting kicker. Not only should the Sooners feel great about Hunnicutt, he showed increased kicking prowess in the spring game. Long-range field goals have not been a strength for the 2013 Lou Groza Award semifinalist during his first three years, but he nailed two 40-plus yard field goals in the spring game, including a 53-yarder, although it was wind-aided....  Jed Barnett returns after his first season as OU’s punter, averaging 41.7 yards per punt. Much like kicker, there's not much to see here. Barnett was solid during his first season and returns to give OU solid punting in his final year on campus. OU should exit the spring feeling good about both kicking positions." - ESPN

April 12th - spring game kicking
"The veteran kicker is quite valuable, even when he’s not catching Bedlam touchdown passes. Michael Hunnicutt nailed a 52-yard field goal with the wind and, even more impressively, a 47-yarder against a 20 mph wind." - NewsOK

March 1st - long snapper Wesley Horky commits
"Horky, from Ravenwood High in Brentwood, Tenn., committed to Tennessee in late January as a preferred walk-on, but Oklahoma special teams coordinator Jay Boulware reached out a short time later with a scholarship offer. Horky visited Norman this weekend and announced his commitment via Twitter. The Ravenwood High football Twitter account said Horky had signed, but OU spokesman Pete Moris said Saturday night that he wasn’t aware of any new additions to the 2014 signing class. The Sooners are seeking a replacement for departing senior Austin Woods, who was Oklahoma’s long snapper the past few seasons. Horky, a two-star prospect according to Rivals.com, played in the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game." - NewsOK

Arena Football League (AFL) Kicker News 2014


April 18th - Iowa Barnstormers kicker Ross Gornall
"A couple weeks ago, Ross Gornall was an unemployed kicker living in Cleveland and waiting for a team to call — or at least one to pick up on the other end. 'You just try to network, get your name out there any way you can, send tapes to the front offices, try to be annoying,' he said. 'There are a lot of good kickers out there who deserve their shot, so you've got to stand out one way or another and try to get your name out any way you can.' The most annoying thing Gornall did? 'Repeated phone calls,' he said. 'If you're not going to answer, I'm going to keep calling back. It gets to a point where it's like, 'OK, this kid is determined and it shows.' Gornall, who had a brief stay with the Barnstormers last year, returned to Iowa last week and went 9-for-9 on extra-point opportunities against San Antonio." - Des Moines Register

April 10th - VooDoo assigned kicker Stefan Demos
"Demos (5-9, 205, Northwestern) is in his third season in the AFL and his first with the VooDoo. Demos kicked against the VooDoo last week as a member of the Orlando Predators. In his lone game with the Predators, Demos converted on 7-of-8 PAT tries. He spent his previous two AFL seasons with the San Antonio Talons, connecting on 121-of-139 extra points and 5-of-8 field goals as a rookie in 2012 and 90-of-102 PAT attempts and 2-of-9 field goals in 18 games with the team last season. The third-year pro replaces rookie kicker Taylor Russolino on the roster, who was placed on Injured Reserve on Wednesday." - AFL

April  3rd - Storm acquire kicker Geoff Boyer
"The Tampa Bay Storm acquired kicker Geoff Boyer and defensive back James Harrell, announced vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch. 'We are happy to have both of these players join us this season,' said Gooch. 'Geoff brings an added dimension to the kicking game that will benefit the team.' Boyer (5-10, 170, Middle Tennessee State) enters his second season in the Arena Football League and first in a Storm uniform. He spent part of the 2012 season with the Pittsburgh Power, and in a game versus the Milwaukee Mustangs completed a 2-point drop kick. Prior to turning pro, Boyer played at Middle Tennessee State." - AFL

Alabama Crimson Tide Kicker, Punter & Snapper News 2014


April 18th - kicker/punter Gunnar Raborn
"The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder will join Alabama in the fall as a preferred walk-on. He’ll join the Crimson Tide this summer and will try to compete for one of the open kicking positions for the 2014 season.... Raborn was one of the best kickers in the state last season, if not the best. He was 7-of-9 on field goal attempts, 30-of-31 on extra-point attempts and punted 21 times for 31.8 yards per kick for the Cougars in 2013, with his longest kick at 47 yards. He also had six punts end inside the 20-yard line. Right now, Alabama has one returning kicker in sophomore Adam Griffith, who is the favorite to win the place-kicking job. But the punting spot is wide-open as the Tide finishes its spring practice schedule with its A-Day spring game today. Only one punter is on the current roster and even backup quarterback Alec Morris is taking some punting drills.... So does Raborn feel he has a shot to win the punting job in fall practice? 'I think so, but maybe not. I could get redshirted,' he said. 'But I could get the punting job'.” - The Advertiser

April 17th - spring specialists
“We really only have one kicker here,' Alabama coach Nick Saban said, referring to Griffith. 'Adam Griffith is doing really well.' Saban remarked after last year’s Iron Bowl that Griffith routinely drilled field goals from 60 yards and farther. 'He’s done a great job of kicking off,' Saban said after the first spring scrimmage. 'I think he kicked nine balls today on kickoffs, and probably five of them were out of the end zone.' As far as punters go, the Crimson Tide currently has one on roster – Adrian Lamothe from Monterrey, Mexico. Alabama recruited one of the top punters in the 2014 class, JK Scott from Denver, who could make a serious push for the starting job. 'We have a few walk-on punters that we’re working,' Saban said of the competition. 'We’ve actually even worked Alec Morris a little bit as a punter, who was a high school
punter'.” - The Crimson White


March 31st - kicker/punter Adam Griffith spring workout
"Alabama's situation at punter and kicker is about as simple as it gets this spring.
It's Adam Griffith and ... Adam Griffith. The sophomore from Calhoun, Ga., has been filling the voids left by both of Alabama's departed specialists, punter Cody Mandell and kicker Cade Foster. Help is on the way this summer, when highly touted freshman punter JK Scott arrives, but it's been all Griffith through the Crimson Tide's first five practices.... Walk-ons John Pizzitola, who kicked at Spain Park, and Adrian Lamothe, a sophomore from Monterrey, Mexico, have received some looks, too." - AL.com

March 20th - kicker Gunnar Raborn commits as preferred walk-on
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March 19th - kicker Adrian Lamothe is back
"A year ago, Alabama had a kicker from Mexico to walk-on. Adrian Lamothe is back for another go and this time the kicking picture is a bit different. With Cody Mandell and Cade Foster graduating, the possibilities are much more wide open. Sophomore Adam Griffith is his competition at place kicker and punter JK Scott joins the team this summer. Lamothe attended Monterrey Tech which often plays Texas high schools." - Roll Bama Roll

February 5th - punter/kicker JK Scott to sign
"Coach Nick Saban plans to sign JK Scott, of Denver, today, the first day of the signing period. Scott is a combo kicker, meaning he's a place-kicker as well as a punter, so he'll also compete against returning kicker Adam Griffith. 'I'm ready to jump in right away and do my part,' Scott said.... 'Getting noticed as a specialists in today's world comes from those camps,' Scott said. 'Alabama noticed me through Chris Sailer. Then they watched my film. Getting a good ranking with these camps, then performing for these people who run these camps, that's the main reason I was recruited by most of these schools.' Sailer ranked Scott, a 6-foot-5, 185-pounder, the No. 1 punter in the country (with a hang time of 4.7-4.9 seconds) and the No. 7 kicker." - Times Daily

February 3rd - punter Tuck Borie to walk on
"Alabama added another name to the competition to replace punter Cody Mandell at Alabama on Monday as Hoover High School punter Tuck Borie announced via Twitter that he plans to join the Crimson Tide as a walk-on this fall. 'Proud to say that I'll be joining the Tide next year!!' Borie, a 6-foot-1, 198-pound starter for the Bucs, earned All-State honors as a punter for the 6A state champs in 2013 punting 48 times for an average of 38 yards per punt. Borie will compete with incoming scholarship punter JK Scott for the vacated starting position at Alabama this fall." - AL.com

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Kicker, Punter & Snapper News 2014


April 18th - spring game
"Sophomore kicker Harrison Butker kicked two field goals for the White team, including a 54-yard line drive that crawled over the goalpost in the first quarter." - Ramblin Wreck