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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wyoming Cowboys Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


January 26, 2015 - kicker Tristan Bailey commits
Rampart kicker Tristan Bailey, who was named to the CHSAANow.com 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 kcci.com, 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

Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


January 26, 2015 - kicker Nick Madonia commits
"Centennial kicker Nick Madonia recently committed to play football for Tennessee Tech University. Madonia, a third-team All-Midstate selection, pledged with the Golden Eagles last week after taking an official visit to Cookeville.... Madonia, the grandson of legendary Overton football coach Nick Coutras, connected on 9 of 13 field goal attempts in 2014, including a season-long 52-yarder in the Cougars' Week 6 win over Mt. Juliet. The 5-foot-9, 172-pound senior also converted 47 of 49 extra-point attempts and averaged 35.4 yards on 41 punts, helping lead Centennial to a 10-3 record and the Class 6A quarterfinals. He also received interest from Western Kentucky and Ohio." - Tennessean

October 4, 2014 - John Arnold kicks game winner over Murray State
"As John Arnold nailed the third of his field goals — the final one in overtime for a 30-27 victory — Tech found a way to do something it hadn’t done since August 28. Win.... After Murray State kicker Carson Greifenkamp missed his field goal try in the first series of overtime, the Golden Eagles got to the two-yard line before Arnold got his try. The Racers tried to ice Arnold, but the redshirt freshman out of Father Ryan in Nashville wasn’t worried. 'The only thing I was thinking was get more repetitions,' Arnold said. 'Get more tries at swinging at it from that distance, more looks at it and just do what I do'.... It was a redemption situation for Arnold. 'He missed a field goal at Tennessee State that would have tied that game,' coach Brown said. 'He hit two big ones after he had tasted the negative.' Arnold said, 'There was a lot of pressure, but my teammates put me in the spot. They came up to me on the sidelines and would pump me up and get me focused. When I went out there, I didn’t have any more pressure on me because they got me calm-headed and smooth. Marty Jones, you can look into his eyes and he just radiates calmness and it just helped me settle down there'." - Herald Citizen

UT Martin Skyhawks Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


January 26, 2015 - punter Justen Dubay commits
"Mt. Juliet punter Justen Dubay has committed to play football at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Dubay made his decision over the weekend during an official visit to UTM. The 6-foot, 190-pound Dubay didn't join the football team until his junior season. He handled the punting and placekicking duties for the Golden Bears for much of 2013 until making a touchdown-saving tackle which resulted in a season-ending injury." - Tennessean

November 23, 2014 - kicker Jackson Reddit earns weekly OVC honors
"Redditt made field goals of 25, 22 and 52 yards and was 4-for-4 on point after attempts in UT Martin's 37-16 victory at Eastern Illinois. The junior's 25-yards field goal at the end of the first quarter put his team on top for good while his 52-yarder in the third quarter equaled his career-long and is one of just seven field goals of 50 yards or longer in the OVC this season. Redditt is 12-of-15 (80%) on field goal attempts this season which ranks second in the OVC and 19th nationally." - OVC


October 4, 2014 - punter James Satterfield sets record
"The University of Tennessee at Martin football squad saw punter James Satterfield post a record-setting performance as the Skyhawks fell to Ohio Valley Conference foe and No. 8 ranked Jacksonville State 38-14 on Saturday afternoon at Burgess-Snow Field. The Skyhawks (1-5, 0-3 OVC) struggled to get anything going on offense in the contest, being held to just 216 yards on the day. With the offensive struggles the responsibility fell to senior James Satterfield to give the defense room to work and that is just what he did. Satterfield tallied a career-high 11 punts while breaking the UT Martin record for most punting yardage in a single game with 487 yards on the day." - Skyhawks

Maryland Terrapins Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


January 26, 2015 - punter Nick Rubinowicz commits
"Maryland has added another piece to their 2015 recruiting class, as punter Nick Rubinowicz committed to Maryland, Scout is reporting. The American Heritage School of Boca (Fla.) prospect announced he had been offered a scholarship by the Terrapins earlier Monday. Rubinowicz was also being targeted by Cal, Virginia Tech and Princeton. He was an all-state punter and AP scholar in high school, earning a 4.5 star rating as both a kicker and a punter from Kohl's Kicking. Maryland has the reigning Lou Groza Award winner returning at kicker, but punter is an open position. Three-year starter Nate Renfro chose to graduate early and leave the program, leaving the Terrapins with three potential options at the position. Lee Shrader walked on to the team last season and likely redshirted, while Maryland also added New Egypt (N.J.) prospect Nick Pritchard as a walk-on." - Testudo Times

December 15, 2014 - punter Nick Pritchard commits
"Nick Pritchard, New Egypt: Senior punted 39 times for a 34.9-yard average with nine punts inside the 20. Pritchard also converted 28 of 29 PAT kicks and 2 of 4 field goals with a long of 34." - Times of Trenton

November 1, 2014 - Brad Craddock kicks game winner over Penn State 
Maryland had the ball with 2:16 to play, and placekicker Brad Craddock had already begun kicking on the sidelines. Head down, he kept booting kick after kick into a Bow Net. At one point the netting pulled off the frame, but an equipment manager grabbed athletic tape to jerry-rig the contraption back into working order in a matter of seconds. Craddock didn't seem fazed. Right back to his routine, head down, boot to the ball. Minutes later, he ran on the field to kick a 43-yard field goal in the game's final minute as Maryland defeated Penn State, 20-19, at Beaver Stadium.... 'This year ... as soon as we get in 50 range I want to be on the field, I want it to come down to a kick,' he said. He laughed when he revealed after the game that he realized this game could come down to one of his kicks the night before in the team hotel. 'That's how we approach the game everyday,' Craddock said with a smile. 'I think when we were up — what was it? — 17-16 at one point, you just get that feeling. (Maryland's holder) came up to me ... and was like, 'It's us today.' I guess that was with six or seven minutes left, so you get ready.' Craddock has now converted 20 consecutive field goals, a streak that dates back to last season. The active FBS leader in consecutive field goals made and his school's record holder, his streak is the third longest in Big Ten history. If he can somehow hit five more in a row, he will set the league record, surpassing Ohio State's Mike Nugent (2001-02)." - York Daily Record 

October 20, 2014 - Nate Renfro to remain starting punter
"Coach Randy Edsall said he is not planning on changing punters despite junior Nate Renfro’s recent struggles. Renfro, whom Edsall has described as inconsistent since the spring, averaged just 32.2 yards on his final five punts against Ohio State on Oct. 4 and averaged only 37.8 yards on nine punts during the Terps’ win over Iowa on Saturday.... The only other two punters on Maryland’s roster are walk-on freshman Lee Shrader and senior Michael Tart, who averaged just 34 yards per punt on the only three punts of his Terps career. Maryland could use kicker Brad Craddock as a punter. But it does not seem like Edsall is considering doing that. 'Our job is to put the best guys out there,' Edsall said. 'The best guys are out there. We’ll continue to work with Nate to try to get him to be more consistent. Nate’s our best punter, and Nate’s the guy that’s out there and will be out there. We’ll continue to work with him and make him better'." - Baltimore Sun

October 4, 2014 - Brad Craddock kicks school record 57 yarder
Craddock kicked a 57 yard field goal in the first quarter of the eventual 52-24 loss to Ohio State. 
"Craddock was a popular topic of conversation, too. His record-breaking field goal vaulted him ahead of Nick Novak and Steve Mike-Miller, who shared the mark with 54-yard makes in 2003 and 1973, respectively. Craddock also set a Maryland record by making his 17th straight attempt, 11 of those coming this season. The Australian junior is a vastly different kicker than the one who clanked a game-winning 33-yard field goal try off the upright against North Carolina State two years ago. 'It's really different. It's just like a confidence, I guess,' Craddock said. 'I'm confident in my technique, which is the biggest thing, and I expect to do it, whereas a freshman I didn't have that. It's very different'." - Testudo Times

August 30, 2014 - season opener 
"Maryland Terrapins defeat JMU, 52-7 in home opener.... Maryland’s special teams was highlighted by kicker Brad Craddock. The native Australian connected on his only field goal attempt, a 49 yarder in the first half. He also recorded seven touchbacks on his nine kickoffs which allowed the Terps to keep the Dukes at bay." - The Baltimore Wire

August 21, 2014 - kicker Brad Craddock
"Unlike when Craddock was a rising sophomore, Matt Stover said Craddock knows what to look for on film and can break down and identify what went wrong on each of his missed kicks, which helps prevent repeated errors. 'He's gone from a guy that can just bang the ball to an actual technique, fundamental, solid kicker who can overcome a miss — a guy who can actually correct a mistake and execute the next one,' Stover said. 'Mentally, he's gotten stronger. Therefore, he's confident within his ability that when he approaches the ball, he knows he's done everything he can to make that kick.' Craddock missed eight kicks during preseason practice, but seven of the eight misses were on attempts from 50 yards or beyond, and he still finished a respectable 37 of 45 (82 percent). During one practice, Craddock made all five of his kicks, including one from 51 yards, despite torrential rain." - Carroll County Times

August 9, 2014 - kicker Brad Craddock
"Of the many training camp storylines, kicker Brad Craddock is one that stands out. Upon arriving in College Park two seasons ago, Craddock possessed little to no technical training in his craft. But over the last two years, he has developed into a consistent place-kicker enough to draw attention from the Lou Groza award committee, which named Craddock to the 2014 Lou Groza Watch List. The native of Adelaide, Australia, has worked extremely hard to reach this point and continued to train over the summer to fine tune his technique working with former Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover.... Craddock’s transformation has been so dramatic since arriving in College Park that head coach Randy Edsall believes it is something that should be commended. 'I don’t know if there’s a harder worker on our team in terms of working to prepare himself to be the best he can be,' said Edsall. 'You talk about the work he’s done on his own to make himself the kicker he is today is remarkable. You have to congratulate the young man. He’s one of those guys that is a student of the game and a student of kicking and the art of kicking. He’s improved tremendously since he first got here'." - Terrapins

May 18, 2014 - kicker Brad Craddock
"Craddock is the favorite to start this season.  Last season he worked with Matt Stover to improve his kicking.  Stover praised Craddock for his work ethic and talent.  If Craddock has carried that work ethic from 2013 over into 2014, we should see another step in the right direction.  His focus has been on extending his range and being automatic from within 45 yards." - Testudo Times

May 1, 2014 - kicker Adam Greene
"Barring injury, Brad Craddock will likely handle place-kicking duties for the Maryland football team next season after performing well in 2013. However, redshirt freshman Adam Greene showed this spring that he will challenge Craddock and has the ability to one day do the job. Greene earned praise from head coach Randy Edsall for the improvement he made during spring camp. The Broadneck High graduate flashed a strong, accurate leg while displaying more consistency. 'I definitely think I made a lot of progress this spring,' Greene said after the annual Red-White scrimmage. 'I’ve worked really hard on my technique and have made a few adjustments that have helped.' Green sat out the 2013 campaign as a redshirt and missed considerable practice time after suffering a strained quadriceps that sidelined him for seven weeks. In essence, spring practice provided an introduction to collegiate competition for the Arnold resident. 'It’s a huge transition from high school and it takes time to get acclimated,' Greene said. 'I’ve tried to watch and learn from Brad, who has helped me out a lot'.” - Capital Gazette

April 12, 2014 - spring game
"Backup kicker Adam Greene nailed a 35-yard field goal but finished short on a 54-yarder. Starter Brad Craddock hit a 30-yarder at the final buzzer. Neither kicker missed an extra point. Punter Nathan Renfro, who has been called out by Coach Randy Edsall for his inconsistencies this spring, booted six times for 211 (35.2 average) yards. One was downed inside the 5-yard line, though another one should have, but a Terps player let it squeak through his legs." - Washington Post

April 7, 2014 - spring kicking & snapping
"Kicker Brad Craddock didn’t attempt any field goals in the rain at Byrd Stadium, doing his work on the practice field away from the media, but Coach Randy Edsall addressed the rising junior’s progress. 'He missed one the other day,' Edsall said. 'I think we just got to get him consistent and we’ve got to get the operation down. Right now Christian Carpenter is our snapper but we’ve got another guy [Nate Adams] coming in. We’ll have to see how that works and take care of that. I was hoping he’d be a little more consistent this spring. He wasn’t as accurate as I expected him to be'.” - Washington Post

March 6, 2014 - punter Lee Shrader preferred walk-on
"Class of 2014 punter Lee Shrader reportedly will join the program as a preferred walk-on. The Warwick (Va.) senior was ranked the No. 11 punter in his class by Kohls Kicking." - Baltimore Sun

March 1, 2014 - Spring practice - Day 1
"Kicker Brad Craddock hit attempts from 18 yards, 27 yards, 33 yards and 46 yards. He missed from 39. Backup Adam Greene was successful from 19, 33, 39 and 46, but missed the 27-yarder." - Washington Post

February 3, 2014 - long snapper Nate Adams to sign
"He had been raised always to see things through until the end, so even as the blood and tears leaked down his cheeks, Nate Adams said he didn’t think about quitting. He was about to enter seventh grade, the youngest one at that Arizona gym, attending his first workout for long snappers because maybe, down the road, it could help get him a college scholarship. Twenty players were already busy practicing, paired up 10 across, their levels of experience ranging from high school to the NFL. So Adams took his place behind Nick Sundberg, who would go on to snap for the Washington Redskins, and Sundberg rocketed one between his legs, the first real snap Adams ever saw that close. It zoomed through his hands and struck him square in the face. Across the gym, his father, Phil, gasped...." - Washington Post 

A History of Super Bowl Kicks

Kickers have contributed some big plays (mostly good, although a few not-quite-so-good) over the history of the Super Bowl:

II - Green Bay 33, Oakland 14
Packers kicker Don Chandler made four field goals (tied for most in one Super Bowl game).

IV - Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7
The Chiefs built a 16-0 lead by half time, including three field goals by Jan Stenerud.

V - Baltimore 16, Dallas 13
In a game dominated by defense and eleven turnovers, the Colts won in the final seconds on kicker Jim O'Brien's 32 yard field goal.

VII - Miami 14, Washington 7
Despite a highly successful NFL career, Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian is often remembered by many for his ill-fated pass attempt that resulted in the Redskins' only score of the game.

XVI - San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21
49ers kicker Ray Wersching made four field goals (tied for most in one Super Bowl game).

XXV - NY Giants 20, Buffalo 19
Giants kicker Matt Bahr made what would prove to be a game winning 21 yard field in the fourth quarter. But the kick that will always be remembered is the 47 yard field goal attempt with eight seconds remaining by Bills kicker Scott Norwood. It was "wide right".

XXVIII - Dallas 30, Buffalo 13
Steve Christie's 54 yard field goal was and remains the longest in Super Bowl History.

XXXII - Denver 31, Green Bay 24
Jason Elam's 51 yard field goal  was and remains the second longest in Super Bowl History.

XXXVI - New England 20, St. Louis 17
Kicker Adam Vinatieri made a 48 yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Patriots their first title.

XXXVIII - New England 32, Carolina 29
Further cementing his "clutch" legend, Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri hit a 41 yard game winning field goal with four seconds remaining.

XLIV - New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17
Trailing 10-6 at halftime, the Saints decided to start the second half with an onside kick by Thomas Morstead. It worked.

Green Bay Packers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


January 26, 2015 - punter Cody Mandell signed
The team signed former Alabama punter Cody Mandell on Monday, bringing in competition for their punter of five seasons, Tim Masthay. Mandell spent last off-season with the Dallas Cowboys, cut on Aug. 9. His senior year at Alabama, in 2013, he was named to the all-SEC team and was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. After Masthay’s subpar 2014 season, this should come as no surprise. Masthay struggled throughout the year, finishing with a net average of 37 yards per punt (30th in the NFL), a gross average of 44.1 yards (26th) and only 14 punts inside the 20-yard line (32nd). In Green Bay’s 28-22 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship, he had a net of 35.2 yards with no punts inside the 20. As a whole, the Packers’ special teams ranked 32nd of 32 teams in the Dallas Morning News’ annual rankings. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Mandell appeared in 52 games at Alabama, averaging a gross of 42.6 yards — 47.1 his senior year — with 58 pinned inside the 20. With the Cowboys, Mandell did get some action in the preseason. He placed all three of his punts inside the 20 for a 43.7 average, but lost the job to Chris Jones." - Journal Sentinel

January 18, 2015 - kicker Mason Crosby hits five field goals in NFC Championship loss
"Kicker Mason Crosby made all five of his field goal attempts in Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. Crosby made kicks of 18, 19, 40, 48 and 48 repsectively. The last kick Crosby drilled with 14 seconds left in the game to tie it at 22 and eventually send the game to overtime." - CBS Sports

January 11, 2015 - kicker Mason Crosby tops the scoring list
"A 30-yard field goal in the third quarter enabled Crosby to pass Ryan Longwell as the team's all-time leading scorer, regular season and playoffs, with 1,121 points. 'It's pretty awesome, even better coming with the win here in the division championship,' said Crosby, who was also good from 40 yards. He finished with eight points on the day and now has 1,122 for his career. 'Obviously I've had some really good years, put a lot of points on the board and done some good things and this organization has paid me back with some of that through tough times sticking with me. I just try to work hard every day and make sure I go out and not take it for granted. Every time I have an opportunity to help this team win that's awesome, that's special. It's kind of surreal thinking about all the great kickers, the fact that I passed Ryan Longwell who had a great career. It's just cool to be here with the Green Bay Packers, who have been here forever and is such a storied organization. It's going to be fun someday to talk to my kids about'." - Packers News

November 16, 2014 - blocked and aborted extra point attempts
"Holder Tim Masthay bobbled a PAT snap, which prevented the extra point from being kicked, while kicker Mason Crosby had another PAT blocked and missed a 50-yard field goal wide right. Late in the game, Masthay also had a punt blocked for the second time this season. The blessing is that the miscues happened in a game whose outcome wouldn’t be affected, but it gives the Packers film to review to clean things up. 'Obviously it was kind of a weird night,' Crosby said. 'Some weird stuff happened on special teams, but the defense played great, offense played great. It’s just like any week, you evaluate it, but it was great to get a big win tonight'.... For the second straight week, Crosby kicked off a whopping 10 times, but this week he was able to boot six touchbacks. He had none last week, and the Bears’ TD return came on the 10th and final kickoff of the night. 'I’ve been a little tired these last couple weeks, kicking off a lot,' Crosby joked. 'I was glad I could get a couple more touchbacks this week and give those guys a break'." - Packers

October 6, 2014 - punter Tim Masthay has career game
"Masthay turned in a career performance in the Green Bay Pakcers' 42-10 win against the Minnesota Vikings last Thursday at Lambeau Field. Thanks to Masthay's performance, the Vikings' average starting field position was their 12-yard line, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported. Masthay averaged 50.7 yards per punt with a long of 58 yards. The fifth-year punter pinned the Vikings inside their 20-yard line five times — tying a career-high from his rookie season — with only one touchback. 'That was great production with five kicks inside the 20, and we forced them to start seven drives inside the 20,' special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum told the newspaper. 'That helped us. I thought Thursday night was the first time (Masthay) really had a complete game. I felt good about it'." - Lexington Herald-Leader
ead more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/10/06/3467360_nfl-notes-masthays-complete-game.html?sp=/99/268/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

September 14, 2014 - Mason Crosby kicks Lambeau record
"Mason Crosby now has the longest field goal kick by a Packer in Lambeau Field. He hit a 55-yarder through the south end zone uprights in the second quarter - but it could have probably been good at 65. And the wind? Well it was blowing pretty good, from the southwest, at least by the looks of one of the flags; the other flags seemed to show a more southern wind. In any case, he was kicking in to, and contending with, the wind on that record-setter. 'That was tricky. It’s tricky out there,' said Crosby. 'I’ve learned to just trust my pre-game and just go out there and hit because if you look at flags, right now in the stadium, with that new addition, it could kind of play some mind games with you. So I just trust what I feel, what I did in pregame, and then just try to hit a good, smooth, consistent ball. If I hit a ball like that every time, the wind is not going to affect it too much. That’s usually my game plan – especially at Lambeau'." - Journal Sentinel

August 2, 2014 - Family Night kicking
"kicker Mason Crosby is picking up right where he left off last season, which to date was the best of his career. Crosby concluded a festive Family Night practice in front of 67,336 fans at Lambeau Field with a perfect 6-for-6 showing on field goal attempts, continuing his strong start to training camp. Crosby’s kicks on Saturday night ranged from 28 to 50 yards and, combined with a pair of 7-for-8 kicking sessions earlier this week, he’s now 20-for-22 this summer, having clearly put last season’s training camp and 'Family Night' struggles behind him." - Packers

June 18, 2014 - summer specialists
“I want to maintain where our kickers are right now,' [special teams coordinator Shawn] Slocum said of Crosby and punter Tim Masthay after Tuesday’s first practice of minicamp, which wraps up Thursday with one final practice. 'If we can go into the season and maintain week-to-week the way they’re striking the ball right now, they’re both explosive, they’re fresh. In fact, I told them that today. We’ve got to maintain this and not outkick ourselves and be fresh and explosive week to week.' In some ways, bringing another kicker in for camp would help do that, giving Crosby a rest. Then again, in order to have a legit competition last summer, Crosby kicked more than he probably had in a camp in years. 'There’s not another guy taking any reps. He gets all the reps,' Slocum said. 'But those guys compete against the league every day.' Crosby has carried over his success into the offseason, at least in practices open to the media. He went 7-for-7 on Tuesday on kicks and was 6-for-7 at the last open organized team activity practice on June 10." - ESPN

June 9, 2014 - no competition for kicker Mason Crosby
"This will be a different training camp for Crosby. Last year, he held off a strong push from Giorgio Tavecchio. This year, he’s the only kicker in camp. Crosby followed up a career-low season of 63.6% with a career-best 89.2%. His 141 points tied a career-high. 'Feeling good,' Crosby said after Sunday’s festivities. 'Got all the rust off from the off-season. Hitting the ball well.' The goal through OTA’s, into training camp is the same as last summer, he said. Crosby is now entering his eighth season in Green Bay, where he has a career 78.7% field-goal percentage. Tavecchio isn't around. In fact, he's now competing for a job in the Detroit Lions' camp. Yet this summer, Crosby is trying to take the same competitive mind-set into camp. The push from Tavecchio ended up helping Crosby rebound. 'The same approach I did last year. Start fresh,' he said. 'Evaluate the past season. And coming into this, I want to be detailed every time I take the field. So every time I’m out on the field, I’m locked in, focused and making sure I get better every day. So I think I’m doing that and I just have to keep doing what I do. Stick with that plan. It seems to be working right now'.” - Journal Sentinel

May 10, 2014 - Vincenzo D'Amato & Paul Layton to tryout
"The annual Green Bay Packers minicamp will take place Friday May 16 through Sunday May 18, and every year the team invites several undrafted players to take part on a tryout basis.
Typically the team leaves a handful of roster spots open for the most impressive of the tryout players. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the list of players invited to tryout for the team includes... Kicker Vincenzo D'Amato, California and Punter Paul Layton, Temple" - Cheesehead TV

Monday, January 26, 2015

DR Congo Men's National Soccer Team News


January 26, 2015 - Jeremy Bokila scores equalizer in draw with Tunisia
"Despite a 1-1 draw in their final 2015 African Cup of Nations Group B match at the Estadio de Bata on Monday night, both DR Congo and Tunisia qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.... Tunisia took the lead on the half hour mark when Ahmed Akaichi headed home a cross from Yassine Chikhaoui, 1-0.... In the 61st minute, though, DR Congo did find an equaliser through a Jeremie Bokila strike after he was put through on goal by Dieumerci Mbokani, 1-1." - Soccer Laduma

January 18, 2015 - Yannick Bolasie scores equalizer in draw with Zambia
"Yannick Bolasie rescued a 1-1 draw for a wasteful Democratic Republic of Congo against Zambia in their Africa Cup of Nations Group B opener on Sunday. Given Singuluma put 2012 Afcon winners Zambia ahead with barely a minute played in Ebebiyin, but Bolasie eventually restored parity with 24 minutes to go after DR Congo had spurned numerous chances. Dieumerci Mbokani almost stole all three points for DR Congo with an overhead kick in the 83rd minute, but Kennedy Mweene palmed his acrobatic attempt away and Zambia held on for a draw." - Goal

January 9, 2015 - AFCON roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Robert Kidiaba (TP Mazembe), Perfect Mandanda (Sporting Charleroi, Belgium), Nicaise Kudimbana (Anderlecht, Belgium)
  • Defenders: Jean Kaususuka (TP Mazembe), Joël Kimwaki (TP Mazembe), Issam Mpeko (Kabuscorp, Angola), Mabele Bawaka(AS Vita Club), Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht,Belgium), Cédric Mongongu (Evian TG, France), Christopher Oualembo (Coimbra, Portugal), Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough, England)
  • Midfielders: Hervé Kage (Genk, Belgium), Neeskens Kebano (Sporting Charleroi, Belgium), Lema Mabidi (AS Vita Club), Cédric Makiadi (Werder Bremen, Germany), Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion, England), Jean Munganga (AS Vita Club)
  • Forwards: Jeremy Bokila (Terek Grozny, Russia), Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace, England), Junior Kabananga (Cercle Bruges, Belgium), Cédric Mabwati (Osasuna, Spain), Dieumerci Mbokani (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine), Firmin Mubele Ndombe (AS Vita Club)
November 19, 2014 - Yannick Bolasie scores brace in win over Sierra Leone
"DR Congo came from a goal behind to beat visiting Sierra Leone 3-1. The Leone Stars, who began the match knowing they had no chance of qualifying for the finals, opened the scoring on 35 minutes with a long-range effort from outside the area. Crystal Palace midfielder Yannick Bolasie drew the sides level just before half-time when he controlled the ball on his chest and shot from outside the box. Sierra Leone conceded a penalty on 62 minutes, having a man sent off as a result, and Cedric Mongongu stepped up to put the Leopards ahead. Bolasie then scored a second to seal the win and keep alive DR Congo's slim chances of qualifying as one of the best third-placed sides." - BBC

October 15, 2014 - Kebano, Kabananga & Bokila score in win over Ivory Coast
"Ivory Coast suffered a shocking 4-3 defeat at home in Abidjan to DR Congo in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The DR Congo, who lost to the Elephants five days ago in Kinshasa, surprised the home side breaking the deadlock in the 21st minute through Neeskens Kebano. Ivory Coast equalized two minutes later through their captain, Yaya Toure, with a powerful shot. Congo went into the lead again in the 35th minute as Junior Kabananga scored a beautiful volley. Jeremy Bokila stunned the home side with a third goal two minutes later, with Ivory Coast very poor in defence.... Ivory Coast managed to pull a goal back late in the game to narrow the lead, through Solomon Kalou in the 67th minute. The former Chelsea forward scored another goal in the 73rd minute as the home team levelled matters. But after the comeback, the Elephants conceded a late goal in the 88th minute scored by Jeremy Bokila  as DR Congo stole the shock win away in Abidjan." - Soccer Laduma

September 10, 2014 - Mubele & Jeremy Bokila score in win over Sierra Leone
"Sierra Leone had lost away to Ivory Coast on the weekend while DR Congo went down to Cameroon. But The Leopards were able to bounce back and register their first win of the campaign thanks to goals from Ndombe Mubele and Jeremy Bokila.... Seven minutes into the second half, and DR Congo had their opener. AS Vita Club striker Firmin Ndombe Mubele broke the deadlock following a good run behind the Sierra Leone defence. Just ten minutes later, Mubele was very close to his second goal of the afternoon but his attempt flew wide. And in the 88th minute it was DRC substitute Jeremy Bokila who doubled the score from a Cedric Mabwati cross, to give DRC the full points." - MTN Football