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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kansas State Wildcats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


September 19, 2014 - kicker Jack Cantele misses three
"kicker Jack Cantele missed three field goals on Thursday. It was a rough night for a junior that had only missed three field goals in his college career coming into the game. He missed a 41-yarder left, then a 42-yarder right and then a 22-yarder right. Things got so bad that the crowd at Snyder Family Stadium roared with excitement when Matthew McCrane replaced him for an extra point in the fourth quarter. Cantele did not speak with media after the game, but he owned up to the forgettable performance in a classy manner on Twitter, 'At the end of the day if it had to happen to someone, I'm glad it was me and not any of my teammates. I can handle it & we will get better'.... Cantele appears to have the support of his teammates and coaches. Bill Snyder blamed two of his masses on poor snaps/holds. After re-watching the game, the snaps were poor on his first two attempts. But the hold appeared solid on his second attempt. Cantele simply flubbed the 22-yarder. It’s possible wind played a factor. They were all stunning misses for a player that went 11 for 13 last season and kicked a game-winner against TCU. He has proven his skills. Time will tell if McCrane takes his spot. A kicking competition leading up to the Texas-El Paso game seems likely." - Wichita Eagle
Reamore here: http://www.kansas.com/sports/college/big-12/kansas-state/k-stated/article2167635.html#storylink=cpy

 August 28, 2014 - punting competition, kicker Cantele back
"Mitch Lochbihler and Nick Walsh couldn’t be any more different. The two Kansas State punters, who consider each other to be best friends, have different ways of kicking and another difference that’s apparent just by looking at them. Lochbihler is 6-foot-6 and Walsh is just 5-10. One thing they have in common, though, is the competition for K-State’s punting job — one neither has gained the edge in yet. Associate head coach Sean Snyder said he’s still looking for one to impress him over the other. 'They both have the ability to punt and they both have the ability to be very good punters,' he said. 'They’ve got to develop consistency. We’ve had a lot of great punters over the years, we’ve had a lot of great snappers, we’ve had a lot of great kickers — what we’ve got to have is that constant consistency where we don’t have the mis-hits and the shanks. Those are things that are unacceptable to us. It puts a heavy pressure on those guys, but the good thing is that when they get to that point, their success rates get better and better'....
The Wildcats are more settled at the kicker position, where junior Jack Cantele is returning after missing the final three games of last season with an injury. Cantele’s final kick of the 2013 season was a game-winning 41-yard field goal against TCU.... Snyder said Cantele is recovered from his injury last season and finally getting back to speed. And he said he’s as confident as ever. 'He handles his kicks a lot better than what he has,' Snyder said. 'He’s just grown up a lot'.” - Manhattan Mercury

April 26, 2014 - Purple/White Spring Game
"White narrowed the game to 7-3 with 54 seconds to play in the first half, as redshirt freshman placekicker Matthew McCrane connected on a 42-yard field goal.... Purple increased its lead to 17-3 on a 27-yard field goal by Jack Cantele early in the fourth quarter." - Kansas First News

April 8, 2014 - spring kicking
Junior Place Kicker Jack Cantele On spring practices thus far: 'It is always nice when the workouts are over and practice gets started - everyone is excited to be able to get started on what we are here to do. Everyone is in a good mood and excited to practice and it has showed in the results of practice'." - Wildcats

Michigan Wolverines Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


September 19, 2014 - kicker Andrew David
"2015 kicker commitment Andrew David set a school record and came close to the Ohio state record on Friday with a successful 58 yard field goal attempt. 'I knew it was good immediately after contact,' David said. 'It felt amazing. I actually had a little bit too much loft underneath it, but it was really awesome to make it.' David is expected to compete immediately to be the Michigan placekicker next season, as current kicker Matt Wile graduates after this season." - 247 Sports

September 9, 2014 - kicker Matt Wile struggles, Kenny Allen competes
"Matt Wile's first season as Michigan's primary placekicker has gotten off to a rocky start. Wile, a senior from San Diego, missed field goals of 46 and 48 yards last week against Notre Dame, making him a shaky 1-for-4 on the young season. Was last week's struggle enough to cost him his job? 'I've got a lot of faith in Matt, but we've got to get him straightened away,' Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday. 'The right hash was a little bit of a problem for him, he has to get that straightened out. The second one, he slipped with his plant foot and that's what caused that one'.... At this point, the only other real option behind Wile is third-year sophomore Kenny Allen, a preferred walk-on kicker/punter from Fenton. Allen has never attempted a collegiate kick, but according to Hoke, he'll get a look during practice this week. '(The kickers) are no different than anybody else,' Hoke said. 'They're going to compete and challenge. Kenny, we'll give some kicks to and we'll see who we're most comfortable with and who can help Michigan win. And that's who will kick for us'."- MLive

August 27, 2014 - punter Will Hagerup returns
He’s back, reinstated for his fifth year, and referred last spring to his appreciation for the support of the U-M coaches, athletic director Dave Brandon and associate AD Greg Harden, plus addictions therapist/personal counselor Wendy Yallop through his off-field issues. 'Everybody’s heard the deal over and over, so I’m not going to be sitting there on the bench thinking about what happened the last year and a half,' Hagerup said. 'We have a game to win.' In that direction, he has shown his booming leg in camp. 'What I like about Will is how he’s come back, and that’s hard,' coach Brady Hoke said last week. 'I’m proud of him. When he’s on, which two years ago he was on most of the time, he’s very effective changing the field'.” - Detroit Free Press

August 23, 2014 - kicker Matt Wile & co-specialists
"Matt Wile said he’s now competing for all three kicking responsibilities -- kickoffs, field goals and punts. Most, though, expect him to handle the first two, while Hagerup returns to take over punts. 'He has got a definite cannon for a leg,' Wile said of Hagerup. As for his own leg, Wile said he’s comfortable kicking from upwards of 55 yards. From 55 to 59 yards, he said is where 'sometimes I’ll have it, sometimes I won’t.' The farthest field goal he’s hit in practice measured 63 or 64 yards.... Wile has spent recent days resting, letting his kicking foot heal. To hear him explain it, a scab has developed atop the foot from over-kicking. Both he and Hoke said the rest if mostly precautionary. Sophomore kicker/punter Kenny Allen has served as Wile’s holder through the preseason. According to Wile, if there’s ever a fake, Allen has the better throwing arm, but he (Wile) is capable of gaining a few yards on foot." - MLive

August 10, 2014 - coach Brady Hoke discusses specialists
“Matt Wile has done a nice job in his career so far with the kicking part of it. Will Hagerup - it's great to have Will back. He's had a good camp so far punting. Kenny Allen is a young man who walked on here who works really hard and is developing in a little bit of the kickoffs, and he's also a very good punter. At snapper, Scott Sypniewski and Dan Liesman are two guys that are really competing there. Scott we brought in a year ago, and we were able to redshirt him. Losing Jareth Glanda was a big loss, but Scott has done a nice job in that part of it." -  Maize & Blue News

May 9, 2014 - kicker J.J. McGrath to transfer
"Preferred walk-on redshirt freshman kicker J.J. McGrath plans to transfer from the Michigan football program. McGrath, a 6-foot-2, 233-pound kicker from Lutheran North High School in Macomb, joined the Wolverines as a preferred walk-on in January of 2013 and had hopes of eventually earning a scholarship with the team. Michigan currently has one scholarship placekicker on its roster in senior Matt Wile, and plans to give another to 2015 Massillon, Ohio kicker Andrew David. McGrath, in search of a scholarship, will be eligible immediately." - MLive

April 1, 2014 - punter Will Hagerup refocus and third chance
A week after being named Big Ten punter of the year in 2012, he was suspended for a violation of team rules and missed the bowl. Michigan coach Brady Hoke held him out last season, and Hagerup was given the year to refocus. 'A lot of growth happened,' Hagerup said. Looking back, Hagerup said the off-field mistakes were just as important as his on-field success in shaping who he is.... Hagerup since then has met weekly with his counselor; Greg Harden, associate athletic director for counseling; Hoke and athletic director Dave Brandon. Sometimes each meeting lasts a few minutes, and sometimes they’ve lasted several hours....
Now, back in the fold, Hagerup is competing for his job with Matt Wile, who punted last season, and Kenny Allen. Physically, he said he is unchanged. The change is mental. 'And how I treat each practice as an opportunity rather than (taking it) for granted,' Hagerup said. 'That’s helped me with competition. I have one season left. I’m more focused than I ever have been'.” - The Detroit News

February 21, 2014 - long snapper Andrew Robinson commits as preferred walk-on
Michigan landed one of the nation's top long-snappers as a preferred walk-on today when Troy Athens' Andrew Robinson made his decision to be a Wolverine. 'I chose Michigan because I really loved the football program all around when I went there for a visit,' he said. 'I was really impressed with the facilities. But I didn't pick Michigan just off of football, I really looked into their academics and I am interested in going into pre-med and I felt Michigan could help me to reach my goal academically.' As much opportunity as there is academically, there is also great opportunity on the field. 'I was told I would come in at the start of camp and be able to challenge the current snapper for the starting job, if not i would be the back up snapper'." - Scout.com

January 28, 2014 - kicker Brendan Gibbons expelled
"The Washtenaw County prosecutor’s office is not reviewing possible charges against former Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons, who was expelled from the university last month after it said he had violated its Student Sexual Misconduct Policy. The violation stemmed from an alleged sexual misconduct incident Nov. 22, 2009, for which Gibbons was never charged. Gibbons was a redshirt freshman that year on the football team. He was in graduate school and had completed his football eligibility — with the exception of the bowl game — when he was expelled. Gibbons was informed of his expulsion in a letter sent Dec. 19, 2013, and mailed to his home address in Florida from the University’s Office of Student Conflict Resolution, which handles disciplinary proceedings against students. The letter was reviewed by the Michigan Daily, which first reported the story on Tuesday. In the letter, he was informed he would be “permanently separated” from the university on Dec. 20. The Daily indicated it did not obtain the documents from the university. In the legal realm, though, Gibbons likely will not face further proceedings." - Detroit News

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


September 19, 2014 - kicker Haden Hoggarth
"While coach Jenkins didn't have a scholarship to offer, he asked Hoggarth to walk on, and he accepted. 'He stepped in right from Day 1. We knew he would be our guy,' Jenkins said. 'He has a phenomenal leg and a tremendous work ethic.' In two games heading into Saturday's contest at UCF, Hoggarth is 2 for 2 on field goals (29 and 23 yards) and 3 for 3 on extra points. That doesn't count his successful 33-yard field goal as he was getting hit in the fourth quarter against Grambling State last Saturday. The Wildcats took the roughing-the-kicker penalty and went on to score a touchdown. Hoggarth limped off the field but returned to kick the Wildcats' final PAT in the 36-23 victory." - Daytona Beach News-Journal

Friday, September 19, 2014

Arizona Cardinals Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


September 19, 2014 - punter Drew Butler re-signed
"The Cardinals went ahead and re-signed Drew Butler, who the team has had punt through the first two weeks, while Dave Zastudil continues to suffer a groin injury. Butler was released earlier this week as it appeared Zastudil would be able to punt, but after sitting out of practice on Thursday, the team needed their safety net once again." - Revenge of the Birds

September 16, 2014 - punter Drew Butler released
"Butler was signed the day of the team's Monday night opener against the Chargers. In two games with the Cardinals, he punted eight times, averaging 47.8 yards per kick. He had a long of 61 yards but also had two punts blocked." - Arizona Sports

September 14, 2014 - Chandler Catanzaro hits four field goals over Giants
Chandler Catanzaro made four field goals (49, 37, 32 & 33 yards) in the Cardinals 25-14 win over the New York Giants. 

September 8, 2014 - two punters
"Bruce Arians had two punters active on Monday. Drew Butler was signed Monday morning, and was in charge of punting the ball, while Dave Zastudil was the teams holder on field goal attempts. Butler is likely gone sometime this week if Zastudil is able to return." - Sports-Kings

August 25, 2014 - kicker Jay Feely released, Chandler Catanzaro wins job
The Arizona Cardinals have released veteran kicker Jay Feely. Feely had been in a competition with rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro out of Clemson. Feely thanked the Cardinals on Twitter, 'It's been an honor to play for the @AZCardinals Michael Bidwill, thank you for your leadership and friendship. AZ will still be home!' " - AZ Central

August 24, 2014 - third preseason game
"Jay Feely and Chandler Catanzaro were both effective on kickoffs. Feely kicked one eight yards deep and the other nine yards deep. Catanzaro kicked one nine yards deep and one out of the end zone. Catanzaro made his only field goal attempt from 23 yards while Feely was 1 of 2, missing wide right from 48 yards and making a 24-yarder. It's hard to see anything Catanzaro has done wrong at this point in a job competition he is believed to be leading." - Fox Sports

August 21, 2014 - kicking competition
"This weekend, against the Cincinnati Bengals, they both will kick. According to Bruce Arians, Jay Feely will kick in the first half with the starters and Chandler Catanzaro will go the second half. Catanzaro had a perfect night against Houston kicking inside. He didn't miss a kick and his kickoffs all went well into or out of the end zone. Against Minnesota, Feely only had extra points and did do better with kickoffs, but the coverage team was bad and there were a couple of offsides penalties on the kickoff team, which is likely due, at least in part, to the longer approach Feely is taking to kick the ball off. All indications are that the competition between the two kickers is still close. ESPN's Josh Weinfuss noted Feely was 5/5 on field goals and Catanzaro was 2/5 in the kicking period on Wednesday." - Revenge of the Birds

August 16, 2014 - kicking competition
"Through the Cardinals' fist two preseason games, 13-year NFL kicker Jay Feely looks to be losing the competition to rookie challenger Chandler Catanzaro. Feely didn't get any opportunities to kick field goals on Saturday, but one of his three extra-long preseason extra-point attempts went in off an upright, and most of his kickoffs landed short of the end zone. Last week against the Texans, Catanzaro was perfect on all three of his field-goal and extra-point attempts, and his kickoffs went farther and were unreturnable. That's why the 23-year-old seems to have a - ahem - leg up on the 38-year-old Feely at the moment." - ABC15

August 12, 2014 - kicker Jay Feely adjusts kickoffs
"But Jay Feely is 38; Chandler Catanzaro is 23. You know the NFL's belief about young, fresh legs? Well, it is most noticeable when each player kicks off. Catanzaro was regularly booming his kickoffs deep into the end zone in Saturday's preseason opener against the Texans. Feely hasn't shown that kind of leg. The Cardinals ranked 27th last season in touchback percentage at 37.93 percent despite a rule change that moved kickoffs up five yards to the 35-yard line before the 2012 season. 'It wasn't as big a concern (at the start of the season),' coach Bruce Arians said. 'It got there later in the year.' Feely wasn't ready to acknowledge that criticism of his game last season, but he addressed it in the offseason. When Feely kicks off on Saturday in Minnesota, he will debut a new approach that mimics former Lions kicker Jason Hanson's approach. 'It's added some depth to the kicks,' Feely said. 'You have to do that as you get older; you have to adjust and change things to help yourself get better. Your body's not going to respond the same way as you get older, so you have to compensate.' Put simply, Feely will begin his run into the kickoff farther back. 'You take longer steps. You go back farther from the ball," he said. "It's about carrying through the ball with more momentum'.... '(Jay)'s always kicked off adequately, but when someone is there that is kicking off better and all the field goals are the same, you're going to take the guy who can kick off better,' Arians said. The odd thing here is that Catanzaro didn't even handle kickoff duties at Clemson. That duty fell to punter Bradley Pinion. 'Coach (Dabo Swinney) told me to focus on field goals, but kicking off was something I could always do,' said Catanzaro, who finished his college career second in the ACC and first at Clemson for career points. 'After the Orange Bowl, people were talking about how I couldn't kick off, and it kind of gave me a competitive edge. I took that, and it made me more hungry.' Arians has noticed." - Fox Sports

August 9, 2014 - Chandler Catanzaro handles kicking in preseason opener
"Catanzaro was given all the kicking duties on Saturday. He made the most of it. He hit three extra points from 33 yards (as is the case in the first two weeks of the preseason to test it out). He three field goals from 32, 28 and 25 yards. Every single one of his kickoffs went into the end zone and two went out the back. Houston started three of their drives inside their own 15-yard line. Arians said he 'really kicked the ball well, especially on his kickoffs. He was perfect and I liked his demeanor,' he said." - Revenge of the Birds

August 4, 2014 - punter discusses kicking competition 
So far in camp, the battle appears to be fairly even. Both outlasted Danny Hrapmann, the third kicker who came into camp but was released Friday. Chandler Catanzaro and Jay Feely have seemingly alternated who kicks which day, and while each has had his share of misses, both have, for the most part, been splitting the uprights with regularity. 'Everybody's got a little different style,' Cardinals punter and holder Dave Zastudil said. 'Jay's been in this league a long time and I've been with him a long time, so him and I got our rhythm kind of down. Chandler's trying to probably adjust to the speed of the game: It's a little different in college than the NFL. But he's coming along. Both guys are making good contact with the ball, and they're both really great to work with'." - Arizona Sports 

August 1, 2014 - kicker Danny Hrapmann released
"As for the kicking competition, it means that the job comes down to the veteran Jay Feely or the undrafted rookie Chandler Catanzaro." - Revenge of the Birds

June 19, 2014 - Chandler Catanzaro kicks in the desert
"Catanzaro will return home to host the Palmetto State Special Teams Camp with former South Carolina specialist Spencer Lanning on July 12 at Christ Church Episcopal School. Catanzaro will report for training camp two weeks later, aiming to make his first job out of college much more than a summer internship. 'It’s all football, which is kind of nice,' Catanzaro said. 'My job is kicking it through the uprights and kicking it out of the back of the end zone on kickoffs. I’m able to focus solely on that now. I’ve just gotten more comfortable and more confident as the weeks have gone on.' He even has learned to appreciate the dry heat. 'The ball flies off my foot out here,' he said with a laugh. 'It was a little hot for me at first, but I’ve gotten used to it. My dad’s a dermatologist, so he’d be proud that I’m putting on all my sunscreen every day. I haven’t been burned yet'.” - Greenville Online

June 5, 2014 - Chandler Catanzaro ends final OTA
sensing his team needed a break and the rookie needed a challenge, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians gathered his players around him about an hour into practice on Thursday. If Catanzaro made what appeared to be about a 40-yard attempt, practice was over. The rookie from Clemson came through and teammates celebrated. 'It wasn't even planned,' Arians said. 'We've been having outstanding participation, outstanding effort and it started out a great practice today. Chandler's struggled…and I just said, 'all right, we're going to find out if this kid has got anything.' There's no more pressure than peer pressure and he knocked it down the pipe. That told me a lot about him'." - AZ Central

June 3, 2014 - kicker Jay Feely ready to compete
The Red Birds signed Danny Hrapmann in January and undrafted rookie Chandler Catanzaro earlier this month to compete with Feely. Feely is ready for the challenge. Let the battle begin. "I still feel like I’m one of the best kickers in the NFL, and I’ve felt that way over the last five years,” stated Feely via azcardinals.com. 'I feel like over the last five years I’ve kicked better than I ever have in my whole career. Until nobody wants me, and until I’m not one of the best guys and don’t perform, that’s when I’ll be done. But I still think I’ve got a lot left in me'.... There is no doubt that Feely is facing very solid competition. He's faced this scenario before so he has a very realistic point of view as the battle continues. 'Whoever is best, that’s who is going to win the job,' Feely said. 'I can’t worry about what they’re doing or how they’re kicking. I just have to focus on myself and try to be the best I can be to help this team any way that I can'.” - Sports Media 101

May 21, 2014 - kicker competition
"Incumbent Jay Feely is joined by undrafted rookie Chandler Catanzaro out of Clemson and Danny Hrapmann, who has had a couple of cups of coffee with the Steelers. Hrapmann has a big leg even though he’s the smallest of the three. You can see that. Cantanzaro had a solid college career, but because Clemson had a punter (Bradley Pinion) who could kick off, he hasn’t done a lot of it. Neither have the résumé of Feely, who has had a very good 14-year career and nailed 30 of 36 field goals last season. Bruce Arians hasn’t hidden his desire to create competition at kicker since last training camp (Feely responded well then)." - Cardinals

May 10, 2014 - kicker Chandler Catanzaro signed
Following the draft, the cardinals signed undrafted free agent kicker Chandler Catanzaro (Clemson). See his profile here.

March 10, 2014 - kicker Jay Feely re-signed
"Kicker Jay Feely announced via twitter on Monday that he had re-signed with the team. Later in the day, he said it was a one-year deal.... Feely and his agent discussed contract issues with Cardinals a few weeks ago, and both sides agreed to make a decision before free agency started. Feely said there was a possibility he could have received more guaranteed money elsewhere, but stayed in Arizona because he's happy with the team and his family enjoys living here. Feely has kicked for the Cardinals the last four seasons and made 30 of 36 field goals in 2013. He is expected to face competition for his job. At least initially, that will come from Danny Hrapmann, who signed in January. Hrapmann was released by the Steelers in 2012 and 2013 and has never kicked in a regular-season game." - azcentral

January 29, 2014 - kicker Danny Hrapmann signed to futures contract
"Hrapmann, 24, spent 2013 training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He appeared in one preseason game, connecting on his only extra point attempt and forcing touchbacks on both of his kickoffs. A 5-foot-9 player out of Southern Mississippi, Hrapmann is known for having a strong leg and converted 49-of-65 field goal attempts in college while missing just one of his 117 extra point attempts. He was a first-team All America selection as a junior in 2010 and a Lou Groza Award finalist." - Arizona Sports

January 21, 2014 - punter Dave Zastudil re-signed
"Cardinals punter Dave Zastudil, due to be a free agent in March, has agreed to terms on a two-year contract. Zastudil, a 12-year veteran, is coming off two excellent seasons for the Cardinals. In 2013, he averaged 45.7 yards per kick and tied for the NFL lead with 35 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. 'It’s been a great second home for me, and I just really wanted to come back and play there,' Zastudil said. Zastudil, 35, was one of 16 Cardinals due to be unrestricted free agents this spring and will be the first to re-sign with the team." - AZCentral Sports

January 21, 2014 - kicker Jay Feely wants to stay
With Feely entering free agency this offseason, some may have a feeling that the 13-year NFL vet may not be asked to return. But don't count Feely among that group. 'We've talked … They want me back, I want to be back, so hopefully we can get that done,' Feely said as a guest of Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. 'I think any time you have a bad game the last game, it's the lasting thought. It's natural for that to linger. It lingers to me every day. There hasn't been a day this offseason I haven't thought about it and there won't be a day I don't think about it. It drives you. They'll look at the entire season, compare it to the rest of the NFL and make their decision. I don't want to go anywhere'."- ArizonaSports

January 15, 2014 - Cardinals work out kicker Håvard Rugland
"So comes news, via a Norwegian site that the Cardinals will be trying out Havard Rugland — better known to the NFL world as 'Kickalicious' after he posted his kicking exploits on youtube and later found his way on to the Detroit Lions roster for the 2013 preseason. He didn’t make the team, but now, the Cards apparently will give him a looksee. 'Jay Feely had a good season, and it’s not really good to know what Arizona thinks,' Rugland told tv2.no (which I then used Google Translate to, you know, translate). 'I speculate not so much in it. They have not really said much to me what they want, I guess first and foremost, they pick me over to map and to find out what I’m good for'.” - Arizona Cardinals

Washington Redskins Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


September 19, 2014 - weekend kicking plans
"Forbath has been limited in practice all week. Redskins coach Jay Gruden seemed to be pretty confident that Forbath will play but he said that contingencies plans are in place. There is a possibility that Way will again kick off. 'Yes. That could be the case again this week, see how Kai's doing, but he kicked today and felt pretty good,' said Gruden. That will save some wear and tear on Forbath’s leg and lessen the chance that the will aggravate it. Last weekend it was reported that Zach Hocker, the seventh-round draft pick who lost the competition for the kicking job to Forbath, was at Redskins Park in case he was needed. Washington will have a similar Plan B in place this weekend if needed." - CSN Washington

September 13, 2014 - kicker Kai Forbath to kick in game
"Kicker Kai Forbath will indeed play for the Washington Redskins on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a person familiar with the situation confirmed. Forbath had been questionable with a groin injury for much of this week. Coach Jay Gruden said on Friday that he believed the third-year kicker would be able to play, but that a final decision wouldn’t be made until Forbath tested his injury out by kicking on Saturday." - Washington Post

September 12, 2014 - kicker Kai Forbath injury status
"Forbath, who has a groin injury, will kick Saturday to see if he's ready to go. If he can't kick, the Redskins would have to cut a player and sign another kicker -- they released Zach Hocker in the final cuts last month.... Forbath missed three games with an injury last year. Coach Jay Gruden said he did not think Forbath's injury was as bad as last year -- though Gruden was not here at that time. 'He just felt a little stiffness in there, and he is playing it very safe right now,' Gruden said. 'I think he's going to be OK. He said he knows the pain he went through and what he went through last year. He said it is not close to that, so hopefully he is just being a little bit cautious'." - ESPN

August 30, 2014 - kicker Zach Hocker released, Kai Forbath remains
"The Redskins spent a seventh-round pick on Arkansas place kicker Zach Hocker this spring, hoping to bring in a youngster with a strong leg who would challenge incumbent Kai Forbath. Their competition lasted all preseason, with the rookie shining initially, hitting a pair of field goals and making a special-teams tackle during the opener against New England, while Forbath was short on his lone attempt from 46 yards. But Saturday morning, roughly eight hours before the NFL’s deadline for final roster cuts, it was Hocker who was released. It all came down to Thursday’s preseason finale at Tampa Bay, in which Hocker missed his lone field-goal attempt, from 39 yards, wide right. Forbath delivered from 45 yards to open the scoring. Forbath, a third-year veteran, finished the preseason 4 for 5 on field goals and made all of his point-after attempts and show improved distance on his kickoffs. Hocker was 2 for 3 on field goals." - Washington Post

August 29, 2014 - punter Robert Malone released, Tress Way remains
"Tress Way appears to be the winner of the Washington Redskins' punting competition. Way was the only punter left on the roster after the Redskins waived Robert Malone on Friday, one of eight initial cuts as the team whittles its roster down to the limit of 53 for the regular season. The Redskins began training camp with Malone and Blake Clingan competing for the job, but Clingan was waived after the second preseason game. The left-footed Way was claimed off waivers from the Chicago Bears, and the former Oklahoma punter had four punts for a 45.3-yard average over the final two preseason games." - USA Today

August 28, 2014 - final preseason game
"The Redskins’ kicking battle remained too close to call following Thursday’s 24-10 win over the Buccaneers in the preseason finale. Kai Forbath was 1 of 1 on field goals at Raymond James Stadium, connecting on a 45-yarder to finish the preseason 4 of 5. Rookie Zach Hocker, meantime, pushed his only attempt of the night wide right from 39 yards out. He finished the exhibition season 2 of 3. Afterward, Hocker said the miss had nothing to with nerves. 'Preseason, offseason, OTAs went well,' Hocker said. 'Planned on ending on a good note, and that one got away from me. Kickoffs throughout the night, I felt pretty good about. Just that one field goal. I might have overlooked it, being a short kick. Went out there and pushed it right.' Now Hocker must wait for the Redskins’ coaching staff to make its decision. Some cuts will be made Friday, though final rosters aren’t due until 4 p.m. Saturday.... Forbath, meantime, said he did all he could. 'I mean, I had one attempt and made it,' he said. 'It’s out of my hands now'.” - CSN Washington

August 20, 2014 - punter Tress Way claimed off waivers
"The Washington Redskins announced today that they have acquired punter Tress Way via waiver claim. In addition, the team waived punter Blake Clingan. Way (6-1, 215) originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Chicago Bears on April 28, 2013. He was waived by the Bears on Aug. 25, 2013. He later re-signed with the Bears on Jan. 1, 2014 before being waived on Aug. 18. Way punted collegiately at Oklahoma from 2008-12, appearing in 53 games with 250 punts for 10,988 yards (44.0 avg.) with 36 touchbacks and 91 punts downed inside the 20. He owns Oklahoma’s school record with 71 career punts of 50 or more yards." - Augusta Free Press

August 20, 2014 - punter Blake Clingan released
"The Redskins have cut first-year punter Blake Clingan, who had battled Robert Malone for the job this past offseason, in training camp and the preseason. Clingan had one punt in the preseason – on Monday against the Browns – and it traveled only 34 yards. Clingan played for the University of Central Florida, concluding his career in 2010. He signed with the Detroit Lions in the offseason of 2013 but didn’t make the roster. Malone, a third-year veteran, has recorded punts of 43 and 42 yards this preseason. The third-year veteran also kicked under Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica for the New York Jets in 2012 and 2013." - Washington Post

August 7, 2014 - kicker Zach Hocker wins first round
"When faced with a charging Hawkins on Thursday, Hocker did his job, wrapping up and bringing the returner to the ground. The play was ultimately called back because of a holding penalty on the Patriots, but the tackle did not go unnoticed. As Hocker walked back to the sidelines, he was greeted with helmet slaps from a host of veterans, with Trent Williams and Brandon Meriweather at the front of the line.... Coach Jay Gruden also walked over to congratulate his rookie kicker on the play, which capped an all-around solid performance in his preseason debut. Hocker put the opening kickoff into the back of the end zone for a touchback, made his two field goal opportunities from 27 and 39 yards, and converted his only extra-point attempt in Washington’s 23-6 win.... Like every position battle, the competition at kicker is still in its infancy. But Hocker took a step ahead of Forbath on Thursday by executing all of his kicks, unlike his more experienced teammate. Forbath missed his second field goal attempt from 46 yards in the second quarter. He made his first, from 39 yards, but only after his initial miss was nullified by a delay of game penalty. He also missed a field goal Tuesday during a joint practice with the Patriots in Richmond. Those struggles carried over to kickoffs, as well. Forbath’s first kickoff resulted in a touchback, but he barely reached the 5-yard-line on one kick and then shanked another out of bounds. He was trying to place the ball along the sideline to give his teammates a chance to practice a different coverage scheme. “We’ll look at the tape,” Gruden said of his two potential kickers. 'Zach had a couple great kickoffs and a good tackle and a field goal. And Kai, you know, he had the kickoff out of bounds like I said. So that’s a decision that’s going to come after the fourth preseason game. I know it'." - Washington Times

August 1, 2014 - kicking competition
"Kai Forbath and Zach Hocker have had a handful of kicking duels in the first week of training camp, but coach Jay Gruden said he still doesn’t know if he’ll choose one or find a way to keep both when it comes down to finalizing the 53-man roster.... Forbath got the better of Hocker in their latest showdown. After both made seven straight field goals (starting at point-after-attempt range and moving back in increments), Forbath nailed a 60-yarder, but Hocker’s try from the same distance fell well short. Then both missed an attempt apiece from 67 yards out. Gruden said the true evaluation will begin in the preseason games, and that a decision on the kickers will not come down until final roster cuts. 'We’re still evaluating,' he explained. 'It’s hard to evaluate a kicker out here. Coach [Ben] Kotwica is doing a good job when they’re out there charting every kick that they make, both kickoffs and field goals. They did some kicking yesterday afternoon, hopefully will do some more today, and then we’ll just continue to evaluate and go from there. That decision, if we keep one or two, will be made at the very last minute'.” - Washington Post

August 1, 2014 - punting competition
"The punting battle continues, but today, first-year pro Blake Clingan appeared to do a little better than third-year veteran Robert Malone. Both are good-sized, strong-legged punters (Malone is 6 feet 2, 243 pounds; Clingan is 6-3, 223). But Clingan had the better hang time today with unofficial times of 5.06 seconds, 4.89 seconds and 4.62 seconds. Malone, meanwhile, had hang times of 4.31 seconds, 4.64 seconds and 3.88 seconds, by my stopwatch." - Washington Post 

July 30, 2014 - punting competition
"The punters went head-to-head today, and while both Robert Malone (third-year vet) and Blake Clingan (first-year pro) both boast strong legs, Malone appears to have the more consistent of the two, and he had a slightly better hang time." - Washington Post

July 21, 2014 - long snapper Kyle Nelson released
"Nelson played in 11 games for Washington last season after Nick Sundberg was lost for the season because of an injury that required surgery. The two competed for long-snapper duties during the offseason. Sundberg remains on the roster." - Washington Post

June 16, 2014 - kicker non-competition
"Kai Forbath has all-new company this year for those one-man battles, as the Redskins drafted placekicker Zach Hocker last month and signed free agent punters Rob Malone and Blake Clingan. Hocker has quickly found his place among the kicking community. 'So far things have been great as far as [the other kickers] taking me in,' Hocker said. 'I’m playing the rookie role, and they’ve taken me under their wing and shown me around. It’s not a competition. We’re just doing the best we can'." - Washington Times

June 13, 2014 - punter competition
"Blake Clingan and Robert Malone are competing for the Redskins’ punting job, but instead of taking the 'anything you can do, I can do better' approach, they’ve formed quite the friendship. 'Between me and Blake, it’s a friendly competition,' Malone said. 'We’re both hitting it pretty well and we’re happy with how OTAs went. We really finished strong, and just want to get better every day.' Malone has the edge over Clingan when it comes to professional experience. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent, signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars in April 2010 before his release just three months later.... Although he wasn’t ultimately kept on the Lions’ regular-season roster, Clingan – who was signed by the Redskins on April 8 – said he learned how to handle a job competition during his time in Detroit. 'I feel like any kind of competition at any position is going to make guys get better,' he said. 'I think competition is a must to really bring out the best in all our guys'.” - Washington Redskins

June 11, 2014 - HC Jay Gruden discusses on punting competition
"On the punting battle between Blake Clingan and Robert Malone: 'We feel good with where they are so far. You know this is early, this is OTAs but Coach [Special Teams Coordinator Ben] Kotwica is working with them and he feels confident we have our punter here on our roster right now. But preseason will tell. You’ve got game-type situations, nerves get a little bit... It’s easy to putt on the practice green, you know what I mean? Sometimes when you get on a real golf course, the three-footers get a little bit tougher. We’ll see how he does, but we feel really good. Malone is banging them. Both of them are banging them. Malone has hit the roof in the bubble a couple times. He’s got a powerful leg and Blake has done a nice job. So it will be an interesting competition but I do feel strongly that we will find our punter in one of those two guys'.” - Washington Redskins

May 19, 2014 - kicker Zach Hocker's minicamp
Add seventh round draft pick Zach Hocker, a kicker out of Arkansas, to the list of prospects who made a good first impression on Redskins head coach Jay Gruden over the weekend. Hocker connected on five of his six field goal attempts during Saturday’s rookie minicamp practice at Redskins Park. The former soccer player also showed his considerable leg strength on kickoffs, sending several balls deep into the end zone and a couple through it. 'He’s a very good kicker, a very good college kicker,' Gruden said. 'The rookie kickers in the NFL, not many of them have had a lot of success, but we have very high hopes for him. We’re going to have competition at every position, and kicker is no different. We’ll see how things go and how things transpire in the preseason, how he handles the pressure. Only times will tell in that regard'.” - CSN Washington

May 12, 2014 - kicker Jake  Rogers released
"The Redskins also waived kicker Jake  Rogers, who signed this offseason. Seventh-round pick Zach Hocker will compete with veteran Kai Forbath." - Washington Post

May 10, 2014 - long snapper J.R. Carr signed
"Carr, a native of Lomita, CA, played in 24 career games at Tennessee as the team’s longsnapper. The new Washington Redskin started his career at Tennessee as a walk-on and was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2012 season. Carr, according to the Volunteers’ official website, wore the number 53 in college as a tribute to former Vol longsnapper Morgan Cox." - All For Tennessee

May 10, 2014 - kicker Zach Hocker drafted
With the 13th pick of the 7th round, the Redskins drafted Arkansas kicker Zach Hocker. See his profile here.
"Kai Forbath, the incumbent kicker, is among the most accurate field goal kickers in the league. But he has struggled to consistently force touchbacks by putting kickoffs deep into the end zone. Hocker has one of the strongest legs of the kickers the Redskins graded, head coach Jay Gruden said. 'His leg strength is very good,' Gruden said. 'He was a very productive kicker at Arkansas. I think he was ranked ninth or tenth in the nation as far as touchbacks, which is excellent'.... Gruden also said he might consider keeping Forbath as the field goal kicker and Hocker as a kickoff specialist. Hocker is the first kicker the Redskins have drafted since selecting Jeff Hall (Tennessee) in 1999. 'That’s not out of the question,' Gruden said. 'We’ll see in training camp. Kai needs to kickoff better; that’s a fact. He’s obviously a very good field goal kicker, which is important. And we have a lot of respect for his talent as a kicker, but we also felt like we like we needed to bring another kicker in here and compete and look at for the kickoff specialist [role] and compete with Kai'.” -  CSN Washington


April 8, 2014 - punter Blake Clingan signed
"The Redskins added a second punter Tuesday when they signed Blake Clingan, the team confirmed Tuesday. Clingan joins Robert Malone as the only punters on the roster. Washington released Sav Rocca earlier this offseason. Clingan has never punted in the NFL, though he was in Detroit’s camp last summer only to be released in the final cuts. He had earned a contract after a spring tryout. Clingan also had a tryout with Miami in the fall of 2011 as well. Clingan averaged 39.9 yards per punt from 2007-10 at Central Florida." - ESPN

March 14, 2014 - kicker Jake Rogers signed
"[The team] announced they signed free agent kicker Jake Rogers.... Rogers (6-3, 195) originally signed with the New Orleans Saints as a college free agent on July 28, 2011. Across three NFL seasons, he has had stints with the Saints (2011), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2011-12), Dallas Cowboys (2012-13) and New York Giants (2013). Rogers played collegiately at Cincinnati from 2008-11, finishing as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 339 points. Rogers, 26, attended Warsaw (Ind.) H.S. where he was a three-time all-league selection in soccer and set school records for most PATs and field goals." - Washington Redskins

March 4, 2014 - punter Sav Rocca released 
"The Washington Redskins announced they have terminated the contract of veteran punter Sav Rocca.... Rocca would have counted $1.36 million against the cap. The 40-year-old former Australian rules football star struggled in his eighth NFL season. Cutting him saves the Redskins $1.2 million against the cap." -  Washington Post

Nebraska Cornhuskers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


September 19, 2014 - kickoff specialist Mauro Bondi injured in accident
"Junior kicker Mauro Bondi suffered a broken collarbone and was hospitalized Thursday night after losing control of his motorcycle in north Lincoln, according to police.Bondi, transported to Bryan LGH West by a roommate, told Lincoln police that he was traveling about 45 mph on Alvo Road just west of 1st Street when he apparently lost control while navigating a curve and then hit the curb, according to the accident report. Police became aware of the incident at 6:35 p.m. Bondi, 21, was cited for negligent driving and operating a motorcycle without a valid license. The report stated that Bondi, who was wearing a helmet, sustained injuries to his left shoulder and upper arm region. He was treated for a broken collar bone and multiple abrasions at the hospital, according to police." - Omaha.com

September 2, 2014 - long snapper Paul Kelly added
"Kelly, who is a Senior and graduated from Miami (FL) back in December, is a Graduate Transfer that would be immediately able to help the Huskers out. The Huskers and Canes clash in Lincoln on September 20th. Kelly, according to his University of Miami bio, played in 23 games for the Canes as a long snapper, primarily on field goal and PAT attempts. He played all 13 games last season for Al Golden's team. The Huskers have been missing Long Snapper Gabe Miller, who is on scholarship, since the beginning of the Camp season with a undisclosed injury. Nebraska had been using both walk-on Josh Faulkenberry and Safety Nathan Gerry on long snapping all camp." - Corn Nation

August 28, 2014 - opening day kickers
"Coach Bo Pelini also addressed the role of kicker for Saturday's game, saying that both Drew Brown and Mauro Bondi will see time. 'We'll start the game with Drew Brown as the field goal kicker and Mauro as the kickoff guy,' Pelini said. Pelini added that the newcomers will be ready to go for their first college football game. 'They've played a lot of football up to this point against good competition,' Pelini said. 'A lot of good on good. They are ready to go and just execute their football'." -  Huskers

August 28, 2014 - punter Sam Foltz
"He gained some expertise working closely with former Husker punter Bill Lafleur. Then he attended a kicking camp at the end of July, where NFL free agents and top college punters gathered to improve. Foltz learned film-evaluation techniques there, which led to a few alterations. Foltz figured out that many punters take wide steps, to build momentum as they cover more ground. He does better with smaller steps. 'A reason why I was so inconsistent (last year) is because my steps were so inconsistent,' Foltz said. 'It’s the little details. Your steps, the drop… where you hit the ball'.... And after a long offseason, full of hard work, he hopes excuses won’t be needed at all this fall. He’s excited to see the commitment to improvement pay off. Consider coach Bo Pelini among those who’ve been impressed. 'I think he’s exceeded expectations,' Pelini said. 'I’ll tell you what, I have a tremendous amount of confidence in him. I think he’s only going to get better in time. He worked very, very hard in the offseason. I think he’ll have a good year for us'.” - Omaha.com 

August 25, 2014 - long snapper Gabriel Miller update
"Nebraska punter Sam Foltz is disappointed that he won't be able to take snaps from Gabriel Miller to start the season. NU's scholarship long snapper has been held out all of fall camp with a back injury. However, Foltz said that Miller has been aggressive in his attempt to work his way back from that injury. 'Gabe is a little bit down on it now but he's worked his tail off in the training room every day trying to get back,' he said. 'Gabe is Gabe. He's always an upbeat kid. He's always got a smile on his face. Right now he's kind of hit a little bit of a brick wall while dealing with it but hopefully he can get back for us.' In Miller's place Nebraska has turned to freshman backup long snapper Josh Faulkenberry and sophomore safety Nathan Gerry." - 247 Sports

August 18, 2014 - kicking competition
"You'd understand if junior kicker Mauro Bondi wasn't that thrilled about his new competitor -- true freshman Drew Brown. Two scholarship kickers. One job. But Bondi is quite believable when he says he's enjoying the challenge. For good reason. He's sure Brown is making him better and vice versa. Like the other day when they both took turns trying field goals while the entire team heckled them. At one point, Brown made one from 52. Bondi backed up and made one from 55. 'After he made his, you kind of feel a little pressure. But seeing someone else make it just makes you really focus and do the best you can,' Bondi said. 'It's nice having really great competition.' It's hard to say who is winning the kicking contest. Bo Pelini said Saturday it's 'neck and neck' and he'd maybe come to the decision on a starting place-kicker later this week. While there are still probably a few more misses than Husker fans might be accustomed -- Drew Brown banged an extra point off the post on Monday, for instance -- both kickers are clearly giving a much more solid representation to the position than we witnessed in the spring." - Journal Star

August 4, 2014 - long snapper Gabriel Miller out several days
"Head coach Bo Pelini said sophomore long snapper Gabriel Miller is out for a few days with a back injury. 'He'll be out for a few days, he has a back injury he's dealing with,' Pelini said. During Monday's practice, safety Nathan Gerry and linebacker Josh Banderas snapped in Miller's place, along with freshman long snapper Josh Faulkenberry." - 247 Sports

July 5, 2014 - punter Sam Foltz
"The challenge for him is to find consistency — which isn’t all that surprising for a young player who suddenly jumped into a pressure-filled role. He had 15 punts go 50 yards or farther last season, but the remaining 56 others brought down his average distance to 41.6. He did have 20 kicks downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.Now that the former walk-on receiver is a full-time punter, he’s devoted his offseason to making all the necessary improvements." -  Omaha.com

May 17, 2014 - kicker Drew Brown
"The kicker from Southlake (Texas) Carroll High School puts himself through two kicking workouts per week. He attempts around 50 field goals, moving from hash to hash, usually keeping himself within 50 yards. Since 2009, 83 percent of the Huskers’ 111 field-goal attempts have been from inside 50 yards. Nebraska’s coaches haven’t offered Brown many pointers, and have never made a habit of micromanaging their kickers. This approach since Pelini arrived has consistently worked, from Alex Henery to Brett Maher to Pat Smith, who made 12 of 13 field goals last year, including a game-winner at Penn State. 'They just tell me to keep my leg strong,' Brown said.... Before Brown arrives at Nebraska June 8, he hopes to win a state title as an outfielder on Carroll’s baseball team. Brown said he was hitting .415 with one home run and 33 runs batted in. Carroll, 29-4, won the first game of a three-game series with San Angelo Central 3-2 in the Texas 5A playoffs. Brown said he talked 'a few times'” to Nebraska baseball coach Darin Erstad, and Erstad has extended him an offer to try out for the team this fall, if he wants. Erstad was Nebraska’s punter on the 1994 national title team. 'I definitely have the opportunity to try out,' Brown said. 'I’m not guaranteed a spot or anything.'” Nor is Brown guaranteed to win the field-goal job over Bondi and Kearney walk-on Spencer Lindsay. But he aims to try to win it, just like his brother did." - Omaha World Herald

April 12, 2014 - Red-White Spring Game
"The Huskers had two failed extra-point kicks — Spencer Lindsay had one blocked and Mauro Bondi missed another. It didn’t stop there. Bondi also missed an 18-yard field goal. 'There was some penetration I felt on a couple of those kicks, and that’s been a little bit of an issue,' Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. 'There were some guys in there today that necessarily won’t be in there in the fall. … But, overall, our kicking needs to be more consistent.' Pelini said his team conducted a lot of field-goal work throughout the spring. 'Bottom line is, with the guys we have right now, I think they’re all capable, but there aren’t any of them that are consistent enough. And so enter Drew Brown, we’ll find out.' Drew Brown is the brother of former Husker and NFL kicker Kris Brown. From Southlake, Texas, Brown obviously has the support of Husker coaches, who gave him a scholarship. 'We have a really good kicker coming in, a guy we have a lot of confidence in,' Pelini said. The junior Bondi, also a scholarship player, has proven to be a very good kickoff man, with his big leg often producing touchbacks. 'But bottom line is, he had the opportunity to come in and separate himself as a field-goal kicker and he didn’t do that,” Pelini said. “The guy who probably made the most progress during the spring was Spencer Lindsay'.” - Journal Star

March 31, 2014 - spring specialists snapshot
"Nebraska has the luxury of having at least some experience at kicker (Mauro Bondi), punter (Sam Foltz) and long snapper (Gabriel Miller). Bondi becomes much more important, however, now that Pat Smith is gone. Spencer Lindsay and Grant Schumacher are the backups to Bondi." - Omaha.com

Eastern Washington Eagles Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


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

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

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

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