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Thursday, October 23, 2014

High School Long Kicks - Oregon

Our series exploring the longest field goals at the high school level in each state continues with Oregon.
  • 55 Paul Burton for Sunset High in 16-6 win over Beaverton High on October 25, 1991.
  • 54 Donald “Buster” Hodges for Veronia High in 3-0 win over Rainier High on October 2, 1926.
  • 52 Kirk Yliniemi for Central High in 55-24 win over Hidden Valley High School on November 8, 1998 during a Class 3A state playoff game. 
  • 52 Justin Kahut for Clackamas High against Putnam High on October 28, 2005.
"A little further back than the kick itself, I remember going out to the stands after school let out to just sit and relax. I remember looking at the empty field and thinking it looked a lot longer this particular day. 50 yarders looked really long and 60 yarders seemed impossible (but I had hit each of these in practice before). When the actual kick came and I went out to line up for it I put my block down, looked up to start my steps, and thought "wow this looks really short!" To me it looked like a 40 at the time. At the point I knew I could make it. As I started my steps back, aiming just inside the right upright, I thought to myself "keep your head down and hit it solid." Right after I kicked it I knew I had the distance. It was solid contact, but when I looked up it was tracking right at the right upright. Slowly it made its way over about a yard inside the pole and cleared by about 8 yards. I remember my team going nuts and just having a huge smile on my face. All the time spent in the off-season had paid off!

Throughout my years playing at Oregon State I would occasionally kick at my old high school during the off-season. Several times, in-fact most times, someone would stop me and ask questions. It's funny because a lot of them would start off the conversation with something to the extent of "are you the guy who hit the 52 yarder?" Or "are you the kicker that used to kick the kickoffs through the uprights?" Those seem to be the two things I was known for my senior year of high school. Another time it comes up is with my group of High School friends. My best friend was actually my holder and brings up that game every once in awhile. What a lot of people don't know is that later in that game my coach also had me attempt a 61 yard field goal from the right hash. Given that it had been pouring all game long and the ground was soft, as well as already having a ton of kicks that game I had convinced myself that I couldn't make it. So I just gave it enough to get into the end zone for a touchback. Right afterwards I realized I probably could have made it if I really would have went after it. Definitely a kick I wish I had back, so my buddy always gives me a hard time for that. He really wanted to be apart of making a 61 yard field goal."
  • 52 Kody Kuhlman for Klamath Union in 29-0 win over Henley on September 30, 2011.

  • 51 Kurtis Magee, Corvallis High School (20) vs McNary High School (0), October 24, 2003
  • 51 Cam Kerkar, Beaverton High School (16) vs Westview High School (30), October 15, 2010
  • 50 Kevin Miller, Centennial High School (57) vs Hood River Valley High School (6), September 28, 2007
  • 50 Trevor Harmon, Southridge HS (54) vs Westview High School (14), November 1, 2008 
  • 50 Zach Standish for Barlow HS in 14-0 win over Westview HS, August 30, 2013 
"He boomed it. He had a good five yards extra,' coach Terry Summerfield said. 'And right down the middle. He just crushed it. It was fun to watch.' Standish made all four of his field-goal attempts, also connecting from 17, 20 and 36 yards. The four field goals are believed to tie a state record, shared by Enterprise’s Bo Crawford (1998) and Sunset’s Cam Kerkar (2010). " - Oregon Live

High School Long Kicks - Oklahoma

Our series exploring the longest field goals at the high school level in each state continues with Oklahoma.
  • 65 (free kick after fair catch) Luke Roberts for Deer Creek High (Edmund) during 10-14 loss to Seminole High on November 24, 2001 (Class 3A Playoff semi-finals)
"It was awesome. I didn't realize it was a state record at the time. I knew I could make one, but I had never kicked one like that before."
  • 63 (free kick after fair catch) Tim Sydnes for Putnam City West Prep during 9-6 win over Moore High on October 14, 1994
"We know that Tim is a very potent weapon for us, and in high school football or any level, three points can make a difference in a game,' coach Dennis Millican said. 'It's a little-known rule that if you fair catch a punt - and we told the officials beforehand what we were going to do - you can ask for a free kick. The defense has to line up 10 yards away just like a kickoff, and you can tee it up any way you like. Our kicking game coordinator, Grant Gower, suggested that we do it, and I'm sure glad he did. I'm happy for Tim'."
  • 61 Josh Brown (currently the kicker for the New York Giants) for Foyil High during state playoff game in 1996 (8 man football)
"The youngest of four children, Josh was in eighth grade when the family moved, and he didn't waste time before introducing himself to football coach Rick Antle, now the Foyil High principal. 'The first thing he said to me was, 'I'm a kicker. When are you having kicker tryouts?'  Antle said. 'I said, 'Son, this is eight-man football. We don't kick PATs and field goals, and junior-high kicker tryouts are on the day of the game.'' Antle was going over his game plan before the season opener when his assistant coach came in to tell him what the kid they'd named varsity manager and cameraman was doing. He says, 'Antle, have you seen the new kicker, the Brown kid? He's out there kicking,' said Antle, who played linebacker at Oklahoma State. 'I said, 'Dad-gum, I told him not to be jacking around, horse-playing.' I stepped outside and the first thing I noticed was it sounded different. I heard that 'boom' when his foot hit the ball. He was hitting 30- and 35-yarders as an eighth-grader and kept moving the tee back. I watched five or six kicks and I said, 'I think we're going to start kicking field goals and PATs.

With the scores often lopsided, there's a mercy rule: The game ends if either team gets a 45-point lead. When Brown was playing -- starring at running back, defensive back and kick returner as well -- Antle became versed in the art of not blowing out a team too quickly. 'You never want to 'run-rule' anybody before halftime. It doesn't allow you to make much on concessions,' he said. It was during one of those blowouts that Brown kicked a now-legendary 61-yard field goal, ending a game in the fourth quarter Antle figured he could extend. He let Brown try a 57-yarder just for kicks, and Brown made it, but an illegal procedure call nullified it and moved the ball back five yards. 'My assistant said, 'Don't you want to punt now?' Antle said. 'And I said, 'Naw, he barely made that one. He's not going to make it.' His adrenaline pumping after making the first kick, Brown moved back only four yards and cleared the cross bar by 10 feet, giving Foyil a 45-point margin. 'I told the other coach, 'I want to apologize. I didn't think he'd hit that field goal and end the game,' Antle said. 'He said, 'No problem. When we see him playing on Sundays, I'll be able to tell my grandkids he hit a 61-yarder against us'."
  • 61 Cort Moffitt for Washington High (Tulsa) in 1998

Utah State Aggies Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


October 22, 2014 - kicker Nick Diaz
"Nick Diaz has made his last four field goals to improve to 7 of 9 for the season, while his 46-harder against Air Force was his season best. His consistency is a welcome turn of events, particularly after a bad stretch when he and Jake Thompson combined for four failed field goal attempts, including one that was blocked, during a three-game stretch earlier in the year. Diaz said he has spent some extra time working on his kicks, but attributed the success to his teammates as well. 'I’m feeling more confident now, but we’ve all been working hard,' he said. 'We had to become a better cohesive unit. A kick only takes 1.3 seconds from the snap and there are a lot of components that have to come together for it to be right'." - Salt Lake Tribune

September 22, 2014 - special teams struggles
"As coach Matt Wells said following Saturday’s overtime loss to Arkansas State, he is sticking with Nick Diaz and Jake Thompson because 'they are who they are and that’s all we’ve got'.... Saturday’s 21-14 overtime loss to Arkansas State highlighted some surprising struggles in the special teams area. Punter Jaron Bentrude dropped a snap that set up the Red Wolves’ first touchdown when they recovered the ball on USU’s 13-yard line, Thompson missed a 45-yard field goal attempt and Diaz’s potential game-winning 38-yard field goal at the end of regulation was blocked.... Dissatisfied with the kicking, Wells said the issue would be addressed this week. 'Hopefully we will kick better and protect better and if we are in that situation again you have a little more success,' he said." - Salt Lake Tribune

June 9, 2014 - long snapper Garrett Frum commits
"Just committed to play football at Utah State next year! Thank you to everyone who helped me get this far! #TeamRubio #AggieNation #MWC" - Garrett Frum

May 28, 2014 - long snapper Austin Day commits 
"2014 Grand County High School graduate Austin Day has committed to play college football as a long-snapper at Utah State University, fulfilling the goal he set in sixth grade to play Division 1 college football. Day will be a preferred walk-on his freshman year before being a scholarship athlete his sophomore-through-senior years, he said. Day said he turned down several offers from other schools, including a full-ride scholarship to Morgan State, because Utah State was where he wanted to play. Utah State, Day said, already has a long-snapper on the roster and was unsure if it wanted to bring in another one this season until about three weeks ago. 'About two years ago, he went to Utah State's junior day and really like the campus and the program,' Day's father, Joe Day, said. 'He was honest with all the other colleges who recruited him; he told them he wanted to play at Utah State'.” - Moab Sun News 

April 12, 2014 - Blue vs. White Spring Game kicking
"Senior placekicker Nick Diaz converted on a 39-yard field on the last play of the scrimmage to help the Aggie offense record a 78-77 win against the Aggie defense in front of approximately 6,000 fans here Saturday on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium in the annual Blue vs. White Spring Game.... Utah State's offense scored field goals on its first two series as Diaz connected from 42 yards and sophomore kicker Jake Thompson hit from 34 yards out.... The offense's final two scores of the scrimmage were via field goals as Thompson converted from 47-yards and Diaz connected from 39-yards for the winning points on the last play of the scrimmage after the Aggie offense had an 8-play 53-yard drive in the final two minutes." - Utah State

Washington Huskies Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


October 22, 2014 - punter Korey Durkee
"Durkee is averaging 42 yards a punt this year for the Huskies, up from his 36.9 mark as a freshman. 'Consistency is something I worked on in the offseason,' Durkee said. 'With the strength staff, getting my legs strong, and having a nice and smooth swing.' The most important aspect of punting is leg speed, combined with proper technique, Durkee said. His work in the weight room has paid off this season. Durkee’s breakout game came against the Stanford Cardinal, in which he punted seven times for a 51.7-yard average, the seventh-best single game average in UW history. He had a long punt of 65 yards." - Peninsula Gateway

August 27, 2014 - kicker Cameron Van Winkle
"If that trend of successful kickers is to continue, it will be riding on the right leg of Cameron Van Winkle. A sophomore from Fall City, Wash., Van Winkle emerged from a three-way battle with Mitch Johnson and Tristan Vizcaino, and he will get the first field goal attempt of the season as a result. Van Winkle said that the competition had a major impact for him over the course of the fall. 'It’s a good competition,' Van Winkle said. 'When you have competition, you just grow and become better and better and better. If I would have been just by myself, I wouldn’t have anyone pushing me, which is finally nice in college, to have someone pushing myself, which I didn’t have in high school'.... While Van Winkle will be the Huskies’ main field goal kicker, at least at the beginning of the season, the UW coaching staff will not be as reliant on him as the last staff was on Travis Coons. Van Winkle will likely take the majority of kickoffs as well as field goals, but Tristan Vizcaino will occasionally spell him on kickoffs, and Korey Durkee looks to have won the punting job heading into Saturday’s opener in Hawaii." - The Daily

August 20, 2014 - Cameron Van Winkle & Korey Durkee
"As it stands now, sophomore Cameron Van Winkle has a strong hold on the place-kicking job, and will kick off some, too. UW’s ideal scenario, special-teams coordinator Jeff Choate said, would be to have freshman Tristan Vizcaino help handle kickoffs, especially in high-scoring games. And junior Korey Durkee has punted the ball well enough throughout fall camp to lay claim to that position, with Vizcaino providing competition behind him. 'For us to be able to take a little bit off the plate of each one of those guys and let them focus on their specialty, I think that’s going to be beneficial for us this season,' Choate said.... Van Winkle was able to practice in spring, though coaches took it easy on him to ensure a full recovery. Then he emerged during training camp as the Huskies’ best field-goal kicker. 'He’s been very consistent, especially over the last week, week and a half of practice, coming off the back (injury),' Choate said. 'He’s had really no issues with that at all'.... Durkee hasn’t punted since his freshman season in 2012, but his leg strength shouldn’t be an issue; he boomed a kick during last week’s open scrimmage that he estimated traveled 75 yards in the air. Petersen’s teams have often implemented unique punting methods, such as rugby-style kicks on the move, and that’s something Durkee said he began working on last season. And he said he’s starting to develop a good on-field rapport with Van Winkle as the team’s holder for field goals and PATs. Durkee did that last year, too." - Bellingham Herald
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August 9, 2014 - specialist competitions
"Three players appear to be vying for place-kicking duties. The only player fans are likely to recognize by name is sophomore Cameron Van Winkle of Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. He was pretty highly-touted as a recruit (as far as kickers go, anyway) and many expected him to push Coons last season in a camp competition that never appeared particularly close. Mitch Johnson is a sophomore from Bellevue who recently transferred over from UCLA. To be honest, I don't know much about his kicking. I do know that starting UCLA kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn is believed to have NFL potential, so Johnson could be a talented kicker who didn't have a realistic shot at earning a starting role with the Bruins. He could also be a fringe player. Finally, Tristan Vizcaino is a freshman listed at both place-kicker and punter. He was also a high-profile recruit; Scout named him the top specialist in California for his class....  When Korey Durkee punted as a freshman in 2012, he averaged 36.9 yards per punt. He's had two years to improve, but the fact that he couldn't edge out Coons last year was discouraging. The only other player listed as a punter on the roster is Tristan Vizcaino, the aforementioned freshman who is also competing as a place-kicker." - UW Dawg Pound

July 30, 2014 - summer specialists
"Kickoff, place kicking, and punting duties will all be up for grabs come fall camp with the departure of do-it-all kicking specialist Travis Coons. Cameron Van Winkle looks to be the favorite for kickoff duties, having handled it through the first five games of the season before injuring himself. Van Winkle will have some competition for the role of place kicker with the addition of highly touted incoming freshman Tristan Vizcaino. Vizcaino also comes in as an established punter and will contend for punting duties with junior Korey Durkee. Durkee has experience at the position, getting reps as a freshman against San Diego State and LSU before relinquishing the duties to Coons." - isportsweb

June 28, 2014 - long snapper AJ Carty commits
"AJ Carty, a long snapper from Servite High in Anaheim, Calif., announced today on Twitter his verbal commitment to Washington. Carty, listed at 6 feet 3, 235 pounds, is rated by Chris Rubio Long Snapping as a five-star recruit and the No. 3 overall long snapper for the Class of 2015." - Seattle Times

April 18, 2014 - spring specialists
"Cameron Van Winkle, coming off back surgery, has been steady in his return. On Thursday night, he made all of his field-goal attempts: from 30, 34, 33 and 37 yards. … Mitch Johnson, a Bellevue High product, transferred from UCLA to start the spring term. … Punting drills have been limited, but Korey Durkee has been just fine when given opportunities. At Boise State, Chris Petersen said he did some unusual things in the punting game – rugby style, namely – and that will likely continue here. Tristan Vizcaino (6-2, 195), a kicker and punter from Chino Hills, Calif., signed with UW in February." - Seattle Times

Illinois Fighting Illini Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


October 22, 2014 - the kickers
"David Reisner drilled the first and only field goal of his Illinois career with 3:08 left in the fourth-quarter comeback win over Texas State on Sept. 20. Almost five weeks later, Illinois still has not made another field goal. The sophomore walk-on replaced junior Taylor Zalewski as the starter after Zalewski missed two of three field-goal attempts and a PAT kick in the two weeks prior to Texas State. Two games later, though, Reisner also missed a PAT kick and had a 30-yarder blocked in a game against Purdue that the Illini were favored to win —and lost, 38-27.... Still, Zalewski and Reisner both said confidence in each other’s abilities has not wavered, despite the struggles. The kicking pair, also roommates, said errors have come down to poor, in-game execution but also that neither has had many opportunities to kick field goals. They have only attempted five. 'It’s not like we’re in a slump, and hitting bad balls all the time,' Zalewski said. 'We’re making a lot of kicks in practice.' Reisner added: “I think it’s all preparation. Doing everything right from the moment you wake up (on game day)'." - State Journal-Register

October 14, 2014 - mid-season report
"Illini punter Justin Duvernois leads the Big Ten in punting, averaging 44.8 yards per punt; however, Illinois has been forced to punt more times than nearly every team in the conference. The Illini are tied with Northwestern for 39 punts in the first seven games.... Illinois has struggled kicking field goals and converting point after attempts. The Illini have made just two field goals on five attempts this season, the worst in the conference. Kicker Taylor Zalewski was pulled in favor of David Reisner after failing to convert a PAT against Texas State, an act Reisner mimicked two weeks later against Purdue." - Daily Illini

September 23, 2014 - David Reisner takes over as starting kicker
"The job now belongs to David Reisner, coach Tim Beckman said during Tuesday's Big Ten teleconference. He will handle kickoffs, field goals and extra points Saturday at Nebraska. 'If we would go out and kick today, David would be our kicker,' Beckman said. Taylor Zalewski struggled through the first four games for the Illini (3-1). He kicked out of bounds on more than one kickoff, missed 2 of 3 field goal attempts and missed an extra point Saturday against Texas State.  The missed point-after was the last straw for Beckman. He pulled Zalewski in the first quarter for Reisner. Reisner, a sophomore walk-on from Bartlett, made a 19-yard field goal in the fourth quarter against the Bobcats. He also kicked off seven times, averaging 63.4 yards." - Chicago Tribune

June 25, 2014 - long snapper Zach Hirth
"The redshirt sophomore didn’t have any botched snaps or ones that sailed past the heads of his intended targets in any of his 111 snaps last season (51 punts, 40 extra point attempts, 17 field goals and three fake extra point attempts). Seems like he learned much during his redshirt season from Zak Pedersen, the former three-year starter at long snapper who Hirth replaced last season. Hirth will have a new holder to snap the ball to this year since Russell graduated. Early indiciations are either quarterback Reilly O’Toole or DuVernois will handle those chores." - The News-Gazette

April 12, 2014 - Orange vs. Blue spring game
Kicker David Reisner hit a 34 yard field goal on the final play of the first half. Justin DuVernois averaged 38.3 yards on seven punts, placing two inside the 20 yard line. Ryan Frain averaged 38.0 yards on four punts, placing one inside the 20 yard line. - Fighting Illini

March 21, 2014 - kicker Ryan Frain ends practice
"A long field goal by Ryan Frain that skipped off the cross bar before going through the uprights ended a spirited two-minute drill, sending the offense into a celebration at midfield to end practice." - Fighting Illini

March 7, 2014 - spring specialists
"Punter Justin DuVernois returns after a solid junior season, while Taylor Zalewski looks for a bit more consistency in his second full season as the placekicker. Zalewski made 12 of 17 field-goal attempts last fall." - ESPN

Eastern Kentucky Colonels Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


October 22, 2014 - kicker Andrew Lloyd
Lloyd, the only EKU football player to make the pre-season All-Ohio Valley Conference team, is 9 of 10 on field goal attempts with his one miss a 52-yard try — which would have been a career-best. He is tied for 13th in the FCS in field-goal accuracy and has converted all 28 of his extra-point kicks. Lloyd helped the 18th-ranked Colonels (6-1, 3-1) win their first six games. They will take on visiting Southeast Missouri on Saturday. 'I'd like to be 100 percent,' Lloyd said. 'I missed that one against Austin Peay but so far I like where (our season) is going'." - Courier-Journal

October 11, 2014 - Andrew Lloyd kicks game winner in OT over Eastern Illinois
"Colonels rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit to edge Eastern Illinois 36-33 in overtime.... Andrew Lloyd won it with a 29-yard field goal, although he had to wait through back-to-back Eastern Illinois timeouts before making the kick. 'It was like more of a chip shot. They were trying to ice me,' Lloyd said. 'I went back to the net, got another kick in. They tried to ice me again. I went back to the net. I just treated it like practice. Stay calm, cool, collected and hit it through the uprights.' Lloyd got his opportunity after Eastern Illinois fumbled away its overtime possession." - Lexington Herald-Leader

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August 9, 2014 - summer scrimmage
"Kicker Zack Burgy-VanHoose gave the offense three more points with a 34-yard field goal." - Colonels

May 5, 2014 - straight-on kickers on campus and on film
"NFL Films will be on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University this summer exploring the straight-on kicker in conjunction with the Ray Guy Prokicker.com Camp and Dean Hood Football Camp on June 6-7 at Roy Kidd Stadium. Newly selected Pro Football Hall of Famer Ray Guy – the first pure punter to ever be named – will also be at the camp.... The camp in June is for soccer style kickers, punters, and long snappers and includes instruction for the straight-on kicking approach. Demonstrations and one-on-one coaching of all skills will be provided, with NFL Films focusing on the straight-on kicking technique. High school straight-on kickers will be chronicled throughout the camp and selected players may be followed during their high school season to see their involvement in the game as well as their progress on the field.... NFL Films will have a crew filming and interviewing at the camp while looking at how kicking has evolved from the straight-on approach to the now more dominant soccer style. They will be examining the trends in the kicking game and what's ahead for the future." - EKU Sports

April 30, 2014 - Aussie 2
The EKU football coaching staff had no idea what to expect when they offered a scholarship to a teenage kicker from Australia. It was a shot in the dark, really. And it turned out to be a brilliant move. Jordan Berry was a special teams standout for the Colonels the past four years. He earned all-conference honors three times (first team in 2011, second team in 2010 and 2013) and turned heads not only with his with booming punts but also with his talent for trickery. Berry’s success gave EKU coach Dean Hood the confidence to take a chance on another player from Australia. This time, the Colonels signed Keith Wrzuszczak, a native of Geelong, Victoria. The 5-foot-10, 193 pound freshman arrived at EKU earlier this year and went through spring practice with the team. 'We call him Aussie 2,' Hood said. 'He’s doing really good for the first time being back there in punt formation. He’s holding for us. He’s working hard and doing a good job for us'.”- Richmond Register

April 24, 2014 - Maroon-White scrimmage
"Kicker Andrew Lloyd added a pair of field goals late in the first half, including a 42-yarder to give the Maroon side a 13-7 lead at the break" - Colonels

April 12, 2014 - second scrimmage
"Senior kicker Andrew Lloyd booted a 23-yard field goal to get the offense on the board.... Late in the first half, new punter Keith Wrzuszczak booted a beautiful backspin punt that was downed at the five-yard line." - Colonels

February 5, 2014 - punter Keith Wrzuszczak signs 
5-10, 180, Geelong, Victoria, Australia... Enrolled at EKU in January... Coached by the same coach as Jordan Berry... Trained for the Australian national team in the pole vault - Colonels

North Carolina A&T Aggies Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


October 22, 2014 - kicker/punter Cody Jones earns weekly MEAC honors
"Cody Jones, a sophomore from Gastonia, N.C. was named MEAC Special Teams player of the week. Punter Dominic Frescura went down with a season-ending knee injury on Sept. 27 at Howard allowing Cody Jones to assume his new role. Jones’ new role as the Aggies punter, along with his other responsibilities, helped the Aggies earn 33-20-conference road wins over Delaware State. Jones made all four of his field goals, three of his extra points and punted four times for an average of 53.2 yards to earn MEAC Special Teams Player of the Week. It was Jones’ first-ever weekly honor from the conference. Jones’ four field goal kicks had distances of 32, 29, 28 and a career-long of 43 yards. Jones said, “None of this would have been possible without a great long snapper and a great field goal and punt team, and the support of my awesome teammates.” He also booted a career-long 62-yard punt in the third quarter. Jones is 10-for-13 in field goals this season and has connected on his last seven attempts. He is 19-for-26 (.731) on field goals in his career. Before missing an extra point against Hampton on Oct. 9, Jones had made 30 extra points dating back to last season. He is 59-for-61 (.967) on extra points in his career." - The A&T Register