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Thursday, December 2, 2010

US Army All American Bowl: Influences & Memories

As we previously mentioned, on January 8th, high school all-stars from across the nation will face off, east versus west, in the US Army All American Bowl. The four specialists for this year's game are:
We continue with more of their responses to some of our favorite kicking questions:

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your kicking career to date, that you wish you had known back when you first started?

Pruitt: "I wish I would have known how important the mental side of kicking was along with the physical preparation. Also, I wish I had received some technical kicking training earlier, instead of relying on my natural skills as a soccer player. I did not start working with a kicking coach (Chris Shaw) until February of my junior year. He has been instrumental in helping me to work on both my mental discipline and my kicking technique."

Snyder: "I wish I had learned at an earlier time to take better care of my body. After tearing my quad muscle the summer going into my senior year, I thought it was all over for me. Luckily after six months of tough rehabilitation I was able to bounce back in full stride. Now I am a lot more in tune with my body, I stop when I need to stop and I push myself when I need to."

Wile: "The most important thing I've learned and wished I had known before I started kicking was not to think about any misses in a game or your stats. All that will do for you is make you worry and mess you up on your next kick or punt."

Is there a particular kicker/punter that you consider to be your favorite and/or a role model?

Snyder: "I'd have to say my favorite kicker is Dan Orner. Simply put, he's a stud. He's always got the right thing to say to keep me mentally prepared or technically sound. Other than Dan, John Kasay amazes me. He's in his 20th year in the NFL and he's still got it (as evidence by his 55 yard bomb this year against the 49ers)."

Wile: "John Carney is my favorite kicker/role model. He is a San Diego local, and has been in the NFL for more than two decades and is still playing. I've had the good fortune to meet and work with him on several occasions. My favorite punter is Darren Bennett. He is also a San Diego local who I have been able to work with several times. He changed punting by introducing the australian rules punt into football."

Sade: "Dan Orner"

What was the biggest kick or game of your career so far?

Pruitt: "My biggest game was against Klein Forest in the first round of the Texas 5A state playoffs in 2009. I hit four field goals and the winning PAT in overtime. named me the 5A Region II Player of the Week for that game, and I was the only kicker in Texas recognized at that level for the entire season."

Snyder: "This year I hit my very first game winner against our local rival South Mecklenburg. It was only 33 yards but it was the feeling of pride that ensued, even when the weight of the game was on my shoulders. It was also on my Senior night, so I can't think of a more perfect ending to my senior season."

Wile: "The most important kick I have had in a game up to this point is at the end of the first half. There were six seconds left on the clock, the score was tied, and I kicked a 47 yard field goal from the left hash to put my team ahead going into the second half. The biggest game I have had up to this point in my career was the State Championship game last year."

Sade: "A 57 yard field goal at Nebraska in front of coach Pelini."

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