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Friday, February 18, 2011

IFL United Kickers

The Indoor Football League (IFL) 2011 season kicks off tomorrow evening with the Slaughter at the Spartans. 

We kick off our two-part run down of the league's kickers by looking at the United Conference.

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Lehigh Valley Steelhawks
The Steelhawks will be holding kicker tryouts on Saturday, Feb 19th at Bucksmont Indoor Sports Center, 2278 North Penn Road, Hatfield, PA 19440, beginning at 6am.
Erik Rockhold, Reading Express
Rockhold has been with the Express since their first season in Reading in 2006. He has amassed 815 points in his career in Reading and holds the distinction of playing in every one of the Express' 84 games played. A product of Appalachian State, Rockhold has become not only one of the most durable and dependable kickers, but a fan favorite in Reading as well. Tagged with the nickname of "Erik The Rouge" for his ability to add points to the scoreboard after touchdowns, Rockhold has totaled 95 field goals, 423 extra points, and 107 rouges in his career.
Ryan Smith, Richmond Revolution
"My training regiment has been focused more on the lifting, speed training and plyometrics, although I am still doing some cardio. I have modified some of my lifts for more kicking specific strength and flexibility. I am getting stronger and my lifts have all increased 5-15%. My flexibility has also increased due to the amount of stretching and kicking.... I broke down my kicking mechanics after talking with a friend of mine that kicked for Kansas University and spent a preseason in the NFL. What we discussed was to focus on my plant foot and follow-through for accuracy. So I mainly do a lot of one-step kicks and have been in the accuracy range of 90-95%."
Peter Christofilakos, Bloomington Extreme
Christofilakos was a standout kicker while at the University of Illinois, where he was selected to the Big Ten All-Conference team in 2001 and was a Lou Groza Award finalist. He leads the Extreme in games played (73) and is the all-time leading scorer in franchise history with 719 points. He was an All-State and All-American soccer player in high school and college.
Chris Nendick, Chicago Slaughter
Nendick established several high school accolades such as: All DuPage Valley Conference, Honorable mention Daily Herald DuPage All Area, and Special Mention Chicago Sun Times All Area. Nendick had played 37 college games at Northern Illinois University, and with that, he kicked 136-138 (PAT), 45-61 (FG-A), his career long was 52 yards, and had a grand total of 271 points. Last year he set the IFL record for longest field goal with a 60 yarder in a Slaughter win over the Blizzard.
Craig Camay, Green Bay Blizzard
Camay was selected AP 2nd Team All American and 1st Team All Conference during his senior season at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Back in high school  was the no. 2 single-season scorer in the state of Georgia’s history and was MVP of the State Champion soccer team.
Mike Polaski, La Crosse Spartans
Mike finished his college career at Wartburg College and will play in his first professional game shortly. He attended the Madison, WI winter camp a couple weeks ago and performed very well.... One of the things he wanted to work on was his surprise onside kick. Onside kicks are utilized quite often in arena football and can be a huge weapon if executed properly. After playing around with some things, Mike has a good feel for what he needs to do now. It takes a lot of work to perfect that kick on a consistent basis.
Birkhofer was recently named as the fourth team kicker on's All-Decade Team. Among other things, Gradoville used the Ames test procedure on Gatorade while at Morningside College. Tomlinson has previously played for the Casper Storm and the Wyoming Calvary.
Ernesto Lacayo, Nebraska Danger
He may not play in the National Football League and his route to the professional ranks may be different from most, but the Hayward native is getting paid to play. And that sounds pretty good to him. "It didn't really hit me until I was talking to my parents and a couple coaches, and they started calling me a pro," Lacayo said. "It's still mind-boggling." Lacayo, a kicker who is 2007 graduate of Tennyson High School, signed a contract Jan. 15 with the Danger. "Of all the players I've had, he was by far the kid that just did extra every time," Tennyson football coach Terry Smith said. "He wanted to be a kicker. He wanted to kick in the pros. That was his goal."
Parker Douglass, Sioux Falls Storms
Douglass returns to the kicker position with the Storm after spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Las Vegas Locomotives. The Locomotives were the 2010 UFL Champions. Douglass was with the Storm briefly for the 2009 season before signing with the Cleveland Browns. He also spent time with the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints. "Parker has the talent to kick at the highest level. We are very fortunate to get him back into the Storm uniform," said Storm Owner, Todd Tryon. "He will play a vital role in our relentless quest for the 2011 Championship."
Dylan Pohlman, Wichita Wild
Pohlman started his professional career in Wichita with the Stealth of Arena Football2 (af2) in 2004. He also played for the af2 teams in Oklahoma City, Manchester, and Corpus Christi. Pohlman graduated from Tabor is 2003 and holds the majority of Blue Jay kicking records, including career Fields Goals and PATs and also holds the school record for points in a career (118) and a season (58).

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