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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Scouting Combine 2012: Specialists

The specialists arrive in Indianapolis tomorrow. The NFL draft eligible players are part of the first batch of participants in this year's Scouting Combine. The itinerary for the group, which also includes offensive lineman and tight ends, spans four days:
  • Wednesday 22nd: Travel to Indianapolis, Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews
  • Thursday 23rd: Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Psychological Testing, Interviews
  • Friday 24th: NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, PK/ST Workout, Interviews
  • Saturday 25th: Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure from Indianapolis
Kickers:

"The NFL is a cut throat league. Not everyone is given the opportunity so to have it is amazing. I will cherish the opportunity and not take it for granted. It makes me want to work even harder to stay in the league. It is every college players goal to get to the NFL but only so many get the chance. Now that I am this close I would be crazy to not put all of my time and effort into it to make it work."
Dimke leaves Illinois as the program's all-time leader in field goal and extra point accuracy. Dimke hit 39-of-46 field goals (.848) and was perfect 89-89 on PATs at Illinois. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and finished his career ranked sixth on the UI all-time points list.
"It's obviously a great honor," Teggart said. "The way I see it is you go to school for something and you want to get a job in your field. I'm searching for a job and this is basically like a week-long interview."... Teggart, who graduated from UConn in December with a degree in sports management, has, for the last couple months, been back and forth between home and school to train with UConn's strength and conditioning coaches. He also spent time working with other specialists in Arizona and with former Tampa Bay Bucs kicker Michael Husted at his kicking camp in California. "I've invested some time and money in trying to be the best I can be,” said the former Algonquin Regional standout, “and hopefully it will all work out well."
412: Points scored by Georgia PK Blair Walsh, the most in SEC history. Walsh broke the mark of 409 set by Georgia PK Billy Bennett from 2000 through 2003 with a 47-yard field goal in the second overtime of the Outback Bowl. He missed his first shot at breaking the record -- a 42-yarder that would have won the game in the first overtime.
"It would be cool to say I got drafted, but sixth and seventh round isn’t that big of a deal," Wiggs said. "If I’m an undrafted free agent, I can pick where I go depending on who I think would give me the best opportunity. You never really know. It depends on if teams who need a kicker look toward (me)." For now, Wiggs is taking 12 credit hours toward his business construction management technology degree and working out Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with former teammates Chris Carlino and Kurt Lichtenberg. He’s able to work on more kicker-specific workouts, focusing on leg speed, flexibility and cardio. "I’m not like (Ryan) Kerrigan was last year, guaranteed to go first round and make money," Wiggs said. "I need to keep working toward my degree. I’m just trying to get better and better every day."
Punters:

Anger shined for the winning West squad in the 87th East-West Shrine Game® at Tropicana Field. Anger averaged 60.0 yards per punt in three attempts for the 24-17 winners. Anger's first punt midway through the first quarter sailed 59 yards and he added another four yards of net punting when returner Charles Brown lost four yards bringing it back. Anger would later have punts of 60 and 61 yards in the third and fourth quarter, respectively. "I came in this week hoping to display my abilities, primarily hangtime, and get my name out there as the top punter in the nation," Anger said. "I am looking forward to kicking at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and then whatever else is to come afterwards."
"My dad laid out such a good framework for me to build upon," Butler said. "Having the opportunities that I had at Georgia and being able to capitalize on them was a huge blessing."... Butler hopes to show teams that he’s worthy of being drafted. "I think my career, in and of itself, has proven that I’m worth spending a draft pick on," Butler said. "I’ve been a consistent performer for three years. I’ve proven that I’m able to do whatever a coach has asked me to do: directional kick, kick it high, pin somebody inside the 20 and kick it long to get us out of a jam. That’s one of my strengths as a punter."
Concluded his career Rice's single-season and career punting record holder...
First team All C-USA by league coaches for the second consecutive year... Also a first-team pick by Phil Steele and College Football News, and a second-team selection by Rivals.com... First-team postseason All Texas College pick by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Third consecutive year as a Ray Guy Award candidate
has three of the top six season marks... 3403 yards punting rank second, just missing the school mark of 3,452 set by Dan Walters in 1983.
Some observations from North team practice at the 2012 Senior Bowl: Brad Nortman also has been turning some heads. After Monday's practice, SI.com's Tony Pauline said, "Brad Nortman was kicking moon shots all afternoon. His punts were consistently flying 55-to-60 yards with great hang time." SB Nation also chimed in following Tuesday's practice, "Wisconsin punter Brad Nortman boomed his kicks and routinely got quite a bit of hang time, garnering him some attention from a few scouts after practice."
It was during a lively, yet competitive session of the "NCAA Football 2012" video game when Florida State punter Shawn Powell had some of his college football peers rubbing their eyes and double-taking in disbelief. "You're a punter?" eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III kept saying, looking back at the 6-foor-4, 230-pound Powell standing behind him.... While most of Powell's peers are thrown off by his size and his fans were thrown off by the [Ray Guy] award slight, opposing teams and their fans have been shocked by the actual punts they have witnessed. "They start laughing when you start doing the (rugby) kick," Powell said of punting in front of opposing crowds. "And then, like at Boston College, it rolls out at the 5 and they're sad like, 'Aww.'"
Stahovich plans to seek advice and instruction from former NFL kicker John Carney prior to attending the NFL Combine or trying out for teams. Projections have him being a seventh-round draft pick or first-day free agent signing. "I think I can improve more in consistency and as far as directional punting, going right and going left," Stahovich said. "My pooch punting is one of the strongest things I have. I learned the Aussie rules backspin kick from (former Chargers punter) Darren Bennett himself."
Long Snapper:

Harris probably will not hear his name called during the draft. Only four of the NFL’s regular long-snappers in 2011 were drafted. Most of those guys were drafted as position players. But several NFL teams already have interviewed Harris at Senior Bowl practices. If he isn’t drafted, Henderson expects Harris to sign a contract an hour after the draft ends. The reality started to settle in when he packed for the Senior Bowl last week. Harris has a shot at a dream most college football players never realize. "To be honest, coming into this season, I thought I might get a chance to snap for scouts at Auburn’s Pro Day," Harris said. "To have all this happen, I’m really excited for the next couple of months."

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