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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

NFL Scouting Combine 2013: The Specialists

The specialists arrive in Indianapolis next week. 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 20th: Travel to Indianapolis, Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews
  • Thursday 21st: Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Interviews
  • Friday 22nd: NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, PK/ST Workout, Interviews
  • Saturday 23rd: Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure from Indianapolis
Kickers:
  • Anthony Cantele (Kansas State): Selected to the 2008 Kansas Shrine Bowl... Also lettered four years in soccer, leading his team to a state runner-up finish on two occasions... Was a three-time first team all-state, all-city and all-metro player, and the 2008 Kansas State Soccer Player of the Year.
  • Dustin Hopkins (Florida State): Was the consensus top-rated kicker in the country coming out of high school...two-time Texas 5A All-State selection...USA Today first team All-American as a senior...participated in the Under Armour All-America game.
  • Brett Maher (Nebraska): A Kearney native, Maher was one of five former walk-ons who were awarded a scholarship for the 2012 season. Maher made 20-of-27 field goals, while connecting on all 59 of his PAT attempts. His 20 field goals as a senior are second on the NU season chart, bettering his 2011 total by one. Maher scored 119 points to set a Nebraska record for most points scored in a season by a kicker.
  • Quinn Sharp (Oklahoma State): Over his final three seasons, he was named a first-team All-American as a kicker or a punter -- or both ... In 2011 he became the first person in the history of the Big 12 to be named all-conference as a punter and kicker, then he repeated that feat in 2012 ... Led the nation in touchbacks on kickoffs each of his four seasons.
  • Caleb Sturgis (Florida): The 28 field-goal attempts during the 2012 season were the second-most for a Gator, just shy of the record of 30 he set back in 2009…Compiled a 79.5 field goal percentage over his career, the second-most in school history, 10th in SEC history (min. 50 attempts) behind Jeff Chandler (83.8%).
Punters:
  • Ryan Allen (Louisiana Tech): Allen became the first punter to ever win back-to-back Ray Guy Awards. Only played two years of football, earning letters both years as a punter/kicker at West Salem High School ... first team all-state punter and kicker in 2007 ... played in the Les Schwab All-Star Game in 2007.
  • Dylan Breeding (Arkansas): At Hoover High School, he was a member of two state runner-up teams. He also lettered in baseball. As a senior, he was named all-state after he punted 59 times for 2,447 yards, an average of 41.5 yards per punt, with a long of 59.
  • Bobby Cowan (Idaho): On Idaho’s single-season punts list, he is tied for first (88 in 2011) and has the No. 6 mark (70 in 2012) ... also has school record for single-season punting yards (4,084 in 2011 as well as fourth (3,018 in 2012) and 11th-best (2,618 in 2010) ... has second (46.4 in 2011), third (45.1 (2010), seventh (43.1 in 2012) and eighth (43.0 in 2009) single-season averages.
  • Alex Dunnachie (Hawaii): A 2008 graduate of Marcellin College in Bulleen, Victoria, Australia...participated in basketball, volleyball and Australian Rules Football...played nine years for the Banyule Bears Junior and Amateur Football Club...in 2008, named the Under-19 Best and Fairest Shooter, as well as Sharp Shooter, in the Victorian Amateur Football Association while scoring 58 goals for the Bears.
  • Josh Hubner (Arizona State): holds the record for most yards per punt in a single season at 47.1 (2012)...finished his ASU career with a 44 yard average, which ranks as the second highest career punting average in school history behind Stephen Baker (44.9, 1998-99)...recorded 29 punts over 50 yards, including 22 in 2012...placed 44 punts (38.6 percent) inside of the 20 with only 14 touchbacks.
  • Scott Kovanda (Ball State): Punted 229 times for 9,381 yards and a 41.0 average... the 229 punts is the fourth highest career total in Ball State history... 9,381 punt yards ranks fourth on Ball State's career chart... 41.0 career average ranks third on Ball State's all-time charts.
  • Jeff Locke (UCLA): 2012 - Saw action in all 14 games and handled the punting and kickoff duties ... Served as a special teams co-captain ... Semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter ... Named first-team All-Pac-12 by the league coaches, Phil Steele and CBSSports.com ... Earned first-team all-conference academic team honors
  • Brad Wing (LSU): Left-footed punter who played in 23 games during his LSU career ... Finished with a 44.6 average on 118 punts ... The 44.6 career average ranks first in school history ... 48 of his 118 punts were downed inside the 20-yard line and 39 punt traveled 50 yards or more ... Australian native ... Opted to forgo his final two years at LSU and entered the NFL Draft following his sophomore season in 2012.
Long Snapper:
  • Luke Ingram (Hawaii): Appeared in all 12 games during senior year…recorded three tackles… started all 52 games of his career…did not record one bad snap, that resulted in a miss or blocked kick over his career.

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