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Friday, March 15, 2013

AFL Kickers 2013 - American Conference

Another season of Arena football kicks off next weekend. As always, we check in on the ever important kicking game. This year the American Conference includes seven teams, and hence seven kickers:

Cleveland Gladiators - Ross Gornall (Florida Atlantic) 
"My main focus this season is staying consistent and keeping my head in the right place. I feel blessed to have moved up to this level and I want to take full advantage of the opportunity. To any football player out there, kicker or not, never leave any doubt in your mind that you didn't give your all. Gladiators are looking very sound in camp, here we come watch out!"
Jacksonville Sharks -  Marco Capozzoli (Montclair State)
"Capozzoli enters his third season with the Sharks and fourth AFL season overall. Last time he appeared on Sea Best Field, Capozzoli delivered the most memorable kick in franchise history, drilling a 51-yarder as time expired to propel Jacksonville to a 58-56 win over the Georgia Force in the first round of the 2012 playoffs."
New Orleans VooDoo - Gary Cismesia (Florida State)
"Cismesia, who settled a shaky kicking situation midway through 2012, returns to handle kicking duties in 2013."
Orlando Predators - Mark Lewis (Florida International) PUP
"Lewis, a Central Florida native and Lyman High School alum, has established himself as one of the premier kickers in the AFL. He was named the Arena Football League’s Kicker of the Year in 2007, and is entering his third season with the Preds and ninth overall in the AFL."
Philadelphia Soul - Carlos Martinez (Buena Vista) 
"I'm excited about my new team and organization. My professional career started in Philly with the Eagles in 2003. Great fans, great organization, great coaches, and great team and with my family support I am truly blessed."
Pittsburgh Power - Joshua Smith (St. Andrews)
"This year my main focus is just to stay healthy. I'm excited to be a part of the Power organization and I'm looking forward to a productive 2013 season!"
Tampa Bay Storm - Juan Bongarra (Albany State)
"The Storm worked on aim and placement of the ball on kickoff. In order to improve scoring, and take advantage of the live ball off the net, the kicker needs to aim for the crossbar. If the ball takes an odd bounce, the kicking team has an opportunity to grab the ball and run it in for a touchdown. Storm kicker Juan Bongarra spent the offseason working on this part of his game. 'I came out here a lot during the offseason to work on this,' said Bongarra. 'You have to keep practicing in order to get better'."

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