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Monday, April 1, 2013

Draft Preview: Brandon McManus

Among the kickers and punters  eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Temple's Brandon McManus. He is not ranked in the majority of the various draft rankings, but that is probably because most prognosticators ignore "smaller" schools (that's assuming a D1 school with 30,000 students can be considered small).

Excerpts from McManus's profile page on the Owls' website:

2012 Senior Season
  • selected First Team All-Big East Conference (Coaches selection)
  • ended his collegiate career as Temple's career leader in scoring (338), punting average (45.4), field goals made (60), and field goals attempted (83)
  • set the season record for field goal accuracy (82.4)
  • set game records at Army for extra points made (9) and attempted (9)
  • had 15 punts longer than 50 yards
  • named to the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
2011 Junior Season
  • Ray Guy Award candidate
  • second-team All-MAC honoree 
  • named the coaches’ specialist of the week six times
  • 98 points scored finished second on the all-time list (behind Bernard Pierce)
  • made three field goals (34, 37, 34) and four extra points in the bowl win over Wyoming … also kicked off eight times for 535 yards (66.9 avg.) with four touchbacks in the win over the Cowboys
  • made two field goals (28 yd., 23 yd.) in the shutout of Buffalo … set the school record with a 59.3 punting average against the Bulls
2010 Sophomore Season
  • named the Athlete of the Month (September 2010)
  • named MAC Specialist of the Week, Groza Star of the Week, and Athlete of the Week (Sept. 6, 2010)
  • made a career-high four field goals in the win over Villanova in the season opener, including 43-yarder with three seconds remaining to give the Owls the win … made a career-long 53-yard field goal in the second quarter, the second longest FG in school history
2009 Freshman Season
  • Played in all 13 games … the only freshman to play in every game
  • kicked the game-winning field goal-- an 18-yarder-- in the win over Miami en route to MAC Specialist of the Week and the coaches’ special teams player of the game honors
High School
  • Selected for the 2009 Big 33 All-Star Game
  • four-year letterwinner at placekicker and punter for coach Dick Beck (Temple football 1987-90) at North Penn HS
  • made a perfect 78-of-78 PATs in 2008 ... 68 of 80 kickoffs were touchbacks
  • in his prep career, made 15-of-22 field goals, seven FG were longer than 40 yards ... had 229 career points
  • helped team to two district championships (2008, 2005) and two conference championships (2008, 2006) during his four years
  • earned Honorable Mention All-State, first-team All-League, and first-team All-Area as a junior after making a school record and District 1 record 55-yard field goal

College Stats:
2012: 14 of 17 (82.4%) FGs; 32 of 33 PATs; 74 points
2011: 16 of 22 (72.7%) FGs; 50 of 50 PATs; 98 points
2010: 13 of 20 (65.0%) FGs; 31 of 32 PATs; 70 points
2009: 17 of 24 (70.8%) FGs; 45 of 48 PATs; 96 points
2012: 54 punts, 45.1 yard average, long of 68 yards
2011: 46 punts, 45.8 yard average, long of 65 yards
2010: 4 punts, 42.3 yard average, long of 51 yards

Brandon updated us on his past, present and future busy schedule:
"I took a couple weeks off after the season since I was doing double duties both kicking and punting, so I wanted to give some time for my leg to rest. After some rest time, I went down to Atlanta to train for about three weeks, not only on my kicking but my speed and strength because I feel you need to be a well rounded athlete to perform your best even as a kicker. After Atlanta, I had the opportunity to play in the Casino del Sol all-star game in Tucson, Arizona which gave me the chance to showcase my talents in front of scouts in practice and the game. Since Atlanta and Arizona, I came back to Temple to continue training for my pro day, Regional Combine and upcoming individual workouts. The NFL regional combine gave me a chance to see where I am compared to other NFL hopefuls and give me a chance to further showcase my talents in front of scouts. I performed every well at the Regional Combine at the JETS facility going 6-6 FGs, 3-3 50+ and kicked off well. Following the regional combine I had individual workouts with multiple teams and was invited to the Super Regional Combine in Dallas on April 6-7. My pro day was on March 21st at Temple University and went very well. I wanted to participate in all the testing because I wanted to show my athleticism as well as my ability to kick the football. I kicked about 10 kickoffs, 12 FGs all from 45-60 yd and about 20 punts. I was pleased with my performance and am looking forward to more workouts and the combine in Dallas in the future."

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