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Sunday, June 30, 2013

CFPA 2013 Preseason FCS Punters Watch List

College Football Performance Awards, the largest awards organization in D-I college football, recently announced its watch list for the 2013 CFPA Punter Award. The preliminary watch list highlights 32 returning performers, vying for the top individual punter award in the Football Championship Subdivision. All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
  • Bobby Wenzig, Alabama State
  • Adam Lutz, Campbell
  • Nick Pollard, Chattanooga
  • Paul Delaney, Columbia
  • Scott Weatherford, Eastern Illinois
  • Jordan Berry, Eastern Kentucky
  • Jake Miller, Eastern Washington
  • Luke Cherry, Georgia Southern
  • C.J. Reyes, Idaho State
  • Pat Wright, Illinois State
  • Kollin Kahler, Lamar
  • Tim Divers, Lehigh
  • Jeffrey Ondish, Maine
  • Jean Breaux, McNeese State
  • Chris Sullens, Missouri State
  • Stephen Shaw, Montana
  • Steven Mix, Murray State
  • Andy Wilder, NAU
  • Ben LeCompte, North Dakota State
  • Justin Weldon, Sacramento State
  • Greg Peranich, Samford
  • Ethan Sawyer, South Dakota State
  • Joe Vucic, Southeast Missouri State
  • Austin Pucylowski, Southern Illinois
  • Brock Miller, Southern Utah
  • Grant Price, St. Francis (PA)
  • Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech
  • James Satterfield, UT-Martin
  • Mark Hamilton, Villanova
  • Tony Epperson, Weber State
  • Clark Sechrest, Western Carolina
  • Kyle Cazzetta, Yale 
 See also: Preseason FCS Placekicker Watch List

CFPA 2013 Preseason FCS Placekickers Watch List

College Football Performance Awards, the largest awards organization in D-I college football, recently announced its watch list for the 2013 CFPA Placekicker Award. The preliminary watch list highlights 32 returning performers, vying for the top individual placekicker award in the Football Championship Subdivision. All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

• Bobby Wenzig, Alabama State
• Alexander Norocea, Brown
• Bobby Zalud, Cal Poly
• Eddie Camara, Central Arkansas
• Sean Baner, Delaware
• Cameron Berra, Eastern Illinois
• Chase Varnadore, Florida A&M
• Ray Early, Furman
• John Macomber, Holy Cross
• Nick Aussieker, Illinois State
• Tanner Fritschle, Indiana State
• Eric Spillane, Monmouth
• Chris Lider, Montana
• Rory Perez, Montana State
• Jordan Benton, Murray State
• Andy Wilder, NAU
• Mike MacArthur, New Hampshire
• Andrew Dolan, Nicholls State
• Zeb Miller, North Dakota
• Adam Keller, North Dakota State
• Tyler Sievertsen, Northern Iowa
• Jarod Brown, Old Dominion
• Chris Barrick, Prairie View A&M
• Edgar Castaneda, Sacramento State
• Justin Syrovatka, South Dakota State
• Colton Cook, Southern Utah
• Jordan Wiggs, Stephen F. Austin
• Jamin Godfrey, Tennessee State
• Brady Stuart, UC Davis
• David Lopez, Wagner
• Shaun McClain, Weber State

• Kasey Redfern, Wofford

See also: Preseason FCS Punters Watch List

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Duke Blue Devils 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the  Duke Blue Devils.

Kicker: Ross Martin, sophomore (Solon, OH / Walsh Jesuit)
"This offseason I've been lifting and working on explosiveness real hard. Our strength coaches really emphasize being explosive, especially for the kickers and punters since that's key for our position. This summer myself the punter, Will Monday, and long snapper, Thomas Hennessy, have all been training to get a seamless rhythm well before camp starts in August. Having a strong chemistry and confidence in each other is vital for a successful unit. In regards to next season, I'm looking to improve off of last year in every kicking category: percentage, range, height, hang times, and distance."
Kicker: Jack Willoughby, junior (Juneau, AK / Lawrenceville School)
"This offseason, I've been living with a friend in Los Angeles and interning at a sports agency here. While in LA, I have been kicking 3 or 4 times a week at a local high school to keep my leg in shape, and lifting and running on the side. I hope to return to Durham stronger, fitter, and a better kicker. My goals for the upcoming season are twofold. First, I intend for the Duke specialist core to build off last years successes and have another great season as a unit. Secondly, and more importantly, our goal as a team is to win every game we play. Duke Football is on the rise, and we are all working hard to continue to move in the right direction."
Punter: Will Monday, sophomore (Flowery Branch, GA / Flowery Branch)
As a redshirt freshman in 2012, Monday emerged as one of the top punters in the nation, averaging an ACC-leading 44.6 yards per punt on the way to All-ACC first team honors. Of his 67 punts, 20 went 50 yards or longer, and 19 landed inside the opponent 20-yard line. He booted a career-long 79-yard punt against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl, which was the third longest punt in school history.
Punter: Spencer Rogers, senior (Los Altos, CA / St. Francis)
2012: Walk-on reserve punter.
High school: Two-year letterman at St. Francis ... averaged 37 yards per punt.
Long snapper: Thomas Hennessy, freshman (Bardonia, NY / Don Bosco Prep NJ)
"This off season I spent the winter lifting and training hard with our strength coaches in preparation for spring practices. During the spring I worked hard to win the role of the starting long snapper and I earned a scholarship. Right now and throughout the summer I have been working with Will Monday and Ross Martin who really push me to excel because they are two of the top specialists in the country. My goal for this season is to help make a seamless transition at long snapper because Jackson Anderson was a tremendous snapper at Duke for four years."

Friday, June 28, 2013

California Golden Bears 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the California Golden Bears.

Kicker: Vince D'Amato, senior
(Lake Forest, CA / El Toro HS)
D'Amato was selected First Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. D'Amato ended the Pac-12's regular season as the conference's leader in field goals made (1.33 fgmpg) while ranking fifth in field goal percentage (16-23, 69.6%). D'Amato scored a team and career-high 78 points in 2012, making added 30-of-33 extra points added to his 16 field goals.
Kicker: James Langford, junior (Pleasanton, CA / Cal Poly, Foothill HS)
"The specialists at Cal have been lifting and conditioning with the team since May 28th. This has consisted of lifting and running 4 times a week. On our own, we've been kicking 2-3 times a week. I've also been taking two summer school classes. My goal for the season is obviously to start on kickoffs and field goals, but realistically probably have the best shot at starting only on kickoffs, where I dominated during spring ball for the two weeks I was able to play. Vince is returning FG starter and 1st team all Pac 12 kicker, he seems to have his field goals consistent and looking great so far."
Kicker: Benjamin Calder, sophomore (Houston, TX / Lamar HS & Westbury Christian HS)
"This summer I've been lifting and running 4 times a week in the morning and then kicking 3 times a week in the afternoon. I've made sure to ice and take care of my body so I'm able to kick and workout to the best of my ability. In regards to goals I'm working to become more consistent as a kicker and more flexible."
Kicker: Noah Beito, freshman (Scotts Valley, CA / Scotts Valley HS)
"This offseason I've been training with the team which includes lifting and conditioning several times a week. Along with that I kick three times a week either by myself or with a few of the other specialists on my team. Now that it's summer I spend weekends back at home in Scotts Valley with family and friends because they are very important to me. My main goal for this summer is to improve the distance on my kickoffs. Overall, for this upcoming season I plan to keep training harder than ever and see where that will get me. We have four other great kickers on the roster that I am competing against and I plan to work as hard as possible in order to see the field this year."
Kicker: Matt Anderson, freshman (Danville, CA / San Ramon Valley HS)
Not only does Anderson have the luxury of having D'Amato to look up to, but he also has something going for him now that he didn't in high school. Anderson said competing with other kickers at practice greatly helps his game. Being the only kicker on his team in high school, it was hard at times to push himself to continue to grow and improve without the constant competition at practice.'Everyone's been really energetic,' Anderson said. 'With the offense as quick as it is, everything is going at such a high tempo all the time. Kicking wise, we've just been working hard. It's fun here because it's like a competition with the other kickers. Having some competition is what helps me perform at my best'."
Punter: Cole Leininger, sophomore (Fruit Cove, FL / Bartram Trail HS)
"I'm currently working with Mike McCabe and One on One Kicking and have been for about a month and then I'm going back to cal and doing offseason workouts and training. I'll will be in contact with Mike and continue to do his drills."
Punter: Steffan Mos, junior (San Diego, CA / Grossmont College / Clairemont HS)
Played one season at Grossmont College as a 2011 freshman and earned second-team All-Southern California Football Association honors ... averaged 40.8 yards per punt and put opponents inside the 20 yard line on 17 occasions
Punter/WR:  Chad Smith, junior (Los Angeles, CA / Loyola HS)
Averaged 41.0 yards per punt over the final two seasons of his prep career after taking up the job as a junior, while also playing wide receiver
Long snapper: John Sheperdson, junior (Danville, CA / San Ramon Valley HS)
Sheperdson was once again atop the depth chart at long snapper following spring practice.
Long snapper: Brandon Madueño, senior (West Covina, CA / Damien HS)
'After Spring Ball practice #10 (3/15/13), Long snapper #86 Brandon Madueño chatted with CalTV reporter Emily Turner about the fast paced practices, Coach Sonny Dykes, academics, and the scholarship he received.'
Long snapper: Cary Kriegsman, junior (Pacific palisades, CA / Loyola HS)
Coming out of high school in 2010, he was ranked the No. 8 long snapper in the nation by
Long snapper: Duke Moran, freshman (Menlo Park, CA / Sacred Heart Prep HS)
"Every morning during the offseason I lift and run with the team and snap three times a week later on in the afternoon. I've been told I need to snap the ball faster so I'm working on my strength in the weight room and practicing the same drills that Chris Rubio taught me since day one. My goals are to consistently snap a tenth faster with each ball and contribute to the team on Saturdays. We are looking to appear in the Rose Bowl and I'd love to be a part of it."

Bowling Green Falcons 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Bowling Green Falcons.

Kicker: Tyler Tate, sophomore (Carroll, Ohio / Bloom-Carroll HS)
Tate is expected to handle all field goals and extra points. Tate was 7-of-10 on field goals in 2012, including 2-of-2 versus San Jose State in the Military Bowl.

Spring game: Tate made two short-range field goals (29 and 25 yards), and he came very close to making a 51-yard kick (with a strong wind). He also was perfect on four extra points.
"This offseason has been a busy one. For me, it has consisted of a lot of kicking, lifting, and school. The offseason is the time where I try to hammer out all the flaws in my technique so that when season rolls around, it's second nature. One particular goal I have for this summer is to straitened out my follow through on my field goals. I have a tendency to turn my hips to the left and that causes my balls to tail off. My hope is by season I won't have to think about my follow through at all. During the season, I always shoot for 100% accuracy. I know that's not necessarily realistic, but I have to go out there with the mindset that I can make every kick I attempt if I want to be successful."
Kicker: Anthony Farinella, sophomore (Woodridge, IL / Downers Grove South)
Farinella is once again expected to handle kickoffs. Last season he averaged 58.0 per kickoff with seven touchbacks.  
Punter: Brian Schmiedebusch, senior (Ottawa, OH / Ottawa-Glandorf)
Schmiedebusch will once again be BGSU’s punter. Schmiedebusch, a second-team All-MAC performer last season, averaged 40.8 per punt, including 18 punts of over 50 yards and 24 punts inside the opponents’ 20 yardline.

11/15/12 - “I think I’m finding my groove now,” Schmiedebusch said. “In the Eastern Michigan game I started to get some good punts, and I thought against Ohio I had some great punts. “I knew it was a big game, and field position can change games. So I just tried to do what I can do.”
Long snapper: Matt Engel, junior (Ottawa, Ont. / Yitzhak Rabin)
Long snapper: Greg Hohenstein, sophomore (Warrenville, IL / Wheaton-Warrenville South)
The main competition will be at long-snapper, where Cory Johnson was lost to graduation. “Cory Johnson very quietly had a great year for us last year,” BG coach Dave Clawson said. “I can’t tell you who is going to handle those snaps for us, so that’s a priority this spring.”

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Boise State Broncos 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Boise State Broncos.

Kicker: Dan Goodale, junior (Boise, ID / Timberline HS)
2012: Appeared in the final four games of the season as a kickoff specialist...kicked off 22 times, averaging 54.3 yards per kickoff...four touchbacks.
2011: Boise State's primary kicker appeared in 11 games during the regular season...was 3-of-5 on field goals, converting from 25, 31 and 32 yards...was 50-of-56 on PATs
"To be sure, Bronco placekicking was conservative last season, when senior Michael Frisina wrested away the starting job from junior Dan Goodale and subsequently did everything asked of him, including the game-winning field goal that beat Washington in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas last December. Now Goodale is trying to win back the spot he had for most of the 2011 season, competing with junior college transfer Tyler Rausa. Coach Chris Petersen says the placekicking post is essentially a dead heat going into Saturday’s spring game. 'The important thing is to find one guy who can get it done for us when it really matters, when the pressure’s on him,' Petersen said."
Kicker: Tyler Rausa, sophomore (Murrieta, CA / Riverside CC)
Riverside Community College 2012: Converted 15-of-20 (.750) field goals with a long of 48 yards, and was 52-of-53 on PATs in his lone season...earned all-conference honors.
“I think he’s got a big chance. I’ll tell you one thing that’s nice about him, he’s kicked at the college level so there’s no tee involved. That makes a difference right there. … He’s shown to be a pressure kicker. He’s played some college ball. He’ll be great to have in the mix.” - Coach Chris Petersen
Punter: Trevor Harman (Beaverton, OR / Southridge HS)
2012: Broncos' starting punter and primary kickoff specialist appeared in each of the team's 13 games...punted 42 times for 1,731 yards...42.21 yards per punt is the sixth-highest single-season average in school history...recorded 11 punts of 50-plus yards, including a season long of 60 yards against Hawaii ...downed eight punts inside the 20-yard line
Punter: Sean Wale, freshman (La Habra, CA / La Habra HS)
"This offseason I'm just really focusing on a few things. I'm just trying to get bigger and stronger, get more flexible, and also improve in all three aspects of my game (kicking, punting, kickoff)."
Long snapper: Kevin Keane, junior (Moorpark, CA / Ohio Wesleyan) 
2012: Reserve long snapper made four appearances in his debut season with the Broncos...handled long snapping duties against Michigan State, San Diego State, Hawaii and Washington (in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas).
Ohio Wesleyan 2011: Started three games at center for head coach Mike Halloway before suffering a season-ending injury.

CFL Specialists 2013 - one kicker, one punter & one snapper

The 2103 CFL regular season kicks off tonight

We recently spoke with several players regarding the recent offseason and training camp, as well as looking ahead to the upcoming year.

Kevin Scott:
Hamilton Tiger-Cats long snapper
"My goals for the upcoming season are to continue to improve every year that I play. I want to become more consistent and a better down field tackler. It doesn't matter what I have done in the previous year. The day you stop improving is the day you don't have a job. There is always someone trying to take your spot on the team.

I'm excited about this upcoming season as the team has a lot of confidence and a lot of promise. We had a strong preseason and we are looking to continue that success in the regular season starting Friday."
Billy Pavlopoulos: Winnipeg Blue Bombers practice squad punter
"I've been put on practice roster which I'm very happy to be given that opportunity and learn from [Mike] Renaud and [Justin] Palardy. My biggest goal over 2012 was to make sure I was out working all my competition that was able to play in the season. I hoped my hard work would land me an opportunity to be looked at. This turned my suspension into a positive and I went and worked with Gary Zauner and Adam Tanalski to improve my technique. I was fortunate that Duane Ford spoke so highly of me and it made things much easier. I plan now to just get better and more familiar with game speed and hopefully can succeed in this league."
Brett Lauther: Hamilton Tiger-Cats kicker, 9-game injured list
"My offseason I put in a lot of work with Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Justin Palardy. He's from the same hometown as me and we went to the same high school and college, so we get together every year to put work in. Other then that I was just in the gym a lot preparing for e-camp and the training camps. Preseason here in Hamilton has been a ton of fun. At the next level it's been a lot of competition every day and we had five kickers at camp. I feel like I held my own with the two veteran all stars here and they both are great guys and helped me a lot. The preseason games were good too. I had a half vs. Montreal and a quarter vs. Winnipeg and I feel like for my first time up here I did well, but still have a lot of work to go. As for goals after being up here I definitely want to keep working hard with the pros and become a starting kicker for sure. I feel like I have the leg just need to stick with it and make the most of my chances."

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cincinnati Bearcats 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks
at the specialists for the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Kicker: Tony Miliano, junior 
(North bend, OH / Elder HS)
"Back for a third season as the placekicker is Tony Miliano, who has hit 17 field goals in each of the last two years. In 2012, he tightened up his accuracy, connecting 17-of-22 three-pointers and all but two extra points. He also addressed the blocked kicks that plagued him throughout his first year."
Punter: John Lloyd, junior (Cincinnati, OH / Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) 
Lloyd steps into the starting punter role, after starter Pat O'Donnell transferred to Miami FL in April. 
High School:  A two-star recruit by and ... three year letter winner, twice named all-State, all-SW District, Cincinnati Enquirer all-City, all-Miami Valley Conference and all-Tri-State ... led the State of Ohio as a senior with a 44 yards per punt average, 46% inside the 20, longs of 70, 69 and 64 ... also led the State of Ohio as a junior with a 42.6 ypp avg, 41% inside the a senior, ranked #5 in the nation by to play in the Under Armour North South All Star Game
Punter: Eric Ernst, sophomore (Cincinnati, OH / McNicholas HS)
"Team summer strength training and conditioning has begun and we are working everyday to maintain a high level of explosiveness and flexibility. For me personally, I have been trying to develop my hip flexibility after I stick my plant into the ground. The quicker I can pull my hip up and through the ball, the better (from a punting perspective). My goals have been to increase this hip strength/flexibility as well as maintaining a solid operation time. Ball placement is key, so I have also been focusing on placing my drop directly in the way of my leg swing to perform the ultimate strike on the ball. My goal is to have these skills consistent by the time the season starts, and being able to do so in 2.0 seconds (snap to kick op-time)."
Long snapper: Kirk Willis, sophomore (Granville, OH / Granville HS)
2012: Earned a tackle at Toledo (10/20) ... recorded one stop against Virginia Tech (09/29) ... had two stops vs. Pittsburgh (09/06) in UC debut.
2011: Redshirted.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Central Michigan Chippewas 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Central Michigan Chippewas.

Kicker: Ron Coluzzi, freshman (Naperville, IL / Naperville North HS)
One task facing special teams coordinator Kyle Nystrom this spring necessary to maintaining that level is developing a kicker for field goals and PATs. Gone to graduation is David Harman. Staking a primary claim to that spot thus far has been redshirt freshman Ron Coluzzi.
"This offseason I have spent countless of hours in the weight room and watched film from last year. I went back to the basics my coaches taught me and gradually made the workouts more intense. This offseason I tried to focus on the areas where I didn't quite succeed as much as I did in other areas. My time was mainly spent on how I can act smarter on and off the field so I can remain healthy and contribute my best effort for my team.
This summer I plan on pacing the number of balls I hit a week so I can arrive at camp with a great mentality that I'm ready to go. This includes stretching everyday and constantly practicing my muscle memory drills I learned from Chris Sailer, a kicking coach based in California. My goal for this upcoming season is to give the best effort I possibly can. If I miss a field goal, I want to be able to look my teammates in the eyes and say I tried my best. Redshirting my freshman year was a very humbling experience and a goal I have set for myself is to learn from my experience playing, whether I succeed or not, it's for the best."
Kicker: Connor Gagnon, senior (Midland, MI / Midland HS)
'Coluzzi is also the frontrunner to handle kickoff duties but senior Connor Gagnon is also battling to fill that role. Gagnon has the edge in experience after kicking off 19 times in 2012 for a 58.9-yard average, with five touchbacks.'
Punter: Richie Hogan, senior (Laguna Hills, CA / Laguna Hills HS)
Richie Hogan returns for his senior season as the incumbent starter at punter. He sat out the spring season with an injury but will be 100 percent for the 2013 season. 
"This offseason/summer I've been busy working to improve my power and explosiveness in the weight room along with improving my flexibility and core. I've also been utilizing the pool for water resistance by going through the punting/kicking motions. Pool work is one of my favorite work-outs for punting.
This summer I've been working with the snappers to try to improve my operation time and get a solid feeling with them so I don't having any problems/timing issues with them in camp.
Weather is a factor in many of our games so it is important for me to improve my consistency punting into the wind. Coming into camp fresh is important so over kicking is always something I am aware of. Lastly, and the most important thing I consistently strive to get better in is the mental aspect. Visualization and a clear mind is something I do before I punt a ball. Never too early to visualize success this upcoming season!"
Punter: Matt Cotiguala, sophomore (LaGrange, IL / College of DuPage)
'Nystrom expects that Matt Cotiguala, a junior college transfer from the College of DuPage in Illinois, will push for the starting punting job during fall camp. In the meantime, while Hogan is sidelined and Cotiguala is not yet on campus, Coluzzi has been serving as the No. 1 punter. '
Long snapper: Mike Zenk, sophomore (Toledo, OH / Central Catholic HS)
2012: Played in 13 games, serving as the team's long snapper … credited with two tackles.
"I've been working out four days a week with the team and snapping at least twice. I've been doing many drills that do not involve using the ball to work on my form every time I go out to snap. I'm working to get faster so that I will be more effective on punts and stronger and quicker to be able to protect on both pat/field goals and punts. I've been doing yoga to keep my flexibility at its best.
Some of my goals: to get my snap speed down to get our snap to kick times better, to help increase the productivity of the units I snap, to allow our team to pin opponents and score as many points as possible. As a unit we are looking to become much closer this summer giving us better chemistry on the field that will hopefully result in better snap to kick and yardage.
We are looking to be the best specialist unit we can be and help our team win more games. We want to be the most reliable part of the team, as do our offense and defense."
Long snapper: Nick Adams, junior (Crystal Lake, IL / Crystal Lake South HS)
2012: Did not see game action.

Athlon Sports 2013 Preseason All-American Kickers & Punters

Athlon Sports announced their 2013 All-American teams. Following are the highlights (i.e. the kickers and the punters). 

First team
  • Kicker: Cairo Santos, Tulane (SR)
  • Punter: Kyle Christy, Florida (JR)
Second team
  • Kicker: Jeff Budzien, Northwestern (SR)
  • Punter: Kirby Van Der Camp, Iowa State (SR)
Third team
  • Kicker: Chris Boswell, Rice (SR)
  • Punter: Mike Sadler, Michigan State (JR)
Fourth team
  • Kicker: Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson (SR)
  • Punter: Richie Leone, Houston (SR)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Army Black Knights 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Army Black Knights.

Kicker/punter: Daniel Grochwoski, sophomore (Sarasota, FL / Riverview HS)
"Daniel Grochowski returns at kicker after sharing those duties with former senior Eric Osteen, and he's also an option at punter, along with sophomore Alex Tardieu."
Spring Scrimmage: "Daniel Grochowski, Billy Fisher and Cale Brewer took turns attempting extra points and field goals. Grochowski’s best kick was a 47-yarder that would have been good from significantly longer."
Kicker: Billy Fisher, senior (Canfield, OH / Canfield HS)
Black & Gold Spring game: "Billy Fisher found his groove toward the end. Each kicker attempted six field goals with the rest of Army’s team lined up on the defensive side, trying to them by yelling. Wide receiver Chevaughn Lawrence blocked one of Fisher’s kicks. Lawrence admits he had some help. 'Larry (Dixon) was holding my feet and kind of threw me in the air.' Lawrence said. 'It was illegal but I got a block'.”
Kicker: Cale Brewer, sophomore (Prosper, TX / Prosper HS)
2012: Did not see any varsity action.
High School: earned three letters in football and four more in soccer ... captained the soccer squad ... member of 2008 Texas Class 3A state championship football team ... made 162 of 171 extra point tries during career (.947) ... made 18 of his 21 field goal attempts
Punter Alex Tardieu , sophomore (Grants Pass, OR / Grants Pass HS)
Last year Tardieu was the punter for the Army JV team, and is the lead candidate to replace graduated Chris Boldt as punter for the varsity squad this year.
High School: Earned eight varsity letters in track & field (4), football (3) and basketball (1) ... averaged more than 40.0 yards per punt
Long snapper/WR: Andrew Ellerson, sophomore (West Point, NY / O'Neill)
2012: Played in all 12 games as Army's long snapper on field goals ... snapped on punts versus Air Force and Rutgers following injury to Frank Ceva.
Long snapper: Connor Farley, sophomore (Grove Heights, MN / St. Thomas Academy)
Joined the team during spring practice [last year] ... worked as primary long snapper on punts ... also worked in FG/PAT snapper rotation ... transferred to West Point after playing one season at St. John's University in Minnesota

Baylor Bears 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Baylor Bears.

Kicker: Aaron Jones, senior (Crowley, TX / Crowley HS)
Jones made a 38 yard field goal and five extra points in the Spring scrimmage.
Owns or shares 16 school records, including eight career marks: points scored (kickers and overall, 327), field goals made (tied, 45), PATs made (192), consecutive PATs made (107) and most 50-plus yard field goals made (three, tied) entering 2013 season... Also holds season records for points (119, 2012), field goals made (19, 2010) and PATs made (75, 2011)...
Nickname is "Stork."
Jones carries a streak of 107 consecutive made PATs into 2013.
Punter: Spencer Roth, junior (Knoxville, TN / Catholic HS)
Spring scrimmage: Roth punted several times, one of which got caught in the strong wind.
2012: Starting punter in all 13 games as sophomore... Averaged 43.8 yards on 36 total kicks, with 13 inside the 20-yard-line, four touchbacks and nine punts of 50-yards or longer on season.
Kicker/punter: Kyle Peterson, sophomore (Rockwall, TX / Heath HS)
Listed on the spring depth chart as the backup at both kicker and punter.
Long snapper: Zach Northern, senior (Hewitt, TX / Midway HS)
Fifth-year walk-on, fourth-year starter... Veteran with 36 career games played (tied for ninth-most on squad) entering 2013 season... Named to Fall 2012 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Charitable Kicking

The kicking community is certainly involved in charitable endeavors, as we glimpsed in our look at Kicking in Haiti. That is just one example within the global big picture, which addresses a wide and diverse array of causes. Following are just a few more examples.

The purpose of the foundation: to affect positive change among children and youth locally, regionally, nationally and globally. The ideology behind the foundation: Pay it forward to the next generation, Affect positive change among youth regardless of race, sex, religion or nationality. Areas of emphasis and focus: Education and scholarships, Quality of life for children and youth with emphasis on preventing obesity through fitness (i.e. NFL play 60 program), President’s National Council on Fitness.

The Matt Stover Foundation was formed in 2002 to centralize the Stover family’s contributions. The foundation will only make gifts to be used for charitable purposes. In short, the mission of the Matt Stover Foundation is to provide financial support to under-funded educational, religious and other charitable organizations.

The Goulden Touch
Because Robbie Gould feels strongly about giving back to those in need, starting a public charity in 2011 was the perfect way to begin his dream. Upon the creation of The Goulden Touch, Robbie found it difficult to pinpoint just one specific area of need. With the help of his Board of Directors, they created “The Goulden Rules” to provide noticeable impacts amongst Chicago organizations.  Since its inception, The Goulden Touch has partnered with several key organizations to Education, Social Services, Health and Wellness, and Medical Research.

David Akers Kicks for Kids is a charity organization that provides assistance to the children and families being cared for at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. David's desire to give back to the community, as well as to help young people an families in need, motivated him to establish the David Akers' Kicks for Kids organization in the fall of 2001. David is continuing his Kicks for Kids mission in San Francisco by participating in the 49ers Cares Program by supplying 20 tickets and 20 food vouchers to the Ronald McDonald House to distribute to families to attend each home game this season.

Kicking For The Dream
Kicking For The Dream was created by NFL Kicker Billy Cundiff as a way to support the Colleen's Dream Foundation - which started in 2012 and supports research for early detection and improved treatment for ovarian cancer. The story of Colleen’s Dream started in 2007 when Colleen Drury, Billy Cundiff's mother-in-law, was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer. The family's eyes were opened to a new world that was filled with invasive surgery, harsh chemotherapy, and lots of uncertainty. Ovarian cancer is often referred to as “the silent killer” because many women do not discover their disease until it is in the late stages, which leads to many women succumbing to the disease within a short period of time. Unlike cervical or breast cancer, ovarian cancer does not have a standardized early detection procedure. When it comes to women’s health, ovarian cancer proves to be one of the deadliest diseases.
We are a national, community-based organization of volunteers, whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.
Nous sommes un organisme bénévole national, à caractère communautaire, dont la mission est l'éradication du cancer et l'amélioration de la qualité de vie des personnes touchées par le cancer.
[thanks to Calgary Stampeders punter Rob Maver for drawing our attention to this organization]

"I am extremely excited for the future of this foundation, as well as for the Celiac Disease community. With more and more support groups, and more people genuinely concerned about the lack of awareness, we hope that this will spur a rise in education, a rise in diagnosis, and reduce the number of undiagnosed and misdiagnosed cases."
- kicker/founder Craig Pinto

Feely Family Foundation - World Ministries Football Club
The Feely Family Foundation, which focuses on the protection, education, and rehabilitation of children, sponsors the World Ministries Football Club, The foundation grants scholarships based on financial need, educational achievement, and community service. The foundation also supports worthy charities in their efforts to help provide hope to our children. World Ministries Football Club encourages and supports the aspirations of our players to further pursue educational and playing opportunities beyond high school. This would include assisting each player explore all the possibilities available and enabling or providing scholarships to overcome the financial needs.

Cvet's Pets
Cvet's Pets is a 100% volunteer run Not For Profit organization started by CFL Player Chris Cvetkovic but fueled by players across the CFL.  In the first year of operation Cvet's Pets worked toward providing much needed funds to local animal rescues in the Winnipeg area. In 2013 Cvet's Pets has set higher goals to go along with the support of local shelters. In 2013 so far Cvet's Pets has worked with CANDi International to try and help address the animal overpopulation epidemic in countries such as Mexico & the Dominican Republic and partnered up with George Leonard of MSAR to help put shelter dogs through a training program for service dog and then donate the dogs free of charge to Canadian Armed forces personnel suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) all over Canada.

The Rob Bironas Fund
Created to provide a dynamic funding platform that brings together the children of Music City and the rich musical opportunities that only Nashville, Tennessee can offer. The Fund is dedicated to enriching the community by financing the tools, education and leadership necessary to help children achieve scholastic excellence.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
The nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at, and publicizes the hotline's free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

[supported by Penn State alumni, including Kickology]

Brian Moorman PUNT Foundation
In 2004, Brian Moorman and his wife Amber created Brian Moorman’s P.U.N.T. Foundation to make a difference in the lives of children in Western New York who are fighting cancer. The mission of the P.U.N.T. Foundation is to provide children affected by cancer and their families with the opportunities and support to enjoy the life for which they fight so hard. The Foundation provides assistance, valuable family-centered programs and events designed to enrich their lives, provide them with support and create memorable experiences.

Nation Building for Native Youth (NBNY) is a life-changing empowerment program for Native youth grades 10 - 12 and their adult advisors. NBNY programs represent 25 tribes from Northern Plains, Great Lakes, Southeast, Southern Plains, New Mexico and Arizona. The long-term goals of the program are to enable Native youth to lead positive, successful lives and ultimately serve and lead their communities into a new era of not only sovereignty, but also robust economic, social and political health.

If you know of any other organizations to add to this list, please let us know.

Friday, June 21, 2013

BSN 2013 Preseason All-American Kickers & Punters

Beyond Sports Network announced their 2013 All-American teams. Following are the highlights (i.e. the kickers and the punters, and in a few cases some long snappers).

  • 1st team kicker: Cairo Santos, Tulane
  • 1st team kicker: Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
  • 1st team punter: Kyle Christy, Florida
  • 2nd team kicker: Carey Spear, Vanderbilt
  • 2nd team kicker: Chandler Cantazaro, Clemson
  • 2nd team punter: Richie Leone, Houston
  • Honorable mention kicker: Ross Martin, Duke
  • 1st team kicker: Colton Cook, Southern Utah
  • 1st team kicker: Cameron Berra, Eastern Illinois
  • 1st team punter: Bobby Wenzig, Alabama State
  • 1st team long snapper: Richard Wright, Liberty
  • 2nd team kicker: Jamin Godfrey, Tennessee State
  • 2nd team kicker: Eddie Camara, Central Arkansas
  • 2nd team punter: Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech
  • 3rd team kicker: Adam Keller, North Dakota State
  • 3rd team kicker: Tanner Fritschle, Indiana State
  • 3rd team punter: Andy Wilder, Northern Arizona
Division II
  • 1st team kicker: Curt Duncan, Carson Newman
  • 1st team kicker: Segio Castillo, West Texas A&M
  • 1st team punter: Kyle Goodburn, Northwest Missouri
  • 1st team long snapper: Randall Arbuckle, Midwestern State
  • 2nd team kicker: John Gay, Harding
  • 2nd team kicker: Alex Ferdinand, Chadron State
  • 2nd team punter: Alexander Bradt, Western Oregon
  • 3rd team kicker: Brett Ullman, Indiana PA
  • 3rd team kicker: Sam Brockshus, Minnesota State
  • 3rd team punter: Stefan Terleckyj, Wayne State MI
Division III
  • 1st team kicker: Mike Theismann, St. Scholastica
  • 1st team kicker: Will Jeffcoat, LaGrange
  • 1st team punter: Kyle Hamby, Salisbury
  • 2nd team kicker: Eric Eberle, Washington & Jefferson
  • 2nd team kicker: Tyler Keck, Trine
  • 2nd team punter: Wes Franklin, Ferrum
  • 3rd team kicker: Kevin Sheldon, central
  • 3rd team kicker: Miles McKenzie, Ohio Wesleyan
  • 3rd team punter: Chad Peevey, Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Honorable mention kicker: Kevin Grady, Redlands
  • 1st team kicker: Grayson Quick, Pikeville
  • 1st team punter: Kollin Carman, St. Francis IN
  • 2nd team kicker: Marcus Kerrigan, William Penn
  • 2nd team punter: Kelby Vandenberg, Nebraska Wesleyan
  • Honorable mention punter: Mitchell Mascaro, Cumberlands

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Arkansas State Red Wolves 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Kicker: Brian Davis, senior (Brentwood, TN / Brentwood HS)
Davis was a second team All-Sun Belt choice, a Lou Groza Award semifinalist and became the first player in ASU history to record over 100 points by kicking (104) in a season last year.  He finished the year with 17 field goals made that tied the third most ever by an A-State player, and HC Bryan Harsin said his role could expand this year. “Brian had an outstanding season last year, and he has carried that over into our spring camp,” Harsin said.  “He’s done some punting for us too, and he’s a well-rounded football player capable of doing that as well.  I like his mentality.  He has the right demeanor out there in practice, so I’m pleased with how he’s performing.”
Kicker: Luke Ferguson, sophomore (Jonesboro, AR / Jonesboro HS)
Arkansas State used both Ferguson and Davis on kickoffs last season. Ferguson had 11 touchbacks on 46 attempts, and Davis had 7 on 30 attempts.
For the Red Wolves, it’s totally up in the air who will punt this season. Kickers Davis and Ferguson are in the mix. In the spring game, each guy punted once. Ferguson for 50 yards and killed inside the 20, Davis for 39, and redshirt freshman Max Coffin for 36.
Punter: Max Coffin, freshman (Fayetteville, AR / Fayetteville HS)
"I have been working out 3-4 times a week and trying to kick at least 2 times a week right now and will increase as the summer progresses. Another thing I have started is a stretching routine that I try and do 2-3 times a day.
Some goals: I have to add more hang time on my punting. And focus on driving up through the ball. I need to add a couple yards distance wise on my kick offs. Better consistency on my field goals. Getting more flexible is also one my strong focus points for the summer and continuing it in to the fall."
Punter: Hunter Holmes, freshman (Highland Park, TX / Highland Park HS)
"This offseason I've worked with Coach Kornblue to help me become a more consistent punter. Ive also been working out at Athletes Performance trying to put on some weight. My goals for the season are the same as team's, which is to try to get another conference championship. Being a true freshman I'm just looking for anyway I can help the team."
Long snapper: Cade Oliver, senior (Mansfield, TX / Kilgore TX Junior College)
Oliver took over as the starting long snapper last year after being redshirted following his time at Kilgore Junior College.
Long snapper: Ryan Eustace, freshman (Powder Springs, GA / Harrison HS)
"This offseason I have been working on getting bigger and snapping the ball faster. I workout once in the morning and snap in the evening. Every other day I run two miles to keep my conditioning up. My goals for this summer are to become the best that I can be in order to help my team win conference for the third year in a row and win a bowl game. It's a new year, and we are continuing to build, brick by brick."
Long snapper: J.T. Finley, freshman (Fayetteville, AR / Fayetteville HS)
"I've been working out with the team and snapping with the other guys. Working on drills and things to get my snap times down a little bit. My goals for the next season are to see my team win another conference championship and another bowl game. We have all the talent and coaching we need to get there, I can't wait to see this team do it again."

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Boston College Eagles 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Boston College Eagles.

Kicker: Nate Freese, senior (Strongsville, OH / Strongesville HS)
The returning starter kicked field goals of 36, 32, and 29 yards and an extra point in the Spring scrimmage.
He has connected on 50-of-61 career field goal attempts (82.0 conversion percentage) ... ranks fifth on the school's career scoring list (224 points) 
In 2011, prior to his sophomore season, Freese made the Lou Groza Award preseason watch list.
Kicker: Joey Launceford, sophomore (Seattle, WA / O'Dea)
2012: Did not participate in any games ... earned Athletic Director's Award for Academic Achievement honors.
2011: Redshirted.
High School: Earned Metro All-League second-team honors as a junior and senior kicker at O'Dea High School ... also starred on the Irish soccer team, gaining All-League honors three times.
Kicker: Jake Wilhelm, freshman (Amherst, OH / St. Edward)
Wilhelm is an Ohioan from the city of Amherst, about 35 miles outside of Cleveland. He kicked previously for St. Edward High School, where in 2011, he went 11-for-13 and 41-for-42 on extra point attempts. His team, the Eagles, scored a lot of points so his services were rarely needed on the field goal front. In 2011’s opening game, Wilhelm connected on the game-winner in overtime. Wilhelm has also kicked for championship teams, as St. Edward’s won the state championship in his junior year of 2010.
Punter: Alex Howell, sophomore (Florence, SC / West Florence HS)
Howell is the frontrunner to replace Gerald Levano who graduated.
"I have been working out day by day. I have also been training with Coach Mike McCabe from One on One Kicking. My goals for the summer and season are the same as my team. We have a vision of becoming a great team once again, but it all starts with the first game. The new coaching staff, under head coach Steve Addazio, is leading us in an unimaginable way to win again."
Long Snapper: Leonard Skubal, freshman (Boca Raton, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas)
Several younger players will vie to replace graduated snapper Sean Flaherty.
2012: Redshirted.
High School: Earned All-Broward County honorable mention as a senior linebacker and long snapper
Long Snapper: Michael Fischer, freshman (Wellesley, MA / St. Sebastian's)
Joined the team as a recruited walk-on in early September 2012 ... served as a valuable member of the scout team.
High School: Earned All-Independent School honorable mention honors as a senior guard and long snapper at St. Sebastian's
Long Snapper / linebacker: A.J. Caruso, freshman (West Allenhurst, NJ / Ocean Township)
2012: Redshirted ... earned the Athletics Director's Award for Academic Achievement.
High School: Earned the George Conte Award for leadership as a senior tight end at Ocean Township High School

Akron Zips 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Akron Zips.

Kicker: Robert Stein, sophomore (Cincinnati, OH / Sycamore HS)
Stein converted field goals of 58, 54 and 19 yards to help lead Blue to a 16-7 win over White in The University of Akron football team's annual Spring Game at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field. Stein missed his first attempt of the day, from 38 yards out, but connected on the next three. His 58 yarder came as time expired to end the first half, and gave Blue a 13-7 edge at intermission. The sophomore-to-be, who hit a career-long 46-yard field goal last season, missed a 56-yard attempt during the fourth quarter.
"For the offseason, our strength coaches put together a rigorous workout program consisting of running, agility and lifting. On top of this, I try to get outside a few times a week with the punter Zach Paul where we critique each other and simulate game-like kicking situations. This offseason, my goal was to increase my range so the coaches would feel comfortable putting me in the game for 50+ yard field goals. During the spring, I proved my ability to connect from this distance by making a 58 yard field goal and also a 54 yarder. For this coming season, I want to compete for the Lou Groza award and lead the MAC in field goal percentage. Also, I want to continue the consistency I had for the last nine games of last years season and eliminate the poor start I had."
Kicker: Sam Scifo, freshman (Pittsburgh, PA / Woodland Hills HS)
"All offseason I've been lifting heavy and doing other workouts... either cardio, plyos or kicking. In order to get better there are no days off, and that's exactly what I've done. I plan to continue lifting and kicking, focusing on perfecting my form. I ultimately need to increase my distance on both field goals and kickoffs. In order to compete and achieve my ultimate goal of winning the starting job, I will have to be stronger all around and more consistent with field goals and kickoffs. This summer I will be working out and training to achieve all of this."
Punter: Zach Paul, sophomore (Broadview Heights, OH / Padua HS)
In addition to punting, Paul also handled kickoffs last year. There is speculation that role could shift over to Stein for 2013.
"Rob, Paul, Sam, and I have been working harder than ever before and I am confident we will be very good specialists this upcoming year. I've been itching for the season to start for some time now."

Long snapper: Paul Skolmutch, Senior (Glenmont, OH / West Holmes HS)
The defensive lineman was awarded a scholarship prior to last year. This year he's in line to replace Adam Steiner, who was the long snapper the last four seasons.