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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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.

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