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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Arizona Wildcats 2013 Specialists


Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Arizona Wildcats.

Kicker: Jake Smith, senior
(Philadelphia, PA / Cheltenham HS/Syracuse/Youngstown State)
"I actually have not left Tucson, I took a few weeks off of kicking after spring ball ended to focus more on my rehab. (I am now 8 months out of ACL reconstruction). Since then I have been working to increase volume and leg strength. This has not been my usual off season but it is going well. My goals and plans for the summer are to try to get as close to how I was feeling going into camp last year to be ready for the season. As for the season, I might end up on the field more than expected so I need to be prepared at all 3 positions which I am excited about. Results wise, I try not to look at the season as a whole, or even a game, I think it is very important to focus on each kick and treat it as if it were to win the rose bowl even if it is just in practice. So my goal for the season is to stay in the moment and go 1 for 1 every time. If I do that then the results we are looking for will follow."
Kicker: Casey Skowron, sophomore (Phoenix, AZ / Brophy Prep)
"Walk-on Casey Skowron has caught the coaches eyes this spring; he was perfect on field goal attempts in a scrimmage in Phoenix.... Originally a soccer player, Skowron made the team following a walk-on tryout last August and served as Bonano’s backup for the 2012 season. He didn’t play football until his senior year of high school at Phoenix Brophy. Before he joined the football team, Skowron served as a manager for the Wildcats’ soccer team. Quotable: 'I’ve been real impressed with Casey. He is really coming along. He’s a student walk-on and to see where he is at this point, I feel pretty good about it. To see all the work he’s put in has been great.' — special teams coordinator Charlie Ragle"
Punter:  Drew Riggleman, sophomore (Tucson, AZ / Sahuaro HS)
"Riggleman grew up at Arizona Stadium. His grandpa had season tickets to UA games, and Riggleman used to tag along every chance he got. Sitting near the 40-yard line, about 50 or 60 rows up, Riggleman used to think how neat it would be if he was one day a Wildcat. The idea was cool, but Riggleman - who played mostly soccer as a kid - said it didn't seem all that realistic. Until he discovered kicking and punting. Riggleman was an Arizona Daily Star All-Southern Arizona first-team pick in 2010 at punter for Sahuaro High School and wanted to walk on with the Wildcats. It was either be a normal student at a random university or chase his dream at Arizona. It was a no-brainer. Now the punter is in a situation that not even he could fathom. The sophomore-to-be is the only punter on the Wildcats' roster this spring...."
Long snapper: Brian Chacon, senior (Cypress, CA / Cypres HS))
"This offseason I have taken a few weeks off from snapping (not working out) just to get rid of some of my bad habits that I tend to develop from snapping every single day. I find that when I take some time off those bad habits disappear and I can start bringing back the good muscle memory habits. My plans for the summer are to continue to work out and lose about 10 more pounds. I will snap 3-4 times a week to balance good muscle memory and avoid over snapping. This upcoming season I want to be ready for anything the team needs. I want to prepare now for anything that could possibly happen over the course of a long season."
Long snapper: Chase Gorham, junior (Scottsdale, AZ / Chaparral HS)
2012: Played in 13 games on special teams ... Handled snapping duties for all 52 of Kyle Dugandzic's punts.

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