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Friday, June 14, 2013

Ball State Cardinals 2013 Specialists

 
Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Ball State Cardinals.

Kicker: Scott Secor, junior (New Lenox, IL / Lincolnway Central HS)
"As far as the off season I have been at school training with our strength and conditioning staff. My main goal was to become more explosive. I feel being explosive during ground based movements is the best training a kicker can do.
As far as goals for the summer I have been mainly working on mental consistency during my training sessions. During my summer training sessions I haven't let myself kick with the wind. Every time I train I kick into the wind because more often then not you're going to have some type of wind during a game when you play in the Midwest. Doing this has allowed me to become a lot more confident when I do have to kick into the wind.
As far as goals and plans for the season, I have extremely high expectations for myself for this upcoming season. My goal for the season is very simple... Become known."
Kicker: Cody Dickson, junior (Carmel, IN / Bishop Chatard HS)
Played two seasons at Iowa Western Community College for Coach Scott Strohmier . . . played in 11 games in his second season . . . made 13 field goals and 70-of-71 extra points in second season . . . helped team to a 9-2 record in 2012 and an 18-4 mark in two seasons . . . National Junior College Athletic Association All-American in 2011.
Kicker: Steve Drida, freshman (Waukesha, WI / Waukesha West HS)
All-Classic Eight Conference second team as a senior after earning first team as a junior and receiving honorable mention as a sophomore . . . Waukesha West's Special Teams Player of the Year three times . . . team captain as a senior . . . ranked 10th in the nation as a kicker by Scout.com . . . made 16-of-23 field goals in career . . . connected on 133-of-141 extra points in career . . . set school records for longest field goal made (52 yards), most field goals in a career, most touchbacks in a career (112) and most extra points in a career.
Punter: Kyle Schmidt, freshman (Chesterton, IN / Chesterton HS)
"During the off season we have been working really hard to get better everyday as a team and as a specialist group. We are looking forward to this upcoming season to exceed expectations as a unit!"
Punter: Alex Egan, freshman (Leo, IN / Leo HS)
Schmidt started the spring game playing punter with the first-team offense, and Egan took over with the second-team.
Punter: Jason Puhr,  sophomore (Smyrna, TN / Blackman HS)
"During the offseason all the specialists work out with rest of the team. We do all the same lifts, run all the same times, and sweat all the same blood as everybody else. I think it's important for us to not just be specialists, but to be football players, to be teammates. While our job on the field may be much different, our goal is the same, to win football games.
Outside of the team workouts, all players have a list of "extra" exercises. For the specialists, our extras are designed to increase our flexibility and balance the amount of work that we put into each leg. As a right footed punter, my right leg does different movements then my left. It's important to compensate for that and strengthen the muscles that aren't being used on the opposite side.
Also, we try to get together as a group and kick/punt at least once a week, usually on Tuesday or Wednesday. Other than that we kick on our own when we can. Everyone has different schedules and different jobs over the summer, so it's tough to get everyone together at the same time. Personally I've made an effort to focus on my flexibility and my foot to ball contact this summer. More flexibility can only lead to greater hang time and better, more consistent foot contact should help me have better control over where the ball is headed.
We have three great punters on the roster right now. There is a healthy competition going on between all three of us, and at this point the starting spot is up in the air."
Long snapper: Garrett Mack, junior (Indianapolis, IN / Center Grove HS)
Mack is the returning starter, having played in all 12 games each of the last two seasons.
Long snapper: Nick Traub, sophomore (Indianapolis, IN / Bishop Chatard HS)
"Our goal is to get better each and every day as a specialist unit so that we can compete at the highest level every week to win football games. Our specialists group has been working out this summer together to better our skills kicking and snapping so that we can play to our highest potential on gameday."
Long snapper: Brendon Towle, freshman (Greenfield, IN / Greenfield Central HS)
"This offseason I got an internship with an Architecture firm (that's my field of study) working 40 hours a week and I am religiously doing the workouts that were given to me by my strength coach. I've learned a tremendous amount since I've stayed my internship and it will undoubtedly help me greatly in the future. As for the upcoming season, I feel like the defense and the offense are looking strong and excited to go out pound people."

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