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Friday, June 28, 2013

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.”

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