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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 Scout.com
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."

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