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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award 2013 Watch List, part 2

A blue-ribbon Selection Committee evaluates place-kickers that are nominated by their schools for the annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award. Members of the Pro and/or College Football Hall of Fame on the Selection Committee include Tom Beck, Kevin Butler, Paul Hornung, Marv Levy, Steve McMichael, Don Pierson and Gale Sayers. Former football players and others that are active in their communities are also on the Selection Committee including Carl Allegretti, Sean Gothier, Teddy Greenstein, Michael Husted, Dan Jiggetts, Rick Kolaczewski, Connie Kowal, Greg Loberg, Tom Lynch, Patrick Murray, Carol Monroe, Jeff Michalczyk, Mark Murphy, Rob Perry, Jeff Schebler, Caroline Schrenker, Jay Sebben, Bob Thomas, Wolfe Tone, Todd Wilkins, Gary Zauner and Rob Zvonar. There are 11 former college or NFL place-kickers on the Selection Committee, including Jeff Schebler (the inaugural Fred Mitchell Award recipient in 2009 and the highest-scoring place-kicker in NCAA history at any level), Tom Lynch (two-time recipient of the Award and the kicker on the 2011 NAIA National Champion Saint Xavier University Cougars) and Patrick Murray (2012 Fred Mitchell Award recipient and record-setting kicker from Fordham University where his 25 field goals was just one shy of the FCS record).

In alphabetical order, following is the second third of the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List:

TAYLOR GROFF East Stroudsburg University (Pennsylvania) – Division II 
Senior from Manheim, PA….led the team in scoring with 93 points from 15 of 23 FG’s and 48 of 48 PAT’s…. 2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist in top 10….led Division II kickers with 9.3 points per game….leads active Division II kickers with FG’s per game (1.4) and FG’s attempted per game (2.0)…. holds school records for career FG % (72.4%, 42 of 58) and career FG’s of 40+ yards (16) …. only kicker in PSAC history with multiple FG’s of 51+ yards (has 4 including 3 in 2012) … ranks 3rd in ESU history with 230 kicking points….approaching every major school kicking record…15 of 19 on game-tying or lead-changing FG’s in career including 7 of 9 from 40+ yards….7 of 7 on FG’s in final minute of the first half….averaged 61 yards on 72 kickoffs helping the team rank 3rd PSAC kickoff coverage….volunteer for children’s programs at local church….participates in school’s Breakfast with the Warriors during preseason camp…volunteers at Kohl’s Kicking Camps and Special Teams Solutions Camps….Manheim Township youth football camp and youth kicking camp volunteer 

ALEX HALLWACHS Washington University (Missouri) – Division III 
Sophomore from Chagrin Falls, OH….2nd on the team in scoring despite only playing five games with 26 points from 7 of 12 FG’s and 5 of 6 PAT’s…. Second Team All-UAA as a Freshman….made both FG’s from 45 and 36 yards in 18-13 win at Denison on October 20….tied school record with 3 FG;s in a game including career-long 46-yard FG in 15-2 win over Carnegie Mellon on October 27….led UAA with 5 FG’s in conference games and 2nd in scoring with 18 points in conference games….named UAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week on October 29….New Dimensions volunteer via Koaches 4 Kids organization…volunteered for 8 weeks to help young children in the inner city develop leadership, self-motivation and teamwork skills through soccer 

ACE HENRICKS Monmouth College (Illinois) – Division III 
Junior from Mt. Sterling, IL….2nd on the team in scoring with 57 points from 6 of 6 FG’s and 39 of 40 PAT’s….First Team All-Conference….ranks 2nd all-time in school history with 38 consecutive FG’s made….93% career FG % ranks 4th all-time at Monmouth….97.5% PAT % in 2012 ranks 2nd in school history….ranks 8th all-time in career FG’s made…made FG against Cornell that turned out to be the game-winner…Brown County Action Team community improvement volunteer….Brown County United Way volunteer….Little League umpire…Mt. Sterling YMCA youth basketball coach and referee….West Central Special Olympics volunteer 

ADAM KELLER North Dakota State University – FCS 
Junior from Lewisberry, PA….led the #1 ranked Bison in scoring with 93 points from 16 of 20 FG’s and 45 of 48 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….tied school record with 16 FG’s in a season….tied school records with 4 FG’s in a game against Northern Iowa on September 29….tied for 4th in FCS in FG’s and 19th in kick scoring….1st in the Conference in FG’s and 3rd in kick scoring in Conference games….scored 12 points in 48-7 win over then #3 Youngstown State….MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week….first year as full-time starting kicker…. averaged 61 yards on 37 kickoffs….volunteer coach for Tri-City seventh grade soccer team…Rosewood Nursing Home volunteer…middle school tutor to special needs students….Special Olympics volunteer….volunteered at Athletic Department’s Halloween party 

ERIC KINDLER University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Division III 
Senior from Germantown, WI….led the Warhawks in scoring with 78 points from 17 of 25 FG’s and 27 of 28 PAT’s….First Team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference….enters 2013 season ranked 2nd in career FG’s and career PAT’s in Conference and school history behind 2009 Fred Mitchell Award recipient Jeff Schebler…ranks 5th in career kick scoring in Conference history 

AVERY LLEWELLYN Colorado School of Mines – Division II 
Sophomore from Durango, CO….led the team in scoring with 80 points from 10 of 12 FG’s and 50 of 57 PAT’s….6th in RMAC in scoring….made both FG’s including 50-yard FG in win over South Dakota Mines on September 8….averaged 62 yards on 78 kickoffs….Project Merry Christmas volunteer in Durango where he delivered gifts, food and clothing to La Plata County residents…Durango Downtown Cleanup volunteer 

MILES MACKENZIE Ohio Wesleyan University – Division III 
Junior from Denver, CO….led the team in scoring with 83 points from 18 of 29 FG’s and 29 of 33 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….led Division III with 1.80 FG’s per game….led conference in kick scoring with 8.3 points per game….set school and conference records with 18 FG’s in a season and 5 FG’s in a game….set school record for most kicking points in a season with 83….ranks 3rd on school’s kick scoring list with 111 points….set school record for most career FG’s midway through Sophomore season and now has 27 career FG’s….kicked season-long 46-yard FG with 4 seconds left in regulation in 17-14 win over Case Western Reserve….Habitat for Humanity volunteer….Bishop Champion Games volunteer to assist track & field meet for athletes with special needs….planted trees in underprivileged neighborhood in Denver….led kicking presentation for youth football players at his high school through Athletics and Beyond 

JOHN MACOMBER College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts) – FCS 
Senior from Vienna, VA….2nd on the team in scoring with 55 points from 10 of 13 FG’s and 25 of 26 PAT’s….Second Team All-Patriot League…New England Football Writers All-Star Team….team’s Special Teams Player of the Year…46-yard FG against Dartmouth tied for 4th longest in school history….averaged 62 yards on 42 kickoffs….Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts volunteer….Holy Cross Cares Day participant….Best Buddies Program volunteer 

JOE MALLOCK Williams College (Massachusetts) – Division III 
Senior from West Orange, NJ….led the team in scoring with 48 points from 11 of 18 FG’s and 15 of 17 PAT’s….set school record and New England Division III record by making 12 straight FG’s….NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week….enters 2013 season needing 6 FG’s to set school record with 23 career FG’s….averaged 60 yards on 39 kickoffs….helped cleanup a mobile home park that was destroyed by Hurricane Irene…volunteer note taker for fellow students who are unable to take their own notes….contributing writer to The Williams Record school newspaper….volunteered with football team at Habitat for Humanity and the Berkshire Food project….shoveled snow in public parks and playgrounds….assists elderly in the community….training a local high school kicker who intends to kick in college 

ANTONIO MAYO Fayetteville State University (North Carolina) – Division II 
Junior from Jacksonville, NC….2nd on the team in scoring with 57 points from 11 of 18 FG’s and 24 of 25 PAT’s….led Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in FG’s and longest FG in 2012….ranked 3rd in the Conference in kick scoring….career-long 45-yard FG was at Chowan on September 29….volunteer President of the school’s Student-Athletic Advisory Committee….SAAC volunteer at the Woodlands Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Valentine’s Day party

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award 2013 Watch List, part 1

The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award is provided to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker among more than 750 FCS, Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA football teams. The Award is named for Fred Mitchell, the record-setting place-kicker, Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Famer, author, philanthropist and Chicago Tribune sports columnist. The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be chosen based on excellence on the football field and in the community. The Award’s Watch List is released in late July, top performers are recognized monthly during the college football season, and the winner (who is not required to be on the Watch List) is announced in mid-December. The school of the Award winner receives scholarship funds and the Fred Mitchell Award trophy will be presented in February 2013 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall. 

The breakdown of the 33 place-kickers on this years’ watch list is as follows: 
  • Collegiate Division – 8 FCS, 12 Division II, 11 Division III, 1 NAIA and 1 NJCAA 
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 17 different states
  • Year – 18 Seniors, 11 Juniors, 4 Sophomores 
  • Fred Mitchell Award Finalists in 2012 that are on the 2013 Watch List - 17
In alphabetical order, following is the first third of the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List: 

FAFA ASANTE, Rochester Community and Technical College (Minnesota) – NJCAA 
Sophomore from Brooklyn Park, MN….led the team in scoring with 81 points from 11 of 13 FG’s and 48 of 54 PAT’s…2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….MCAC Southern Division Kicker of the Year….Region XIII Kicker of the Year….three-time Special Teams Players of the Week for the team….averaged 60 yards per kickoff….joined several teammates at a Halloween party on October 25 for children of those in the military….visits local elementary schools to mentor children

NICK AUSSIEKER, Illinois State University – FCS 
Junior from Wildwood, MO….led the team in scoring with 79 points from 11 of 13 FG’s and 46 of 49 PAT’s…2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….scored 10 points in 34-31 win over South Dakota on September 29….scored 5 points in 17-10 win over Indiana State on November 2….scored 8 points against #1 ranked North Dakota State on November 17….averaged 58 yards on 72 kickoffs….volunteers with the football team at Special Olympics….volunteered with coaches and teammates by digging trenches for the Humane Society of Central Illinois

TRAVIS BOSANAC, Capital University (Ohio) – Division III
Junior from Strongsville, OH….led the Crusaders in scoring with 43 points on 10 of 13 FGs and 13 of 15 PATs….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….named Ohio Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after accounting for more than half of Capital’s points with FG’s from 33 and 45 yards and a PAT in the Crusaders’ 13-7 win over Marietta on September 15….kicked 4 FG’s of 40+ yards during the season….scored 8 points in 40-21 win over Wilmington on November 10….hit the program’s longest FG since 1986 with a 49-yarder against John Carroll on September 29….averaged 56 yards on 36 kickoffs….plays in band each Sunday at Discovery Church in Gahanna, Ohio … took part in the Marc Levinson 5K Run/Walk for Lou Gehrig’s Disease in September … has taken part in a number of charitable activities as a member of the football team 

SAM BROCKSHUS, Minnesota State University – Division II 
Senior from Spencer, IA….led the Mavericks in scoring with 122 points from 21 of 27 FG’s and 59 of 61 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist in top 10….First-Team All-NSIC South Division….set school record with 122 points breaking previous record of 97 points…career leading scorer with 257 career points….scored at least 10 points in 6 games in 2012 season and 10 times in his career….owns school record for most career FG’s (38), PAT’s (143) and single-season PAT’s (58)….scored 8 points including game-winner in 38-35 OT win over Northwest Missouri State in the playoffs on November 24….tied career-high with 12 points in 30-20 win over Winona State on October 20 including career-long 47-yard FG resulting in NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week honors….averaged 59 yards on 85 kickoffs….member of MSU’a and NSIC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee….raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation….volunteers at youth and varsity football camps in his hometown….Fellowship of Christian Athletes….Kids Against Hunger volunteer….People and Christ Together food drive volunteer 

SERGIO CASTILLO, West Texas A&M University – Division II 
Senior from La Joya, TX….led the team in scoring with 129 points from 20 of 23 FG’s and 69 of 70 PAT’s….scored 9 points in 33-28 playoff game win over then-#4 Ashland University on November 24….scored 10 points in 34-13 playoff game win over then-#1 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo on December 1….set school record by making 20 FG’s in a season and 64 consecutive PAT’s….First Team All-Conference….Daktronics First Team All-American and First Team All-Region….BSN Sports First Team All-American… Honorable Mention All-American….Little All-American First Team honoree….174 of 177 career PAT’s…ranks 3rd in school history with 288 points…set school record with 38 career FG’s…56-yard FG against Abilene Christian is 2nd longest in school history…weekly volunteer in Students in Free Enterprise to assist troubled youth with math, life lessons, college planning and job interviews…Step Up to Success volunteer speaker in Amarillo to counsel high school and middle school students….Toys for Juarez volunteer to collect toys in Amarillo and distribute them to children in Juarez, Mexico…Fellowship of Christian Athletes…Huddle Leader and member of the football team’s Bible study 

SAM COTE, Wheaton College (Illinois) – Division III 
Junior from Wheaton, IL … led the team in scoring with 74 points from 8 of 13 FG’s and 50 of 52 PAT’s… 2012 First Team All-CCIW place-kicker….2nd highest kicking points in the Conference….CCIW Special Teams Player of the Week after making 2 FG’s and completing a 20-yard pass on a fake punt against Millikin on October 27….made all 3 FG attempts against Carthage on October 6….made two mission trips through the Wheaton Football Ministry Partnership….served in ministry with FCA as an intern for the past three summers including leading a Summer Bible Study and leading a Speed Training Camp for six weeks….led the FCA mission trips for the past three years….campus representative for Compassion International….Chicago Hope Academy volunteer….leading ministry with Lead 222 by working with their student ministries conference in Germany 

ZACH CZAP, Lycoming College (Pennsylvania) – Division III 
Senior from Philipsburg, PA … 2nd on the Warriors in scoring with 52 points from 7 of 12 FG’s and 31 of 36 PAT’s… earned four Conference Player of the Week awards as a kicker in the past two years, including one in 2012 … a preseason Honorable Mention All-American in 2012…Honorable Mention All-American in 2011 after hitting 12 of 14 FG’s in first year as a starter…averaged 57 years on 54 kickoffs….participated in Favors Forward Spring Cleaning…helped with flood cleanup along the Loyalsock Creek with the football team … participated in the Student Senate of Lycoming College's haunted house. 

CURT DUNCAN, Carson-Newman (Tennessee) – Division II 
Senior from Morristown, TN….led the team in scoring with 102 points from 14 of 15 FG’s and 60 of 60 PAT’s…2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist in top 10….54-yard FG against Tusculum on November 3 was the longest in school history….led Conference kickers in scoring….four-time SAC Special Teams Player of the Week….school’s first kicker since 1984 to make 4 FG’s in a game….scored 14 points including 4 of 4 FG’s in playoff game against Valdosta State on December 1….scored 8 points in 38-35 playoff win over Lenior-Rhyne on November 24….scored 17 points in game against Lenior-Rhyne on September 15 to set school kick scoring record in a game….volunteer coach and referee for youth basketball and soccer….intern at Manley Baptist Church Student Ministry….serves at local missions projects each summer such as Appalachian Outreach and Food on Foot….volunteers at Luke 14 weekend for people with disabilities….Fellowship of Christian Athletes…Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 

EVAN FINCH, Hope College (Michigan) – Division III 
Senior from Ann Arbor, MI….led the team in scoring with 45 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 33 of 35 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….USA College Football DIII Player to Watch…Second Team All-Conference….scored 10 points against Trine on October 27 including FG’s of 40 (career long), 32 and 28 yards….made all 7 PAT’s against Alma College on October 13 despite cold and wet conditions….108 career points from 12 of 16 FG’s and 72 of 76 PAT’s….works with Special Education students as a swimming teacher….Bible Study leader on campus….volunteers to help Ann Arbor Pioneer High School track team 

DAN FISHER, Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania) – Division II 
Senior from Liverpool, PA….2nd on the team in scoring with 83 points from 9 of 14 FG’s and 56 of 59 PAT’s….named 2012 All-Region by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette…First Team All-PSAC Eastern Division Team….ranks 3rd in PSAC history in career kicking points and 4th in career FG’s….named Beyond Sports Network Division II Kicker of the Week….set school record with 52-yard FG in 30-14 win over Edinboro on September 8….helped renew a local town park as part of the Big Event community service program… Habitat for Humanity volunteer…Ronald McDonald House volunteer 

TANNER FRITSCHLE, Indiana State University – FCS 
Junior from Washington, IN….2nd on the Sycamores in scoring with 74 points from 15 of 18 FG’s and 29 of 30 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….made career-long 45-yard FG in the season opener at Indiana University….beat career-long 48-yard FG in road win over #1 North Dakota State….made a FG to end the first half in the team’s first four games….averaged 62 yards on 50 kickoffs….volunteers for Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Terre Haute Catholic Charities, Recess with the Sycamores and The Wabash Riverside Development Cleanup 

JOHN GAY, Harding University (Arkansas) – Division II 
Junior from Jonesboro, AR….led the team in scoring with 85 points from 14 of 18 FG’s and 43 of 43 PAT’s….set school record by making all 43 PAT’s during the season….ranked 2nd in the Conference and 13th in Division II with 1.27 FG’s per game….set school record with 78% FG %....14 FG’s in 2012 tied for 3rd most in school history…85 points in 2012 ranks 4th in school history….GAC Special Teams Player of the Week after making all 10 PAT’s and converting FG’s from 42 and 37 yards in 76-23 win over Arkansas Tech on October 27….16 points in win over Arkansas Tech tied for 3rd higher in school history…averaged 52 yards on 10 kickoffs….Walk for the Cure cancer walk volunteer including selling food to raise funds….wrote thank you notes to Harding donors in the annual Say Thanks Day and Highlighter Run….washed windows and cars for the elderly with the football team

Monday, July 29, 2013

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Kicker/punter: Kyle Brindza, junior (Canton, MI / Plymouth HS)
2012:  Saw action in all 13 games ... kicked off 71 times for a combined total of 4,445 yards ... averaged 62.6 yards per kick ... recorded a touchback on 26 occasions ... connected on 23 out of 31 field goals attempted ... his 23 made field goals surpassed the single-season school record previously held by John Carney (21, 1986) ... second kicker in school history to connect on at least 20 field goals in one season ... owns school record for field goal attempts in a single season (31) - bested Carney's previous mark of 28 (1986)
Blue-Gold Spring game: averaged 30.1 yards on seven punts, placed one inside the 20 yard line
Named to the Lou Groza Award preseason watch list.
He's also competing with Wulfeck and Antognoli to take over the starting punter role following the graduation of Ben Turk. "Now I think I can call myself a pure kicker and pure punter. I’ve finally worked on the fundamentals of punting. I finally understand if I hit a bad punt why that happened just like when I miss a field goal I know why it happened. It’s come a long way that’s for sure.”
Kicker: Nick Tausch, grad student (Plano, TX / Jesuit HS)
2012:  Appeared in the season-opening game against Navy in Dublin Ireland, during which he suffered an injury.
Blue-Gold Spring game: hit field goals of 40, 31 & 36 yards
Kicker/punter: Jude Rhodes, senior (Kapsowar, Kenya / Nordhoff / Ojai, CA)
2012: Did not see any game action
Kicker: John Chereson, freshman (Erie, PA / Cathedral Prep)
"Chereson, a two-time first-team Pennsylvania All-State pick, led the state with 51 touchbacks during his senior season. He also set several school records at Cathedral Prep, including a career-long 52-yard field goal, making four field goals in one game and hitting 84 extra points in a single season."
Punter: Alex Wulfeck, senior  (Jacksonville, FL / The Bolles School / Wake Forest)
"Being a transfer 5th year it was a different transition from Wake to Notre Dame. This past spring I knew I had to work harder than ever because I won't get a spring ball. I had to lift and kick hard. The first part of summer I worked with my kicking coach Mike Hollis on trying to become a even better directional punter. And once I got up to nd I know I need to get my rhythm back with having a snap because it is different than just holding the ball and punting it. My goal for the season is improve what I did in 2011 I want to start off really strong. In 2011 the first half off the season was weak and I felt I could achieve more and for the final half of the season I averaged just over 41 yards per punt. I am excited to be apart of the Irish and do something really special this year."
Punter: Andrew Antognoli, freshman (Fresno, CA / San Joaquin Memorial HS)
"I've been working out and punting as much as I can. Also, I am on staff with Chris Sailer so I helped the younger classes and also worked with Chris at those. I attended the College Elite Camp and got some good reps with my snapper Scott Daly. My goal is to earn the starting spot and I have been told I have a very good chance at it if I punt well."
Long snapper: Scott Daly, sophomore (Downers Grove, IL / South HS)
"I've been working extremely hard this summer, along with the rest of our specialists, working to become the best specialists in the country. I've challenged myself this summer to become the best snapper I can possibly be and the best athlete I can possibly be by going above and beyond by doing drills everyday and working hard in the weight room each and everyday. We are a very close group and we push each other to be our very best. I'm very humbled and grateful to be surrounded by a great group of teammates and coaches and I cannot wait for the season to start."

North Carolina State Wolfpack 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

Kicker: Niklas Sade, junior (Wake Forest, NC / Wakefield HS)
Ranks sixth in school history with 90 career PATs, despite playing just two years ... His 24 field goals made is the 10th best mark ever for a Pack player ... Entering his third campaign as the starting placekicker.
Kay Yow Spring Game: made field goals of 32, 37 & 45 yards.
Kicker: Evan Dunbar, junior (Concord, NC / NW Cabarrus)
"I studied abroad in France for my degree for most of the summer, but I would go to practice at a local rugby field and work out when I had time off. Now, I am back in Raleigh lifting and practicing on an actual football field."
Kicker: Ryan Stevens, sophomore (Raleigh, NC / St. David's HS)
High school: "St. Davids is bolstered by the leg of kicker Ryan Stevens who has several field goals, a rarity in 8 man football, as well as numerous kickoffs that have sailed out of the end zone."
Punter: Wil Baumann, junior (Wilmington, NC / Hoggard HS)
Ranks eighth in school history in career punts, seventh in yardage ... Entering his third year as the Pack's starting punter.
 Kay Yow Spring Game: averaged 41.6 yards on eleven punts, placing three inside the 20 yard line.
"This offseason I've spent a lot of time with my coach Bill Renner. We've been going through the little things and the mental side of the game. It's been a process of turning my time spent on the practice field and making it as efficient as possible. I was the type of person who could go out and hit 100 balls and not draw much from it. So this winter off season had been learning the why's and physics of punting while the Summer has been productive training. Becoming my own coach has been the bigger picture and understanding my body to keep it under control."
Punter: William Stephenson, freshman (Raleigh, NC / Wakefield HS)
Kay Yow Spring Game: averaged 43.0 yards on two punts.
Long snapper: Scott Thompson, junior (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA / Trabuco Hills HS)
2013:  named preseason first-team All-American by Phil Steele
2012: Handled all of the long snapping duties.
Long snapper: Ben Garnett, sophomore (Charlotte, NC / Rocky River HS)
Walk-on who played at center and long snapper in high school.

Friday, July 26, 2013

New Mexico Lobos 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the New Mexico Lobos.

Kicker: Justus Adams, senior (Albuquerque, NM / La Cueva HS)
Former walk-on kicker who won the starting job in 2012 and earned recognition from the Mountain West ... ... started as the kickoff specialist in 2011 ... an Academic All-Mountain West selection in both 2011 and 2012  
Kicker:  Zack Rogers, sophomore (Rio rancho, NM / Rio Rancho HS)
Walk-on kicker looking to move up the depth chart in 2013 with the departure of the graduated Greg Rivara ... can find a job on kickoffs if he can increase his distance. 
Punter: Ben Skaer, senior (Waterloo, IL / Waterloo HS)
Skaer was named to the 2013 Ray Guy Award Preseason watch list. He ranked 17th in the nation last season in punting with a 43.85-yard average per attempt. The Waterloo, Ill., native also helped the Lobos finish first in the Mountain West and 24th in the nation in net punting with a 39.0-yard average per attempt. Skaer earned MW Special Teams Player of the Week honors during the 2012 season finale against Colorado State, averaging 50.4 yards per attempt against the Rams. In that game, he had one punt travel 64 yards for a touchback and three others land inside the CSU 10. That game also capped a three-game streak in which Skaer earned College Football Performance Award honorable mentions for his play.
Punter/QB: Sam Gentry, freshman (Albuquerque, NM / Eldorado HS)
Valuable member of the scout team in 2012 as a quarterback and a punter ... was the team's only scout team quarterback and began his apprenticeship at punter under Ben Skaer.
Long snapper: Steven Romero, freshman (Albuquerque, NM / La Cueva HS)
High school:  three-time football letterwinner and two-time 1st team district 2-5A selection...2012 All-State Offensive Line selection
"Steven has come light years from where he was, and he's worked his tail off since last season. We're excited about where Steven is right now.... Evan [Jacobsen, prior 4-year starter] has been unbelievable in helping Steven with the deep snapping. I can't pretend to know all the ins and outs of long snapping, but to have who I believe is the best snapper in the country here to tutor and mentor a redshirt freshman kid is awesome." - Special teams coach Coleman Hutzler

Michigan Wolverines 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Michigan Wolverines.

Kicker: Brendan Gibbons, senior (West Palm Beach, FL / Cardinal Newman)
Gibbons was been named to the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award preseason watch list. He hit 16-of-18 field-goal attempts (88.9 percent) and 45-of-45 point-after attempts in 2012, while he has connected on 30-of-40 field goals and 112-of-114 PATs for his career. He converted his final 13 field goal attempts last season, ranking as the second-longest streak in U-M history behind Remy Hamilton's 14 straight in 1996. Gibbons ranks sixth in U-M history in field goals made, and his streak of 97 consecutive successful PATs ranks second best behind J.D. Carlson's 126 consecutive. Last season, Gibbons hit a career-long 52-yard field goal at Nebraska, the sixth longest field goal in U-M history.
Kicker/punter: Matt Wile, junior (San Diego, CA / Francis Parker HS)
2012: Appeared in 13 games on special teams as a kickoff specialist and seven games as a punter ... punted 12 times for 35.9 yard average with nine inside the opponent's 20-yard line ... kicked off 77 times with 60.5 yards/kick average and 28 touchbacks ... went 2-for-2 on field goal attempts .... connected on a career-long 52-yard field goal against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl

2013: he will continue to handle kickoffs, will be available for long range field goals, and will take over as starting punter full-time.
Kicker/punter: Kenny Allen, freshman (Fenton, MI / Fenton HS)
High school: made 9 of 12 field goals with a long of 45 yards and also had 39 PAT's. Punted 45 times for an average of 39.6 yards with 17 being inside the 20 during the senior year ... Averaged 39.1 yards per punt with a long of 71 yards and 10 inside 20
Spring Practice Report: "The indoor facility has a very high roof and is rarely hit (besides when Mesko was in there), but this kid was consistently hitting the ceiling and punting the ball over 50 yards. I know it is indoors, but I have not seen a ball “explode” off a kids foot like this kid since Mesko."
Punter: Will Hagerup, senior (Milwaukee, WI / Whitefish Bay HS)
Suspended from playing, but not practicing, for 2013 due to an undisclosed violation of team rules. He'll be working an internship back home while camp is in progress.
Long snapper: Jareth Glanda, senior (Rochester Hills, MI / Brother Rice HS)
Returning starter who handled short snapping in 2011 and both short and long snapping in 2012.
Long snapper: Scott Sypniewski, freshman (Ottawa, IL / Marquette)
“We timed him and his times were outstanding. A good long snapper is getting the ball back in .75, .8. He was getting it back at .65, .75. We saw that and he had the ability to block his gap and said, you know what, we have one more year of Jareth and Jareth has done an excellent job, but we’ve got this opportunity where we can get him. We have this family history, so why not take him?” - special teams coach Dan Ferrigno

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Nevada Wolf Pack 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Kicker: Colin Ditsworth, junior (Las Vegas, NV / Bishop Gorman HS)
Takes over the starting role following the graduation of Allen Hardison.
2012: hit 1 of 3 three field goals, made 8 of 8 extra points, and served as kickoff specialist.
Silver and Blue Game: hit field goals of 48 and 40 yards.
Punter: Chase Tenpenny, senior (Oskaloosa, KS / Fort Scott CC)
Named to Preseason All-Mountain West teams by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele.

Returning starter who last year averaged 43.3 yards on 46 punts, with a long of 63 yards, and placed 12 inside the 20 yard line.
Kicker/punter: Brenton Zuzo, freshman (Canton, MI / Plymouth HS)
“We stated earlier in February that we were holding on to one scholarship in case we found a player after the signing date that we thought could help us. We have found that player in Brent Zuzo.  Brent was an All-State selection in the state of Michigan and considered one of the top specialists in the country by some of the most trusted kicking instructors in the country.  His addition will create good competition for the kicker and punter spots heading into the fall.  We are very excited to add him to what we believe is a fantastic recruiting class.” - head coach Brian Polian
Long snapper: Tyler Wilson, freshman (Sparks, NV / Spanish Spring HS)
“I’ve been coming out here almost my whole life. Coming out on this field is no big deal for me and I didn’t think it was going to be. I’m used to it. I’ve practiced long snapping here growing up with my dad [assistant coach Ken Wilson]."
High school: two-year letter winner for the Cougars in football ... Also lettered one season in golf
Long snapper: Cody Block, freshman (Phoenix, AZ / Mountain Ridge HS)
"During my high school life I have rigorously trained five nights a week lifting and longsnapping with my personal coach on top of all high school football practices, camps, weight-lifting, meetings, etc. I have fully committed myself to becoming a D1 prospect longsnapper."

Missouri Tigers 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Missouri Tigers.

Kicker: Andrew Baggett, sophomore (Lee's Summit, MO / North HS)
Returning starter.

2012: Battled in training camp and won the starting kicking job over Trey Barrow... won SEC All-Freshman Team honors for an outstanding first year ... Was a solid 14-of-20 on field goals for the season and connected on 33-of-37 extra points overall ... Also took over as primary kickoff man during the last half of the season, and had six of his 11 touchbacks on the year in his final two games
Kicker: Nick Coffman, freshman (Houston, TX / Elkins HS)
"The main thing that I've been working on is my flexibility and getting stronger. I've been doing a lot of core work and some leg work. I'm also working on my plant foot and driving through the ball. You always have to remember that its quality over quantity when you practice during the summer because I know its easy for me to kick a lot of balls cause I'm trying to get better as a kicker. Some of my plans and goals are that I will work with my kicking coach, get stronger, build core strength, and prepare for camp in August. (And maybe do some meditation for the mental part of the game)."
Kicker: Blake Owens, junior (Kansas City, MO / Staley HS)
Kicked one extra point in the Black & Gold Spring Game
Punter: Christian Brinser, junior (Liberty, MO / Liberty HS)
Enters camp as the favorite to claim the open punting job that was held for the last two season by Trey Barrow ... is the only Tiger on the roster with game experience under his belt. 2011: Appeared in one game, and booted a 47-yard punt in his only attempt against Western Illinois.
Long snapper / OL: Mitch Hall, sophomore (Burnsville, MN / Lakeville South HS)
2012: Saw action in four games as a redshirt freshman, contributing primarily as a long snapper for placekicks

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

Kicker: Jonathan Barnes, freshman (Baton Rouge, LA / Woodlawn HS)
The true freshman will take over the kicking job which is open following the graduation of Matt Nelson.

"This offseason I have been lifting weights, running, and kicking almost everyday to get ready for the start of our season at NC State. I'm really excited to be apart of the bulldog family an I'm excited to be a part of the coming up season."

High School: Lettered in football, soccer and golf ... Received all-district honors all four years in football ... Set his high school's career field goal record ... Was also an all-district and all-metro soccer honoree.
Punter/kicker: Logan McPherson, freshman (Fort payne, AL / Fort Payne HS)
The true freshman will take over the punting job which is open following the graduation of Ryan Allen.
"In this offseason Jonathan and I were at school in June training together and working with each other constantly. Through this month, however, I've been in Pensacola with Mike McCabe, my kicking coach. We've been training for three weeks with a lot of other collegiate kickers, punters, and snappers. Tucker Ethridge, the grey shirted snapper to LA Tech is also here training. And my plans as far as the season goes is just to step into my role as the starting punter and kickoff job and perform to my top ability. I mean, I'm stepping into the shoes of Ryan Allen, very big ones to fill."
High School: Earned three letters in football and soccer and two letters in cross country ... A first team all-state honoree his senior year and all-state honorable mention honoree his sophomore and junior years ... Averaged 40 yards per punt and set a new high school record with a 57-yard field goal ... Graduated high school holding all of the kicking records at Fort Payne
Long snapper: Josh Cuthbert, senior (Belle Glades, FL / Glades Day School)
2012: Played in all 12 games as the team's deep snapper ... Named Academic All-WAC ... Did not have a bad snap on the year
2011: Appeared in 11 games despite tearing ACL at Mississippi State (9/24) ... Voted team's Most Inspirational Player
2010: Played in all 12 games as the team's deep snapper ... Did not record a bad snap during the season
"This off season has been spent working out with the new strength staff, and working with the new kicker and punter.
This upcoming season I want to set a good example for these freshmen specialist and help lead them to a conference championship."
Long snapper: Darrell Travis, freshman (McKinney, TX / McKinney North HS)
2012: Redshirted 2012 season, did not play ... Member of the scout squad
Long snapper: Tucker Etheridge, freshman  (Roswell, GA / Blessed Trinity)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mississippi State Bulldogs 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Kicker: Devon Bell, sophomore (Vicksburg, MS / Warren Central HS)
2012: One of the most prolific freshman kickers in Bulldog history …  Set three individual season records while tying one postseason record … Appeared in all 13 games in his true freshman season … Hit 14-of-21 field goals, 43-of-44 PATs and averaged 60.3 yards on 64 kickoffs, with 13 touchbacks

White v. Maroon Spring Game: hit a 30 yard field goal and made five extra points
Kicker: Evan Sobiesk, freshman (Hattiesburg, MS / Oak Grove HS)
"Mainly I've just been working out and conditioning, but I've been focusing on technique and flexibility more than ever. My goal is to be 85-90% from 45 and in during fall camp and hopefully get a shot at playing time in the fall for field goals."
White v. Maroon Spring Game: hit four extra points
Kicker: Taylor Earhart, senior (Olive Branch, MS / Northeast Mississippi CC)
Passed up scholarship opportunities in order to walk-on last last year.
Punter: Baker Swedeburg, senior (Columbus, MS / Heritage Academy)
2012: Averaged more than 41 yards per punt on 57 punts as a junior . . . Held opponents to a total of six punt return yards on 13 returns all season long, a national-best yards-per-return average (0.46) . . . Forced 33 fair catches with 18 punts downed inside the 20 . . . Hit a long of 54 yards with five punts going over 50 yards.
"During the offseason I focus mainly on consistency. Consistency is one of the reasons our punt team was really successful last year. My goal this season is improve my average a little more but remain as consistent as I've been the past two seasons."
Punter: Mike Mordecai, freshman (Madison, MS / Jackson Academy)
Joined the team as a preferred walk-on last year: "I've had a couple of JUCO's offer me and talk to me but State was pretty much my only option but that's the school I've wanted to go to since I was born. My dad played at State and I wanted to be a part of the Bulldog nation. I wanted to grind for my State like Coach Mullen says."
Long snapper: Winston Chapman, sophomore (Fairhope, AL (Fairhope HS)
2012: Played in all 13 games as the starting long snapper . . . Did not allow a blocked punt all season . . . Recorded his only tackle of the season in the SEC-opening win against Auburn.
Long snapper: Bailey West, junior (Hollandale, MS / Deer Creek HS)

Long snapper: Luke Burnham, freshman (Hattiesburg, MS / Oak Grove HS)
"I'm transferring to Mississippi State and am trying to walk on. I wake up at 5am every morning and run 3.5 miles, then I run 10-15 sprints up a giant hill for speed improvement. Then I lift weights around 8:30 for 2 hours. Working a different muscle mass each day and incorporating Olympic lifts each day as well. 5 days out of those 7 days I snap 100 punt snaps, 25 field goal, then run 12 half gassers. My plans for the upcoming season are to continue to work hard and do everything I can to impress the coaches."

D3 Preseason All-American Kickers & Punters 2013

D3football recently announced their 2013 Preseason All-American teams.

First Team
  • Kicker: Kevin Grady, Redlands - Converting an impressive 77.8% of his field-goal attempts during the 2012 season, Grady registered the fourth-best total of made field-goals in NCAA Division III with 1.56 per game.  He also returns as the leading scorer for the Bulldogs after racking up 77 points with 14 made field-goals and 35 successful point-after-tries.  In the final game of the 2012 season against Whittier College, Grady helped to propel the Bulldogs to an exciting 63-40 victory, firing of five successful field-goals and six extra points.
  • Punter: Michael Parks, Franklin - led the HCAC averaging 43.4 yards per punt during the regular season. He had 11 punts of 50 or more yards, including a season-long 64-yard punt against the College of Mount St. Joseph. Parks also downed 13 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
Second Team
  • Kicker: Will Jeffcoat, LaGrange - Handled kickoff and placekicking duties last year... Set school record for a season with 12 field goals in 15 attempts... Led USA South in field goals... Perfect 22-for-22 on extra points... Second on team with 58 points... Averaged 56.1 yards per kickoff with four touchbacks... Broke school record for longest field goal three times during season... First broke record with 44 yard kick against Huntingdon, then 45 yard kick at Christopher Newport and 47 yard kick at Maryville
  • Punter: Garrett Maloney, St. Thomas - He's a three-year starter and punted 44 times in 15 games last season with a 42.3 average and 15 of 44 punts inside the 20-yard line. He's averaging 40.5 yards in 113 career punts. Maloney broke the Stagg Bowl record last December as he averaged 48.2 yards on five punts. He had a streak of 109 punts without a block end in the final game of 2012.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New Mexico State Aggies 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the New Mexico State Aggies.

Kicker: Maxwell Johnson, junior (Astoria, OR / Oregon State / Astoria HS)

Johnson takes over the kicking duties full-time, after sharing the role last year with since graduated Tyler Stampler.

2012:  played in eight games as the team’s kickoff specialist and field goal kicker. Johnson was a perfect 11-for-11 on the season in PATs, while recording 16 kickoffs for 1,016 yards, averaging 63.5 yards a kick with five touchbacks.
Kicker: Brock Baca, sophomore (Las Cruces, NM / Mayfield HS)
"Being a walk-on, I need to find a way to pay for school so I've been working all summer. Between work, taking 9 school credits over the summer, and working out it's been busy that's for sure. Ultimately, goals for this season are to give this city a product that they are not only proud of, but a part of. As a local kid I grew up watching this team, and I just hope I can be a good role model for the new generation of youngsters."
Punter: Cayle Chapman-Brown, senior (Sydney, Australia / Snow College / Marist Kogarah)
'Chapman-Brown was been named to the 2013 Ray Guy Preseason Watch List. He played in all 12 games for the Aggies as a punter in the 2012 season. He was named a second team All-WAC selection in 2012, while being named the WAC Special Teams Player of the Week once during the season. He had a record-setting year as well as he found his way into the record books in several categories.  Chapman-Brown had 70 punts on the season, which ties him for eighth with Cliff Olander in number of punts in a season.  He totaled 3,099 yards punting, which put him at fifth in punting yards in a season.  He also averaged 44.3 yards per punt, which ranks first in punting average in a season.  He had 19 punts go over 50 yards in 2012.  Chapman-Brown had 22 of his punts land inside the opponent’s 20 yard-line while only punting four touchbacks.  He had three games where he had a punt over 60 yards.'
Punter: Jake Capraro, senior (Claremont, CA / Damien HS)
"This offseason, we have dedicated our time to getting stronger in the weight room and becoming a more consistent group. Our new strength program, under coach Don Decker, is much improved and it has shown for all of the specialists on the field. Personally, I have taken quite a bit of time away from kicking any balls and focused on drops and my leg strength. This summer, I have worked on explosion and stretching; something that I have lacked in the past. With our returning specialists, Cayle Chapman-Brown, Max Johnson, Mike Kaiser, Brock Baca and newcomer Gino Satriana, I think we are going to have a solid group. Being a back up to Cayle last year was tough at first, but my goal this season is to be ready at all times to take the field and do whatever Coach Martin asks me to do. Hopefully, I can enjoy this last season and contribute to the team . Cayle is on a few watch lists, so look for him to have a great season. Max Johnson's stats from last year should be completely disregarded; he is a strong kicker and is much more comfortable with the operation. Mike Kaiser is one of the best snappers I have ever seen and has been working hard in the weight room. I am excited to see how we do as a group this season."
Punter: Gino Satriana, sophomore (Rio Rancho, NM / Rio Rancho HS)
High School: earned all-state honors as a punter and safety both his junior and senior seasons. During his senior season, Satriana averaged 46 yards per punt with a long of 58 yards. He also recorded six interceptions as a safety.
Long snapper: Mike Kaiser, senior (Carlsbad, CA / La Costa Canyon HS)
2012: played in all 12 games for the Aggies as the long snapper on the punt and field goal teams.  He also recorded two tackles on punt coverage on the season.
"During the offseason I have been working on my consistency by snapping with either my teammates or in my locker room. I have targets set up on the walls in my locker room where I snap usually sets of 25 to 40 into the wall. We also have been training hard in our off-season program to increase strength and endurance. My biggest goals for this season are to have perfect snaps on both Field Goal and Punt, as well as contributing heavily in the punt coverage. I look forward to a great senior year and can't wait to open up against Texas August 31st!"
Long snapper: Andrew Zapien, sophomore (Las Cruces, NM / Mayfield HS) 
2012: was a member of the defensive scout team in 2012, while redshirting for the Aggies

Minnesota Golden Gophers 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Special teams coach Jay Sawvel on this year's competitions:
“In the special teams part of it, we feel good that we’ve got talent. We feel good that we’ve got competition. But I couldn’t tell you who they are right now. That’s a big evaluation that’s going to have to take place in the fall. We’ll be good. We’ll be better than what we were in all the phases, because, in large part, I think we’ll be better kicking it and punting it."
Kicker: Chris Hawthorne, senior (Raleigh, NC / North Carolina State)
One of the candidates to take over kicking duties following the graduation of Jordan Wettstein.
"I have been training hard all offseason. Through competing with some of my peers at others schools at combined and camps, I have learned a lot and grown as a kicker and a person. I feel blessed to be in the situation that I am in, with an opportunity to play and an opportunity to lead. My faith has strengthened immensely over the last year or two, which has helped me so much on the field and in the classroom. My goals are simply to be a leader for my teammates, a reliable student-athlete on and off the field, and to try and help continue the progress our program has started to generate."
Kicker/punter: Ryan Santoso, freshman (Pace, FL / Pace HS)
High school: Rivals lists him as a two-star recruit and the 15th best kicker in the nation • ESPN ranks him as the seventh best kicker in the nation • won the National Scholarship Camp's kick off competition • beat out Harrison Butker in the final round sudden death field goal contest for the last spot in the recent Under Armour All-American game
"I have been in Pensacola, Florida with 50 of the best kickers and punter in the nation from pro to high school, training with Mike McCabe and One on One Kicking. We have been training with the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of West Florida and have been kicking and punting to get better before the season. My goals for this year is to just be the best teammate I can be, whether it be on the field or on the sidelines. Everybody has a role on the team and I am willing to accept anything to be part of this great group of guys at Minnesota."
Kicker: Kyle Fodness, freshman (Bemidji, MN / Bemidji HS)
2012: Redshirted
High school: converted all 26 extra point attempts and 3 of 4 field goal attempts during his only year of high school football competition
Kicker: Justin Juenemann, freshman (Phillipsburg, KS / Phillipsburg HS)
High school:  earned All-State First Team honors in 2012 • as a senior, made 42 of 45 PATs and six of nine field goals, with a long of 45 yards • led the state of Kansas in touchbacks (17), kickoff yards and points during the regular season • 42-of-47 on PATs and 6-of-9 on FGs with a long of 46 yards as a junior
Kicker: Andrew Harte, freshman (Downers Grove, IL / Montini Catholic HS)
High school: set the nation's second-longest streak ever of made PATs with 112 in a row • 2012 All-State, All-Area, All-County, All-City and All-Suburban Christian Conference selection • as a senior, made 54 of 56 PATs and 13 of 18 FGs, with a long of 54 yards • also had a kickoff average of 65 yards • 77-of-81 on PATs and 7-of-9 on FGs, with a long of 41 yards, as a junior
Punter: Christian Eldred, junior (Melbourne, Australia / Monash University)
2012: Played in 13 games after joining the team in the fall of 2012 • executed 67 of Minnesota's 69 punts during the season • did not have any punts blocked and did not mishandle any snaps • seven of his punts were greater than 50 yards • placed 22 punts inside the 20-yard line, while another 22 punts were fair caught
"I've been working out with the team all summer up until the 11th, im back in Australia now doing a bit of work with my coach before fall camp starts."
Punter: Dan Orseske, senior (Chicago, IL / Brother Rice HS)
Will challenge Eldred to regain the starting role.
2011: Played in all 12 games • punted 57 times for an average of 37.0 yards • hit a career-long 68-yard punt vs. Iowa • tallied six punts of 50 yards or more • placed 12 kicks inside the opponents' 20-yard line
Punter: Peter Mortell, sophomore (Green Bay, WI / Notre Dame Academy)
"The other specialists and I meet up at least three times a week to punt,snap, and kick. A lot of the summer is meant to help the incoming freshman have a smooth transition to playing division one football. We also spend time at TCF Bank Stadium to try and replicate game situations as much as possible. Our goals are to establish ourselves as one of the best specialist units in every category in the Big Ten."
Long snapper: Jake Filkins, senior (Prescott, WI / Prescott HS)
Returning starter who snapped on both placekicks and punts during his sophomore and junior seasons, and who snapped on punts in nine games as a freshman.
Long snapper: Dave Ramlet, junior (Appleton, WI / Xavier HS)
High school: First-team all-conference and all-area as an offensive lineman as a senior in 2009 • also a standout baseball player (third-team all-conference)
Long snapper: Jared Hartman, sophomore (Falcon Heights, MN / Cretin-Derham Hall HS)
High school: Was a standout long-snapper during his prep career.

Miami Hurricanes 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Miami Hurricanes.

Long snapper / OL: Paul Kelly, senior (Davie, FL / Archbishop McCarthy HS)
2012: Saw action in 10 games at long snapper ...Made Miami debut against Bethune-Cookman in place of injured snapper Sean McNally

"I have been lifting 4-5 times a week and snapping 5-6 times a week. One of my focuses has been getting more explosive in snapping and sprinting by improving form. We lost our Punter/Holder last year Dalton Botts as well as our Kicker Jake Wieclaw to graduation, so much of the spring and summer has been dedicated to getting comfortable with our new punter/holder Pat O'Donnell and our kicker Matt Goudis, and it’s been going well. I watched film on NFL long snappers and film on our opponents this fall. My goals are to average under 0.70 sec on punt snaps and average under 1.25 sec operation on field goals. I plan on doing everything I can to help our team have a successful season."
Long snapper: Sean McNally , senior (Bakersfield, CA / Garces Memorial HS)
2012: Played in three games before suffering season-ending knee injury against Bethune-Cookman... Served as team's primary long snapper on punts
Long snapper: Ronald Regula, junior (Miami, FL / Palmetto HS)
2012: Member of practice squad.
Long snapper: Frank Gabriel, sophomore (Monmouth Beach, NJ / Red Bank Catholic HS)

Kicker: Matt Goudis, sophomore (West Hills, CA / Chaminade-Madonna College Prep)
Takes over the starting kikcer role following the graduation of Jake Wieclaw.

2012: Played in three games ... Made Miami debut against Bethune-Cookman ... Had one kickoff for 52 yards ... Had 37-yard punt at Georgia Tech in relief of injured Dalton Botts ... Had one kickoff for 58 yards against USF. 
Spring Game: made five extra points
Kicker: Zach Costa, sophomore (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Valley HS)
High school: for his career he made 19 of 30 field goals, 103 of 112 extra points, and averaged 40.4 yards on 52 punts
"During the offseason I've just been focusing on getting stronger in the weight room and improving my flexibility. At the same time, Ive also been working on improving my technique and consistency."
Punter: Pat O'Donnell, grad student (Lake Worth, FL / U. Cincinnati / Palm Beach Central HS)
"Replacing punter Dalton Botts required looking outside the Miami football program. Pat O'Donnell, a Palm Beach Central graduate, transferred from Cincinnati for his final season of eligibility. He has signed a financial aid agreement with UM and is expected to enroll this summer or fall, according to a school news release. O'Donnell was listed as the No. 1 punter and the backup placekicker behind Matt Goudis. Coach Al Golden said Goudis was competing for both jobs, but said he was more comfortable kicking rather than punting. With the Bearcats, O'Donnell averaged 41.8 yards per punt on 59 attempts. He also downed 23 of his kicks inside the 20-yard line. A season-high 65-yarder came in the season finale against South Florida."
O'Donnell was named to the 2013 Ray Guy Award preseason Watch List
Punter: Ricky Carroll, junior (Mission Viejo, CA / Orange Coast College)
2012: Participated on practice squad.
2012: redshirted to retain eligibility.