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Monday, August 26, 2013

Colorado State Rams 2013 Specialists


Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Colorado State Rams.

Kicker: Jared Roberts, junior (Littleton, CO / Mullen HS)
2012: Was put on scholarship Aug. 23, just nine days before the season-opener. Had a successful year connecting on 9-of-10 field goals and making 29-of-31 PATs. Was named second-team All-Mountain West for his 2012 performance. In his first collegiate game vs. Colorado (Sept. 1), connected on all three of his field goal attempts including kicks of 48 and 47 yards.
"As for what I have been doing this offseason.. I workout with the team lifting and running four times a week and then the specialists get together 2-3 times a week to kick and punt. I also do some individual leg strengthening through resistance training with bands and stretching. Lastly I am going to a kicking camp the last week of July to fine tune some things and work on my technique.
As far as my goals go, I want to be the best kicker in the Mountain West and the best kicker in the country. As a kicker I expect to make every kick and want to be consistent with my kickoffs to put the defense in good situations. All in all I just want to do my part to help the team win games and achieve our goals."
Kicker: Keenan Adams, freshman (Bainbridge, GA / Bainbridge HS)
2012: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.
High School: served as his team's punter, kickoff and placement specialist...Connected on his last 52 extra-point attempts as a prep, and hit 91-of-95 overall...A team captain, sustained a season-ending knee injury in Game 2 of his senior campaign...Before the setback, in 2009, earned second-team All-America honors as a kicker (MaxPreps.com), and first-team all-state honors as a punter
Punter: Hayden Hunt, freshman (Long Beach, CA / Long Beach Poly HS)
2012: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.
High School: Earned four letters in football and baseball...selected second-team all-state for football his senior season as well as being named his team's special teams MVP...holds the school record for longest field goal.

"Hunt has big shoes to fill as the replacement for four-year starter Pete Kontodiakos, a first-team all-Mountain West selection in 2012. Hunt is doing just fine, CSU coach Jim McElwain said. A redshirt freshman, Hunt sat out last season after playing high school football at prep power Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. '(Hunt) has done a really good job of understanding field position,' McElwain said. 'It's OK to just kick a 30-yarder if we can pin (the opponent) inside the 10. It's about creating field position for your defense'."

Hunt is also expected to get a chance kicking off. 'Hayden, initially, we actually let him join the team because we saw what he did kickoffs-wise in L.A.', special teams coach Jeff Hammerschmidt said of Hunt, who hails from Long Beach, Calif. "So at sea level he was hitting that thing over the snack bar every time, every time he kicked off. That was a huge thing for us, his leg strength'."

Long snapper: Tanner Hedstrom, senior (Fort Collins, CO / Fort Collins HS)
2012: Played in all 12 games for the Rams and has not recorded a bad snap in his three-year career. Registered two tackles on the season.

"Hedstrom returns for the fourth year as the team's longsnapper. He took over the job when Scott Albritton was injured the fifth game of the 2010 season and hasn't let go. Outside of being named the special teams player of the week in 2011 after recovering a pair of fumbles on returns, his name hasn't come up much, which is how head coach Jim McElwain likes it. 'Anytime we don't talk about him, that means we're doing fantastic at that position', McElwain said....
Hedstrom prefers it that way, too. His anonymity is a badge of honor, realizing he's just a snap away from that bubble bursting. In his three years, the staff hasn't deemed one of his snaps to be bad. 'If I do it right, I don't get to see you guys', Hedstrom said with a grin. 'It's gotten a lot better. I'm a totally different snapper from when I first was here until now. I feel like I've proved myself and I've earned the job. It's kind of neat how much I've grown the past four years'....
'I've gotten a lot quicker. When I came here, it was kind of funny, I was at a longsnapping camp and (the coach) said I was like a caveman. He said I had the ability, I just didn't know what I was doing with it. Then I came here and my buddy Albritton really fine-tuned my skill and really put me on the right path. It was all repetition from there. I just kept working at it, and the more and more I worked at it, the quicker and quicker I got'."

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