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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Duke Blue Devils 2013 Specialists


Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the  Duke Blue Devils.

Kicker: Ross Martin, sophomore (Solon, OH / Walsh Jesuit)
"This offseason I've been lifting and working on explosiveness real hard. Our strength coaches really emphasize being explosive, especially for the kickers and punters since that's key for our position. This summer myself the punter, Will Monday, and long snapper, Thomas Hennessy, have all been training to get a seamless rhythm well before camp starts in August. Having a strong chemistry and confidence in each other is vital for a successful unit. In regards to next season, I'm looking to improve off of last year in every kicking category: percentage, range, height, hang times, and distance."
Kicker: Jack Willoughby, junior (Juneau, AK / Lawrenceville School)
"This offseason, I've been living with a friend in Los Angeles and interning at a sports agency here. While in LA, I have been kicking 3 or 4 times a week at a local high school to keep my leg in shape, and lifting and running on the side. I hope to return to Durham stronger, fitter, and a better kicker. My goals for the upcoming season are twofold. First, I intend for the Duke specialist core to build off last years successes and have another great season as a unit. Secondly, and more importantly, our goal as a team is to win every game we play. Duke Football is on the rise, and we are all working hard to continue to move in the right direction."
Punter: Will Monday, sophomore (Flowery Branch, GA / Flowery Branch)
As a redshirt freshman in 2012, Monday emerged as one of the top punters in the nation, averaging an ACC-leading 44.6 yards per punt on the way to All-ACC first team honors. Of his 67 punts, 20 went 50 yards or longer, and 19 landed inside the opponent 20-yard line. He booted a career-long 79-yard punt against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl, which was the third longest punt in school history.
Punter: Spencer Rogers, senior (Los Altos, CA / St. Francis)
2012: Walk-on reserve punter.
High school: Two-year letterman at St. Francis ... averaged 37 yards per punt.
Long snapper: Thomas Hennessy, freshman (Bardonia, NY / Don Bosco Prep NJ)
"This off season I spent the winter lifting and training hard with our strength coaches in preparation for spring practices. During the spring I worked hard to win the role of the starting long snapper and I earned a scholarship. Right now and throughout the summer I have been working with Will Monday and Ross Martin who really push me to excel because they are two of the top specialists in the country. My goal for this season is to help make a seamless transition at long snapper because Jackson Anderson was a tremendous snapper at Duke for four years."

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