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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Eastern Michigan Eagles 2013 Specialists

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

Kicker: Dylan Mulder, sophomore (Saline, MI / Saline HS)
'As a a true freshman last year, he made his first appearance in the third game of the season when the Eagles traveled to take on the Purdue Boilermakers. Making a 23-yard field goal and going 1-for-2 in PATs, Mulder was the go-to placekicker for the remainder of the season while Fulkerson took care of the kickoffs. Mulder made 10 out of his attempted 11 field goals for the season, three of which were beyond the 40 yard line. He made 24 out of his 27 attempted PATs in his 10-game season. He was also the team leader in points scored with 54.'
"This offseason I have been working out with the team on a daily basis and kicking on days that my legs feel good enough. One of my biggest goals this offseason is to become more consistent with my long field goals (50+)."
Spring Game: connected on a 40-yard field goal for the Green team's only tally of the contest.
Kicker: Kody Fulkerson, senior (Zanesville, OH / Maysville)
2012: 52 kickoffs, 58.5 yard average, 3 touchbacks
2011: Started in all 12 games at place-kicker for the Eagles...Had eight total kickoffs for 475 yards, a 59.4 yard average...Went 27-for-30 in PATs...Was 14-of-21 in field goal attempts, with a long of 48 yards
Kicker: Brendan Renius, freshman (Lambertville, MI / Bedford Senior)
High school:  transitioned from soccer to football during his sophomore year.
Punter: Owen Dubiel, junior (East Jackson, MI / East Jackson HS)
Is the leading candidate to take over punting duties following the graduation of Jay Karutz.

High school: Played defensive end and also served as a punter and place-kicker...Earned four varsity letters in football and basketball...As a senior was named All-Conference and honorable mention All-State accolades...Was nominated for an all-star game after earning Academic All-Conference honors.
Long snapper: Chris O'Risky, freshman (Poseyville, IN / North Posey)
Ranked as the ninth best long snapper by a two-star ranking by and Team Captain...Recipient of the Bud Fehrbach Award for outstanding community service and involvement...Selected All-Conference as a senior...Awarded a varsity letter for three years.
"I've been preparing myself for camp so I can contribute to my fullest. Obviously our team goal is to win the MAC ring uncontested like any other year, however, I can only control from my first movement to where the ball hits the punter. In that aspect I will do everything in in my power to get the ball back there in under 0.7 seconds laces up on the punters hip."

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