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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Florida Atlantic Owls 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Florida Atlantic Owls.

Kicker: Mitch Anderson, senior (Orange City, FL / Austin College)
2012: Saw action in 10 games...assumed the kick-off duties versus Georgia and the extra point duties the following week at Alabama, connecting on the lone extra point attempt...his first game with field goals was at South Alabama.
Had three field goals blocked in a crushing loss at South Alabama before finishing the year 6-of-9 with a long of 53 yards. Anderson assumed the place kicking job halfway through the season after Vinny Zaccario left the team, and fared well enough to earn some praise from the coaching staff. 
"Much like golfers, senior kicker Mitch Anderson frequently experiences high’s and low’s when it comes to his trade. Coach Carl Pelini gave an interesting take on the specialist following practice. 'He’s finally feeling comfortable with his holder, which makes all the difference. They’re all a bunch of head cases just like golfers,' Pelini said. Anderson is working with a new holder this spring, and appears to have finally found some consistency. Towards the end of practice he connected on three field goals with a live rush coming from the defense. 'Mitch has had a great spring, he’s really getting lift on the ball,' Pelini said. 'He’s in his comfort zone and they are getting the ball down and he’s shelling them. I don't think he’s missed a field goal in the last two or three days'."
"Distance has never really been an issue for Anderson, but the specialist spent the past offseason altering the mechanics of his approach. Similar to when a golfer reworks a swing, Anderson decided to reevaluate his craft in hopes of producing a better product. Instead of taking his usual three steps to the ball, he shortened his approach to just two steps – and the results have been positive. 'I don't think we'll have a single kick blocked this year,' Anderson said. 'The change has really helped me. A lot of people when they switch from a two-step to a three-step, they lose distance, but it's given me control and made me faster.' FAU coach Carl Pelini said he has noticed a difference in Anderson, and despite a poor performance in the team's preseason scrimmage, he has stood by the redshirt senior. 'We have been charting him the whole camp, and we feel like we're in good position. He's gotten exceptionally better than were he was a year ago, and we're considering that one of the strength's of our team,' Pelini said."
Punter: Sean Kelly, sophomore (Oakland, FL / West Orange HS)
"Kelly burst onto the scene last year after walking-on as a freshman and led the Sun Belt Conference in punts of 50 yards or longer. Head coach Carl Pelini claimed that Kelly, who played quarterback in high school, was one of his greatest finds as a coach and awarded him with a scholarship at the end of the season."
"Kelly was named to the CFPA FBS punters watch list, which puts him amongst the 37 best punters in the nation. [Last year] he earned the starting punter job by the first game of the season and never relinquished it. He averaged 39.9 yards a punt in 2012, and while that number might not be elite, his 14 punts of 50-plus yards and his 16 punts that landed inside the 20-yard line were. His long punt of 2012 was 68 yards."
Punter/kicker: Dalton Schomp, sophomore (Seminole, FL / Seminole HS)
"This offseason and summer I've been working out with the team and kicking with some of the other specialists 3 or 4 times a week. I am just trying to prepare myself for camp and going into the season, and my goal is to win the job as the starting punter."
Punter/kicker: Joey Silvani, sophomore (Pompano, FL / Coral Springs HS)
2012: Worked with the squad and redshirted.
High School: Played for Ray Gould at Coral Springs High School where he was named second team 8A in Florida...participated in the Florida Nike Broward vs. Dade All-Star Game.
Punter/kicker: Kevin Fischer, sophomore

Punter/kicker: Alex Belmonte, freshman (Weston, FL / Cypress Bay HS)
Walk-on who transferred from the University of Indianapolis.
"Whatever I can do to get better for my teammates. Run, lift, kick every day. Do whatever my team needs me to do to be a successful program. Goals for the upcoming season would be to get better every week as a team and as a family."
Long snapper: Trevor Citek, freshman  (Orlando, FL / Olympia HS)
The Owls had just one designated “long snapper” in spring camp, meaning Citek will handle a majority of the duties. A strong offseason could have him penciled in as the starting long snapper next fall. 
Long snapper: Murphy Allen, freshman (Starke, FL / Bradford HS)
"This off-season has consisted of a lot of snapping and doing everything I can to get better and contribute to the team. Preparing to make a statement this year in conference USA."

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