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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Iowa Hawkeyes 2014 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Kicker: Mike Meyer, senior (Dubuque, IA / Walhert HS)
"Perhaps the most positive note returning from Iowa’s special teams last year is its kicker in Mike Meyer, who went 14-of-20 in field-goal attempts in 2012. Meyer said that he’s looking forward to working with a man [new special teams coach Chris White] who oversaw the success of Walsh last year and noted that he’s been fortunate to have some strong individuals in his life that have influenced his kicking. 'I’ve been pretty fortunate since I’ve been here, I started working out with [former Iowa kicker and current NFL player Nate Kaeding] and he’s been helping me a lot, and Coach White, who worked with Blair Walsh, I couldn’t really ask for anything more,' Meyer said."
Meyer has been named to the Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List for the third consecutive season.   His current streak of 81 consecutive made PATs broke the previous school record of 60, set by former Groza Award winner Nate Kaeding. His current streak of 81 consecutive PAT’s ranks 10th best all time in the Big Ten, while his streak of 13 consecutive made field goals in 2012 ranks as the ninth longest streak in the Big Ten. In 2012 Meyer was 17-21 on field goal attempts, with a season long of 50 yards. Meyer earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors by both league coaches and media.  He ranks fifth in career scoring with 235 points.
Kicker: Alden Haffar, junior (West Des Moines, IA / Valley HS)
Iowa Central Community College: first team all-region as freshman and sophomore . . . second team all-conference as a sophomore . . . made 1-3 field goals as a freshman, with 31 of 48 KO's being touchbacks . . . made 6-8 field goals as a sophomore, with a long of 51 yards . . . made all 42 PAT attempts and 33-47 KO's were touchbacks
Kicker/punter: Marshall Koehn, sophomore (Solon, IA / Solon HS)
2013: Second on the depth chart at both kicker and punter.
2012: Did not see any game action.
2011: Redshirted after joining the team as a walk-on.
Punter: Connor Kornbrath, sophomore (Bridgeport, WV / Bridgeport HS)
2012: Handled majority of punting duties throughout the season . . . averaged 37.9 yards on 53 punts in 12 games . . . had a long of 61 yards and six punts of 50 yards or more . . . had 10 punts inside the 20, 18 punts resulted in a fair catch and just one touchback as opponents averaged just 4.4 yards on 22 returns
Long snapper: Casey Kreiter, senior (DeWitt, IA / Central HS)
2012: handled all deep snaps for punts, PAT and field goal attempts throughout the season, while recording seven tackles on punt coverage
"This off season we have been getting back to work. Coming off of a disappointing year as a team we knew we had to right the ship and get back to work. We have been lifting and conditioning to prepare ourselves for camp. When it comes to position work we have kicking 3-4 times a week and just really trying to get quality reps in. We will have a new holder this year so the focus is getting comfortable with him as a unit and trying to be the best we can be. When it comes to special teams we realize the name of our game is consistency and that has been our focus for this summer. We are very eager to get back on the field and impact the games in a positive way."
"Kreiter also finds himself working with a new holder — Kornbrath and backup kicker Marhsall Koehn top the preseason depth chart in that area — following the graduation of John Wienke. 'It’s all about reps right now. The only way for us to get better and to get to the level of consistency that we need is to repeat things over and over. It’s reps, reps, reps for us,' Kreiter said. 'We know we need to improve. We accept as much responsibility as anybody for what happened last season and we don’t intend to let it happen again.' Kreiter sees plenty of room for growth in the punt game.'We were up and down all year and that is something we’re working hard at. We have to be better there and I think we will be. We’ve been working since December to improve,' Kreiter said. 'It’s about putting in the hard work that it takes to get better and we’re doing that every day. As a senior, I don't want to leave here disappointed'."
Long snapper: Tyler Kluver, freshman (Marshalltown, IA / Marshalltown HS)
"I lift, snap, and do my speed and conditioning every week day, and take the weekends off. I'd like to finish the summer strong and head into camp prepared for any scenario. Hopefully this first year will be good for learning the system amd how things work, amd also improving physically. My plan is to be ready to do my job as best I can whenever I'm called upon to do so."

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