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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Kansas Jayhawks 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Kansas Jayhawks.

9/6/13 kicking update:
"The chance came during fall camp. Matthew Wyman had struggled a bit after joining the program for spring practice, but after getting used to his surroundings, he felt a little more comfortable. He started making kicks, started stretching out his range to 50 yards. He beat out incumbent Ron Doherty and juco transfer Michael Mesh, and when KU opens its season at 6 p.m. Saturday against South Dakota, Wyman will handle the field-goal duties while transfer Trevor Pardula kicks off and punts. That’s probably for the best, of course. Wyman always hated punting. 'I started off slow,' he said. 'My nerves got the best of me. And then I started making some. I started to get to know the guys. My nerves kind of went away'.”

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8/17/13 kicking update:
"The Jayhawks began fall camp with six players that could be involved as a place-kicker or punter — and five of them are new faces. 'It makes everyone always have to bring their ‘A’ game everyday to practice,' said Trevor Pardula, a junior-college transfer. 'It’s always good to have competition.' Pardula was recruited specifically to punt and kick off, and could be a factor on field goals as well. During an open practice earlier this week, Pardula regularly smashed kickoffs through the back of the end zone. And during Saturday’s open scrimmage at Memorial Stadium, Weis sent Pardula out to attempt a 55-yard field goal. The kick had the distance — but sailed wide....
On the field goal front, Pardula could have competition from junior-college transfer Michael Mesh, a Hutchinson, Kan., native, and sophomore Matthew Wyman, who looked sharp during open practices on Friday and Saturday. Senior Ron Doherty, who was just five of 10 on field-goal attempts last season, is also still competing for time at punter. Early this week, Weis indicated that he was considering splitting up the kicking duties, even going as far as using a different kicker for short field goals and long field goals. In that scenario, Pardula would appear to have a leg up on the competition from distance, while Wyman or Mesh could be used as the short man. 'I think this competition is helping us, because it’s pushing us to get better each day,' Mesh said. 'Each kicker has a different perspective that can help another kicker'.”

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Punter/kicker: Ron Doherty, senior(Klein, TX / Klein HS)
He's competing against several junior college transfers to retain both the punting and kicking starting roles.
2012: Averaged 40.5 yards on 56 punts, which ranked ninth in the Big 12... Also connected on 5-of-10 field goals, including a career-best 37-yarder against TCU
Punter/kicker: Trevor Pardula, junior (San Jose, CA / Leigh HS / De Anza College)
2011-2012 (De Anza College): Averaged 40.9 yards per punt in 2012... Recorded a long of 55 yards, while pinning 13 punts inside the 20-yard line... Also kicked field goals, making 13-of-22 in 2012... Had a long field goal of 42 yards, and also connected on 45-of-48 extra points... Averaged 39.8 yards per punt in 2011... Recorded a long punt of 66 yards, while pinning 11 punts inside the 20-yard line... Averaged 64 yards per kick on four kickoffs. 
"When KU recruited Pardula, Weis had two specific roles in mind. 'The main two things they were stressing to me were punting and kickoff, because that’s my specialties,' Pardula said. 'I can kick field goals. Anything I can do to help'.”
Kicker: Michael Mesh, junior (Hutchinson, KS / Trinity catholic HS / Hutchinson CC)
2011-12 (Hutchinson CC): Earned Second Team NJCAA All-America honors in 2012... Connected on 12-of-15 field goals in 2012, including a long of 47 yards... Made 63-of-69 PATs, and also scored on a rushing point after attempt... Averaged 57.4 yards on 57 kickoffs with 17 touchbacks... Owns several HCC school records including: most points by a kicker (186), most extra points (136), most field goals (16) and most kickoffs (194)
Kicker: Eric Kahn, sophomore (Spring Hill, KS / Spring Hill HS / Mid America Nazarene)
2012: Sat out the 2012 season per NCAA transfer rules.
2011 (Mid America Nazarene): Spent the 2011 season as a redshirt before transferring to Kansas.
Kicker: Matthew Wyman, sophomore (Bloomfield Hills, MI / Andover HS)
High School: Earned one letter as a kicker, while playing in just five games due to an injury... Also picked up two letters in soccer
Kicker: Austin Barone, freshman (Frontenac, KS / St. Mary's Colgan HS)
“Working out and training are the key to improving leg strength and flexibility. One thing I have been focusing on is making each kicking session much more focused. The idea of ‘aim small, miss small’ has been a big part of my training. I have also been focusing on my composure, but also understanding that misses will happen. Rather than getting frustrated I try to breakdown what I did wrong whether it be through film, ball flight or finished position.”
Long snapper: Zackary Young, senior (Kansas City, KS / Piper HS / Indiana)
"I spent my first year [2009-10] at Kansas State where I redshirted. I left K-State because they made me switch from long snapper to strictly offensive line and it didn't sit well with me. I was going to attend Butler C.C. and play there, but last summer I got injured and wasn't going to be able to play so I came home and attended Kansas City C.C. I thought I was done with football, but this summer [2011] I decided to play again so I went to a camp and that is how I got recruited. I enrolled in Coffeyville C.C. at the beginning of the summer and I was there for three days when Indiana called me."
Long snapper: Reilly Jeffers, sophomore (South Bend, IN / Marian HS)
2012: Served as KU's long snapper on punts and field goals in first three games
Long snapper: John Wirtel, freshman (Orland Park, IL / Mount Carmel HS)

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