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Monday, July 15, 2013

Kansas State Wildcats 2013 Specialists

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

Kicker: Jack Cantele, sophomore (Wichita, KS / Kapaun Mt. Carmel)
With Anthony Cantele having graduated,  his younger bother is set to take over the kicking job.
"During this offseason I have been focusing on correcting some flaws I have struggled with throughout m entire kicking career, knowing I need to step into a major role on this team I decided it was time to take my performance to the next level. I worked with Gary Zauner a few times down in Arizona and my progress showed in the spring game making both field goal attempts including a 51 yard field goal that essentially won the game for the white team. This season I hope to improve my kickoff distance. My goal is to make every field goal and extra point this season as I have big shoes to fill with my older brother graduating."
Spring game:  hit field goals of 24 and 51 yards, averaged 60.7 yards on 6 kickoffs
Kicker: Dillon Wilson, sophomore (Midlothian, TX / Midlothian HS)
"This summer I have been in Manhattan going to school and going through summer off-season. The stereotype of specialist having it "easy" or not working as hard is something we work to change here at Kanas State. We have high expectations for our specialist units this year and I am excited to have the chance to contribute."
Spring game:  averaged 57.3 yards on 4 kickoffs
Kicker: Ian Patterson, freshman (Columbia, MO / Rock Bridge HS)
High school: Was named an all-district and all-area kicker... Connected on all eight field goals during his senior season, including a long of 47 yards.
Kicker: Matthew McCrane, freshman (Bownwood, TX / Brownwood HS)
Spring game:  averaged 58.3 yards on 3 kickoffs
Punter: Mark Krause, junior (Kearney, MO / Missouri Southern) 
The punting job is open with the graduation of Ryan Doerr. Krause is the leading candidate and was atop the depth chart in Spring.
2011: Redshirted.
2010 (Missouri Southern): Punted 48 times for a 37.5-yard average, including a long of 80 yards... Saw 10 of his punts downed inside the 20 yard line
Punter: Ethan Hammes, junior (Seneca, KS / Butler CC)
"This summer I am really focusing on becoming more consistent with my punting. Everyday that I go out to punt, I focus on 1 or 2 things and what I focus on could be different from day-to-day. I'm really looking for more quality with every punt rather than punting 75 balls and getting little out of it. I feel that this will get me to where I need to be to have a legitimate shot at starting this year, which is ultimately the goal for my senior season."
Butler Community College: Punted two years for Butler County under head coach Troy Morrell... Earned honorable mention All-Jayhawk Conference honors and was a Third Team Region VI punter in 2010 as he averaged 38.2 yards on 49 punts, including a long of 60
Punter: Rilee Spresser, junior (Gem, KS / Garden City CC)
2011 (Garden City Community College): Spresser kicked all 55 of the team's punts on the season and averaged 38.3 yards per kick with a long of 69 to go along with 13 punts landing inside the 20.
Punter: Nick Walsh, freshman (Lyndon, KS / Lyndon HS)
"This summer the whole team has been training and working hard. We have big expectations this upcoming season and it started the day after last years bowl game. We are hungry and eager to get better and do everything we can to benefit the team and hopefully make this year a very successful season."
Long snapper: Marcus Heit, senior (Derby, KS / Derby HS) 
2012: Played in 12 games.
2011: Played in 12 of 13 games and was perfect on all 128 snaps.
2010: Did not see any playing time as a member of the scout team.
2009: Redshirted.
Long snapper: Dalton Converse, junior (Clay Center, KS / Clay Center HS)
2011: Snapped in the Cotton Bowl against Arkansas and was perfect on all 11 attempts.

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