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Friday, July 12, 2013

Kent State Golden Flashes 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Kent State Golden Flashes.

Punter/kicker: Anthony Melchiori, sophomore (Aurora, OH / Aurora HS)
"It's pretty unusual," said Kent State head coach Paul Haynes. "It's the situation we are in and not the situation you want to be in just because you'd like for (Melchiori) to focus on one. He is a heck of a punter and now he has to become a heck of a kicker."... Melchiori is thrilled to have the chance to add kicking to his college duties. He's used to handling several roles. At nearby Aurora High School, he handled field goals, extra points, kickoffs and punts while also earning first-team All-Chagrin Valley Conference honors as a wide receiver. "I was both a punter and kicker in high school, so I'm familiar with handling both jobs," said Melchiori, who ranked third in the Mid-American Conference in punting last season with a 42.6-yard average. "I'm just trying to work at becoming the best placekicker that I can be. It's hard to follow a player like Freddy Cortez, who is the all-time leading scorer at Kent State. Those are definitely some big shoes to fill, but I also had some big shoes to fill last year when I took over the punting position'."
"This offseason, I have really just been up to probably what everyone else is up to. Taking summer classes and working out. Me and the other kicker, Brad Miller, have been up at the field kicking at least twice a week. Other than that there hasn't been much going on besides school, working out, and kicking. My goals for the upcoming season are really high for me this year. I would like to have one of the top ten punt teams in the country with a high net average. I would also like to be the best punter in the country, and be a contender for the Ray Guy award. I would also like to earn 1st team all conference as a punter, and my goal each game is to out kick the opposing teams punter."
Kicker: Brad Miller, freshman (Germantown, OH / Valley View HS)
"This offseason I finally got to go home and spend time with my family and friends. Time off is something we don't have a lot of, so it's nice to be able to relax and be around friends and family, because they are the people who support you when you aren't able to be there at times. My plans for this summer are to work hard and push myself at workouts and conditioning. My goals for the summer are to get better each day and help my team anyway I can, and to also stay on top of my summer classes and keep my grades up.
My plans for the upcoming season are very simple and that is to win. I'm willing to do whatever it takes for my team and I will take on any role they need me to in order to do that. My goals for this upcoming season are to compete and try and win the place kicking job. This isn't an easy job at all competing with Melchiori, but I'm gonna work hard and let the coaches make the decisions they think are best for this team. Being roommates with Melchiori I know that we are both going to compete hard and whoever ends up kicking at the end of the day we both support each other and are happy for one another and are still going to be great friends regardless. We both want what's best for the team to win!"
Kicker: April Goss, sophomore (Aliquippa, PA / Hopewell HS)
2012: "Goss, a walk-on kicker for the Golden Flashes, only dressed out for home games this season, her first with the team. She didn't make the travel squad. But for bowl games, teams are allowed to take the entire team so Goss' first road trip as a Kent State player is for the Bowl, the school's first bowl appearance in 40 years....

She kicked for two years at Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Pa. When her high school career was over Goss had the urge to keep playing, to continue kicking. So when she was deciding what college to attend, in the back of her mind she also considered attempting to earn a spot on that school's football team as a walk-on kicker. 'When I was done (with her high school career) I realized I didn't really finish,'' Goss said. 'I still had something in me that said, 'I want to keep going, I want to keep playing'."
2013: "This summer, I've been really focusing on increasing my strength and flexibility for kicking. Also making sure to get my technique and form just right. My goals for this year is to help my team capitalize on every opportunity that lies ahead and most importantly win. We had a great season last year, but we still came up short at the MAC Championship and that is definitely a goal we look to complete this season."
Punter: Andrew Horning, junior (Stow, OH / Stow-Munroe Falls HS)
High school: Earned three varsity letters at Stow-Munroe Falls, Had a career punting average of 50.2 yards with a 43.4 net, In addition to kicking and punting, played tight end and defensive end
Long snapper: Chad Bushley, sophomore (Berea, OH / St. Edward)
2012: Played in all 14 games, serving as long snapper on all punts and kicks
"I have been going to class and football lifting in Kent. Just focusing on my grades and schoolwork while becoming a better football player each day. When it comes to down time myself and the rest of the specialists like to fish or go golfing. For the upcoming season I am simply striving for perfection in everything I do on the field. Long snapping is a job that requires perfection and that's what I plan on doing. Our team goal is to win a MAC Championship."
DE / long snapper: Nate Vance, junior (Stow, OH / Stow-Munroe Falls HS)
"Snapping isn't my main focus. I play outside linebacker but I snap on the side to help the team out. So I really just go up after work outs and snap to the punters and kickers! "

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