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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New Mexico State Aggies 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the New Mexico State Aggies.

Kicker: Maxwell Johnson, junior (Astoria, OR / Oregon State / Astoria HS)

Johnson takes over the kicking duties full-time, after sharing the role last year with since graduated Tyler Stampler.

2012:  played in eight games as the team’s kickoff specialist and field goal kicker. Johnson was a perfect 11-for-11 on the season in PATs, while recording 16 kickoffs for 1,016 yards, averaging 63.5 yards a kick with five touchbacks.
Kicker: Brock Baca, sophomore (Las Cruces, NM / Mayfield HS)
"Being a walk-on, I need to find a way to pay for school so I've been working all summer. Between work, taking 9 school credits over the summer, and working out it's been busy that's for sure. Ultimately, goals for this season are to give this city a product that they are not only proud of, but a part of. As a local kid I grew up watching this team, and I just hope I can be a good role model for the new generation of youngsters."
Punter: Cayle Chapman-Brown, senior (Sydney, Australia / Snow College / Marist Kogarah)
'Chapman-Brown was been named to the 2013 Ray Guy Preseason Watch List. He played in all 12 games for the Aggies as a punter in the 2012 season. He was named a second team All-WAC selection in 2012, while being named the WAC Special Teams Player of the Week once during the season. He had a record-setting year as well as he found his way into the record books in several categories.  Chapman-Brown had 70 punts on the season, which ties him for eighth with Cliff Olander in number of punts in a season.  He totaled 3,099 yards punting, which put him at fifth in punting yards in a season.  He also averaged 44.3 yards per punt, which ranks first in punting average in a season.  He had 19 punts go over 50 yards in 2012.  Chapman-Brown had 22 of his punts land inside the opponent’s 20 yard-line while only punting four touchbacks.  He had three games where he had a punt over 60 yards.'
Punter: Jake Capraro, senior (Claremont, CA / Damien HS)
"This offseason, we have dedicated our time to getting stronger in the weight room and becoming a more consistent group. Our new strength program, under coach Don Decker, is much improved and it has shown for all of the specialists on the field. Personally, I have taken quite a bit of time away from kicking any balls and focused on drops and my leg strength. This summer, I have worked on explosion and stretching; something that I have lacked in the past. With our returning specialists, Cayle Chapman-Brown, Max Johnson, Mike Kaiser, Brock Baca and newcomer Gino Satriana, I think we are going to have a solid group. Being a back up to Cayle last year was tough at first, but my goal this season is to be ready at all times to take the field and do whatever Coach Martin asks me to do. Hopefully, I can enjoy this last season and contribute to the team . Cayle is on a few watch lists, so look for him to have a great season. Max Johnson's stats from last year should be completely disregarded; he is a strong kicker and is much more comfortable with the operation. Mike Kaiser is one of the best snappers I have ever seen and has been working hard in the weight room. I am excited to see how we do as a group this season."
Punter: Gino Satriana, sophomore (Rio Rancho, NM / Rio Rancho HS)
High School: earned all-state honors as a punter and safety both his junior and senior seasons. During his senior season, Satriana averaged 46 yards per punt with a long of 58 yards. He also recorded six interceptions as a safety.
Long snapper: Mike Kaiser, senior (Carlsbad, CA / La Costa Canyon HS)
2012: played in all 12 games for the Aggies as the long snapper on the punt and field goal teams.  He also recorded two tackles on punt coverage on the season.
"During the offseason I have been working on my consistency by snapping with either my teammates or in my locker room. I have targets set up on the walls in my locker room where I snap usually sets of 25 to 40 into the wall. We also have been training hard in our off-season program to increase strength and endurance. My biggest goals for this season are to have perfect snaps on both Field Goal and Punt, as well as contributing heavily in the punt coverage. I look forward to a great senior year and can't wait to open up against Texas August 31st!"
Long snapper: Andrew Zapien, sophomore (Las Cruces, NM / Mayfield HS) 
2012: was a member of the defensive scout team in 2012, while redshirting for the Aggies

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