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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ole Miss Rebels 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Kicker: Andrew Ritter, senior (Jackson, MS / Jackson Academy)
Served as the kickoff specialist from 2009-2011 and was redshirted in 2012. This year he's the frontrunner to take over placekicking duties following the graduation of Bryson Rose.
Kicker: Andy Pappanastos, freshman (Montgomery, AL / Trinity Presbyterian)
Competing for the placekicking role. 
"The offseason has consisted of weightlifting and speed training which would be beneficial to a kicker. Kicking a few times a week during then winter to prepare for spring practice, then executing as a group of specialists in our spring game. Since then we hit summer workouts full speed with the season closing in quickly. We work on kicking with pressure and compete with one another. I personally attended a nationwide college kicking camp in Pensacola, FL put on by One On One Kicking to tone my skills and form for fall camp coming up the first week of August. Moving forward, as a unit we want to give our team an advantage this season with deep knockoffs, made field goals, and switching the field with punts. I hope to contribute anyway possibly, hopefully with field goals."
Spring Game (BancorpSouth Grove Bowl)
"[Andrew Ritter] looked really good in the first period.  When we went live, we were very consistent from 30 yards in, but when we got outside of that, he hit both of them pretty good, and (Andy) Pappanastos made a long one.  But we're still inconsistent there." - head coach Hugh Freeze
Kicker: Nathan Noble, sophomore (Greenville, MS / Washington School)
"I've been taking class, lifting weights in the morning, running with team in the afternoons, and kicking about 4 times a week. Although its been tough to find a time to kick with fresh legs due to the intense workouts our strength coach Paul Jackson has put us through, I feel as if I'm stronger than ever. Accuracy is a weak spot for so that has been a main concentration for me this offseason and just really trying to get more consistent on field goals. I plan to red shirt this year because we have a senior kicker Andrew Ritter that is more than capable of getting the job done. I would love to red shirt to get one more year of practice and then take over the kick off role."
Kicker: Andrew Fletcher, junior (Nashville, TN / Montgomery Bell Academy / Louisville)
2012: Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules  
Punter: Tyler Campbell, senior (Little Rock, AR / Catholic HS)
Starting punter from 2009-2011; redshirted in 2012 while Jim Broadway started

"I've been working on fundamentals and consistency all year since I was redshirted last season. My main focus has been directional punting and pooch punting. I've focused on these just because I know if I get a chance to pursue my dream at the next level I will need to be able to put the ball where ever they tell me. This year I just want to be the best punter I can be in every possible situation. It's hard to set goals as far as a number to average or anything because every punt is unique and there are a lot of factors such as how many times it is necessary to pooch punt which would obviously lower a season average."
Punter/holder: Chris Conley, senior (Bradenton, FL / manatee HS)
"We as a unit pride ourselves as being the winning edge for our football team. So far this summer the entire Ole Miss special teams along with the rest of the team, have been training hard in Oxford. Coach Jackson has done a great job getting us in shape and increasing our leg strength this summer. This year we return our punter, snapper and placeholder and kickoff specialist Andrew Ritter who has a lot of game time experience. We are anchored by three seniors, Campbell Conley and Ritter, that all have a lot of experience. We plan on using this experience to help our team win more games this year and give us a competitive edge."
Long snapper: Will Denny, junior (Jackson, MS / Jackson Academy)
Returning starter who played in every game each of the past two seasons.
Long snapper: Will Few, freshman (Augusta, GA / Aquinas HS)
"All summer I've been in Oxford MS. Coach Freeze is huge on emphasizing giving back to the Oxford community that supports our football team passionately, so a few teammates and myself spent most of the summer a couple hours of the day at a children's day care working on literacy with the pre kindergartners. We also were given an opportunity to volunteer at Camp Hopewell, a camp specifically for grade 1 diabetics, myself and a few other players were able to spend a few hours out there in June. As far as football is concerned, the team had voluntary workouts twice a day 4 times a week, once in the morning and once later in the afternoon. We lifted weights each morning and ran each afternoon for an hour at a time. The specialists also got in an extra hour of work throughout the day to work on punting, snapping, and kicking. In regards to the upcoming season, we plan to keep the momentum from signing day carrying over to the work we feel necessary to put in at preseason camp to compete in the SEC. As specialists we need to be able to perform at our highest level in a seconds notice whether it be a game winning field goal, punt, onside kick, or snap."
Long snapper: Garrett Kalem, sophomore (Milan, TN / Milan HS)
Joined the team for 2013 spring drills 
High School: helped Milan reach the 3A state championship game in 2008 and 2009
"During the off season I've been focusing on a few classes I took over the summer and working on my consistency of my snaps both long and short, I've really enjoyed the easy transition from getting on the team to meeting all of my coaches and teammates, I plan to continue to improve my strength and snapping form and consistency, as well as improving my relationships with my fellow teammates, I feel my goal for the upcoming season is to give my team 110% every day and help the team out any way I possibly can to make sure we are successful on and off the field, I think my overall goals are the same as my team for our season which is to build off of last year and close the gap in the tight games we lost."

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