Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Oregon State Beavers.
9/3/13 punting update:
Oregon State football figures to get a key special teams addition against Hawaii on Saturday. Punter Keith Kostol is expected back after missing the Beavers' season-opening loss to Eastern Washington with a sprained ankle, head coach Mike Riley said Tuesday.... "I think that'd be great," special teams coordinator Bruce Read said of having Kostol back on the field Saturday. "He's been our starter, and he tends to punt the ball with the types of numbers we want." With Kostol sidelined, senior Tim McMullen tallied three punts for an average of 41.3 yards against the Eagles. Read, who typically wants his players' punts to stay in the air for 4.6 seconds, said McMullen "needs to punt the ball with more hang time."Kicker: Trevor Romaine, junior (Corona, CA / Centennial HS)
Romaine was named to the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award. He was an all-conference honorable mention selection in 2012. He was a 2013 Phil Steele and Athlon Sports Pac-12 Preseason First Team selection and has connected on 12 consecutive field goals entering the season. In 2012, Romaine was the most accurate kicker in the conference hitting 16 out of 18 field goals and was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week after a three field goal performance at Stanford.Kicker: Garrett Owens, freshman (Arroyo Grande, CA / Arroyo Grande HS)
Likely the top backup to Trevor Romaine at kicker … enrolled at OSU January of 2013 and thus is considered a greyshirt.
"This offseason I've been lifting and running everyday and was kicking 3 days a week. When summer came around I started to kick 4 to 5 days a week to hone in my skills along with running and lifting 6 days a week. I'm redshirting this coming season but my biggest goal I have is to compete against the starter to make him a better kicker which will make me a better kicker."Kicker: Riley Harper, sophomore (Salt Lake City, Utah / Cottonwood HS / Utah State)
Riley transferred to Oregon State in July of 2012 from Utah State, where he redshirted in 2011.
High school: Three-year letterman for the Colts … 5A all-state selection as a senior … made 96 out of 99 PATs in 2009 & ’10 … made 16 out of 18 field goals in 2009 & ’10 … on 123 kickoffs, 110 were touchbacks in 2009 & ‘10Kicker: Ryan Cope, freshman (Portland, OR / Jesuit HS)
Ryan is a walkon kicker who redshirted in 2012.
"This offseason I've devoted my time to becoming stronger in the weight room and more consistent on the field. Over summer I've put in a lot of time into the small technical aspects of my kicking in order to refine my swing and become more consistent and confident going into this season. My main goal for this season is to contribute as much as I can to my teammates so that we only improve from last year."Punter: Keith Kostol, junior (Tigard, OR / Tigard HS)
Kostol was named to the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award. He won the open punting job in 2012 and quickly established himself as one of the top punters in the Pac-12. In 2012, Kostol booted a season-best 67-yard punt at Stanford. On the season, he placed the ball inside the opponents’ 20-yard line 24 times and earned Special Teams Player of the Week following the Beavers’ win at UCLA after pinning the Bruins inside their own 20 with four of his seven punts on the afternoon.
"The off season consists of lifting, running and punting for me. Getting stronger is a big deal, and I take a lot of pride in lifting. The most important thing for me in the off season is catching snaps regularly to get better at molding and dropping a ball after a snap. As for the upcoming season, my goal is to be first team all Pac-12, but I have to take each game and each punt one at a time to get the defense the best possible field position."Punter/holder: Tim McMullen, senior (Parkdale, Australia / Mentone Grammar School / Humboldt State)
Tim is the first-string holder on PATs and field goals ... continues to battle for the primary punting role.
2012: Played exclusively as the holder on PATs and field goals.
2011: Redshirt … transferred to OSU in September before sitting out the season.
“I was a bit disappointed with my camp last year and Keith came out and he did well. But this year we’ve been taking stats from every practice in camp and they’re on coach Read’s whiteboard, and I feel that I’ve got some good numbers up there, so we’ll see what happens in the next week or so.”Long snapper: Michael Morovick, junior (Mission Viejo, CA / Trabuco Hills HS)
2012: After two years as an apprentice, Michael was promoted to the first-string long snapper … fifth on the squad with four special teams tackles.Long snapper: Harrison Linksy, freshman (Bakersfield, CA / Garces Memorial HS / Fresno State)
Harrison is the backup to Michael Morovick.
2012: Redshirted after transferring from Fresno State.