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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Purdue Boilermakers 2013 Specialists


Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Purdue Boilermakers.

8/10/13 Kicking Scrimmage:

"Sophomore kickers Paul Griggs (black team) and Sam McCartney (white team) attempted a total of 16 field goals in the black team’s 30-18 victory. Scoring in the scrimmage was done entirely by made field goals. McCartney struggled with longer field goals. Griggs made kicks from 44, 45 and 49 yards out while McCartney missed from 44 and 45 yards. Head coach Darrell Hazell said that his coaching staff will take its time in order to figure out who should be Purdue’s kicker before the season starts.'We’ll go the distance to try and figure out who the guy is,' Hazell said. 'We need to get better at that position, that’s for sure. If two (kickers) are ready we’ll use two, but we don’t have to use two. If one guy is making them and the other isn’t, we’ll only use one'.”

Kicker: Paul Griggs, sophomore (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin HS)
2012: Appeared in nine games as a true freshman ... connected on 4 of 7 field goal attempts and 16 of 18 PATs ... kicked game-winning, 46-yard field goal as time expired at Iowa
Spring Jersey Scrimmage: hit field goals from 30, 32 and 37 yards
"I think we certainly have matured a lot, grow and gotten better since this competition we've been having since fall camp. I'm enjoying it. It's fun coming out each practice - it's a little different with Coach Hazell - but we're loving it and getting for a good season....  I've got a whole season under my belt. I've got that to draw on. I'd say I'm a lot more settled, more comfortable now. I wouldn't say my approach has changed. You're still kicking the same ball through the same uprights. But you have more confidence now, more sure of yourself." 
Kicker: Sam McCartney, sophomore (West Lafayette, IN / West Lafayette HS)
2012: appeared in eight games ... went 5 for 7 on field goal attempts, with a long of 36 yards, and was 28 of 31 on PATs
"Mostly it's self-taught. I've had the opportunities - I try to mention this every time - to work with Carson Wiggs. He's taught me about everything I know about kicking, so if I ever have any problems I'll make sure I call him."
Kicker/punter: Thomas Meadows, sophomore (Maidens, VA / Goochland HS)
2012: Appeared in all 13 games ... handled kickoff duties, averaging 58.9 yards per kick with 12 touchbacks
"This offseason has been spent refining my technique and focusing on the things that I learned in games last year. I became smarter with my kicking when I practiced because I knew exactly what to prepare for. Our group of specialists has become closer this offseason and we are a much more productive unit that executes. We spent a lot of hours in the weight room this summer and the Purdue Football atmosphere much more intense and electric than it was a year ago. I expect to kickoff again this year and help out in any other way that I can to get to Pasadena."
Kicker: Tyler Murray, freshman (Mullica Hills, NJ / Clearview HS)
Spring Game: kicked an extra point in the low scoring affair.
Punter: Cody Webster, senior (Harrisburg, PA / Central Dauphin East HS)
Webster was to the preseason watch list for the 2013 Ray Guy Award. He is coming off a 2012 season that saw him punt 70 times for 2,961 yards (42.3 avg.), place 29 of his 70 kicks inside the opposition's 20-yard line, have 17 punts go over 50 yards and 20 of them get fair caught. He finished last season second in the Big Ten Conference and 33rd nationally in punting average. Webster enters his final year in college with three of the top nine season punting averages at Purdue, second in school history in career punting average (42.8) and sixth all-time at Purdue in total punts (162).
Long snapper: Jesse Schmitt, junior (Louisville, KY / Trinity HS)
Returning starter who snapped on punts in 2011 and on placekicks and punts in 2012.
"All of our specialists have been working hard in the weight room, getting a lot stronger and faster. Also we've been kicking as a group 2-3 times a week. The main goal for the upcoming season as a group is to be the best specialists in the country. We have the talent to do it. Coach Hazell puts a big emphasis on special teams, so it is just our job to come out and perform up to our potential every Saturday."
Long snapper: Grant Ellington, sophomore (LaGrange, IL / Drake University
"Over the summer as a team we lift every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and run every Tuesday and Thursday. Goal is to get stronger while still being flexible to snap. As specialists we meet three times a week on own time and work on punts and field goal operation times all together. Goal is to be perfect for the season and rise to our potential as a team."
Long snapper: John Bednar, freshman (Valparaiso, IN / Valparaiso HS
Spring Game executed on all three of his snaps — two on punts and one on a field goal attempt — for the Black

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I thought the surprise of the kick scrimmage was Thomas Meadows who made the longest field goal since Carson Wiggs was at Purdue, a 51 yarder.

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