Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the SMU Mustangs.
Kicker: Chase Hover, senior (Dallas, TX / Blinn College)
2012: Played in all 13 games... Led the team in scoring with 101 points, the fifth-highest single-season total in school history... Was 47-of-49 on PATs... Tied the SMU record by kicking four field goals in a game, including a career-long 52-yarder, at Tulane... Hit three field goals and was 5-of-5 on PATs, tying his career-high with 14 points in the win over Memphis... His 48-yarder in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl tied the school bowl record... His 18 made field goals on the year tied the SMU single-season record.
"This offseason I've been focusing a lot on leg and core strength in the weight room. And out on the field I have really cut down on the amount of kicks each day. Trying to treat each offseason day like a normal fall practice. I took off less time this year after our bowl game than previous years and got back into my normal schedule quicker. My goals for this upcoming year is to go 92% or above on FG's and help my team win a Conference Championship any way I can."Kicker: Cory Rademacher, sophomore (Austin, TX / Air Force)
2012: Sat out the season per NCAA transfer rules after departing Air Force in the fall of 2011
"For the first half of summer I laid off kicking for about three weeks and did crossfit 5 days a week. Came back to Dallas to work out with the team in July and have been kicking 3-4 times per week. For the season I just want to kick as well as I can."Kicker: Alex Faoro, freshman (Fort Worth, TX / Arlington Heights HS)
High school: A three-year letterwinner... Also lettered in soccer...First-team All-District kicker...All-State Linebacker...Also named District Defensive MVP and first-team linebacker... A team captain... Had 32 touchbacks on 44 kickoffs and was 39-of-41 on PATs in 2011Kicker: Daniel Chaparro, freshman (Dallas, TX / North HS)
High school: a two-year letterman... Earned first-team All-District honors as a punter... Also lettered in golfPunter/kicker: Mike Loftus, junior (Anaheim, CA / Servite HS)
"I am still on the walk on process and might have to wait until next spring to workout with the team again."
Loftus was named to the Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List. He earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors a season ago, averaging 41.9 yards per punt with a season-long boot of 62 yards at UTEP. He also had nine punts of 50 or more yards and had 12 fall within the opponent's 20-yard line.
"I traveled to Australia and New Zealand for 20 days with my family and got some down time. I also trained at home in Orange County California. I think that getting in the ocean at home is a big part of my mental training for kicking, I get to calm my mind and focus on my aspirations for the season and the upcoming year. My goals for this season are to improve my punting average and to be in the running for the Ray Guy award. I just started my masters at SMU and I want to continue to excel in the classroom as well."DE/LS: Zach Wood, sophomore (Rowlett, TX / Rowlett HS)
"I've been working on my strength speed and technique. I've been training hard almost everyday on very specific things to improve my game."