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Friday, August 9, 2013

Stanford Cardinal 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Stanford Cardinal.

Kicker: Jordan Williamson, senior (Austin, TX / Westwood HS)
Returning starter from past two seasons.

2012:  Kicked game-winning field goals vs. San Jose State, at Oregon and vs. UCLA in Pac-12 title game... 17 of 27 field goals made, including career-long 48 yarder at Notre Dame... 32 touchbacks on 75 kickoffs... 45 of 46 PAT... Led team in scoring with 96 points
Punter/kicker: Conrad Ukropina, sophomore (Pasadena, CA / Loyola HS)
Competing with other punters for job opening following graduation of Daniel Zychlinski
High school: Earned three varsity letters as a kicker and punter... 43.8 yards per punt as a senior... Career-long 68-yard punt in 2011... 45 of 50 kickoffs went for touchbacks.. 101-for-101 career PAT
"This offseason I focused my training primarily in the weight room; I gained 20 pounds of muscle since the conclusion of last season and am looking to gain an additional 5 by summer’s end. In terms of my punting, my focus has been speeding up my handle times and controlling my body weight through the kick. Lastly, with regards to kicking, I hope to learn more from Jordan and be ready to step in if my number were to be called. My goal for the season is helping the team in any way I can in our efforts to win a second consecutive Pac-12 Championship."
Punter: Ben Rhyne, senior (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Country Day)
2012: Called into punting and holding duties for two games 
2011: Saw action in five games handling kickoffs
 "We have a small group of specialists and have been able to get together and train a lot this off season. As a collection, we have all worked on all aspects of the kicking game and are ready to get to camp and gear up for the season. We've got a small, but talented group of guys that are all ready to help the Cardinal out this 2013 season."
Punter: Alex Robinson, freshman (College Park, GA / Woodward HS)
High school: Three-year varsity letterwinner at punter and kicker... Averaged 43.1 yards per punt; school-record long punt of 71 yards... Average hang time of 4.42; only four of his 38 punts were returned as a senior... 7 of 11 field goals made, including long of 35 yards as a senior... Averaged 64 yards per kickoff with 27 touchbacks on 45 attempts... Earned three letters in soccer as a goalie

"During the offseason I lifted weights, ran distance (2-3 miles regularly), stretched, did yoga, and of course punted the football. My plans for the season are to compete (and hopefully win) for the starting position and push myself and the players around me to do their best."
Long snapper: Reed Miller, sophomore (Encinitas, CA / Santa Fe Christian HS)
2012: Started all 14 games as a true freshman for long and short snapping duties
"Offseason, just snapping as much as i can, about 4 days a week to get ready to be my best come game time. My main goal is just to improve my consistency, not snapping it well 90% of the time but 100% of the time. Just want to be the best I can this year. I was proud of last year but i know i can do much better this year if i put my mind to it! Also, I've snapped a lot to brother Brock Miller, the punter for Southern Utah University. Check him out! "
Long snapper: Austin Tubbs, junior (San Clemente, CA / San Clemente HS)
High school: Two-year varsity letterwinner at long snapper and center... Two-time Scholar-Athlete Award... Lettered in lacrosse

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