Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Temple Owls.
There is wide open competition at kicker and punter to replace graduated Brandon McManus.
Kicker/punter: Paul Layton, senior (Burnt Hills, NY / Ballston Lake HS / Albany)
Three-year letterwinner at punter at the University at Albany … averaged 41.0 yards in career. 2012: Played in all 11 games at punter … averaged a league-best 40.4 yards per punt, including a program record 82-yarder vs. Wagner (11/3) … punted 46 times with 11 sailing 50-yards or longer … dropped 15 within the 20-yard line.
"I got to Temple in January after graduating from Albany in December for my last year. I thought it was important to be with the team in spring ball and summer workouts to create a bond. I have been in Philly all summer doing runs, lifts, captains practices and kicking/punting on my own. I worked a lot this offseason on my drop and shortening my steps to avoid overstriding. At this level all the punters have the ability to boom it, but it is most important to be consistent. My main goal is to be more consistent than I've ever been in my career."Kicker/punter: Tyler Mayes, sophomore (Downingtown, PA / Downingtown East HS)
High school: Two-year letterwinner at punter … 2010 All-Ches-Mont Conference selection at punter … participated in the 2011 Valor Bowl … as a senior, made 51-of-52 PATs and two-for-two field goals … punted 17 times, averaging 39.7 yards and a career-long of 49 yards … also lettered in wrestling and lacrosse
Spring Game: kicked four extra pointsKicker/punter: Colby Perry, freshman (Coatesville, PA / Coatesville Area HS)
High school: Two-year letterwinner at placekicker and punter … 2010 All-Area selection … also played soccer, baseball, and track … second-team All-Ches-Mont Conference in soccer
Spring Game: kicked four extra pointsKicker/punter: Jim Cooper Jr., freshman (Linwood, NJ / Mainland Regional HS)
High school: three-star prospect by Rivals.com … participated in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"I've been training all off season. Kicking, working out and running a lot. I've been here at Temple since June 27th taking summer courses and doing workouts. My one and only goal this summer is to earn a starting spot. We have some very talented kickers here and it's creating a lot of competition which brings out the best in all of us. This season I hope to be starting and want to contribute as much as possible to help my team win."Kicker/punter: Nick Visco, freshman (Churchville, PA / Archbishop Wood HS)
All-time Pennsylvania kick scoring record holder … second-team All-State in 2012 for coach Steve Devlin at Archbishop Wood HS … All-State Honorable Mention in 2011 … four-time All-Catholic League and four-time first-team All-City honoree ... finished prep career as school’s leader in scoring (325 points), kick scoring, field goals, and PATs
"I was kicking and working out down at school and home throughout the whole summer. I hope to be able to prove myself in camp and contribute somewhere and get a spot to play."OL/long snapper: Cody Booth, senior (Millersville, PA / Penn Manor HS)
Switched to offensive tackle and to jersey #76 in the spring of 2013 after wearing #38 at tight end for three seasons... Started all 11 games at tight end in 2012 … also served as the snapper for the punt and field goal units