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Monday, August 19, 2013

Texas Longhorns 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Texas Longhorns.

8/15/13 head coach Mack Brown press conference:
"Right now you have good competition with Nick Jordan and Anthony Fera and Nick Rose. But right now Anthony Fera would [handle place-kicking] today with Nick Jordan. Anthony would have the first shot at it. The punting job right now is between Anthony Fera and Will Russ. Will may have a little bit of an edge, but they're both very competitive. We're proud of seeing what Will has done after his back operation. Nick Rose is the guy kickoff off, and he's doing a tremendous job for us. They compete every day. Every competitive kick, we time the operation.  Obviously we have a chart to see who is the most accurate and who is getting it off the quickest. That competition will continue. We're in a better spot than we were last year. Anthony was just coming in, he was hurt. Will was having a bad back. Nick Rose and Nick Jordan had just shown up."
Punter/kicker: Anthony Fera, senior (Cypress, TX / St. Pius X HS / Penn State)
Fifth-year kicker who transferred to Texas from Penn State in August 2012 … was named to the 2012 Lou Groza Award watch list … has connected on 16 of 21 field goals (76 percent) and is 43-for-45 on extra-point attempts during his career … has punted 110 times for 4,590 yards for an average of 41.7 yards, including 31 inside the 20 and 21 of 50-plus yards … has also kicked off 94 times for 6,242 yards (66.4 average) with 29 touchbacks … chosen as a semifinalist for the 2011 Lou Groza Award … was also a candidate for the 2011 Ray Guy Award
Kicker: Nick Jordan, sophomore (Coppell, TX / Coppell HS)
Played in 10 games at place-kicker ... also served as a reserve kickoff specialist ... connected on 7 of his last 10 field goals of the season
Kicker/punter Nick Rose, sophomore (Dallas, TX / Highland Park HS)
2012: Played in all 13 games as the kickoff specialist ... had 30 touchbacks in his 82 kickoffs
Punter/kicker: William Russ, junior (Shreveport, LA / Evangel Christian HS)
Fourth-year punter/place-kicker ... serves as a reserve punter and kickoff specialist 
Kicker: Grant Sirgo, junior (Midland, TX / Midland HS)
High school: connected on 9-of-11 field goals as a senior at ... named the Special Teams MVP ... also a three-year letterman in soccer.
Kicker: Ben Pruitt, sophomore (The Woodlands, TX / The Woodlands HS)
High school: prep All-American, all-state, three-time first-team all-district and three-year starter at kicker ... played in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... rated as the seventh-best kicker in Texas by ESPNU ... three-year letterman who converted 29-41 FGs and 144-146 PATs while also ranking fourth all-time in Texas high school football in consecutive PATs made with 89 over two seasons
Kicker: Michael Davidson, freshman (Aberdeen, Scotland / Strake Jesuit HS)  
Did not play football in high school ... two-time letterman in soccer ... recorded five goals and 19 assists his senior year  
Long snapper: Nate Boyer, junior (Dublin, CA / Valley Christian HS)
Fourth-year player who served as the No. 1 long snapper on PAT/FGs during 2012 ... earned a scholarship in August, 2012 ... served in the Green Berets Special Forces unit before coming to Texas ... still serves in the Texas National Guard during summers  

"I have been deployed to Afghanistan all summer, and our goals and plan is to win all the games!"
Long snapper: Kyle Ashby, sophomore (Lake Jackson, TX / Brazoswood HS)
2012: Played in all 13 games as the long snapper on punts ... helped the team average 40.84 yards in net punting which ranked No. 4 in the FBS ... also handled snaps on PAT/FG in the season opener vs. New Mexico and served as the backup at that spot the rest of the season.
Long snapper: Tom Newman, junior (Brenham, TX / Brenham HS)
High school: four-year player at tight end and deep snapper ... honorable mention academic all-state selection as a senior ... two-year letterman in track and field

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