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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Texas Tech Red Raiders 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Kicker: Ryan Bustin, junior (Kilgore, TX / Kilgore HS / Kilgore College)
2012:  tied all-time record for field goals made in a season (17)... broke school record for points scored by a kicker (110)... became the 14th kicker in school history to be perfect in PAT attempts in a season (59-of-59)... fifth in PATs made (59)... made 17-of-24 field goals and 59-of-59 in PAT attempts
Kicker/punter: Taylor Symmank, sophomore (McKinney, TX / McKinney Boyd HS / Southern Arkansas)
2012:  Scout team member

"This offseason has been very exciting and I love the new workout regiment that Coach Dennis has set up! It has help me become more explosive and build my strength all at the same time. My goals for this season is to earn my spot all three position, and when I get out there this season I want to completely dominate my position, not just at Texas Tech but all across the NCAA."
Kicker: Kramer Fyfe, junior (Austin, TX / Lake Travis HS)
2012: played in 13 games and kicked off 79 times for 4,694 yards with an average of 59.4 yards/kickoff... tallied 29 touchbacks
Spring Game: had a 65 yard kickoff 
Punter: Ryan Erxleben, senior (Lake Travis, TX / Lake Travis HS)
2012:  ranks fourth in career yards per punt (41.4)... played in 13 games with 40 punts (1,667) with a 41.7 yards/punt average... had two touchbacks... tallied eight punts inside the 20-yard line and tallied eight punts at 50-plus yard punts
Spring Game: averaged 35.9 yards on seven punts, placing two inside the 20 yard line 
"Erxleben admitted it was unsettling to find out two days before camp that his deep snapper is no longer on the team. Alex Chester handled that duty for all 13 games last year. 'Camp is going to be a crucial time, with this news coming in late, that we’re going to have to really practice our rhythm and get our timing down,' Erxleben said. 'But I think during the season, it shouldn’t be a problem.' Erxleben has taken snaps in the past from sophomore David Brenner and redshirt freshman Parker Bradham, both walk-ons."
Long snapper: David Brenner, sophomore (Plano, TX / Canyon Creek Christian Academy)
2012: Scout team member.

High school:  named all-state (linebacker) in 2009 and 2010... tallied 50 tackles with two interceptions during junior season... tallied 60 tackles and two interceptions in senior campaign
Long snapper: Parker Bradham, freshman (Aledo, TX / Aledo HS)
2012: Redshirt season. Scout team member.

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