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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Toledo Rockets 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Toledo Rockets.

Head coach Matt Campbell regarding special teams:
"We improved immensely on special teams last year. Credit goes to (special team coach) Stan Watson, and a lot of credit goes to the key guys on our special teams. (Senior punter) Vince Penza made great strides last year. We found a system that fits what he does. He does a great job of getting the football where he wants it to go. With (junior) J.D. Detmer, we have one of the best kickers in the country, in my opinion. He’s got a great leg and is deadly accurate. He was good as a freshman but added consistency to his game. The silent leader on special teams is (senior) long snapper Matt Wall. I don’t think there is a more consistent long snapper in the country."
Kicker: Jeremiah Detmer, junior (Hilliard, OH / Davidson HS)
Detmer was named to the preseason watch list for the 2013 Lou Groza Award. Detmer led the nation with 24 field goals in 2012, including 17 in a row to finish out the season. Detmer, whose 24 field goals set the Toledo record, earned third-team All-MAC honors. His best game came in a 29-23 victory over No. 18 Cincinnati when he connected on 5-of-5 field goals, including a season-long 47-yarder. Averaged 61.6 yards per kickoff...23-of-85 kickoffs were for touchbacks.
Blue and Gold spring  game: kicked a 33 yard field goal and an extra point
"I'm working to get better. Putting in the time on the field, in the gym, and the classroom. My goals for the summer were to see improvement heading into the season and feel confident with my abilities. My goal for the season is to help my team to a MAC championship."
Kicker: Clay Simpkins, junior (Wauseon, OH / Wauseon HS)
Listed at No. 3 at placekicker in preseason depth chart.
High school: First-team all-conference and first-team all-district in junior and senior seasons...Hit 5-of-6 field goals, including a long of 47 yards...Averaged 42.8 yards as a punter...As a junior, made 3-of-3 field goals and averaged 44.2 yards per punt
Blue and Gold spring  game: kicked three extra points
Kicker/punter: Nick Ellis, freshman (Pickerington,OH / Pickerington HS)

Kicker: Sam Vucelich, freshman (Powell, OH / Olentangy Liberty HS) 
High school: Earned second-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state honors as a senior...Had 23 consecutive touchbacks on kickoffs...Converted 29-of-30 extra points...As a junior, connected on 4-of-6 field goals and 24-of-26 extra points, and averaged 60.1 yards per kickoff...Hit on 5-of-7 field goal as a sophomore, with a long of 37 yards
Punter/holder: Vince Penza, senior (Canfield,OH / Cardinal Mooney HS)
Returning starter from the past three seasons. Listed at No. 1 at punter in preseason depth chart.

2012: Ranked eighth in the MAC in punting with a 40.5 average... 21 of 58 punts landed inside the 20-yard line...Only 15 punts returned for a total of 108 yards...On Ray Guy Award watch list as nation’s best punter.
Long snapper: Matt Wall, senior (Centerville, OH / Centerville HS)
Returning starter from the past two seasons. Listed at No. 1 at long snapper in preseason depth chart.

2012: Appeared in all 13 games as the starting long snapper...Recorded three tackles on special teams
Long snapper: Zach Lozar, freshman (Willoughby Hills, OH / St. Ignatius HS)
Listed at No. 2 at long snapper in preseason depth chart
High school: Earned all-district honors as a center...Three-year letterwinner...Earned district and regional honors as shot-putter 
Long snapper: Stone Monarch, sophomore (Walled Lake, MI / Detroit Central Catholic HS)
Listed at No. 3 at long snapper in preseason depth chart.

2011: joined team as a walk-on...Sat out season as a redshirt. 
Long snapper: Blake Gebhardt, freshman (Franklin, OH / Franklin HS)

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