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Monday, August 19, 2013

Troy Trojans 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Troy Trojans.

Kicker/punter: Will Scott, senior (Lucedale, MS / George County HS / Gulf Coast CC)
Name to the  Groza Award Preseason Watch List
2012: Handled both the punting and place kicking duties for the Trojans … Earned a pair of Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week Honors … Hit a Troy record 52-yard field goal at Florida Atlantic … Finished the season 17-of-21 on field goal attempts and was 4-of-5 from 40-49 yards … Second in the Sun Belt with his 81 percent field goal success rate and tied for third for the most made field goals in the league … Kicked a 42-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining to lift Troy past FIU … Averaged 41.0 yards per punt and only had two touchdowns (fewest among SBC punters with at least 50 punts) … Averaged 61.1 yards on 30 kickoffs with 12 touchbacks before turning the kickoff duties over to Jed Solomon
"I've been working all spring and summer with my snapper and new holder getting our get off times where they need to be. I've also been working in the weight room trying to get my lower body stronger. My goals for this season are to help my team succeed in any way possible, and to finish my senior year with career highs in field goals and punting average."
Kicker: Jed Solomon, sophomore (Valdosta, GA / Lowndes County HS)
2012: took over the kickoff duties in the seventh game of the season ... Averaged 57.5 yards over his 41 kicks in six games ... Recorded 11 touchbacks, including a season-high four at Florida Atlantic (averaged 62.8 yards per kickoff)
"This offseason I really focused on my core strength an footwork! Basically getting my feet quicker and my leg speed faster! As always I really worked on my flexibility!"
Kicker: Garrett Parker, junior (Huntsville, AL / Lee HS)

Kicker/punter: Ryan Kay, freshman (Jonesboro, GA / Dutchtown HS)
High school: Converted 15-of-22 field goals … Connected on three field goals of  50 yards or longer (51, 54 and 57 yards) … Averaged more than 43 yards per punt … Had a net punting average of 41 yards during his final high school season … Kicked five field goals in 2010 playoff opener against Thomas County Central HS … Was first team as a kicker and second team as a punter by the Associated Press
Kicker: Mitch Mathias, freshman (Birmingham, AL / Oak Mountain HS)

Long snapper: Hunter Graham, senior (Lincoln, AL / Lincoln HS)
2012: Served as Troy’s snapper on punts 
2011: Served as the backup long snapper behind Wes Henry … Played in one game at FIU
Long snapper: Kendall Gibson, senior (Greenville, AL / Fort Dale Academy)
2012:  Served as Troy’s snapper on field goals and extra points
Long snapper: Justin Fuller, freshman (Luverne, AL / Crenshaw Christian Academy)
2012: redshirted
Long snapper: Taylor Polk, freshman (Demopolis, AL / Demopolis HS)
"Summer job at our local paper mill has kept me disciplined because I had to be at work at 6:30 each morning. After I got off at 3:30 each day I would partner up with some old teammates and practice snapping. I also joined the local gym to keep the weight program going. I helped with a few football camps held in my area. As a redshirt freshman I have a full snapping career ahead of me. I fully know the challenge I have to break into the lineup but have poised my self to be ready when that time comes."

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