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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

USC Trojans 2013 Specialists


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

Kicker: Andre Heidari, junior (Bakersfield, CA /Stockdale HS)
He has hit 25-of-33 field goals and 89-of-91 PATs in his career. 2013: Heidari will look to be USC's placekicker for a third season as a junior in 2013. 

2012: Heidari was USC's placekicker for his second year as a sophomore in 2012 and also spent part of the year handling kickoffs. Overall in 2012 while appearing in 11 games (all but Syracuse and Stanford), he hit 10-of-16 field goals and 39-of-41 PATs. Of his 41 kickoffs in 2012, 13 were touchbacks and 12 others pinned opponents within the 20-yard line. He made 2012 All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
"The kicking game always flies under the radar in camp, but P Kris Albarado and K Andre Heidari become important players when the bullets start flying for real.  Heidari was plagued by a knee injury in 2012. 'I'm just going to put it in the past and not even worry about it,' said Heidari about last season. 'It was rough, but I couldn't do anything about it.' Heidari is hoping to resume his kickoff duties along with placekicking.  He spent the offseason strengthening his leg, and is using Fall Camp to build up to the season opener. 'We're a lot like pitchers,' Heidari said about his camp routine. 'We don't try to come out here and kick a thousand balls a day.  We only have one hip flexor, one quad, one hamstring, so we really just try to get the number of reps in that we need'."
Kicker: Craig McMahon, junior (Bakersfield, CA / Bakersfield HS)
He likely will do the kickoffs as a walk-on junior placekicker in 2013.

High School: He made 2009 Bakersfield Californian All-Area as a senior placekicker. He hit 6-of-8 field goals (including a 53-yarder) as a senior in 2009 and 40 of his 52 kickoffs were touchbacks. He also punted at Bakersfield.
Kicker: Alex Wood, sophomore (Mercer Island, WA / Mercer Island HS)
A reserve walk-on placekicker as a first-year freshman at USC in 2012.

High school: He made 2011 All-King County 3A/2A League second team as a senior placekicker and punter. He hit 9-of-11 field goals (with a long of 51 yards) and 23-of-26 PATs, had touchbacks on 50 of his 71 kickoffs and averaged 36.2 yards per punt (with a long of 59 yards) in 2011. He also played soccer at Mercer Island, earning 2012 All-State Class3A second team honors.
Punter: Kris Albarado, junior (Lake Charles, LA / St. Louis HS)
Takes over punting job following graduation of Kyle Negrete. Albarado was the backup punter as a redshirt freshman in 2012, but did not see any action.

High school: senior honors included Max Preps All-American Medium Schools second team and All-State 4A as a senior punter. He averaged 45.3 yards on his 24 punts (with a long of 65 yards) and put 8 punts within the 20-yard line in 2010.
Punter: Jack Basalari, freshman (Pasadena, CA / Marantha HS)
High school: averaged 44.4 yards on 18 punts and hit both of his field goal attempts as a 2012 senior punter and placekicker
Punter: Joey Krassenstein, sophomore (Shanghai, China / Shanghai American School Puxi Campus)
High school: He played rugby, basketball and soccer, earning All-Asia honors in rugby and basketball as a senior...In the fall of 2011, he played semi-pro rugby with the Shanghai Hairy Crabs
"In the off season, I spent a lot of time in the gym working on strength and conditioning. I'm originally a rugby player and don't live in the U.S., so this summer I returned back to Asia and rejoined my rugby club. Playing rugby in the summer keeps be fit, sharp, and aggressive. As for punting, I worked a lot with a developmental youth football program. The coach helped me with setting up punting related drills. I tried to be in the gym at least 4-5 times a week and punt 2 times a week. Goals and plans for the upcoming season include fighting for that #2 spot behind Kris, improving my consistency in spiral punting, and hopefully show some more rugby/footy pooch punts to the game of football."
Long snapper: Peter McBride, junior (Scottsdale, AZ / Chaparral HS)
2012:  McBride was the starting snapper job as a redshirt freshman in 2012. He snapped for both punts and placekicks until late in the season when he handled just the punt snaps. Overall in 2012 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 1 tackle (against California).
Long snapper: Zach Smith, freshman (Redwood City, CA / Menlo School)
High school: was a snapper for 3 years (2010-12). He also played on the offensive and defensive lines, getting 7 tackles and an interception as a senior in 2012
"In the offseason I spent a lot of time training in the weight room trying to become more explosive to help with my snapping. My goals for the season are to stay mentally strong and focused during games because as a freshman it can be a shock to play in such a different atmosphere so I will just put an big emphasis on my focus during practice and during games. This upcoming season I want to help my team out in any way that I can and do whatever I can to make this season successful."
TE/long snapper: Christian Guzman, Freshman (Desert Hot Springs, CA / Mt. San Antonio JC)
Guzman, who transferred to USC in the fall of 2013 from Mt. San Antonio Junior College, is a reserve walk-on tight end and snapper as a redshirt freshman in 2013

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