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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Virginia Cavaliers 2013 Specialists


Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Virginia Cavaliers.

Kicker: Ian Frye, sophomore (Bristol, VA / Virginia HS)
Takes over the placekicking duties following the graduation of Drew Jarrett.
2012: Appeared in all 12 games handling UVa's primary kick off duties ... was 3-of-5 on field goal attempts ... made his first collegiate field goal against Maryland (20 yards) ... also made a 22-yard field goal ... connected on a career-long 30-yard field goal against Wake Forest ... registered 22 touchbacks on 48 kick-offs ... averaged 62.0 yards per kickoff.
"As usual, Frye has spent most of the offseason focusing on fundamentals and fitness. 'Every chance I get, head to the weight room or run on my own,' said Frye, who put 95 percent of his kickoffs in 2010 into the end zone for Virginia High. 'I’m always trying to get better.' Frye spent part of the spring in the Bristol area. He even talked with former Abingdon High School kicking standout Mitchell Ludwig, an All-Group AA selection who earned a chance to play at Virginia Tech this season as a preferred walk-on. 'I met Mitchell for the first time in a workout at Abingdon’s field,' Frye said. 'Mitchell is a good kid with a lot of talent, and I just tried to tell him what to expect in college game. It would be fun to meet again after a Virginia-Virginia Tech game some day.' The immediate concern for Frye is the Aug. 31 season opener against Brigham Young University. 'We actually have a clock in our locker room that count downs to the hours until that game, and I check it often'.”
Kicker: Dylan Sims, freshman (Lynchburg, VA / Jefferson Forest HS)
2012: Redshirted season ... dressed for the Richmond, Penn State, Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, Miami and North Carolina games.

High school: earned three letters as an all-state and all-region kicker and punter ... as a senior was 50-of-50 on PATs and 6-of-9 on FGs ... nailed a career-long 49-yard field goal ... posted a 40.0 yards per punt average ... 45 of kickoffs went for touchbacks ... national finalist at the Nike Kicking Championships in Las Vegas
Kicker: R.C. Willenbrock, senior (Denver, CO / Cherry Creek HS / Dartmouth)
Graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013 majoring in math and economics ... played football and men's lacrosse for the Big Green ... missed the 2010 and 2011 football seasons with an injury ... made collegiate debut in 2009 against Penn, kicking off three times
Kicker: Willem van Reesema, freshman (Virginia Beach, VA / Ocean Lakes HS)
2012: Redshirted season ... dressed for the Richmond, Penn State, Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, Miami and North Carolina games.

High school: was a four-year varsity letterwinner ... earned first team All-Beach District honors as a placekicker ... team captain ... in 2011 was 31-of-32 on PATs and 7-of-10 on FGs ... owns the school record for longest field goal (45 yards) ... also earned three letters in soccer
"During the offseason, I was in Charlottesville working out with the team and kicking when I could. I've been working a lot on getting a more natural soccer feel into my kick and getting more height on the ball. My goal for this upcoming season is to get some playing time and help contribute to the team in a game situation."
Punter: Alec Vozenilek, junior (Richmond, VA / St. Christopher's School)
2012: Made collegiate debut against Richmond ... of his 66 punts, 22 have gone inside the 20 and 16 have been a fair catch ... four of his punts were touchbacks ... booted a career-high 57-yard punt at Virginia Tech ... named honorable mention College Football Performance National Punter of the Week on Sept. 16 after averaging 47.8 yards per his five punts.
"In the offseason and this summer I have been lifting, running, and doing yoga to try to get stronger but also more flexible. I watched film from last years games and analyzed all my punts. I focused on the punts that were not my best and tried to critique them. I picked out what was wrong and then worked on those certain things. The biggest thing with punting is consistency. So I focused on working on my drop and leg swing to improve my consistency. My goals for this coming season is to average about 43 yards a punt with a 4.4 hang time. Another goal of mine is to be an all-ACC punter. I also want the UVA punt team to be in the top 15 nationally with net punt average."
Punter: James Coleman, freshman (Martinsville, VA / The Carlisle School)
2012: Redshirted season ... dressed for the Richmond, Penn State, Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, NC State, Miami and North Carolina games.

High school: earned all-state honors three times each as a punter and a kicker ... was a first team all-state honoree in 2011 ... was a two-year letterwinner in basketball
"As far as what I've been doing this summer I have been lifting weights and punting about 3 times a week to get better. I've also traveled down to chapel hill to work with coach Bill Renner. As far as goals and plans for the upcoming season is to average 40 yards a punt, have an average of 4.3 hang time and have an average operation of 2.2 seconds in practice and or in games. Other then distance,hang and operation time you can't control anything else, so those are the only thing to worry about."
Punter: Nicholas Conte, freshman (Roanoke, VA / Patrick Henry HS)
2012: Redshirted season ... dressed for the Richmond, Penn State, Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, Miami and North Carolina games.
High School: earned one letter in football ... was a first team All-Western Valley District and second team all-region ... tallied 21 points as a kicker ... punting average was 40.33 per kick and only four kicks were returned ... also earned three varsity letters in lacrosse and one in swimming
Long snapper: Matt Fortin, junior (West Chester, PA / The Haverford School (Deerfield Academy))
2012: Appeared in all 12 of Virginia's games ... snapped on every punt and field goal attempt.  

2011: Appeared in all 13 of Virginia's games ... snapped on every punt and field goal attempt ...  was the UVa special teams player of the week for the William & Mary game when UVa was 4-of-4 on FG attempts.
"It means a lot for me as a long-snapper that the coaching staff recognizes it's an important position and rewarded me with a scholarship. I've been working at it for a long time. I'm really grateful. I came in early on with the intention of becoming the starting long-snapper and hopefully earning a scholarship, and I had a lot of great role models from the walk-on corner, especially [former wideout] Matt Snyder. I really just wanted to follow in his footsteps, in that aspect."
Long snapper: Blake Blaze, junior (Barnstable, MA / Barnstable HS)
Did not appear in any games in 2012 & 2011. Redshirted the 2010 season.

High school: A two-year starter ... played tight end, right tackle and punter ... was captain his senior year and an Old-Colony League All-Star ... four-year scholar-athlete ... also lettered in basketball and tennis
Long snapper: Charlie Richards, sophomore (Virginia Beach, VA / First Colonial HS)
Did not appear in any games last year. Redshirted 2011 season.

High school: tight end and long snapper ... captain as a senior ... three-year letterwinner in baseball as a first baseman and outfielder 
Long snapper: Jeb Byrne, freshman (McLean, VA / Georgetown Prep / Cushing Academy)
2012:  Did not appear in any games ... dressed for the Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, Miami and North Carolina games.

High school: Earned two letters in football and baseball ... also spent a year of post grad as the quarterback at Cushing Academy ... was a pitcher and third baseman in baseball at Georgetown Prep
Long snapper: Tyler Shirley, freshman (Midlothian, VA / James River HS)
High school: A three-year letterwinner as a wide receiver and long sapper ... named the James River High School's most improved varsity football player as a sophomore after being elevated to the varsity squad early in the 2010 season when the regular long snapper was injured ... also was a varsity letterwinner in baseball in 2012
Long snapper: Alex Foertsch, freshman (Baltimore, MD / Gilman School)
High school: A three-letter letterwinner as a quarterback and long snapper ... played one season of basketball as a forward
"I've just been lifting and snapping with the other freshman snapper. My goals are to improve my accuracy and consistency with my snaps."

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