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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Kicker: Chad Hedlund, sophomore (Argyle, TX / Argyle HS)
2012: Played in six games on the year after making his collegiate debut with a PAT kick during the Maryland game (Oct. 6) ... Converted all three of his field goal attempts on the year, all of which came at Virginia (Oct. 20) ... Converted a season-long 44-yard field goal attempt against the Cavaliers ... Converted 10-of-11 PATs on the season
Preseasonconverted on all three of his field goal attempts making him a perfect seven-for-seven in the two scrimmages
"During the offseason, I worked a lot on my flexibility. Being more flexible has really helped with my explosiveness through the ball, especially on kick-offs. I also got together and worked a lot with my snapper and holder. The whole art of kicking is all about being efficient as possible and I believe that stems from being comfortable and confident as possible with your holder and snapper through repetition. Fortunately last year I was able to step in midseason coming back from a groin injury and get my feet wet going 3-3 on field goals in my first start. This year I hope to continue on that streak as long as I can. As a special teams unit as a whole were looking really solid leading up to the season. As of right now we have pretty high expectations for this season, but at the end of the day our special teams unit as well as myself are just going to go out there for each snap or kick and do our job to the best of our ability in order for our team to be successful."
Punter: Alexander Kinal, sophomore (Adelaide, South Australia / St. Peter's)
2012: Served as the team's punter in all 12 games on the season ... Named honorable mention All-ACC by the coaches ... Punted an ACC-record 95 times for 3,867 yards and an average of 40.7 per punt ... Ranked fourth in the ACC in punting average ... Set a school record with 28 punts inside the 20-yard line ... Tied the school single-game record twice with five punts inside the 20 vs. Liberty (Sept. 1) and vs. North Carolina (Sept. 8) ... Had at least one punt downed inside the 20 in every game ... Had 13 punts of 50 yards or greater ... Had a 61-yard punt vs. Clemson (Oct. 25) that was the second-longest punt in the ACC in 2012
Offseason & preseason: "I conditioned myself a little bit more to be able to train more. I'm in better shape than I was last year. Hopefully that will help me keep my body on track and be able to perform.... [my leg] feels pretty strong. Getting in on the third week of camp it's starting to get a little bit tired, but after a couple of days of rest I'm good to go again."
Working under coaches Billy Mitchell and Sam Swank: "A lot of the stuff, I know what I have to do technically, but it's little pointers from a third-person perspective which is really helpful in regards to fluidity and smoothness. They can see some things that I can't, which really helps me out."
Punter/kicker: Mike Weaver, freshman ( Pine City, NY / Southside HS)
High school: Was primarily a soccer player until playing just his senior year of football ... Played varsity soccer starting in the seventh grade ... Ran track and also played basketball for the Green Hornets ... Has been out of high school for three seasons while pursuing college opportunities ... Booted five field goals in just four varsity football games ... Punted six times for a 53.0 average ... Won a pair of state championships while playing soccer for BC Fusion as a striker and midfielder
Long snapper: Logan Feimster, junior (Statesville, NC / Statesville HS)
2012: Played in all 12 games, serving as the team's starting long snapper ... Handled all punt, field goal and PAT snaps. 
2011: Played in all 13 games, serving as the team's starting long snapper to earn his first varsity letter ... Handled all punt, field goal and PAT snaps on the year ... Also made four special teams tackles as a member of the punt unit 
Long snapper: Ryan Bauder, sophomore (Fort Lauderdale, FL / Pine Crest HS)
High school:  Two-year starter at long snapper ... Also played on the offensive and defensive lines ... Also played baseball
Long snapper: Chase Wilson, freshman (Mooresville, NC / Mooresville HS)
High school: lettered two seasons ... Served as the Blue Devils' long snapper and played on the offensive line ... Served as Special Teams Captain as a senior ... Three-time Mooresville Special Teams Player of the Week

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