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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Washington Huskies 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Washington Huskies.

Kicker/punter: Travis Coons, senior (Alta Loma, CA / Mount San Antonio Community College / Alta Loma HS)
Will handle placekicking this year. Will split punting duties with Durkee.
2012: Handled all the place-kicking duties ... also started handling the punting duties vs. the Cardinal ... made two field goals in the win over No. 7 Oregon State, from 44 and 30 yards ... 30-yarder was the game-winner with 1:20 left in the game ... had a season-best 45.4-yard punting average at Washington State, including his longest punt of the year, 65 yards ... 2-for-3 on field goals in the MAACO Bowl vs. Boise State, where he also punted for a 44.7-yard average on three attempts
"This offseason I have been focusing on being more consistent with my field goals as well as my drop for punts. I've attended a couple more Chris Sailer camps so I can compete with other FBS kickers which is great pressure and will help me get ready for the season."
Head coach Steve Sarkisian: "It's power, it's accuracy, it's wear and tear on Travis as well. I notice him even more fresh kicking field goals now, he's not having to kick off every day in practice and all those things. That's a lot on a guy to have to do triple duty like he had to do last year and it's probably unfair to him, but we were trying to do the best for our team." 
Kicker: Cameron Van Winkle, freshman (Fall City, WA / Mount Si HS)
Will handle kickoffs this year.
High school:  Set state records for career (39) and for single-season field goals made (18 in 2011) ... four-year starting kicker and punter ... Associated Press 3A first-team all-state as a senior ... made 10 field goals and 61-of-62 PATs as a senior and all but four kickoffs in 2012 resulted in touchbacks ... listed as the No. 9 overall recruit in Washington and the nation's No. 5 kicker by ... named the No. 8 kicker in the country by
Punter/holder: Korey Durkee, sophomore (Gig Harbor, WA / Gig Harbor HS)
2012:  True freshman appeared in first three games ... averaged 37.2 yards on five punts, with two being downed inside the 20, vs. SDSU ... punted eight times for a 37.6-yard average at LSU, including two inside the 20 ... two punts for a 33.0-yard average against Portland State
Punter: Zach Grossnickle, senior (Denver, CO / Univ. of Colorado / East HS)
Enrolled in a master's program in public policy and joined the team for fall camp in 2013 ... earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado and is thus eligible to play in 2013. Spent four seasons on the team at Colorado, redshirting as a true freshman in 2009 ... in 2010, served as the team's starting punter, averaging 39.5 yards on 60 punts over 12 games ... in 2012, was the primary kickoff specialist, doing so in nine of 12 games
"It will be a change to wear new colors, but I am looking forward to making the most of my last season of eligibility with a new team. When we play Colorado, it will be good to see some of my buddies from the Buffs, but when it's game day, it's game day, and I'll focus on what I have to do." 
Long snapper: Ryan Masel, sophomore (Phoenix, AZ / Desert Vista HS)
As a true freshman walkon handled all of the long snapping during the 2012 season ... credited with a tackle in the win over Utah
Long snapper: Weston Blackburn, sophomore (Sammamish, WA / Skyline HS)
Joined the Husky team via walk-on tryouts in spring of 2013 and was invited back for the start of fall camp
Long snapper: Luke Hutchinson, freshman (Carnation, WA / O'Dea HS) 
High school: Played tight end, quarterback, linebacker and handled the long snapping

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