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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Washington State Cougars 2013 Specialists

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

Kicker: Andrew Furney, senior (Burlington, WA / Burlington-Edison HS)
Named to the Lou Groza Award preseason watch list.
2012: earned a varsity letter after appearing in all 12 games...named All-Pac-12 second team...went 14-of-20 on field goals, fourth-most makes in Pac-12...kicked a long of 60...was 25-of-26 on extra points...was 7-for-7 on attempts from inside 30 yards...6-of-9 from 40+ yards...posted 67 points...named a team captain five times...hit all three field goal attempts in Apple Cup win over Washington, made from 21 and 45 yards before kicking game-winner from 27 yards in overtime...named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week following the Apple Cup victory
"Furney said he struggled a bit during WSU’s 10-day stay in Lewiston, because he wasn’t used to kicking on such a thick, grass surface. 'That took me back to my high school days, which was kind of fun, but at the same time it was like, ‘am I kicking bad? Is it the surface?’ Furney said. 'Once we came back here and I started kicking the ball well, it was nice to understand that I’m still hitting the ball well'.”
Punter/kicker: Mike Bowlin, senior (Aliso Viejo, CA / Saddleback JC / Aliso Niguel HS)
Named to the Ray Guy Award preseason watch list.
2012: earned a varsity letter after starting all 12 games at punter...averaged 41.9 yards-per-punt...punted 58 times for 2,433 yards...put eight punts inside the 20...recorded 14 punts of 50+ yards including a long of 69...also tallied 18 touchbacks on kickoffs, the most by a Cougar since 2005...recorded a punt of 50+yards in six straight games...posted team-high seven tackles on special teams
"Austin Apodaca is already familiar with the position, having held for placekicks throughout high school. Bowlin said he’s never done it before, but he enjoys it and thinks it could be a positive addition to his resume as a kicker. 'Teams at the next level obviously like it if you can do another position, like hold,' Bowlin said. 'This is actually my first year holding, but as a kicker you always just go out there and hold for your fellow kickers just for practice, just for fun'.”
Kicker/punter: Wes Concepcion, junior (Kent, WA  / Kentridge HS)
2012: appeared in one game...punted twice at No. 19 Stanford...posted a long of 51.

Four-year letterwinner in football...earned All-South Puget Sound League second team honors as a sophomore and a senior, recorded 23 touchbacks and was named SPSL Special Teams Player of the Year...also named to All-SPSL first team...selected to play in East/West All-Star Game...also lettered twice in soccer and swimming
Punter: Thomas Fossedal, junior (Mukilteo, WA / Kamiak HS)
"I practiced punting the entire offseason. My goal is to perform to the best of my abilities and collectively improve as a group. Field position and field goals are more important than a lot of people think."
Punter: Erik Powell, freshman (Vancouver, WA / Seton Catholic HS)
Powell is a longtime soccer standout and was an all-state defender as a junior. He was also a wide receiver for Seton Catholic.
Long snapper: Alex Den Bleyker, junior (Fremont, CA / Moreau Catholic)
2012: Earned a varsity letter after appearing in all 12 games at long snapper 
2011: Appeared in five games...took over long-snapping duties for the final three games
Long snapper: Ryan Saparto, junior (Everett, WA / Archbishop Murphy HS / Victor valley College)
2012: Member of the team...did not appear in a game.

Played one year at Victor Valley College in Victorville, Calif....started all 10 games at longsnapper for VVC.
Long snapper: Jerred Sonneborn, freshman (Spokane, WA / Gonzaga Prep) 
High school: three-year letterwinner in football…as a senior, earned All-Greater Spokane League Second Team honors…also lettered four times in golf. 

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