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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Western Michigan Broncos 2013 Specialists


Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Western Michigan Broncos.

8/14/13 kicking update:
"Andrew Haldeman, from Ferndale, is in a back-and-forth battle with Brett Scanlon, a freshman from Dowagiac, for the field goal kicking job and neither player is pulling away. 'I see a lot of inconsistency,' Fleck said. 'I think you could pick who you wanted and we would flip a coin and that’s who would start today. Andrew has had numerous opportunities to take it and run with it. He has a lot of experience from the spring. He’s also been very inconsistent. Brett is a rookie. He kicked off a tee in high school. It’s very different to make the transition from the tee to the ground'."...Fleck said Scanlon will be handling the kickoff duties given what he's seen so far in camp."
Kicker: Andrew Haldeman, sophomore (Ferndale, MI / Wayland Union HS)
2012: Holds streak of 27 consecutive PATs made ... made collegiate debut at Illinois (9/1) with an extra point and two touchbacks ... earned MAC West Special Teams POTW with seven PATs and first career FG vs. EIU (9/8) ... tied fourth longes FG made at WMU with 52-yd FG at BSU (10/13)
Kicker: Brett Scanlon, freshman (Dowagiac, MI / Dowagiac Union HS)
High school: Dowagiac's quarterback, linebacker, kicker and punter ... was a pitcher and catcher for the baseball team ... holds the school record for longest field goal, third longest in state, at 55 yards in 2011 ... had 113 PATs made, which is a state record, as well as 30 field goals made over a career, which is also a state record ... named all-state during sophomore, junior and senior seasons, as well as all-area ...was selected to play in the High School Coaches East/West All-Start Game in Michigan
"During the offseason I've been working out everyday mainly working on form and technique. My biggest adjustment has probably just been getting my opp time down. I have been working on drills to get it down. Also, I have been working a lot on my kickoffs trying to get more height and distance. The hurdle drill has really been helping with that."
Punter: Jay Schroeder, sophomore (Columbus, OH / St. Charles Prep)
2012: Made collegiate debut with a 67 yard punt at Illinois (9/1), the longest for WMU since 2007 ... career high number of punts (8) and yards per punt average (42.0) vs. Connecticut (9/22) ... kicked fourth longest punt in WMU history (82 yds) and sixth longest in MAC history, recording best single-game average (66.0 ypp) vs. UMass (10/6) ... kicked fourth longest FG (52 yds) against Ball State (10/13).
"Special teams coach J.B. Gibboney said Schroeder's confidence is growing, which might be the most important aspect for him. The coaching staff introduced rugby style punting that head coach P.J. Fleck said the team will use from time to time to keep opposing punt returners honest. 'I think he’s doing a phenomenal job with the rugby punting,' Fleck said. 'It’s a weapon that we’ll have. He believes in himself. He’s one of the best punters in the league. The consistency of where the ball gets dropped from isn’t there. We know what the issues are and he’s trying to fix them on a daily basis. If he does that I think you’ll see a progression. He’ll get there'."
Long snapper: Kirk Nakama, senior (Santa Clara, CA / St. Francis HS) 
Put on scholarship prior to start of 2012 season. Has snapped in games since November 2010.
"Nakama was announced [in July] as one of 150 nominees for the American Football Coaches Association  Good Works Team. Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has honored college football players at all levels of the sport for their selfless acts of giving back to the community and off-the-field achievements. These student-athletes represent the sport’s finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership amongst their peers.... Nakama has played in 28 games in his career and has been on the field for 118 snaps in that span."

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