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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wyoming Cowboys 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Wyoming Cowboys.

Kicker: Stuart Williams, junior (Nederland, CO / Nederland HS)
Williams returns as the prohibitive favorite to kick field goals for the Pokes in 2013. He has a punting background as well, so his versatility will be valuable insurance for the Cowboy special teams.
2012: Williams stepped up as the starting place-kicker for the Cowboys in 2012. He went 35-for-37 on extra-point attempts, and hit 7-of-12 field-goal attempts. He was the team's leading scorer with 56 points for the season. Williams went a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals versus Toledo, and hit all his attempts versus Texas and Air Force. He earned his first letter.
Spring Game:  made a 19 yard field goal and had a 47 yard attempt blocked, 5 of 5 on extra points, averaged 51.7 yards on three punts
"The most positive aspect of Wyoming’s special teams from the spring was junior kicker Stuart Williams. In three scrimmages and the spring game, Williams made all 25 of his extra-point attempts and was 20 of 21 on field goals, with a long of 41. Williams also did a lot of kicking during practices, and was accurate then, too. His efforts earned him a scholarship starting this fall. Williams worked hard in the offseason, and it showed. The ball is getting off his foot faster and higher. I think he is most comfortable from 40 yards and in, but he has the leg to make field goals of up to 50 yards. The two field goals Williams missed were blocked."
Kicker/SS: Justin Martin, sophomore (Oakdale, CA / Oakdale HS)
Projected kickoff specialist for the Pokes entering fall camp, and he also is listed at strong safety

2012: Martin became a special teams weapon for the Pokes in 2012, as the kickoff specialist pinned teams deep early and often. Over 59 kickoffs, he averaged nearly 61 yards per boot. The average starting field position for opponents after Martin's kicks was the 26-yard line. He tallied 26 touchbacks.
Kicker: Matt Barr, freshman (Yorba Linda, CA / Yorba Linda HS)
High school: over three seasons he hit 12 of 21 field goals with a long of 45, made 83 of 95 extra points, averaged 50.6 yards on 128 kickoffs, averaged 34.4 yards on 51 punts
Punter/kicker: Ethan Wood, freshman (Colorado Springs, CO / Liberty HS)
Listed as starting punter for the season opener.
High school: Wood was an accomplished athlete in both football and soccer at Liberty, earning two all-state nods in soccer and an all-conference nod in football as a senior. He was the team MVP of his freshman soccer team.
Spring Game:  averaged 44.5 yards on two punts
"The first half of the summer, all of June, I was working out with the football team here in Laramie. I would try to get out to kick at least three times a week. For the month of July, I went back home to Colorado Springs and kicked about five times a week with my kicking coach to make sure I had my mechanics down so I was ready for the upcoming season. My goal for this season is to instill trust into my teammates and coaches and prove that I can do my job as a punter/kicker and do it well."
Long snapper: Brendan Turelli, freshman (Pheonix, AZ / Arcadia HS)
Turelli is the projected starter at the long snapper position for the UW Special Forces entering fall camp.

High School: Turelli was selected to and played in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4 in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was ranked as the No. 6 long snapper recruit in the nation by Turelli earned All-Division, All-Section and All-City honors as a junior and senior.

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