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Friday, November 29, 2013

NFL Week Thirteen: Justin Tucker & Shaun Suisham

Things went well for one kicker and not-so-well for the other kicker in Baltimore's 22-20 win over Pittsburgh.

Midway through the second quarter, a 50 yard field goal attempt by the Steelers resulted in a 12 yard loss. Shaun Suisham's approach came early, arriving head of the snap and hold. Punter/holder Mat McBriar then handed the ball to Suisham who was downed 12 yards behind the line of scrimmage on the aborted kick. Head coach Mike Tomlin noted afterward:
“We were doing it on a cadence to slow down their rush. “Shaun Suisham started for the ball early and created a situation where we weren't able to get the play off.”
Shaun Suisham said of the play:
“That really wasn’t a planned play. Our timing was really off. We just tried to get something out of it....
It was off there. You'd like to have that one back.” 
For the Ravens, kicker Justin Tucker accounted for 16 of their points- with an extra point and field goals of 43, 34, 38, 45 and 48 yards.
“I don’t think I’d say anything about being at an all-time high, or I really don’t even acknowledge when people tell me that I’m on some sort of streak or anything. I just feel like I’m doing my job....

I feel like I’ve been hitting my ball all season long, aside from one game. As long as we have this continuity between snap/hold/kick that we have had over the last several weeks, we know we’re going to be coming with points, no matter what....

I go into every single game knowing it’s going to be on me and expecting the game to come down to one or two or three points or one possession. If I didn’t prepare like that, then what am I doing out there on the practice field? That’s a big part of our mental preparation is going into every single game, regardless of who we’re playing, what time of the year it is, what the conditions are like, knowing that at the end of the game there’s a very real possibility that it could come down to a single snap, a single hold, a single kick. That’s just the NFL.”

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ray Guy Award 2013 Finalists

The Augusta Sports Council has announced three finalists for the 2013 Ray Guy Award. The finalists were selected by a national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches, sports information directors, national media, and former Ray Guy Award winners. The voters will cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner. The candidates were evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was placed on the punter’s net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned.

Tom Hornsey, Memphis (senior)
'Three years ago, Hornsey, an Australian and former Australian Rules Football player, had never seen an American college football game until he appeared in the U of M’s season opener at Mississippi State. Since then, he’s progressed further than any of his booming punts.... Hornsey enters this week as the leading punter in the American Athletic Conference with a 45.5 average and the sixth-leading punter in the nation. Behind Hornsey’s strong right leg — and uncanny ability to drop his punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line — the U of M ranks second nationally in net punting at 41.8.'
“The recognition I’ve been able to get has been rewarding for the work I’ve put in. It shows I’ve been doing the right things and the hard work has paid off. There have been plenty of days I’ve gone out there and questioned, ‘Is it worth it?’ when I’d go out there and couldn’t hit a punt (solidly). But to push through and finally get this recognition has been fantastic. I’m honored and humbled, also.”
Cody Webster, Purdue (senior)
"Webster is first in the Big Ten and 19th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in punting average (43.5). He has punted 65 times for 2.827 yards and has placed 22 of his kicks inside the opposition's 20-yard line. He has booted two 73-yarders in 2013 and has 15 punts of over 50 yards this season. Webster is 11th nationally in career average (43.0) and his 227 career punts are second in Purdue history to only 1989 All-American Shawn McCarthy, while his career average (43.0) is second in school history to only 2001 Ray Guy Award winner and consensus All-American Travis Dorsch."
Drew Kaser, Texas A&M (sophomore)
"Kaser leads the SEC with a 48.0 punt average, which is currently a yard ahead of Shane Lechler’s school record of 47.0. Among Kaser’s 36 punts are 14 “coffin corner” boots, 10 fair catches and 14 50-yard bombs, including a 76-yarder. Behind Kaser’s strong leg, the Aggies rank No. 5 nationally with a 40.8 net punt average."
The three Ray Guy Award finalists will be highlighted on ESPNU during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special airing Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. (ET). This year’s Ray Guy Award winner will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 12th at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

Lou Groza Award 2013 Finalists

The national panel of college football experts assembled by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission has selected the three finalists for the 22nd Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award.

The three Lou Groza Award finalists will be highlighted on ESPNU during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special airing Tuesday, Nov. 26th at 5:30 p.m. (EST).

Roberto Aguayo, Florida State (freshman) 
'The strong-legged kicker has been sensational as Dustin Hopkins' replacement. Aguayo is 15-of-16 on field-goal attempts this season and currently owns the national record for consecutive extra points made with a streak that is at 80 in a row and counting.'
“It’s a special moment. I’ve done what I came here to do, and I expected to do big things.”
Anthony Fera, Texas (senior) 
'Fera has connected on 17 of 18 field goal attempts this season (.944 percentage is ranked first nationally among kickers with at least 15 attempts) and is a perfect 39 for 39 on extra points. He has hit his last 13 FGA, the fourth longest current streak in the FBS. Fera's 94.4% FG accuracy is on pace to be the best for a season in UT history and is the third-best mark nationally. He ranks 9th nationally with 1.7 field goals per game and 20th nationally in scoring with 8.9 points per game.'
Marvin Kloss, South Florida (junior) 
'Kloss is 14-for-18 on field goals attempts overall, including  4-of-6 from 50 yards or more, and 13-for-13 in PAT attempts. He’s accounted for 39 percent of USF’s scoring this season and scored all 21 of USF’s offensive points in its 2-0 American conference start. Kloss, a two-time AAC Special Teams Player of the Week selection, is fifth in the AAC and 24th in the nation with an average of 1.4 field goals per game.'
“It’s a great honor. I wouldn’t be in this position without my teammates, the big guys blocking up front, the great snapper, David Berdetsky, and a great holder in Mattias Ciabatti. I’d also like to thank the coaches because without them I wouldn’t have an opportunity to go for some of those longer field goals. I love that coach (Willie) Taggart has trust in me.”
This year’s Lou Groza Award winner will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 12th at 7:00 p.m. (EST).

NFL Week Twelve: Kicking in the Wind - Dan Bailey, Justin Tucker, Billy Cundiff & Stephen Gostkowski

It was cold and windy in the northeast yesterday. That of course created less than ideal kicking conditions in quite a few games.

Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey hit a 35 yard field as time expired to give Dallas a 24-21 win over the New York Giants.
“For me, it was just put it through the uprights,” Bailey said. “I don’t know if there were too many factors that went into it. We did our job pre-game trying to get a good measure on the wind and the weather and the cold, so I think altogether we did a good job and were able to put the final points on the board....

We had talked about that a little bit, what hash was better. I don’t know that we really fully decided which one was better going that way, we just knew that was the easier way to go. Still a challenge, still windy, still got to take it into account, but like I said, we’ve just got to go out there no matter what the circumstance and do your best....

But it was still there. Still a factor, I guess you could say. But I felt like we had a pretty good read on it from different directions. You just kind of make the best of it.”
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker hit four field goals (30, 26, 33 & 53 yards) in Baltimore's 19-3 win over the New York Jets.
"Seems like over the last several weeks conditions have been crazy in general. A couple weeks ago, here against Cincinnati, it got colder as the game went on, then we went to Chicago and that was crazy. And then what we had today. It was more wind pickup during the game. Just to be able to come through for my guys was great....

At the end of the day, just getting the job done, that's what it's all about."
Browns kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 46 yard field goal attempt wide left during Cleveland's 27-11 loss to Pittsburgh.
“I was definitely disappointed I missed that. I played it right of center, but I probably should have gone maybe even outside the post. ... Right when I was getting ready to kick, the wind [picked] up.”
In a long game with many story lines, New England eventually won 34-31 over Denver in overtime, on a 31 yard field goal by Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
“Winning in general is fun. When you get to touch the ball last it’s even sweeter. What a crazy game and what a fun finish. To come back and win like that is definitely special....
You always gotta be ready. In a game like that, you just gotta keep your composure. I wasn’t just going back to sit on a heated bench. I was keeping my mind ready because there was one more chance to get the ball back if they punted it back. That’s what you practice for, that’s what you play for -- the opportunity to come through and win it for your team and we did a good job of it tonight....
The wind was pretty good and anytime the temperature is lower and the wind is higher, the harder it is to kick. Luckily we had the wind behind our back on that last kick. Obviously you could tell, kickoffs going one way were going five yards out of the end zone and they were going to the 10 [yard line] the other way. It’s tough, but it was a lot of fun. Ryan [Allen] and Danny [Aiken] did a great job on the last kick, the line obviously blocked really well. It was just sweet. Definitely going to enjoy this one for a couple days.”

College Special Teams Players of the Week 13, 2013

The following kickers and punters have been named Special Teams Players of the Week by their respective conference for the thirteenth week of the 2013 college football season. 

No slight intended to any returners that received such honors, but our focus (as always) is on the kicking end of things.

AAC - Houston punter Richie Leone
Big Sky - Weber State punter Tony Epperson
Big South - Gardner-Webb punter/kicker Jordan Day
Big Ten - Nebraska kicker Pat Smith 
CSFL - Oklahoma Baptist kicker Austin Manger
CUSA - Tulane kicker Cairo Santos
FBS Independent - Notre Dame kicker/punter Kyle Brindza
MAC West - Central Michigan punter Richie Hogan
MVFC - North Dakota State punter Ben LeCompte
NEC - Dusquesne kicker Austin Crimmins
OVC - Murray State punter Steven Mix
SLC - Southeastern Louisiana kicker Seth Sebastian 

Lou Groza Award
Ray Guy Award
Beyond Sports Network
  • FBS kicker: 
  • FBS punter:
  • FCS kicker:
  • FCS punter:
  • Division II kicker:
  • Division II punter:
  • Division III kicker:
  • Division III punter:
  • NAIA kicker:
  • NAIA punter:
College Football Performance Awards
  • FBS placekicker: Kyle Brindza, Notre Dame
  • FBS specialist: Nate Freese, Boston College
  • FBS punter: Pat O’Donnell, Miami (FL)
  • FCS placekicker: Seth Sebastian, Southeastern Louisiana
  • FCS punter: Tony Epperson, Weber State
If we missed someone that should be on the above list, please let us know!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Big Kickers on Campus, 2013 week 13

A summary of notable kicking during the thirteenth week of the 2013 college football season: 

Senior kicker Nate Freese hit a 52 yard field goal as time expired to give Boston College a 29-26 win over Maryland.
"I knew either the ref blew a whistle or they called timeout or something happened. Going into that re-kick, I was a lot more confident.... I was just calm, trying to get a little better judgment of the wind. It was kind of going from my right to left. Being out there a little longer, I got a little better feel for it."
Senior kicker Pat Smith's 42 yard overtime field goal, after a 37 yarder was negated by penalty, gave Nebraska a 23-20 win over Penn State
“I just kind of told them, ‘Hey guys, calm down, chill out, I got this. This is nothing. This is what I live for. This is what I want’.... I was pumped up. Those are the moments we live for. That’s the best scenario you could ever imagine. Really, I was just excited for the opportunity to finish the game. I’ve been wanting one all year.”
Senior kicker Mark Hamilton made a 24 yard field goal with one second remaining to give Villanova a 35-34 win over Delaware.
“I wasn’t thinking too much. I didn’t know how far the kick was. When I think, that’s when I get into trouble. I always tell the guys on special teams to do their jobs so I did my job, which was to put it through.”
Junior kicker Stuart Williams' 36 yard field goal in overtime gave Wyoming a 59-56 win over Hawaii.
"Right after it left my foot I knew it was good. Then the mob tackled me."
Freshman kicker Clarence Clark hit a 28 yard field goal as time expired to give Baker a 10-7 win over Sterling.

Senior kicker Mike Meyer's 34 yard field goal with 6:02 remaining provided the winning points as Iowa won 24-21 over Michigan.

If we missed someone that should be on the above list, please let us know!

Friday, November 22, 2013

101st Grey Cup Special Preview

Sunday November 24th at 6:00 ET in the evening. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will play in the CFL's annual Grey Cup. In preparation, we take a look at what the specialists have had to say.

Luca Congi, kicker
He recently commented in kicking in the playoffs after having struggled early in the regular season:
"I don't bother thinking about the season, the playoffs are a different beast. Every kick is going to be big, every play is big, everything matters. I'm feeling good."
Josh Bartel, punter
The league is looking to provide warming bags during Sunday's game. Bartel and fellow specialists dealt with kicking flat balls during Wednesday's practice in a low temperature of minus 17 degrees Celsius.
"They all came off the foot okay, but the ball came down flat. It looked okay but when you stepped on it, or pressed it, there was nothing there."
Kevin Scott, long snapper
This week Scott discussed teammate offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski, who is slated to appear on Jeopardy
"He's a genius. The little bits of information that you would never expect someone to know, he knows. What's the population of this city, what are the weather conditions of this city during this time of the year. You can ask him pretty much everything and he's going to tell you (the answer). And he's always hungry for more information. So he's always trying to learn new things. He's a different character, in the best way possible. I absolutely love him. A big-time teammate. And it's great to have him on the team. He's absolutely hilarious."
Chris Milo, kicker
The topic of kicking in cold weather also came up last week heading in to the Western Finals, as Milo noted:
“Weather is a big part of what we do. You can’t really remote control the football — it’d be nice if we could — but you never know. The ball’s rock hard, obviously, and it doesn’t travel as well. Hopefully, it’ll travel a bit better up here in Calgary. It usually does higher up, but with that being said, if it’s minus-15 outside the ball is going to be hard as a rock and it’s just believing in your swing and following through.”
Ricky Schmitt, punter
Late last month, Schmitt discussed his inaugural season:
"What a journey it has been. It's really still my rookie year. After all of these years, I'm still learning the ins and outs of the game. I'm trying to get better every day and that's all I can do. I'm beyond happy to be here.''
Levi Steinhauer
Levi Steinhauer, long snapper (took over after starter Cory Huclack was injured back in October)
The Moose Jaw native talked about his unique opportunity.
“It kind of gives me shivers just standing here talking about it. It's going to be outrageous. It's just going to be an unreal experience....

It's been a great experience playing for my hometown club and then making it all the way to the Grey Cup, all in my first year, it's been a good time. I'm definitely looking forward to that game on Sunday.... I couldn't have (drawn it up any better). You want to get to the Grey Cup every year and to come in and have some success in my first year and actually make it the Grey Cup my first year is huge.”

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

College Special Teams Players of the Week 12, 2013

The following kickers and punters have been named Special Teams Players of the Week by their respective conference for the twelfth week of the 2013 college football season. 

No slight intended to any returners that received such honors, but our focus (as always) is on the kicking end of things.

AAC - Memphis kicker Jake Elliott 
Big 12 - Kansas State kicker Jack Cantele 
Big Sky - UC Davis kicker Brady Stuart
Big South - Gardner-Webb kicker/punter Jordan Day
Big Ten - Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons
CAA - Maine kicker Sean Decloux
C-USA - Rice kicker Chris Boswell
ECFC - Norwich kicker Wesley Medeiros
FBS Independent - BYU kicker Justin Sorensen
GSC - North Alabama senior kicker/punter Michael Schuster
Ivy - Dartmouth kicker Alex Gakenheimer
MAC East - Bowling Green State punter Brian Schmiedebusch
MAC West - Toledo kicker Jeremiah Detmer

MASCAC - Plymouth State kicker Rob Giles 
MEC - West Virginia State kicker Josh Reuber
MSFAML - Saint Francis kicker Emerson Ueber
MVFC - Missouri State punter Chris Sullens
MWC - Nevada punter Chase Tenpenny 
NEC - Wagner punter A.J. Firestone
NEFC - Endicott kicker/punter Dylan Rushe 
NJAC -  Morrisville State College kicker Juan Rios
NSIC - Concordia kicker/punter Tom Obarski
PAC - Westminster College kicker Justin Dahl
Pac-12 - USC kicker Andre Heidari
Patriot - Bucknell punter/returner Kyle Sullivan 
RMAC - Adams State kicker Logan Beck 
SAA - Millsaps punter Ben Dudley
SCAC - Texas Lutheran kicker/punter Tyler Brandenburg
SEC - Alabama punter Cody Mandell 
SLC - Lamar kicker Alex Bell
Southern - Furman kicker Ray Early 
Sun Belt - Arkansas State kicker Brian Davis
SWAC - Alabama State kicker Bobby Wenzig
USA South - Christopher Newport kicker/punter Mason Studer

Lou Groza Award
  • Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
  • Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo
  • Jake Elliott, Memphis
Ray Guy Award
  •  Cody Mandell, Alabama
Beyond Sports Network
  • FBS kicker: Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
  • FBS punter: Jake Smith, Arizona
  • FCS kicker:
  • FCS punter: Chris Sullens, Missouri State
  • Division II kicker: Sergio Castillo, West Texas A&M
  • Division II punter: Austin Anthony, Wingate
  • Division III kicker: Nick Dace, North central (IL)
  • Division III punter: Chad Peevey, Mary Hardin Baylor
  • NAIA kicker:
  • NAIA punter:Brett Eyer, Doane
College Football Performance Awards
  • FBS placekicker: Austin Lopez, San Jose State
  • FBS specialist: Brendan Gibbons, Michigan
  • FBS specialist: Jack Cantele, Kansas State
  • FBS punter: Cody Mandell, Alabama
  • FCS placekicker: Alex Ball, Lamar
  • FCS punter: Dominic Frescura, North Carolina A&T
If we missed someone that should be on the above list, please let us know!

Monday, November 18, 2013

NFL Week Eleven: Robbie Gould & Garrett Hartley Kick Winners

After Mother Nature was done delaying the Baltimore-Chicago game, the players still had to contend with the remnants. That included kicker Robbie Gould, whose 38 yard field goal in overtime gave the Bears a 23-20 win.
"The conditions were definitely tough. When you get that amount of rain on the field, it's going to tear it up a lot. It was pretty soft. But everyone did a great job as a team handling it from offense and defense, and we definitely did a great job on the field goal unit blocking.... 

I put it on the right upright, but for some reason the wind didn't want to bring it back as much and it barely snuck in. But they give you the whole upright for a reason."
Gould adjusted accordingly to the conditions.
"It's definitely tough. You have to manage it. You shorten your steps. Make sure you play it where you're supposed to play it. I tried to play off the right upright. The ball was probably moving about a half (of) a goal post. That one, I think, moved 2 inches."
Last Tuesday, New Orleans worked out five kickers after starter Garret Hartley had struggled so far this season. They did not sign anyone. 
“I am my own biggest critic. On the way to the stadium today, I called John Carney and I was picking his brain a little bit. He told me the same thing he did in the NFC Championship game. When it comes down to the wire, just take yourself out of it. You can’t control anything else other than getting the opportunity.”
Yesterday, Hartley responded by going 3 of 3 on field goals, including a 31 yard game winner on the final play as the Saints won 23-20 over the 49ers.
"I would definitely say it (last week) tested (me) ... mentally. And it was time to show everyone, I guess how thick my skin is. This one is definitely a little bit sweeter than most....
I had a couple unfortunate breaks, but I came through today when the game is on the line. Those same people who show their disapproval will cheer you when you make the kick. I have been sticking the ball real well. I never lost confidence in myself. Things just fell this way."

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Big Kickers on Campus, 2013 week 12

A summary of notable kicking during the twelfth week of the 2013 college football season: 

Junior kicker Andre Heidari made a 47 yard field goal with 19 seconds left to give USC a 20-17 win over Stanford.
"It's a dream for me. A dream come true.... The kick itself was a regular kick. It's the same kick every time. Three steps back, two steps over, line it up, hit a target pretty much. I did what I needed to do. I'm just thankful for my team that it put me in that position."
Sophomore kicker Jack Cantele hit a 41 yard field goal with three seconds remaining to give Kansas State a 33-31 win over TCU.
"There was no doubt it was going in. It was one of the best kicks I've ever kicked.... I didn't know how to react. Someone hit me from behind and I fell to the ground, and I just started beating the crap out of the ground. I didn't know what else to do."
Sophomore kicker Jaden Oberkrom had given TCU the lead with 2:13 remaining after hitting a 56 yard field goal.

Freshman kicker Tyler Stolen made a 25 yard field goal with 58 seconds left to give Buena Vista a 29-28 win over Dubuque.

Senior kicker Ray Early made six field goals (48, 24, 40, 39, 30 & 32 yards) in Furman's 32-20 win over Western Carolina.

Freshman kicker Jacob Hardy made a 19 yard field goal with five seconds left to lift Kalamazoo College 39-37 over Olivet College.

Freshman kicker Alex Ball hit a 41 yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining to give Lamar a 46-45 win over Stephen F. Austin.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet, and I’m still kind of in disbelief. I watched it go up and it started drifting to the left, and I was like, ‘Come on, come on, please, please.’ Then my holder jumped on me and everyone jumped on me, and I guess I made it. It was a very unusual experience that I haven’t been able to have a lot, and it was great.”
Freshman kicker Logan Beck hit a 39 yard field goal with five seconds left to give Adams State a 19-17 win over Colorado Mesa

Freshman kicker Christian Parr's 34 yard field goal with 5:59 remaining proved to be the winner as Black Hills State won 17-14 over Fort Lewis College.

Freshman kicker Warren Handrahan's 43 yard field goal in overtime gave Samford a 17-14 win over Chattanooga.
"On the first one [missed 50 yarder at end of regulation], I didn't know we were going to pause and try to draw them offsides and it threw my timing and tempo off. I hooked it a little. On the one in overtime, my tempo was great. I wasn't nervous. I have a routine and it's just second nature. I have to thank Alec Hulmes, my long snapper, Ben Neill, my holder, and the big guys up front. I couldn't do it without them."
Senior kicker Zach Litchfield hit a 37 yard field goal as time expired to give Wisconsin-Platteville a 17-16 win over Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Junior kicker Shawn Moffitt hit a 24 yard field goal as time expired to give Central Florida a 39-36 win over Temple.
"I'm glad I got the opportunity. My line did great, my snapper, my holder - I love them. They all picked me up afterwards. It was just a great feeling."
Junior kicker Ramsey Riehl made a 28 yard field goal as time expired to give Lakeland College a 15-12 win over Benedictine (IL)

Freshman kicker Jake Elliott hit a school record 56 yard field goal, which grazed the crossbar, in Memphis' 23-10 win  over South Florida.
"I was kind of cheering it on. I wasn't really sure. I knew it was going to be close."
If we missed someone that should be on the above list, please let us know!

Monday, November 11, 2013

College Special Teams Players of the Week 11, 2013

The following kickers and punters have been named Special Teams Players of the Week by their respective conference for the eleventh week of the 2013 college football season. 

No slight intended to any returners that received such honors, but our focus (as always) is on the kicking end of things.

Big 12 - Texas kicker Anthony Fera
Big South - VMI kicker Dillon Christopher
Big Ten - Minnesota punter Peter Mortell 
Canada West - Calgary kicker/punter Johnny Mark
Centennial - Johns Hopkins kicker Nick Campbell
CUSA - UTSA kicker Sean Ianno 
FBS Independent - New Mexico State punter Cayle Chapman-Brown
GAC - Arkansas Tech kicker Randy Velazquez
Ivy - Yale junior kicker/punter Kyle Cazzetta
MAC East - Bowling Green State kicker Tyler Tate 
MAC West - Western Michigan kicker Andrew Haldeman 
MEAC - Morgan State kicker Chris Molloer 
MEC - Concord kicker Andy Ellington
MIAC - Gustavus kicker/punter Thomas Schleusner
MW - Colorado State kicker Jared Roberts
NEFC - Endicott kicker/punter Dylan Rushe 
NESCAC - Trinity College punter Kyle Pulek
OVC - Jacksonville State kicker Griffin Thomas 
Patriot - Fordham kicker Michael Marando
PFL - Butler kicker Jon Treloar 
RMAC - CSU-Pueblo punter Brandon Kliesen 
SAA - Millsaps kicker Beau Brady 
SCAC - Texas Lutheran kicker/punter Tyler Brandenburg
SoCon - Tennessee Chattanooga punter/kicker Nick Pollard
USA South - Christopher Newport kicker/punter Mason Studer 

Lou Groza Award
  • Anthony Fera, Texas
  • Shawn Moffitt, Central Florida
  • Jared Roberts, Colorado State
Ray Guy Award
  •  Tom Hornsey, Memphis
Beyond Sports Network
  • FBS kicker: Michael Palardy, Tennessee
  • FBS punter: Pat O'Donnell, Miami (FL)
  • FCS kicker: Justin Syrovatka, South Dakota State
  • FCS punter: Eric Enderson, Delaware
  • Division II kicker: Mark Grant, West Alabama
  • Division II punter: Kevin Van Voris, West Texas A&M
  • Division III kicker:Tyler Brandenburg, Texas Lutheran
  • Division III punter: Joe Going, Buffalo State
  • NAIA kicker: Zach Sparks, Marian
  • NAIA punter: Derek Racette, Friends
College Football Performance Awards
  • FBS placekicker: Andrew Haldeman, Western Michigan
  • FBS specialist: Nate Freese, Boston College
  • FBS punter: Drew Riggleman, Arizona
  • FCS placekicker: Tyler Sievertsen, Northern Iowa
  • FCS punter: Nick Pollard, Chattanooga
If we missed someone that should be on the above list, please let us know!

NFL Week Ten: Graham Gano & Mason Crosby in the Cross Winds

In windy conditions at Candlestick Park, Carolina pulled off an upset 10-9 win over San Francisco. Although Panthers kicker Graham Gano was wide left on a 48 yard field goal attempt in the third quarter, he was good from 53 yards with ten minutes remaining in the fourth. They proved to be the winning points.
"I was so angry until the ball left my foot. I always want another opportunity after a miss....

I hope every game comes down to a field goal. That's what makes the job fun. I said going out after halftime that I hope I get a game-winner, hope the game comes down to me. I was fortunate enough to get another kick, and then the defense played great and the offense churned the clock a little bit."
In windy conditions at Lambeau Field, Philadelphia pulled off an upset 27-13 win over Green Bay. Packers kicker Mason Cosby ended up 2 of 4 on the day, missing a pair in the first half - wide right from 42 yards and hitting the upright from 53 yards.
"The wind was blowing right to left. It started coming back late and I just kind of played it right on the upright, thinking it would turn. It just stayed right out there. I hit it on a line and wanted it to move. It actually moved the other way and then started to come back and I just missed it....

It was a little weird. I hit a good ball on (the 53-yarder), and it was coming back, but it just stayed out there and it hit the upright. It was just one of those days. I guess I wish I had those kicks back, but that’s how it was....

I put good strikes on the ball, but I’m really disappointed I missed those kicks. There’s no excuses for it. It’s disappointing losing, especially at home. We’re going to have to dig deep, stay together and make sure that we take care of business here going into New York.”

NFL Week Ten: Justin Tucker Before, During & After Game Winning Kick

Baltimore edged Cincinnati 20-17 in overtime, on a 46 yard field goal. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker foresaw the kick earlier in the game.
"As soon as they scored their first touchdown to bring them within seven. [Kicking coach] Randy [Brown] smiles at me, and I smile right back at him. He says, ‘You and I are the only two people in this stadium that know exactly what’s up right now. Sure enough, the game comes down to three points in overtime. We feel like we’re a team that’s built for these types of games. That’s how all of these AFC North games tend to be, in my limited experience in them. They tend to be dog fights. At the same time, I think they’re the most the fun games to be a part of.”
The kick itself came on a blustery day in which the Bengals opted not to attempt a long field goal earlier in overtime. Tucker said of the wind:
“I wouldn’t say worried, but we always take it into consideration. We go out in pre-game, and we try to get a pretty good gauge on what the wind is doing. This isn’t unusual. We do this every game- what the wind is doing, what the rain is doing, what the field is like. So, we have a plan going into the game, and at the end of the game, we wanted to have the win, but obviously some of that’s up to the coin toss. We ended up getting the wind behind us, it was kind of a cross-wind. We had a plan. The ball wasn’t going to move too much. We just figured we’d just hit it as close down the middle as possible and give it a shot.”
Afterward, Tucker was happy.
“I was standing on the sideline right next to Kyle Juszczyk at one point, and I said to him, ‘A lot of people say if you play long enough in this league, you’ll experience just about everything.’ And I told him last year, just in one year and this first half of the season, I feel like I personally have experienced just so much. But you never know when something crazy will happen, and then literally, like the next play, A.J. Green catches that ball in the back of the end zone. So, he says to me, going out to kick off in overtime, he’s just like, ‘You play in this league long enough, anything can happen.’ What’s cool about this team is everybody seems to have their mind and their heart in the right place. Nobody really batted an eye. I mean, of course, there’s going to be frustrating parts of any game, and there’s also going to be times when you’re going to experience elation and joy. But as professionals, it’s our duty to put all that aside and forget about the emotion of the game [and] just go out there and do our jobs. I’m happy right now. I feel like I did that for my team. But at the same time, now our eyes are focused on next week’s opponent and trying to improve upon our record and give ourselves a chance to be in it at the end of the whole thing.”

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Big Kickers on Campus, 2013 week 11

A summary of notable kicking during the eleventh week of the 2013 college football season: 

Senior kicker Tyler Sievertsen hit a 34 yard field goal as time expired to give Northern Iowa a 22-20 win over Youngstown State.
"It's nothing different. It's a kick. It's what I'm trained to do.... After having some tough losses, it feels great to go out and win a victory like that. It just kind of proves how close we are as a family. We just wanted to go out and perform today."
Freshman kicker Conor Smith made a 38 yard field goal as time expired to give Carroll College a 37-35 win over Rocky Mountain College.
“Right when I kicked it, I knew it was going in. You probably saw, like, I was celebrating with the ball just halfway through the air. It’s just, I’ve never really done anything like this before, so the first time is always the best time.”
Junior kicker Joey Riley's 20 yard field goal in overtime gave Capital a 27-24 win over Muskingum.

Sophomore kicker Andrew Haldeman hit six field goals (48, 23, 30, 29 , 25 & 36 yards) in Western Michigan's 35-32 loss to Eastern Michigan.

Sophomore kicker Jamie Cacciatore made a 25 yard field goal as time expired to lift Azusa Pacific to a 23-20 win over Dixie State.
“All I could think about was doing this for my teammates and my seniors. I definitely feel the pressure, but during the week my coach takes me through some very challenging things to put pressure on me during practice, and that really helps me a lot in games. It was déjà vu, but I was ready for it all the way; I wanted them to bring it.”
Freshman kicker Tyler Winders hit a 26 yard field goal with 19 seconds left to give Eureka College a 17-14 win over Crown College.

Sophomore kicker Greg Pittman made a 44 yard field goal with 18 seconds left to give Southern a 31-28 win over Alabama State.
“My mind was pretty clear. It’s one of those situations where as a kid growing up you kick footballs and you’re alone, you imagine it’s a game-winner or a big kick with pressure. When you get into a real game and have that chance, it’s easier, because you’ve done it so many times.”
Sophomore kicker Gavon Voss hit a pair of fourth quarter field goals to give Saint Joseph's (IN) a 6-3 win over Truman State.

Sophomore kicker Chad Hollandsworth made a 23 yard field goal as time expired to lift Catawba to a 20-17 win over North Greenville.

Junior kicker Sean Ianno hit a 34 yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining to give UTSA a 10-7 win over Tulane.
"It's nothing I haven't been through before. I just talked to someone earlier this week and they asked me, for a radio show, if I was going to get a game-winning field goal anytime soon because I've had one every year. I said, 'I don't know. We'll see. I'm due for one.' It turned out to be this weekend."
Sophomore kicker Noah Moore hit a 23 yard field goal with nine seconds left to give North Park a 35-32 win over Millikin.

Freshman kicker Randy Velazquez's 38 yard field goal in overtime gave Arkansas Tech a 37-34 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State.

Freshman kicker Chris Moller made a 27 yard field goal as time expired to lift Morgan State 24-23 over North Carolina A&T.
“Snap, hold, everything was good, so I had to come through for the team. I had to make it.”
Sophomore kicker Michael Bohlke's 28 yard field goal with 9:21 remaining proved to be the winner as Wartburg College won 16-14 over Central College.

Senior kicker Steven Wakefield hit a 22 yard field goal with 40 seconds remaining to give Mercyhurst a 23-20 win over California (PA).

Junior kicker Michael Marando hit a pair of fourth quarter field goals as Fordham rallied to win 23-21 over Bucknell.

If we missed someone that should be on the above list, please let us know!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Ray Guy Award Semifinalists 2013

The Augusta Sports Council has announced 10 semifinalists for the 2013 Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation's top collegiate punter. Candidates were nominated for the award by their school's sports information department. A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists, who will be identified on November 25. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner. The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12th.
  • Steven Clark, Auburn
  • Tom Hornsey, Memphis
  • Cameron Johnson, Ohio State
  • Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
  • Richie Leone, Houston
  • Cody Mandell, Alabama
  • Michael Palardy, Tennessee
  • Mike Sadler, Michigan State
  • Will Scott, Troy
  • Cody Webster, Purdue