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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cincinnati Bearcats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


September 17, 2014 - punting competition on-going
"Redshirt freshman Sam Geraci made a promising debut last week against Toledo when he drilled his first punt for 48 yards, placed two kicks inside the 5-yard line and was named the American Athletic Conference special teams player of the week. The punt was a long time coming for Geraci, who beat out incumbent John Lloyd for the starting job. Geraci missed last season as a medical redshirt after he underwent surgery on his right knee for a dislocated patella, or kneecap.... Despite Geraci's conference honor, coach Tuberville was not ready to proclaim the punting problem fixed, nor would he even concede that Geraci would be UC's punter this week against Miami. 'There's still competition,' Tuberville said. 'John Lloyd has really improved from last year. The problem is he had a guy in front of him who had also improved, had come back from a pretty significant knee injury. It just came down to a thousandth of a second of get-off time, hang time and distance. We do all those things in terms of evaluating who's going to be our punter'." - Cincinnati.com

August 23, 2014 - kicking & punting competitions
"Coach Tommy Tuberville praised his kicking game Saturday, without being prompted to do so. University of Cincinnati football fans will cautiously take that as a positive. Southwest Ohio prep products Andrew Gantz (Centerville High School) and Tony Miliano (Elder) both made most of their field goals during a scrimmage Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium, with punters Sam Geraci (Moeller) and John Lloyd (CHCA) also in a tight competition....'We got better at pretty much every phase of the game, especially the kicking game,' Tuberville said. 'We've added a lot of hang times to our punts, and distance. And both our field goal guys have been spot-on, probably about 80 percent'.... Gantz on Saturday hit 4-of-6 field goal attempts, including two bombs of 53 yards each. Miliano hung right in, hitting 6-of-7 field goals including a 50-yarder and 47-yarder. Redshirt freshmen Gantz and Geraci are neck and neck with seniors Miliano and Lloyd, respectively, in Tuberville's estimation. Tuberville said he won't make a decision on who starts until probably about a week before the season opener, which is Sept. 12 against Toledo." - Cincinnati.com

August 11, 2014 - kicker Tony Miliano
"After making 34 of 47 field goal attempts (72%) in his first two seasons, Miliano slumped to 7-for-17 (41%) as a junior. Miliano thinks the mystery has been solved. 'I went back and watched the film after the season and found out that I was leaving my hips open and everything was missing right,' said Miliano. 'I don't know if you even noticed, but every miss went right except for the one at UConn.  I think that I was trying so hard to pinpoint the problem the whole year that I overcorrected things that didn't need to be corrected.  Then you get into a funk and it goes into your head.  I don't think that I'm a head case, but when you're trying to fix something like that, it's not going to go too well for you'.... Miliano worked with kicking gurus Tim Williams and Jamie Kornblue in the offseason, and enters his senior year in a battle for the placekicking job with redshirt freshman Andrew Gantz.  On the first day of training camp, each kicker made all six of his attempts in 5-yard increments from 20 to 45 yards. 'The young kid was ahead over the summer, but we'll base it pretty much on handling pressure out here,' said head coach Tommy Tuberville. 'Both of them hit all of their kicks today, but it's a little bit different when they turn the lights on and we start scrimmaging.  That will pretty much tell the tale.  I'd say it's neck and neck right now'." - Bearcats

March 31, 2014  - kicker Andrew Gantz
"It would appear that Andrew Gantz is going to unseat Tony Miliano as the field goal kicker. At this point in his career Gantz might not have the raw power than Miliano has, but he has been more consistent this spring." - Down the Drive

January 26, 2014 - punter Michael Farkas commits
"While taking an unofficial recruiting visit to the University of Cincinnati, the first-team all-state punter/kicker received a scholarship offer to be part of the Bearcats’ football program. 'I committed on the spot,' Farkas said in a phone interview while on his way back to his hometown, which was subject to a winter weather advisory. 'I really like the coaches down there. It kind of felt like home.' National signing day is Feb. 5th. Farkas said he’ll enroll at UC in June with a chance to win the starting punter’s job in August training camp. Miami (Fla.), Kentucky, Memphis, Maryland, Penn State and Connecticut were also in the mix for Farkas, a 6-foot-4, 180-pounder who won’t continue place-kicking in college." - South Bend Tribune

January 26, 2014 - long snapper Tyler Hill commits
“It’s a preferred walk-on opportunity, with the chance to earn a scholarship when one comes available.' Hill, a senior at St. Joseph Collegiate, was a “do-it-all” type of player for his high school squad. 'I played tight end, quarterback, fullback, offensive line, defensive line, and linebacker,' Hill said. 'I would play whatever position my coach needed me to play that week.' Hill was pursued by various east-coast schools, but his weekend visit to Cincinnati sealed the deal for him. 'Old Dominion, Maryland and Maine were all in consideration. I felt Cincinnati was the best fit for me after talking things over with my parents and snapping coach, Adam Tanalski.' With just one long snapper on the roster in junior Kirk Willis, Hill will have the opportunity to compete for a starting job right when he gets on campus." - Bearcat Journal

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