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Monday, September 1, 2014

Montana State Bobcats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


August 31, 2014 - punter Trevor Bolton
"The unsung star of a decidedly difficult evening might have been punter Trevor Bolton. One week after losing a tightly contested placekicking battle with redshirt freshman and Butte Central product Luke Daly — who was 1 for 2 on Saturday — junior Bolton made his case to assume punting duties full time. It is quite a turn of events considering he wasn’t even vying for the post during fall camp; Jake Bleskin and Matt Stewart handled all the repetitions until the session’s final week, although neither made a compelling case to win the job. While he shared the task with Bleskin against ASU, Bolton was the clear standout. He averaged nearly 48 yards on his eight kicks and twice helped the Bobcats generate some momentum.... Bolton’s longest boot of the evening covered 61 yards." - Bozeman Daily Chronicle

August 21, 2014 - freshman Luke Daly named starting kicker
"Coach Rob Ash ended Saturday’s scrimmage with an extended look at the kickers. Trevor Bolton, Luke Daly and Trevin Thompson kicked from 42 yards and then ended the day with a round from 52. Daly was the only one to hit from 52 and was 3 for 3 on the day. Bolton was 2 for 4 and Thompson misfired twice." - Bozeman Daily Chronicle

August 13, 2014 - kicking competition
"Head coach Rob Ash on Tuesday expressed disappointment that no one has stepped up and seized the field goal kicking post vacated by two-year starter Rory Perez. Wednesday’s morning session was a step in the right direction for a unit beset by inconsistency of late, Ash said, but the Bobcats are no closer to anointing a starter for Aug. 30’s season opener. That decision could come after Saturday’s scrimmage, in which the Bobcats are expected to run at least 100 plays. 'I think part of what’s going on is these guys are so tense about who’s going to be the kicker,' Ash said. 'Probably at some point we need to just make a decision and let that guy settle in, and it’s my hope that we can do that.' While Ash said true freshman and Helena High product Trevin Thompson is 'still hanging around,' special teams coordinator Daniel DaPrato intimated Wednesday that the nod would be given to either left-footed junior Trevor Bolton or redshirt freshman Luke Daly. 'We’ve got two guys battling that have really worked their tails off,' DaPrato said. 'Things might be going up and down at times, but I know it’s much better to be inconsistent now than during the season. Both of them are going to be successful, and one of them will emerge as the guy'." - Bozeman Daily Chronicle

April 18, 2014 - Sonny Holland Scrimmage
"Saturday's action will include competition between kickers Trevor Bolton and Luke Daly. Coach Ash hopes Saturday's proceedings gives some clarity to that situation. 'The field segment is also important,' Ash said. 'We've not settled on (a kicker). It's been average at best, and I've told the kickers that they need to have a good showing on Saturday. It will be an opportunity with the crowd and something on the line to see if those guys step up.' Last week, Ash said Bolton, a junior from Great Falls and Daly, a freshman from Billings, were dead even in the field goal competition. MSU will add Helena kicker Trevin Thompson to the fold in the fall." -  Bobcat Nation

January 26, 2014 - kicker Trevin Thompson commits
"I did grow up a Griz fan, but when I was a freshman or a sophomore and I knew it would be the Griz or the Cats as the main teams that wanted me, you can’t really start favoring a school,' Thompson said. Thompson blossomed into the top kicking prospect in the state his junior year. Scholarship offers came from both schools. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound right-footed kicker took a visit to Missoula the third weekend in January and enjoyed himself. After spending the most recent weekend in Bozeman, Thompson knew the right fit for him. Thompson will be a Montana State Bobcat. He gave his verbal commitment to the MSU coaching staff on Sunday morning....  Thompson will have his tuition paid for two academic years with the promise of more scholarship aid as soon as he hits the playing field. MSU had junior Trevor Bolton, a Great Falls native who hosted Thompson on his visit, and freshman Luke Daly, a 2013 redshirt from Billings, on its current roster. Rory Perez, MSU’s place kicker the last two seasons and punter the last four, graduated.... Thompson broke seven school records his senior year for the Bengals. Thompson scored 179 points in his illustrious career and set school records for PATs in a season and a career, field goals in a game, season and career and points in a season and a career. Many of the Bengal records Thompson broke belonged to former University of Montana All-America kicker Dan Carpenter, now a six-year NFL veteran. Thompson has range out to 55 and even 60 yards, although his career long in a game is 43 yards." - Bobcat Nation

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