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Friday, July 31, 2015

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

July 30, 2015 - kicker Sergio Castillo signed to practice squad
"Despite having the CFL's leading scorer in Justin Medlock, the Ticats added international kicker Sergio Castillo to the practice roster on Thursday. The 24-year-old played his college football at West Texas A&M and appeared in a pre-season game with the Atlanta Falcons last season. 'I have both the present and the future to consider with, so we're keeping both those things in mind and have to plan accordingly,' said general manager and head coach Kent Austin. Medlock has made 10-of-12 field goal attempts and is a perfect 9-for-9 on one-point conversion attempts, which come from the 32-yard line this season. But the 31-year-old has surrendered his punting duties to Canadian Hugh O'Neill and is set to become a free agent after this season." - Hamilton Spectator

July 26, 2015 - Justin Medlock kicks five field goals in win over Saskatchewan
The Ticats have rebounded in Regina, improving to 2-and-2, after beating the Roughriders 31-21 Sunday night.... Kicker Justin Medlock attempted a 58 yard field goal, but was wide left, his first miss in eight tries this season.... Hamilton added to its lead early in the second quarter when Medlock connected from 43 yard out to make it 10-3.... The left footed Medlock missed his second field goal attempt of the night, this one from 40 yards out, and Hamilton settled for a single point and an 11-6 lead. The UCLA alum made amends later in the second quarter when he booted a 21 yard field goal to extend Hamilton’s lead to 14-6.... Medlock nailed his third field goal of the game, a 49 yarder, to cut ’s lead to 21-17.... Medlock hits his fifth field goal of the game, a 39 yarder, to give the Ticats a 31-21 lead over the Riders." - AM900 CHML

June 29, 2015 - kicker Hugh O'Neill added to practice squad
"Hugh O'Neill and his magnificent beard have joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.The Ticats added the Canadian kicker to the practice roster and he practised with the club at Shouldice Field in Calgary on Monday. 'He's done all three kicking jobs before but we're going to take a look at him primarily as a punter,' head coach Kent Austin said. O'Neill was drafted 11th overall by the B.C. Lions in 2011 and played 10 games for the Edmonton Eskimos last Canadian Football League season, connecting on 20 of 26 field goal attempts and averaging 44.4 yards per punt. The Esks released O'Neill in January and he signed with Saskatchewan before being let go at the end of training camp." - Hamilton Spectator

October 17, 2014 - Justin Medlock accounts for half of scoring in win over Ottawa
"Hamilton kicker Justin Medlock kicked a 94-yard single on the ensuing kickoff to go up 15-6. He added a 75-yard punt single midway through the fourth to make it 16-6 [the final score]. Medlock made two of three field-goal attempts, hitting from 21 and 26 yards but hitting the left upright and falling short from 36." - National Post

October 4, 2014 - Justin Medlock hits five field goals in win over Lions
"Hamilton kicker Justin Medlock fought through gusty conditions and made all five of his field-goal attempts to keep his Tiger-Cats undefeated at Tim Hortons Field. Medlock’s field goals, and two conceded safeties late in the game, accounted for all the Ticat scoring in a 19-17 victory over the B.C. Lions Saturday night. 'I love to get the opportunity to put the game on my foot,' he said after hitting attempts from 39, 15, 42, 37 and eight yards out. 'It’s tough conditions, but you’ve just got to get through it.' The wind now blows south-north at the new field, and Medlock is still getting used to it. 'It’s a tricky stadium,” he said. “It’s like kicking in an airport. You’re going into a really hard wind and (then) going downwind — it’s pretty hard'." - The Star

September 3, 2014 - long snapper Aaron Crawford
"The Tiger-Cats have added national long-snapper Aaron Crawford to their practice roster, the team announced today. Crawford, a 6-4, 260-pound product of Saint Mary’s played four games with the Ticats last season after stints with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts." - Tiger-Cats

June 26, 2014 - kicker Justin Medlock discusses trio
"You've worked hard in training camp to get your snapper (Marc Antonie-Fortin) and holder (Luke Tasker) the way you like them; how's that process going? 'It's been a process, but it's been good. We're snapping really well, the holder has really picked it up the last week or so. We got kind of thrown in with a new snapper in the first pre-season game, but the second game was flawless. We're getting more comfortable and as the weeks go on it will just be like riding a bike'." - The Hamilton Spectator

June 4, 2014 - kicker Justin Medlock & long snapper Marc-Antoine Fortin
"Shortly after signing with Hamilton in February, Justin Medlock reached out via Facebook to Tiger-Cat teammate Marc-Antoine Fortin. They didn't know each other but Medlock knew he and Fortin were about to play an important part in each other's lives. The sooner they got started, the better. Fortin is a long snapper, Medlock is a kicker. And, while there was the usual pleasantries exchanged, the meticulous Medlock — an otherwise easygoing guy who is freakishly intense about kicking — had a very specific purpose for opening up the lines of communication. 'He was telling me some stuff that he wanted,' chuckles Fortin. 'Every kicker is picky and he's no different. You just have to give them what they want'.... The two have spent extra time after practice working on both the short snaps for field goals and the long ones for punting. They've been trying to eat as many meals together as possible and Medlock is hoping they'll be roommates on the road. Medlock believes communication is the key to success and will talk through every nuance, no matter how small. 'I'm sure people think: 'This guy is crazy.' But, at the end of the day, we have to do it right,' Medlock said. In addition to pleasing his detailed-oriented kicker, Fortin is also battling back from the torn ACL he suffered in the first game of the 2013 campaign. He's being counted on to replace the steady Kevin Scott, who held the long-snapper's role for three seasons." - The Hamilton Spectator

June 2, 2014 - holder competition
"Day 2 of training camp in Hamilton ended with returning placekicker/punter Justin Medlock auditioning holders. Andy Fantuz is the incumbent, having done the job last year for Luca Congi, while Carey Koch, a newcomer to the Ticats receiving corps, has shown a huge interest in the job. Medlock, who had former backup quarterback Jason Boltus doing the job in his first stint in Hamilton, has heard enough good things about Luke Tasker that he sought him out and asked him if he would consider it. All three were put through their paces on Monday. Medlock, a left-footed kicker and a guy who kicks off the turf as opposed to most CFL kickers who use a tee, is very particular about his holder and while he doesn’t want to offend anyone, is diligently going about finding the guy he will be most comfortable with who, in turn, will give him the best chance at success. 'It just takes reps really and the want to be good at it,' Medlock said. 'It takes a guy who has good hands and Fantuz, Koch and Tasker all have great hands. That’s one thing. Big hands is another and a guy who wants to be good'.” - Toronto Sun

March 18, 2014 - team parts ways with kicking coach Paul Osbaldiston
"When Kent Austin announces his 2014 coaching staff this week, it will not include the franchise's all-time kicker Paul Osbaldiston, who had been working with Ticat kickers and punters for the past three years, under two different head coaches and three special teams co-ordinators. 'I was called in before Christmas,' said the 49-year-old who is the Tiger-Cats' career scoring leader and holds most of the franchise kicking records. 'They said they were going to go in a different direction. They didn't give any kind of reason. I wasn't going to sit and argue or debate. They had made up their minds at that point'."- The Spec

February 6, 2014 - kicker Luca Congi granted release
"Congi joined the Ticats as a free agent in March 2012 and hit on 67 of 91 field goals over two seasons. But this off-season, Hamilton signed veteran kicker Justin Medlock. "We'd like to thank Luca for his contributions to our team on the field and in our community," Ticats head coach/general manager Kent Austin said in a statement. "He was a true professional throughout his time in Hamilton and we wish him the best in the future." Congi, 30, a native of Waterloo, Ont., began his CFL career with Saskatchewan, spending six seasons with the Roughriders before joining the Ticats." - CBC

January 8, 2014 - kickers Justin Medlock & Brett Lauther re-signed
"The six-foot, 208-pound Medlock, a native of Fremont, Calif., spent the 2011 season with Hamilton before signing with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers on March 6, 2012. Last year, Medlock attended the Oakland Raiders’ training camp. In 2011, Medlock hit 49-of-55 field goal attempts, a club-record 89.1 per cent success ratio. He also averaged 41.6 yards per punt and was named Hamilton’s top special-teams player.... Medlock also has previous CFL experience with the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts. He also spent time with the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, who selected Medlock in the fifth round, No. 160 overall, in the 2007 NFL draft out of UCLA. Medlock has hit on 96-of-111 field-goal tries (86.5 per cent) over his CFL career....
Lauther hit on 6-of-10 field goals last season, his first in the CFL, and also averaged 59.8 yards per kickoff." - Canadian Press

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