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Monday, August 24, 2015

Indiana Hoosiers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

August 23, 2015 - summer specialists
"IU’s two field goal kicker options are redshirt sophomores Aaron Del Grosso and Griffin Oakes. Del Grosso was the Hoosiers’ primary kicker for the first three games before Oakes replaced him. Del Grosso made one of four field goals and Oakes made 13-of-18. Oakes’ long was 58 yards, an Indiana record. They are currently listed side-by-side in the depth chart but as long as Oakes can stay accurate his power advantage gives him an edge over Del Grosso. Oakes also had a 5.2 yard-per-kickoff advantage over Del Grosso in 2014. Long snapper is another question mark for the Hoosiers. The past four years Matt Dooley was a consistent part of the special teams unit and was named its player of the year this past season. Either redshirt sophomore Josh Pericht or redshirt freshman Nolan Guedel will need to step in and be just as reliable. Redshirt senior Erich Toth seems to be the only solid answer at punter. He returns after setting a school record with 77 punts last season. He averaged 40.7 yards per punt and placed 18 of them inside the 20, eight of those inside the 10." - 247 Sports

September 27, 2014 - Griffin Oakes hits 58 yarder
"On a day where Indiana couldn’t get anything going on offense or defense, the only bright spot was in the kicking game in Indiana’s 37-15 loss to Maryland on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. It appears that the Hoosiers have finally found their kicker in the form of redshirt freshman Griffin Oakes, who hit three field goals on the day, including an Indiana record 58-yard kick to close out the first half. The kick broke Scott Bonnell’s previous mark of 55 yards at Michigan on Oct. 28, 1989. 'It’s a good feeling to go out there and try to perform,' Oakes said after the game. 'It was good to finally be out there and show what I can do. 'It was a great snap, great hold, and great protection and all I had to do was just kick it.” Griffin finished the day 3-for-4 on field goal attempts, hitting from 38 and 48 on his first two kicks, while his lone miss was from 52 yards out. The kicking game was an issue in non-conference play this season. Redshirt freshman Aaron Del Grosso won the position battle out of fall camp, but after going 1-for-4 through the first three games of the season, head coach Kevin Wilson gave Oakes his chance on Saturday." - Scout

September 10, 2014 - kicker Aaron Del Grosso
"Bill Manolopoulos remembers everything from the first game of the 1993 season, his first as the IU kicker. He recalls all the little details, the vivid reminders of a day that confirmed his arrival at one of the highest levels of college football. So, Manolopoulos felt for Del Grosso when he missed on his first attempt — a 26-yard shot that bounced off the right upright in the north end zone of Memorial Stadium. But Manolopoulos also knows Del Grosso well enough not to worry. Manolopoulos has served as Del Grosso’s personal kicking coach since the latter’s junior year of high school, helping him refine his technique and mechanics well enough for Del Grosso to follow his foot steps to Bloomington.... Del Grosso admits nerves got the best of him when he was asked to attempt his first college field goal. Manolopoulos could have diagnosed as much. Del Grosso hurried himself into the kick and his form was off, but he spent the bye week working past it and preparing for Bowling Green. 'I gotta move on, feel better and get the next one,' Del Grosso said. 'I let go of it. We started the bye week and I kicked a lot of field goals, so it exited the back of my mind.' To Del Grosso’s credit, he was outstanding on kickoffs both before and after the missed field goal attempt. The redshirt-freshman walk-on was the only Big Ten kicker to send all five of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks." - The Hoosier Scoop

August, 30, 2014 - kicking competition
"For now, it’s Hobart’s Aaron Del Grosso, who entered fall practice ahead of fellow redshirt freshman Griffin Oakes on IU’s depth chart. 'We’re both pushing each other to be better,' Del Grosso said of the competition. 'Our kicks are coming off good. We’re making kicks, we’re missing some, but we’re just making each other better every day'.... Del Grosso said the Hoosiers hadn’t done many game simulations in practice. 'We do live kicking, but we haven’t done a lot of people huddled around you screaming,' he said. Senior long snapper Matt Dooley and redshirt junior punter/holder Erich Toth have been working with the young kickers to keep them confident. 'Me and Erich have really been working on encouraging them, building their confidence, getting them ready for the big stage,' Dooley said." - Post-Tribune

July 21, 2014 - all the specialists
"The Indiana football team will be without place kicker Mitch Ewald for the first time since he became the starter as a freshman in 2010. Redshirt freshman Aaron Del Grosso will likely take over as the place kicker and handle the kickoff duties this season. Redshirt freshman Griffin Oakes may see a chance if Del Grosso begins to struggle. Erich Toth will return as the starting punter this season. The redshirt freshman averaged 40.6 yards on 52 punts last season. Toth will also be counted on to be the holder in field goal and extra point attempts. Redshirt sophomore Nick Campos will likely be Toth’s backup and will only see the field if an injury were to occur. Mitchell Paige, currently a backup wide receiver, may also see some time as the holder. This may be strictly for extra point attempts to provide the Hoosiers with an athlete at the holder position if they were to try and go for two points instead of one. Senior Matt Dooley will return as the long-snapper in punting and place kicking situations. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder has plenty of experience and has shown the ability to make tackles after snapping the ball for the punter. Dooley will be backed up by redshirt freshmen Josh Pericht (6-foot and 220 pounds)." - isportsweb

June 25, 2014 - summer specialists
"One of redshirt freshmen Aaron Del Grosso and Griffin Oakes will replace Mitch Ewald, one of the most reliable kickers in program history. One of the two rookies could also hand kickoffs, though that could also fall to junior punter Erich Toth, a returning starter. This might be the biggest loss of all: Ewald and IU's kickoff teams were fantastic in 2013." - USA Today

February 13, 2014 - kicker Jake Shake to walk-on
"Shake said that the Indiana staff has told him with Ewald leaving there is an opportunity for anyone to come in and win the job. 'They said there are kickers on the roster but that the job is open,' he said. 'They are excited that I am coming in because of how I did at the kicking camps I attended. I went down to Tennessee and won the kicking and punting competition and I went up to Wisconsin and won the kicking and punting up there'.... Shake earned All-State honors from the Associated Press and the Indiana Football Coaches Association after his senior season at McCutcheon H.S. He said his range on field goals goes up to 60-yards."
- Peegs/Rivals

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