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Monday, September 21, 2015

Iowa Hawkeyes Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 21, 2015 - kicker Marshall Koehn named Big Ten Special teams Player of the Week
"Tied a Kinnick Stadium record with a 57-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to lead Iowa past Pittsburgh. Added a 43-yard field goal and went 3-for-3 on extra points. Also punted once, a 64-yard kick that was downed inside the five-yard line." - Big Ten

September 19, 2015 - Marshall Koehn kicks 57-yard game winner over Pittsburgh
"At 10:18 p.m. Saturday night, the senior from Solon drilled a 57-yard field goal – the second-longest in school history – that helped the Hawkeyes sink Pittsburgh 27-24 in front of 63,636 at Kinnick Stadium. 'I was standing out there,' Koehn said, 'and I was like, 'Holy crap, that just happened.' It happened on Koehn's second try at the game-winner. Pittsburgh voided the first try when the Panthers called for a timeout just before the Hawkeyes snapped the ball. It was a good thing for Koehn, whose kick fell well short. It happened after the Hawkeyes (3-0) and Panthers (2-1) traded punches for 59 minutes, neither looking wobbly as overtime appeared imminent." - Hawk Central

June 2, 2015 - punter Connor Kornbrath
"Senior punter Connor Kornbrath, however, will not compete this year. After spring drills, Kornbrath appeared to be third in line behind fellow seniors Dillon Kidd and Marshall Koehn, who also serves as the place-kicker. Kornbrath (6-6, 242) punted 136 times in his Iowa career for a 38.8 yard-per-punt average and kicked 37 inside the 20-yard line. 'Connor’s probably going to end up taking this year off and going to school,' coach Ferentz said. 'He’s still on scholarship and one of the 85 (scholarship players)'." - The Gazette

May 4, 2015 - kicker Miguel Recinos
"Mason City graduate Miguel Recinos spent the 2014 season as a redshirt at Iowa. Recinos, a kicker who booted a 58-yard field goal for the Mohawks, will likely get his chance to play with the Hawkeyes. It just may not be in 2015. 'Miguel is a tremendous young man first and foremost,' coach Ferentz said. 'Like most of our freshmen, he has grown and matured physically. I look at him and see a lot of similarities between some of the guys we’ve had historically, and that’s exciting because he really cares about what does. For him, it’s not about this year as much as it is when Marshall (Koehn) graduates'." - Globe Gazette

April 25, 2015 - spring game
"Iowa kickers did convert on four of their five field goal attempts, including all four from inside 50 yards. Returning starter Marshall Koehn connected from 32, 34 and 44 yards, while redshirt freshman Miguel Recinos of Mason City hit from 35 yards shortly after Mick Ellis sent a 51-yard attempt wide left late in the third quarter." - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

April 8, 2015 - punting competition
"Dillon Kidd and Connor Kornbrath are back for their senior years after combining to rank 117th nationally out of 125 teams in net punting, at 33.4 yards a kick. And now, they have company in the competition to be Iowa's main punter. Place-kickers Marshall Koehn (a senior from Solon) and Miguel Recinos (a redshirt freshman walk-on from Mason City) are pushing the two scholarship punters in practice. 'We have four specialists in our program,' special-teams coach Chris White said. 'One of them needs to step up and perform better on Saturdays.' Koehn could be the most intriguing option. He's got a cannon of a leg, as shown with his propensity for touchbacks on kickoffs (63.2 percent, which ranked No. 8 nationally). Iowa's opponents only mustered 370 yards of kickoff returns — less than 31 yards per game — last season, mainly because they rarely got a chance. Koehn also handled most of Iowa's placements last year (hitting 12 of 16 field goals), so the question was asked to White: Could he handle both this fall? 'A lot of college kids have done that. You just have to make sure he doesn't get a tired leg,' said White, noting that kickoffs can take the biggest toll on a specialist's leg." - Hawk Central

January 30, 2015 - long snapper Jackson Subbert commits
"Williamsburg long snapper Jackson Subbert grew up dreaming of having a chance to suit up for the Hawkeyes. Now, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Subbert will be doing just that next year after deciding to commit to Iowa after being offered an opportunity to walk-on with the program." - Rivals

December 16, 2014 - punter Colten Rastetter plans to walk on
"Rastetter said that Iowa Recruiting Coordinator Seth Wallace stopped to see him last week at Guttenberg (IA) Clayton Ridge High. The senior punter visited the Hawkeyes for most of their home games this season. '(Wallace) told me that they would like to have me on the team,' the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Rastetter said. 'They want me to walk on and create more competition in the punting field right now and help improve them in their special teams.' Iowa struggled in the punting game this year. Dillon Kidd averaged 39.1 yards on 42 punts and Connor Kornbrath kicked 16 times for 36.7. The scholarship juniors finished out of the Big Ten's top 10 at their position. The Iowa opportunity is one Rastetter likely will take. 'Honestly, with it being my only (walk-on) offer, my dream has been to be a Hawkeye, to walk on to the Black and Gold,' he said. 'So, probably in a couple weeks, I'll get back in contact with them and probably accept it.' Rastetter averaged 41.5 yards on 45 punts this fall with a long of 69. He recorded six touchbacks on 20 kickoffs. The Iowa Newspaper Association named him first-team all-state for Class 1A." - Scout

October 18, 2014 - punting committee
"The Iowa football team took an unusual approach to solving its punting problem, using both Connor Kornbrath and Dillon Kidd. 'Right now, I'm doing the plus-50 punts,' said Kornbrath, who was Iowa's regular punter last year but was beaten out this season. 'And Dillon is doing the other punts.' Kornbrath averaged 37.4 yards on five punts, with four being downed inside the 20-yard line. Kidd averaged 36.8 on four attempts, with one inside the 20. Kidd, a junior-college transfer, had exclusively handled Iowa's punting chores in the first six games, but hasn't been effective. He's averaging an underwhelming 38.6 yards on 35 kicks. 'We've been splitting the reps,' Kornbrath said. 'And been going from there'." - Hawk Central

September 23, 2014 - Marshall Koehn goes long at Heinz
"The 52-yard field goal the Iowa junior hit during the final minute of the third quarter of Saturday’s 24-20 win at Pitt was just the fourth field goal of 50 yards or more successfully attempted in 16 tries by Division I kickers at Heinz Field where swirling winds frequently create a challenging environment for kickers. The field goal was the eighth-longest in Hawkeye history. Tim Douglas owns the Iowa record, kicking a 58-yard field goal against Illinois in 1998." - Quad-City Times

August 26, 2014 - Dillon Kidd named starting punter
"Following a spring and summer of competition, Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz announced on Tuesday that Kidd would be starting in Saturday's season opener against Northern Iowa.... Kidd, who has two years to play two in terms of eligibility, doesn't feel he's put Connor Kornbrath far into his rearview mirror. 'It wasn't just a competition for camp. It was something that was going to push us throughout the entire season and the rest of the time while both of us are still here. My goal every day is to go out and hit every punt I can to the best of my ability. And then through that process go out on Saturdays and do that exact same thing and hopefully help our team win,' Kidd said. Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz agreed with Kidd's assessment of the situation. 'The two punters, Connor and Dillon, have done a nice job, and really it's a very close competition,' he said." - Scout

August 15, 2014 - special teams coach Chris White excited
"Punter is another position that has seen progress and competition. Junior Connor Kornbrath punted 65 times a season ago for an average of 40 yards a punt and a long of 55. He had 11 travel 50-or-more yards and 27 landed inside the 20. Kornbrath is being pushed by junior college transfer Dillon Kidd. 'From the spring, Dillon has really elevated Connor's game and they both have performed extremely well,' White said. 'I'm very pleased with how we're punting the ball right now.' White is equally content with the place-kicking battle between junior Marshall Koehn and freshmen Mick Ellis and Miguel Recinos. 'We have three talented guys. Each day one guy has stepped up a little more than the others, it's a tight race,' White said.With all the good news coming out of camp concerning Hawkeye special teams, one thing that has not emerged is a clear No. 1 at the respective positions. 'Nothing has sorted itself out other than they are competing hard and they have given great effort and the level of play and execution has been pretty high,' White said. 'I'm pleased with everything that is going on'." - Hawkeyes

August 10, 2014 - kicking competition
"The 6-foot-0, 195-pound junior has appeared in one game in his career, converting a PAT and kicking off once in a 59-3 win over Western Michigan last season. Yet even with a limited resume, Marshall Koehn is the most experienced kicker on the Iowa roster. True freshmen Mick Ellis and Miguel Recinos joined the program this fall and will compete with Koehn for the starting nod. Ellis was 13-of-17 on field goals with a long of 53 yards as a junior at Lovejoy High School in Allen, Texas. Recinos, a first-team all-state pick last season at Mason City, joined the program as a walk-on. 'They are always bringing guys in to compete with you and competition is good for everybody,' Koehn said. 'Hopefully it brings the best out of one of us and hopefully we can help the team be great this year.' Even with Koehn’s name alone on the depth chart, head coach Kirk Ferentz made no bones about the fact the kick chores remained wide open heading into fall camp." - Hawk Central

August 8, 2014 - punting competition
Dillon Kidd averaged 38.2 yards per punt in junior college and traveled roughly 4,000 miles the past three seasons, only to find himself mired in a duel with Kornbrath. 'We’ve been in competition since I got here,' Kidd said. 'There’s always going to be guys going for the same spot. You have to know that being a college specialist'.... But Kornbrath is coming back for his junior year, after averaging 39.1 yards on 118 punts the past two seasons. '(Coaches) brought me in and said at times I was good,' Kornbrath said. 'At times, we both knew I needed to get better. I think it’s definitely refocused me, thinking more about every practice. A lot of what coach (Kirk) Ferentz talks about is details and bringing that in to everyday things.' So far, the results have been encouraging. 'I think Connor handled it exceptionally well,' White said. 'He understood that he needs to be more consistent. There’s no question about it.' Will Korbrath or Kidd provide the ultimate answer to the Hawkeyes’ punting predicament? 'We’re both mature enough to realize there is going to be competition,' Kidd said. 'In a perfect world there would only be one guy on every team, but we know that it’s not a perfect world'.” - Hawk Central

August 4, 2014 - new kicker
"Who will replace kicker Mike Meyer? 'That is one of the questions,' answered coach Kirk Ferentz. 'Just on the front of who our field goal kicker is, right now, I have no idea. Hopefully we'll know a little bit more here in a couple of weeks.' Marshall Koehn is the only kicker listed on the two-deep, which makes him the front-runner, but Ferentz has never been one to surrender a position and he expects someone to use the next three weeks to earn the position. 'We just don't know,' said Ferentz. 'It could well be Marshall Koehn. It wouldn't surprise me in the least. But we need to develop consistency at that position. The competition there should be healthy'."-  Hawkeyes 

July 14, 2014 - punting competition
No other player was put under more scrutiny this offseason than junior punter Connor Kornbrath. It was softened by coaches saying they wanted to provide some competition for Kornbrath, but the fact of the matter is Iowa gave a junior college punter a scholarship. Junior Dillon Kidd is in Iowa City, and Kornbrath, who finished ninth in the Big Ten with 39.97 yards on 65 punts, is on notice. 'We did bring in a junior college punter. We felt that Connor needed to be pushed, and it’s helped Connor the first six practices for sure,' special teams coordinator Chris White said this spring. 'It’s helped him, and Dillon is in heavy competition with Connor right now.' More from White: “We’re trying to be fair to both of them. We’re competing every day, whether it’s in practice or specifically after practice. We’re charting every punt, and any time we’re outdoors we have to chart their hang times and their distances. We’ve got it all tabulated. Each day we’ll give them their averages and hang times and distances and really where we feel those guys are. At the end of spring we’ll kind of let them know where we feel they are. It’s not going to be a done deal until training camp. I know that for sure'." - The Gazette

July 3, 2014 - kicking depth chart
"Marshall Koehn right now is the listed starter on the depth chart for Iowa at kicker above senior Alden Haffer. The production Iowa will get out of Koehn is merely speculative as he has only seen the field once against Western Michigan where he was 1-1 on his only PAT attempt. He also did one kick off which went 62 yards." - isportsweb

July 2, 2014- long snapper Kyle Kluver
This spring, it was Kluver and Kluver on the depth chart. He was the only long snapper on Iowa’s roster. 'Yeah, and every one of our guys on the roster, basically, is in the competition, outside of maybe Kluver,' Ferentz said this spring when asked about having two punters. 'I’m not sure who our backup snapper is right now, but we’ll have somebody in the fall. Right now if he’s not here, if he gets the flu, we may not kick that day.' The 'somebody in the fall' is Zach Johnson, a 6-3, 245-pounder from Hopkins (Minn.) High School. He told, 'It will be me and Tyler Kluver down there competing for the head spot and whoever gets it, gets the full ride'.” - The Gazette

April 26, 2014 - spring game
Punts: Connor Kornbrath: 10 for 37.7 average (downed three inside the 20); Dillon Kidd: 7 for 41.3 (one touchback)... Field goals: Marshall Koehn: 3 for 3 (42, 37, 22); Alden Haffar: 0 for 2 (49, 44) - The Gazette

April 21, 2014 - former kicker talk current kickers
"Mike Meyer was a reliable performer from 2010-13, converting 61 of 80 field goals (76.3 percent), before completing his college career last season. Now the Hawkeyes are trying to fill a void. Marshall Koehn is listed atop the depth chart, followed by Alden Haffar. Mick Ellis, a freshman from Texas, could figure into the mix this fall.... Nate Kaeding offers a been-there, done-that perspective. He became a starter as a freshman, endured early inconsistencies, then broke through with a four-field goal performance at Penn State, helping the Hawkeyes beat the Nittany Lions 26-23 in overtime, on Nov. 4, 2000. 'I think they’re going to be better prepared,' Kaeding said of the current candidates. 'Because coach (Kirk) Ferentz and (special teams) coach (Chris) White and everybody there is going to do a really good job of putting them in some pressure situations, game-like situations'.” - Hawk Central

April 4, 2014 - kicking competition
"Two more Iowans are spending spring ball seeing who will emerge as the Hawkeyes' top kicker. Senior Alden Haffar -- a transfer from Iowa Central Community College -- prepped at West Des Moines Valley; junior Marshall Koehn graduated from Solon High School. Koehn converted a PAT and sent a kickoff 62 yards last season during a 59-3 win against Western Michigan.... here will be additional competition when fall camp opens in August. Mick Ellis, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound kicker from Allen, Texas, is a member of the 2014 Hawkeye signing day class. He made 13 field goals in high school, with two coming from more than 50 yards." - Iowa Hawkeyes

March 26, 2014 - spring specialists overview
"Coach Kirk Ferentz wants a competitive situation for Iowa kickers and punters, one of the reasons the Hawkeyes signed junior college punter Dillon Kidd to add to its mix of specialists this spring. Kidd was brought in to challenge two-year starter Connor Kornbrath, who averaged 40 yards on 65 punts last season. Kicker Mike Meyer also completed his eligibility last season and juniors Marshall Koehn and Alden Haffar will compete this spring prior to the arrival of incoming freshman Mick Ellis of Allen, Texas, in the summer." -  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

February 6, 2014 - kicker Miguel Recinos to walk-on
"According to a tweet by former Cyclone and now independent kicking coach Bret Culbertson, Miguel Recinos of Mason City is planning to walk-on for the Hawkeyes. According to, in 2013, Recinos was 18-20 on XP, 10-16 (long 58) on FGs, had 34/38 touchbacks on KOs, and averaged 43.7 yards per punt with a long of 68." - 247sports

February 5, 2014 - kicker Mick Ellis signs
"Allen, Texas (Lovejoy HS) -- High school honors – - earned second team all-state honors as a junior . . . Career – - connected on 13-17 field goals as a junior, including kicks of 53, 52 and 49 yards . . . had 34 touchbacks." - Hawkeye Nation

February 4, 2014 - Long snapper Zach Johnson commits as preferred walk-on
"The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Minnesota native made his official visit to Iowa City over the weekend and finalized the details on joining the team as a preferred walk-on this season. If you go back a year however, Johnson was not so sure if Division I football was in his future. 'Well, basically, I went down to Iowa last summer for a football camp, a long snapping camp, just because I really wanted to see if I was any good,' said Johnson. 'When I got there, I started snapping and a couple of coaches thought that I was pretty decent. LeVar Woods was actually the coach that first noticed me and then he brought the head coach over,' he continued. 'Eventually we started talking about possibly walking on.'  Johnson attends Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN, where he has also been a starter on the offensive line. As a senior, he made sure to explore all of his options, but a chance to play in the Big Ten was hard to turn down. 'I was looking at Bethel, St. Thomas, Gustavus, and some smaller schools, but the Hawkeyes were definitely at the top of my list,' Johnson said." - Hawkeye Report

January 9, 2014 - JUCO punter Dillon Kidd transfers
"Former Milford Prep Academy punter Dillon Kidd has committed to the University of Iowa. Kidd informed Kohls Kicking Camp personnel of his decision and they have told me Kidd will be on full scholarship. Kidd was at Florida State in 2012 and played this last year for El Camino Community College. This link will take you to his state profile for this past year at El Camino.  Kidd will be eligible to play in the 2014 season and will take part in spring drills." - Hawkeye Nation

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