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Friday, April 17, 2015

New Mexico Lobos Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


April 16, 2015 - spring specialists
"Coach Davie also wants to see if sophomore kicker Jason Sanders is ready to take the field-goal duties away from incumbent Zack Rogers. 'I think Jason Sanders has been really impressive, really impressive,' Davie said. 'He’s got a strong, long leg.' Rogers, who Davie said is nursing a calf injury, seems certain to retain the punting duties he handled last season." - Albuquerque Journal

August 20, 2014 - summer specialists
"During the Lobos’ 11-day training camp in Ruidoso, Rio Rancho walk-on Zack Rogers and California scholarship freshman Jason Sanders both made kicks from 47 yards with air to spare. Justus Adams’ longest field goal the past two seasons was from 42 yards. 'Both of those kids (Rogers and Sanders) have strong legs. They really do,' asst. coach Derek Warehime said. 'What’s great, just like at any position, there’s competition.' Thus far, coach Bob Davie said, Rogers has the edge as the field-goal kicker. If there were a game today, Sanders would handle the kickoffs. 'It looks like we have two kickers that are pretty explosive,' Davie said. 'Jason Sanders, there’s no question. You can just close your eyes and hear him hit the ball.” Replacing Ben Skaer, who ranked fifth in the nation last year with a 45.8-yard average per attempt, will be a challenge. Warehime said Rogers, who’s running ahead of Sanders in the punting competition, appears up to the task. Last season, Skaer punted 47 times. Between fair catches, touchbacks, punts downed, etc., only 18 were returned. Without Skaer, Warehime anticipated that ratio increasing. 'We went into camp saying we were gonna have to cover some kicks, and we’ve put more emphasis on that with our punt protection and coverage unit,' Warehime said. 'But Zack has shown up and kind of taken that comment and saying, ‘No, I’m gonna force the fair catch.’… He’s done a great job. He really has'.” - Albuquerque Journal

July 15, 2014 - long snapper Steven Romero awarded scholarship
"Romero, a 6-1 sophomore and a native of Albuquerque who went to La Cueva High School was awarded a scholarship by head coach Bob Davie in front of his teammates at a team meeting.  He is entering his second season as the starting deep snapper for New Mexico.In being awarded the scholarship, he becomes the fifth New Mexico walk-on to have been awarded a scholarship by head coach Bob Davie after  spending time as a walk-on." - Lobos

April 5, 2014 - safety David Guthrie punting
"As the University of New Mexico football team begins its search for a successor to 2013 All-Mountain West first-team punter Ben Skaer, one rather interesting candidate has emerged for the job in senior strong safety David Guthrie. Most folks around University Stadium recognize the 5-foot-9, 208-pound senior from Tenmile, Ore., for his 65 tackles, five pass breakups and 4.5 tackles for loss on the Lobo defense in 2013.... Guthrie wasn’t a run-of-the-mill punter, either. He was a first-team All-Mid Empire selection at punter in 2012 with a 37.6-yard average. Guthrie also earned second-team All-State punting honors as a senior for Douglas High School.... Guthrie is obviously at a disadvantage during spring drills against junior Zack Rogers and sophomore Sam Gentry, the other punters on the roster. When special teams periods end during spring ball, Rogers and Gentry go off on their own to continue working on their craft. Guthrie, however, has to go back on defense and gets precious few opportunities to practice his punting during the allotted time in practice. UNM has a scholarship kicker/punter arriving in the fall in true freshman Jason Sanders, who will add to the competition. But the Lobos would love to avoid having to put so much responsibility on the true freshman’s plate when he arrives on campus." - New Mexico Lobos

February 6, 2014 - punter Jason Sanders signs
"Villa Park kicker/punter Jason Sanders signed today with New Mexico, Villa Park athletic director Tom Fox announced. Sanders averaged 45 yards a punt with a long of 74 yards in 2013. He made three field goals of 50 yards or more and 38 of his 57 kickoffs were touchbacks. Fox said at the conclusion of Wednesday's first day of the signing period for football players that New Mexico found it had a scholarship available and made the full-ride to Sanders who accepted it." - OCVarsity

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