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Friday, September 18, 2015

Oregon Ducks Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 18, 2015 - kicker Zach Emerson commits
"The Ducks have secured a verbal commitment from Mountain View Senior (Ore.) kicker Zach Emerson. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has agreed to a preferred walk-on offer from the Ducks. 'Yes I did, I committed to play for Oregon,' Emerson told DuckTerritory. 'I'll be enrolling next Summer as a walk-on to kick for the Ducks.' Emerson was an unofficial visitor during the season opener with Eastern Washington." - 247 Sports

February 3, 2015 - punter Blake Maimone commits
"High school: Oaks Christian, Height/Weight: 6-7, 230, Of note: Maimone was a versatile threat for Oaks Christian as he started this season as their punter and averaged 39.3 yards per punt. He was also the Lions’ backup quarterback and also played a bit of tight end. Maimone will walk-on at Oregon with the hopes of earning a scholarship with his powerful leg or his size as a potential pass-catcher." - Daily News

January 30, 2015 - kicker Quinton Conaway commits as preferred walk-on
"Edmond North kicker Quinton Conaway will sign with Oregon next week as a preferred walk-on, choosing the Ducks over a chance to walk on at Oklahoma State. "My dad works for Amazon a lot closer to there," Conaway said. "And I like the climate a lot more there." Conaway has a powerful leg and put that on display throughout the season as one of the state's top punters with an average of 43 yards per kick. He also regularly put the ball in or through the end zone on kickoffs and was recently named a Top 12 kicker by Chris Sailer Kicking. He was named to The Oklahoman's Big All-City First Team." - NewsOK

November 8, 2014 - kicker Aidan Schneider
“I was thinking I’d probably redshirt, get some experience,' the Oregon true freshman kicker from Grant High said after kicking three field goals in No. 5-ranked Oregon’s 51-27 win Saturday night against Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium. 'If I ended up playing, I didn’t think it would be as extensive as this.' Schneider was 3-for-3 against the Utes and has made all five attempts on the season. 'I am really confident,' Schneider said. 'I have been kicking well in practice and getting my consistency up so I know it’s going to go through.' Schneider made a 39-yard field goal to put Oregon ahead 24-7 in the second quarter. Utah closed within 24-13 before Schneider hit a 31-yarder midway through the third quarter. Oregon’s lead was down to 27-20 at the start of the fourth quarter before Schneider drilled a 42-yarder. The last field goal was his longest of the season, surpassing a 40-yarder he made last week against Stanford. His first career kick was a 23-yarder in a win against California.... Schneider replaced Matt Wogan, who is 4-for-6 on field goals this season, midway through the year. 'I have confidence in Matt Wogan too,' Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. 'They have had a little back-and-forth.' Schneider said the competition between the two kickers has helped them both." - The Register-Guard

September 28, 2014 - Matt Wogan takes over kickoff duties
"Despite missing a 32-yard chip shot at Washington State, the sophomore placekicker was named the team’s special teams player of the week by Mark Helfrich for making a 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of Oregon’s 38-31 victory in Pullman. 'The first one I pulled my eyes, and that’s why it was pulled left. After I hit it I was like, ‘I bet I didn’t even look at the ball before I kicked it,’ Wogan said. 'To say I wasn’t nervous isn’t true, but I feel like if I wasn’t nervous that would be a bad thing.' In addition to kicking the field goals and extra points, Wogan also reclaimed his kickoff job against the Cougars. He wouldn’t say if an injury was the reason walk-on Aidan Schneider handled the duties at the beginning of the season. 'We’re not allowed to talk about certain things,' Wogan said. 'Hopefully everything is in place and I’m good to kick off for the rest of the year. I’ll do whatever I can to help this team.' Wogan is 2-for-3 on field goals this season and 16-for-17 on PATs." - The Register-Guard

August 9, 2014 - specialist Matt Wogan
Kickoffs. Placekicking. The difference between this summer and last is that Wogan also spent equal time working on his punting skills. 'I focused more on punts than I did last year,' he said. Wogan didn’t have much choice. Punter Alejandro Maldonado played his last game as a senior in the Alamo Bowl. Backup Dylan Ausherman elected to leave the program before spring football began. That left Wogan as the lone scholarship player on the team whose job defines the “foot” in football. Now he could find himself as the placekicker, kickoff specialist and the punter.... Oregon special teams coach Tom Osborne said pulling off kicking and punting can be a challenge because kickers swing their leg across their body while punters kick straight up and down. 'It’s two completely different leg swings,' Osborne said. 'Two completely different body mechanics. Because of that, that’s why there aren’t very many guys who do both. Or, at least do it efficiently'.... Wogan assuredly will be the place kicker and perform kickoffs. The punting job, Osborne said, remains an open competition, mainly between Wogan and walk-on redshirt freshman Ian Wheeler out of Demorest, Ga." - CSNNW

July 29, 2014 - kicker Hayden Crook leaves team
"That reasoning was also behind Hayden Crook's decision to not return as a Ducks kicker for his redshirt sophomore season, Crook said in a phone interview Tuesday morning. 'I knew I was going to be back for fall camp but it was just at the right timing for me since Matt (Wogan) was going to be the guy next year,' said Crook, who expected to be Wogan's backup on kickoffs and contend to be his backup on field goals, as well.  'It just wasn't working out where I'd see time.' The Bend native and walk-on said he left the team before spring practices ended. His departure hasn't formally been announced, though he is no longer listed on the roster. Crook instead plans to spend the year studying abroad in Costa Rica as he pursues a minor in Spanish. Once he returns, Crook will consider kicking again, somewhere else. 'I still have three years left and when I come back I'll decide if i still have it in me,' he said. Oregon's listed kickers are now led by Wogan, an incoming sophomore who started on kickoffs the entire season and eventually won the place-kicking job from Alejandro Maldonado, too, by making 7-of-9 field goals. Behind him are senior Eric Solis and freshman Aidan Schneider, a Portland native from Grant High School." - Oregon Live

May 23, 2014 - spring specialists
"Matt Wogan wants to handle both placekicks and punts as a sophomore. On the former, he's clearly expected to retain the starting job he earned midway through last season.... Who will replace Maldonado as starting punter is harder to discern because, as Oregon special teams coach Tom Osborne said, coaches are reticent to simulate 11-on-11 punt drills in spring (partly because of UO's shortage of holders). It's between Wogan and redshirt freshman Ian Wheeler. What we know about that race comes largely from Osborne's April observations: Wheeler followed a superb fall that saw him beat out scholarship punter Dylan Ausherman for backup with a spring filled with inconsistency but streaks of promise, too. Wheeler doesn't have a cannon in his leg, and that's OK, Osborne said, because Oregon is better served by kicking to its coverage in the 40-yard range, anyway. If he can fix consistency issues he could be in line to start. That would create a division of labor in the kicking game where Wogan would handle placekicks and kickoffs and Wheeler punts.... You'd have to imagine incoming freshman Tanner Carew would be the presumptive favorite to snap in the fall. Like his predecessor, four-year starter Drew Howell, Carew will arrive this summer as a highly-touted prep long-snapper. Oregon will also have left tackle Tyler Johnstone and walk-on Connor Johnson available as backups." - Oregon Live

May 3, 2014 - spring game
"Also enduring a head-scratching day was starting kicker Matt Wogan. The sophomore starter's first-quarter field goal attempt from 43 yards fell short by at least five yards despite the wind being behind him." - Oregon Live

April 28, 2014 - punter Ian Wheeler
"Wheeler is trying his best to stay relaxed this spring, too, but with a starting job within reach he's 'pressing too hard, he's trying everything to be perfect,' position coach Tom Osborne said.... The recent inconsistency has undercut a bit the excellent body of work he displayed all fall, when he became Alejandro Maldonado's backup by beating out scholarship punter Dylan Ausherman. Ausherman opted to leave the program in March to focus on academics. What Wheeler does well is not out-kick his coverage. A booming punt is impressive to fans but can cause a special teams coach to cringe if it has little hang time.... With Ausherman leaving the team and Maldonado's graduation, the punting job is up to Wheeler and Wogan, the sophomore starting place kicker from North Carolina. Wogan's punt/kick double is ambitious. 'It’s very hard because it’s a completely different motion,' Wheeler said. 'There’s a lot different technique-wise, the rhythm, everything.' Finding separation between the two this spring has been hard for Osborne at times. Part of the difficulty is the logistics of practicing punting in spring football. Oregon doesn't like to practice all-out kicks often -- and there's no way the Ducks will rush nine players like Texas did twice in the Alamo Bowl -- and not all of the team's long snappers are practicing, Osborne said, so the scenarios never quite feel true." - Oregon Live

April 24, 2014 - backup kickers
"Over the last three years, kicking duties have belonged to Beard, Alejandro Maldonado and, more recently, Matt Wogan. Eric Solis, and now fellow backup Hayden Crook, aren't likely to see much of the field again this season. Wogan has the stronger leg and was an effective 7 for 9 in attempts a year ago. But as spring practice starts to wind down, the two players who are least likely to see themselves in a game situation are finding ways to help the team on the practice field. Right now, that means making sure Wogan is as confident as he can be. "As the older guy, I just try and be there for some of the younger guys," Solis said after Wednesday's practice. "We don't really like to think about pressure. Pressure for Kickers? It's hell." The trio of legs spent the offseason making three or so trips a week to the Moshofsky Center. While one player kicked, the other held and sometimes the third recorded it all.... While Solis is more of a true place and will likely be Wogan's primary backup on the field, Crook has found himself a bit of a niche on the practice field. Osborne said Crook is invaluable for the scout team on kickoffs. He may not be able to launch it like Wogan, but Osborne said Crook can line it up and kick from any location and at any angle." - Oregon Live

April 21, 2014 - spring scrimmage
Sophomore kicker Matt Wogan was said to have had a good scrimmage by being nearly perfect (Helfrich couldn't quite remember his stats) despite what his coach called being put in 'adverse situations' in order to test his leg and focus. Wogan did a 'really good job kicking the ball,' Helfrich said, which would be a good sign considering his inaccuracy at times as a freshman. Despite possessing a powerful leg, Wogan's first season as a Duck was tempered by his wildness on kickoffs as seven of his 22 sailed out of bounds. His season-long field goal was 39 yards and he made seven of nine attempts in 2013. As for Wogan's attempt to become the starting punter, as well, Helfrich called the punting competition between Wogan and redshirt freshman Ian Wheeler 'ongoing'.... At holder, the successor for Dustin Haines has yet to be decided as a 'rotation' of quarterbacks shuffles through. The eventual decision will hinge on which quarterbacks make the travel roster and that won't likely happen until fall camp in August. 'We’ve got a few different guys working in there,' Helfrich said. 'There are a couple decisions that need to be made down the road as far as you know, guys traveling and the other things that go into that job. It’s not just holding'." - Oregon Live

March 27, 2014 - punter Dylan Ausherman transferring
"Punter Dylan Ausherman will not return to the program this spring. The Ducks announced the attrition via Twitter on Thursday morning.... Ausherman did not have a punt attempt last season after transferring from the College of the Sequoias and redshirting in 2012." - The Register-Guard

February 26, 2014 - kicker Aidan Schneider commits
"It feels great knowing where I am going to be living and going to school next year. Couldn't be more excited to be a duck and play football for one of my favorite teams next year. #quackquack" - Twitter
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February 6, 2014 - long snapper Tanner Carew signs
"Was a first-team All-Sierra League selection. Also played linebacker for the Spartans but earned the scholarship for his prowess on special teams, specifically long snapping. One of two local players selected to participate in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas last month." - Daily Bulletin

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