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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Oregon State Beavers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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August 5, 2015 - kicker Jordan Choukair commits
"Late in the recruiting cycle – just days before fall camp, in fact – the 6-foot-2, 180-pound kicker, out of Poway, California, held offers from Arizona, Hawaii and San Diego State, but wasn't sure he felt at home on those campuses. Oregon State had offered him a preferred walk-on spot after his showing in a camp earlier this summer, but that too seemed like an odd choice given the free education extended by other schools. However, the Beavers coaching staff phoned Choukair, the son of former NFL kicker John Choukair, and delivered the long-awaited scholarship Wednesday morning, which led to an immediate commitment.... Choukair is rated a five-star kicker by Chris Sailer and the No. 30 player at his position in the class of 2015, while National Camp Series rates his field goal kicking a 100 out of 100 and his kickoffs 96 out of 100." - Oregon Live

May 29, 2015 - long snapper Ryan Navarro signs
"Oregon State continues to add pieces to its 2015 class, as Riverside City College long snapper Ryan Navarro became the third junior college prospect to sign with the Beavers in the past month. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound specialist, who has three years to play two, received his scholarship offer from Oregon State just last week, but signed Friday morning. 'They called me two weeks ago. Coach (Andersen) called me, then Coach Tuiaki came down. I snapped for him,' he explained. 'He saw what he needed to see and they decided to offer me'." - Oregon Live

March 16, 2015 - spring specialists
Who's gone: Punter/holder Keith Kostol (39.6 yards per punt, long of 54 yards, 23 inside the 20 in 2014), long snapper Michael Morovick 
Also practicing this spring: Returner Chris Brown (one kickoff return, 27 yards), punter Mitch Seeley, kicker Ian Crist, kicker Zach Standish, long snapper Connor Kelsey, kicker Ryan Cope
Analysis: Owens is back after an odd 2014, where he stepped in when Trevor Romaine was suspended for violation of athletic department policy, before getting suspended himself for off-the-field issues, before becoming the starter again when Romaine left the team in November. The other spots -- long snapper and holder -- will be filled by newcomers to the role. Quarterback Luke Del Rio and receiver Richard Mullaney have been the holders so far this spring. Kelsey has been the primary long snapper, with Sumner Houston as the backup. One key piece of OSU's 2015 special teams that will not factor in this spring is punter Nick Porebski, as the junior college transfer does not arrive until the summer. Seeley is the only punter on the roster this spring." - Oregon Live

February 12, 2015 - kicker Daniel Rodriguez to walk-on
Kicker Daniel Rodriguez has joined Oregon State as a walk-on, the school announced Thursday afternoon. Rodriguez, a Pleasanton (California) Foothill product, was a two-time All-East Bay First Team selection in both football and soccer and was rated a five-star prospect by the Kohl's Professional kicking camps. He was also a second-team all-state selection at punter. Rodriguez will compete for kicking duties with returner Garrett Owens, who went 11-of-13 on field-goal tries while sharing starting duties with Trevor Romaine during a 2014 season where both players missed time due to off-the-field issues. Zach Sandish, a Gresham Sam Barlow High product who was rated the No. 28 kicker in the country by Chris Sailer Kicking following the 2013 season, also joined the program last month. Junior college signee Nick Porebski is expected to be the Beavers' punter in 2015." - Oregon Live

February 4, 2015 - punter Nick Porebski signs
"Melbourne, Australia (Snow JC) - Played one season of American Football in 2013 (NJCAA rules allowed for just 1 season) … second in the conference for average yards per punt in ‘13 at 45.4 yards … 19 punts downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard-line … long of 65 yards … two-time Arizona Community College  Athletic Conference Player of the Week … 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association First Team All-American … equally adept at punting conventional style or rugby style … punts with either foot … played Australian Rules Football … Porebski on receiving a scholarship, courtesy of OregonLive -- 'I've always liked the game on TV, but I didn't actually know you could get a full scholarship for punting the football, which I thought was pretty amazing. That really intrigued me. I could get my education paid for and, at the same time, I could play American football, which is a great opportunity'." - Beavers

November 22, 2014 - kicker Trevor Romaine leaves team
"Trevor Romaine's peculiar Oregon State career is over after the senior kicker left the program late this week, a source close to the program told The Oregonian prior to the Beavers' contest against Washington on Saturday night. Redshirt freshman Garrett Owens, who has made 10-of-12 of his field goal attempts so far in 2014, will be the Beavers' kicker for the remainder of the season. Romaine's 2014 season had been strong statistically — he hit 8-of-9 field goals (long of 49) and boomed 19 touchbacks on 34 kickoffs — yet had been interrupted twice by off-the-field matters. He missed the Beavers' first two games because he was academically ineligible, then was suspended for the Washington State game on Nov. 8 for violation of athletic department policy. Romaine handled kickoff duties last week against Arizona State, while Owens kicked extra points (the Beavers did not attempt a field goal). Romaine practiced earlier this week and spoke to reporters Tuesday, assuring he was content to split the job with Owens." - Oregon Live

November 8, 2014 - kicking re-competition
"A one-game suspension of Trevor Romaine has put the first-team kicking job in flux again, Oregon State coach Mike Riley told reporters Saturday. Romaine missed the Beavers' 39-32 loss to Washington State after violating athletic department policy. In his absence, Garrett Owens performed admirably. He hit all four of his field-goal attempts, including a 46-yarder that gave OSU a 25-24 lead early in the fourth quarter. 'I don't know what I'm going to do now,' Riley said of the renewed competition between Romaine and Owens." - Oregon Live

September 10, 2014 - kicker Trevor Romaine returns to team, Garrett Owens remains starter
Trevor Romaine disappeared from the Oregon State Beavers for about three weeks while academically ineligible. That issue has been resolved, as the OSU's three-year starter at kicker was back at practice Wednesday. Romaine kicked a bit during the early portion of the workout, then was seen wearing a cap and carrying the ball bag off the field as all the Beavers' specialists made their typically early exit. But though Romaine has officially returned to the Beavers, returning to his old job is hardly guaranteed. In fact, coach Mike Riley said he expects Garrett Owens to remain OSU's kicker when the Beavers face San Diego State next Saturday at Reser Stadium. 'Owens is the kicker right now,' Riley said following practice. 'Trevor, right now, is a backup, and we'll see where that takes us. Right now, I would anticipate Owens kicking next game'." - Oregon Live

August 30, 2014 - Garrett Owens kicks five fields goals in win over Portland State
"Garrett Owens got goose bumps just talking about the anticipation of his collegiate debut, after he learned he would be taking over as Oregon State's kicker while Trevor Romaine is out with academic issues. After that initial outing, Owens knew his leg would be sore. Owens attempted seven field goals — a program record — in Saturday's 29-14 victory over Portland State Saturday. He nailed five of those tries (all from 31 yards or closer), clanking a 25-yarder off the left upright and missing wide right on a 50-yarder as the first-half clock expired that he previously nailed just after the Vikings called a late timeout to 'ice' him. 'That first kick, it was pretty nerve-wracking,' Owens said. 'But once I got that out of the way — especially with it being a short field goal — it put confidence on me and it helped me build off that'." - Oregon Live

August 21, 2014 - kicker changes
"Trevor Romaine missed his second day of Oregon State practice Thursday. When later asked about his kicker's absence, head coach Mike Riley was vague. A day after declining to specify the "off-the-field matter" that is sidelining Romaine, Riley said there's 'nothing absolutely new' and 'I'm going forward as if he's not going to be here.' Roster moves suggest as much. With Will Hopkins (hand injury) out for another four weeks or so, the Beavers replaced the offensive lineman on the 105-man practice roster Wednesday with sophomore kicker Ian Crist. The Portland State transfer, who participated in spring ball with OSU, should serve as redshirt freshman Garrett Owens' primary backup if Romaine doesn't return this season. 'Owens has been really good,' special teams coordinator Bruce Read said. 'He's got good trajectory, good accuracy.' Owens gave the Beavers the rare distinction of boasting two scholarship kickers last season. The 5-foot-9, 172-pound specialist, who was rated the nation's No. 7 high school kicker by Chris Sailer Kicking in 2012, traded-first reps with Romaine throughout the spring before kicking exclusively with the second team in fall camp. With Romaine out, he becomes the clear starter. But Crist could challenge Owens with a strong showing before the Beavers' Aug. 30 season opener. Read said Crist has 'looked as good' the past two days as Romaine and Owens looked earlier in camp." - Oregon Live

August 19, 2014 - summer specialists
"After splitting first-team reps with redshirt freshman Garrett Owens in the spring, senior Trevor Romaine has reclaimed sole possession of the starting kicker job. The three-year starter was the most accurate field-goal kicker in the Pac-12 in 2012 before hitting just 14-of-20 attempts last season. At punter, senior Keith Kostol will start for the third straight year. He averaged 40.5 yards per punt in 2013, belting 22 of 52 attempts inside opponents'20-yard line. With John Carroll now at Division III Linfield, Kostol is also slated to hold." - Oregon Live

August 11, 2014 - long snapper Michael Morovick recovered
"By the time he was cleared for full contact during the last week of spring term, Morovick was hungry for a return to basics. He slowed down his snap, tightened his spiral and concentrated on accuracy. 'He really got back into the technique of it, I think,' punter Keith Kostol said. During fall camp, Morovick has settled back into the first team. Maughan, the only other experienced snapper since Linsky quit the team this offseason, keeps him motivated. Last season taught Morovick that circumstance can change quickly, whether through injury or demotion. 'I try not to take for granted what I have here,' Morovick said. 'Now I do feel like I'm just having more fun out here right now because I missed the season. This is the most excited I've been for a season. I just can't wait'." - Oregon Live

April 22, 2014 - long snapper Michael Morovick recovering
On Monday, Michael Morovick stood outside Oregon State's Sports Performance Center and detailed the ACL tear that cut his junior season nine games short. When the long snapper noted the "nice groove" he found before the setback, Trevor Romaine glanced toward Morovick. The kicker, leaning on a nearby railing with his arms folded, smiled slightly as he muttered, 'Yeah, we were'. Seven months removed from his first major injury, Morovick eyes a full recovery. He toils through individual drills during spring practices, intent on enjoying a senior season spent in relative anonymity. A bulky right knee brace offers a reminder of his disappointing 2013. 'I'm just trying to take it one day at a time,' said Morovick, who hopes to slide back into his first-string spot by fall camp. 'I'm making progress everyday and there's no setbacks'." - Oregon Live

April 21, 2014 - kicker competition
"Trevor Romaine was the most accurate kicker in the Pac-12 in 2012 but struggled with consistency at times last season. With that, the Beavers have opened up the competition between him and redshirt freshman Garrett Owens to fulfill that duty in 2014. 'It’s just like every player on the team, when it comes the time, they deserve an opportunity to compete. We try to do that with everybody at every position and if they’ve shown that ability to step up and earn that rotation into first turns, whether it’s cornerback, lineman or kicker or punter. We feel like Garrett has put himself in a position to earn that ability to step in with the 1s every once in a while and kick'." - Oregon Live

February 26, 2014 - long snapper Connor Kelsey commits
"Carpinteria High School’s Connor Kelsey has committed to play football at Oregon State University as a long snapper. 'He has been perfect for two years,' said Carpinteria head coach Ben Hallock back in December, soon after the Warriors completed their best season in a decade. 'In 30-plus years of coaching, he is flat-out the best (long-snapper) I have ever had.' During the 2013 season for the Warriors, Connor was perfect snapping, he was 9-for-9 on field goal snaps, 53-for-53 on PAT snaps, and 31-for-31 on punt snaps. As a result, Kelsey received All-Tri-Valley League honors, was on Presidio Sports’ All-City Team, and the News-Press All-County Team." - Presidio Sports

February 12, 2014 - kicker Zach Standish to walk-on 
"Barlow kicker Zach Standish, the country’s No. 28 kicker among senior as rated by Chris Sailer Kicking, has accepted a recruited walk-on position at Oregon State. Standish had walk-on offers from Washington State and Boise State. It’s common for kickers to enter college as a walk-on, and eventually earn a scholarship should they become a regular. Standish converted 10 of 16 field goal attempts with a long of 50 yards this season for Barlow." - Oregon Live

February 3, 2014 - punter Stefan Flintoft commits
Loyola High School (Los Angeles) punter Stefan Flintoft has committed to the Beavers. Flintoft, who averaged 35.5 yards on 33 punts in 2013, will walk on in the fall and earn a scholarship in winter 2015." - Oregon Live