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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ottawa Redblacks Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

 
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October 7, 2015 - kicker/punter Brett Maher released

September 19, 2015 - Chris Milo kicks game winner over Saskatchewan
"The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ fourth-quarter follies continued Saturday when they lost 30-27 to the visiting Ottawa Redblacks in CFL action at Mosaic Stadium.... Ottawa settled matters with six seconds remaining when ex-Roughrider Chris Milo kicked a 14-yard field goal to snap a 27-27 tie." - Leader-Post

September 17, 2015 - punter Brett Maher re-signed
"Wear and tear on the labrum in his hip caught up to Maher during offseason training just before Redblacks mini-camp in April. Repair and rehab was pegged at between four and six months, and he’s at about four and a half since the injury flared up. He received medical clearance earlier this week and was quickly en route to Ottawa, where in the Redblacks’ first CFL season he averaged 45.4 yards per punt and a net of 38.0, factoring in opponents’ returns. Those numbers would represent a noticeable improvement for the Redblacks, who in 2015 rank ninth and last in the CFL in punting average (40.6) and net punting (31.9) from the combined efforts of Alix, Milo, DeMarco, Wilder and Pfeffer." - Ottawa Citizen

September 13, 2015 - Chris Milo kicks five field goals in win over BC
"The Ottawa Redblacks confirmed Sunday that they are not a struggling CFL expansion franchise anymore. Jeremiah Johnson rushed for two second-half touchdowns and Chris Milo kicked five field goals [37, 42, 12, 18 & 48 yards] as the Redblacks came back to beat the B.C. Lions 31-18 at B.C. Place Stadium." - SpotsNet

August 24, 2015 - kicker/punter Ronnie Pfeffer signed
"Less than a week after being released by Toronto, rookie kicker/punter Ronnie Pfeffer has agreed to a three-year deal with the Ottawa Redblacks, per sources. Pfeffer filled in for the CFL’s 2014 top special teams player, Swayze Waters, who was sidelined with a hip flexor injury, and handled all three kicking duties for the Argos. In six games with Toronto he made good on 12-of-16 field goal attempts with a long of 52 yards and hit 11-of-13 extra points while punting for a 44.1-yard average. With Waters healed and ready to return to the lineup, Pfeffer was let go by the Argonauts." - SportsNet

August 13, 2015 - Anthony Alix injured, kicker Chris Milo to handle punting
"Because of a leg injury that will sideline Anthony Alix, Chris Milo will add punt and kickoff duties to those he already had as field-goal kicker. Backup QB Thomas DeMarco, who was a punter/kicker in high school and at the start of his U.S. college football career, has practised punting this week and would be the emergency backup to Milo." - Ottawa Citizen

August 1, 2015 - kicker Chris Milo signed, Delbert Alvarado released
"Alvarado was good on 11-of-14 field goal attempts, but two misses in the 29-26 win over the Calgary Stampeders last week probably sealed his fate. Alvarado missed a 32-yard field goal late in the game, plus was unsuccessful on a 32-yard convert earlier. The RedBlacks brought Milo in for a workout Friday. He kicked for 30-45 minutes and the RedBlacks decided they would sign him.... Last season in Saskatchewan, the 28-year-old Milo connected on 30-of-42 field goals. In 2013, he was 46-for-52, a tremendous 88.5% success rate. The Roughriders won a Grey Cup that season. Milo, who’s from Montreal and went to school at Laval, also punted in Saskatchewan." - Ottawa Sun

July 24, 2015 - kicker Delbert Alvarado hits OT game winner
"The Ottawa Redblacks upset the defending Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders 29-26 in overtime Friday night at TD Place. Ottawa won the game on a 34-yard field goal by Delbert Alvarado." - Globe and Mail

June 16, 2015 - kicker Johnny Mark released
"The team released Mark, a 23-year-old Peterborough native whose rights had been acquired during the off-season from the Saskatchewan Roughriders in exchange for a conditional 2016 draft pick. The kicker from the University of Calgary did not play in either of the Redblacks’ two preseason games." - Ottawa Citizen


May 30, 2015 - kicker Anthony Alix signed
"Alix, a 28-year-old from Mont-Tremblant, Que. is a St. Francis Xavier University product who had a brief Canadian Football League stint with the Toronto Argonauts in 2012. He had been in Ottawa for a tryout with the Redblacks earlier in the week. He joins Johnny Mark of Peterborough and Delbert Alvarado as candidates for the Redblacks’ punting, field goal and kickoff duties." - Ottawa Citizen

May 29, 2015 - kicker Delbert Alvarado signed
"With Brett Maher gone with a leg injury, Alvarado is back in the picture, signed on Friday with both Zach Ramirez and Trey Barrow released.... Alvarado spent time with both Hamilton and Montreal. He played two-pre-season games with the Als last year, before getting a shot with the RedBlacks. He's also gotten looks at an NFL Combine." - Ottawa Sun

May 15, 2015 - punter/kicker Trey Barrow signed
"Former Missouri punter and kicker Trey Barrow was signed by the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Redblacks, the team announced Friday. Barrow, a Moberly native, played for Missouri from 2010-12, serving as the starting punter his final two years. He averaged 44.8 yards per punt as a junior and 43.1 as a senior. He made 7 of 9 field goals in 2011." - Columbia Tribune

April 27, 2015 - injured kicker Brett Maher likely to miss year
"A hip injury during training is expected to sideline kicker Brett Maher for the 2015 season. 'The odds are that he won’t be able to play for us this season,' Marcel Desjardins said following the first of four spring mini-camp workouts at TD Place stadium. Maher was the only kicker the Redblacks used last season. The 25-year-old Nebraska native struggled on field goals, converting about two-thirds of his attempts, but he outperformed expectations as a punter and was voted Redblacks special-teams player of the year. The Redblacks are left with two rookie kickers in camp: Canadian Johnny Marks, a University of Calgary product and American Zack Ramirez, who spent the latter portion of the 2014 season on the practice roster." - Ottawa Citizen

March 2, 2015 - kicker Johnny Mark signed
"It’s a two-year contract with an option for a third season for the Peterborough native who recently completed his fourth season with the Calgary Dinos with 391 points, the fifth-highest total in Canadian Interuniversity Sport football history. The Redblacks acquired Mark’s rights from the Saskatchewan Roughriders in early February in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2016 Canadian Football League college draft. The Roughriders selected Mark 20th overall in 2014. He attended training camp last year, even appearing in a preseason game against the Redblacks at Regina’s Mosaic Stadium on June 14. He also punted four times and missed a field goal in another preseason contest against the Edmonton Eskimos." - Ottawa Citizen

February 13, 2015 - long snapper Kevin Scott retires

February 9, 2015 - rights to kicker John Mark acquired
"The Riders also dealt the rights to national kicker John Mark to the Ottawa Redblacks for a 2016 draft pick." - CTV News

September 25, 2014 - kicker Brett Maher appeal denied
"The Redblacks kicker learned Thursday that the Canadian Football League had denied an appeal of the unspecified fine levied against him for a low hit on a Saskatchewan Roughrider during last Sunday’s game at Regina. Worse, the fine was imposed for a hit on a play when Maher was bumped by another Roughrider after punting the ball, another Saskatchewan player made what many observers argued was an illegal block and the home team’s Weston Dressler raced 78 yards for a touchdown. No penalty flags were thrown. 'It was a tough situation,' Maher, a 24-year-old Nebraska native, said after practice at TD Place stadium. '“It was a play where, technically, I was illegal on my end. I’m not in that situation very much, so I wasn’t aware of it at the time.' Maher had previously said head referee Kim Murphy told him the contact on the punter was deemed incidental." - Ottawa Citizen

August 6, 2014 - kicker Brett Maher
He doesn't get too high on himself after a good game and he doesn't kick himself for long after clunker, ciach Rick Campbell said. After going 0-4 on field goals Saturday, including one that was run back 111 yards for the score, Campbell said he expects his kicker to rebound quickly. 'He's kicked well in practice again this week,' Campbell said Wednesday. 'He had a game that I'm sure he didn't want to have, but that's part of the deal.' He won't be judged based on one bad game, the coach said. 'I'm going to go on his body of work over time, which has been very good for us since he's been here,' Campbell said. 'I would expect him to get back to that'." - Ottawa Sun

July 26, 2014 - kicker Brett Maher perfect in loss to Hamilton
"Maher continued his hot streak from last week’s first franchise win, going 3/3 against the Tiger-Cats. 'We are just doing our job,' said Maher after the game. 'Whenever we go out there our job is to make field goals and put points on the board. Any time we are on the field that’s our mission and we were able to do that tonight.' He gave the REDBLACKS the lead twice in the game, first mid-way through the second quarter with a 10-yard field goal, and second just under six minutes into the second half scoring a 37-yard field goal.... 'It starts with the snapper and the holder, I feel like we're in a really good rhythm right now,' said the kicker 'It took a little bit for us to get comfortable with each other but I feel like we are really hitting our stride and hitting on all cylinders right now.' He later tied the game 23-23 with a 24-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, but this time round it was not enough." - Redblacks

July 22, 2014 - kicker Brett Maher earns weekly CFL honors
"Maher was named the CFL Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 4. Maher went a perfect 6-for-6 on field goals and scored all his teams points, in their historic first game at TD Place – the franchise’s first ever win – an 18-17 decision over the Toronto Argonauts. With under a minute to play in the game, Maher hit a 27-yard field goal to give the REDBLACKS the 18-17 lead. Maher also kicked successful field goals from 48, 32, 30, 26 and 22 yards away in the game. Maher had six punts in the game, averaging over 51 yards per punt, with his longest reaching 57 yards. Maher, a Kearney, Nebraska native and a product of University of Nebraska, is 9-for-11 kicking field goals this season and is currently tied for fourth in kicking points with 33." - CFL

July 18, 2014 - Brett Maher hits six field goals in win over Argos
"Brett Maher’s 23-yard field goal with 28 seconds remaining earned the expansion Ottawa Redblacks a historic 18-17 home win over the Toronto Argonauts on Friday night. Maher’s boot, his sixth of the game, came after Swayze Waters connected from 46 yards out to put Toronto ahead 17-15 with 1:33 remaining." - The Globe and Mail

June 26, 2014 - kicker Brett Maher signed, again
"To outsiders, it looked like the RedBlacks had told Maher to go home when he and the other two kickers at camp were cut last weekend. But Thursday, coach Rick Campbell explained that in Maher's case, it was all part of the paper shuffling teams do in getting down to their final numbers. There was no intention of letting the 24-year-old import walk. At the same time, the RedBlacks auditioned five other kickers earlier this week -- including Montreal cut Delbert Alvarado, who impressed Campbell -- before settling on Maher to start the season as their guy for kickoffs, punts and field goals." - Ottawa Sun

June 22, 2014 - kicker tryouts
Two weeks ago, the Ottawa RedBlacks' plan was to go with Justin Palardy as their punter and Paulo Henriques as their kicker. An injury to Henriques scuttled that plan and what the team felt was inconsistency in their kicking game in their two exhibition games led to both kickers being released on Saturday. So there are now no kickers on the roster. Which brings us to now. Before the team practises again on Thursday, RedBlacks GM Marcel Desjardins said up to four kickers will be brought in to compete for jobs. 'We're planning to have two (one for kicking, another for punting) on the roster,' said Desjardins. 'But if it turns out to be one, that's a bonus.' He said it's not an ideal situation, but with a bye in week one and the team's first game not until July 3 in Winnipeg, there is time to find a solution." - Ottawa Sun

June 21, 2014 - kicker Brett Maher also released
For the moment, the team has no kicker or punter on the roster. - Redblacks

June 21, 2014 - kickers Justin Palardy & Paulo Henriques released
Four-year CFL veteran Justin Palardy and Paulo Henriques, a rookie from the United States, were let go, but the Redblacks retained another newcomer from south of the border, Brett Maher. Henriques hurt a leg during the first week of training camp and never kicked for the Redblacks in a preseason game. Palardy handled punting in both contests and also place-kicking in the 21-17 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Maher, who signed with the Redblacks after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers released him a week ago, performed place-kicking and kickoffs in Friday’s 26-10 victory against the Montreal Alouettes. 'Unfortunately, nobody lived up to what we felt the acceptable level of performance would be,' Redblacks general manager Marcel Desjardins said during a media briefing on the Carleton University campus. 'Even in Brett’s case, he knows he needs to be better. It doesn’t mean he’s locked into being our guy, either'.” - Ottawa Citizen

June 18, 2014 - kicker Brett Maher signed
"About two hours after he was cut by the Bombers Tuesday, Maher was signed by the Redblacks and was on the practice field Wednesday at Carleton University. Maher, 24, looked solid, with a couple of lengthy field goals. The Bombers didn’t keep the Nebraska native because they opted to go with two Canadians, a punter and a kicker. 'I was a bit surprised,' Maher said. 'But that’s the business we’re in, it’s tough to get a job. I’m just thankful to be out here and still have a chance.' Maher may run into a similar situation here. Canadian Justin Palardy has the inside track as a placekicker, with the potential to punt as well. Against Saskatchewan last weekend, Palardy was successful on a 44-yard field goal and averaged 44.3 yards as a punter. 'I felt I did alright,' Palardy says. 'It’s a great stepping stone.' South African kicker Paulo Henriques has been slowed by a leg injury. That has opened the door for Maher to get a look against the Alouettes in Montreal, the final pre-season game. 'We want to make sure whoever’s out there on Friday is 100 per cent,' says Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell." - Ottawa Citizen

June 7, 2014 - scrimmage
"The Justin Palardy file: The 26-year-old Canadian kicker made good on field-goal attempts from 26, 22 and 37 yards, and he boomed one more an estimated 50 yards. The Paulo Henriques file: The 23-year-old import kicker hit field goals from 17 and 36 yards, but was wide right from 47 and short and right from 52." - Ottawa Citizen

June 2, 2014 - long snapper Kevon Scott gets weird
"When the team's position players are off doing what they do, Scott, a five-year CFL veteran, hangs out with the team's kickers -- Justin Palardy and Paulo Henriques, doing a lot of watching and some charting. 'You never quite get used to it because you grow up playing a position -- I was either a defensive end or a linebacker,' said Scott on Tuesday. 'You get to university and see the kickers are hanging out by themselves and they're just a weird group. You get to the CFL and snappers are coupled into that group, so you're considered one of the weird ones. The kickers are great -- Palardy and Paulo. They're a lot of fun, we joke around on the sidelines. There's always a part of me that wants to be a little more involved, but you understand your role. I like to believe I am a bit more physical. One of my favourite parts about punt is running down the field and trying to make a tackle. That part you never shy away from. Obviously snap comes No. 1 and running down the field and trying to make a tackle is second'." - Ottawa Sun

May 29, 2014 - kicker Paulo Henriques
Even though he will be one of just two kickers at the RedBlacks main camp when it opens Sunday, and even though he had a impressive career with the Tigers (140 points over 48 games and the nod as an Arkansas State all-star), Henriques will have his work cut out for him trying to win a job in Ottawa. His competition will be Justin Palardy, a 25-year-old Nova Scotian who spent the last four seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. To go with Henriques over Palardy, the RedBlacks would be using up a valuable import spot. At the same time, head coach Rick Campbell suggested there could be room on the squad for both players. 'We're feeling pretty good about (the kicking game) right now,' said Campbell. 'Those guys will kick all during camp. We know that's going to be a big part of it for us to be able to win games ... we know we've got to be good on special teams. We're going to do whatever gives us the best combination of punter and kicker, whether that's one Canadian guy doing it, one American guy doing it or a Canadian and American do it. It's too important and there's too much field position. So whatever combination is best for us, we're going to do it'." - Ottawa Sun

May 13, 2014 - long snapper Kevin Malcolm drafted
"Malcolm earned the distinction as the final player selected in Tuesday's draft, chosen 65th overall by the expansion Ottawa Redblacks. The offensive lineman, who has served as McMaster's long snapper, will train in that role alongside longtime Hamilton Tiger-Cat Kevin Scott." -  Marauders

May 12, 2014 - import kicker Paulo Henriques signed
"The 5-foot-10, 195-pound resident of West Memphis, Arkansas played 48 games with the University of Memphis Tigers, scoring 140 career points. The native of Johannesburg, South Africa, was an Arkansas state all-star." - OSEG Media

May 3, 2014 - Justin Palardy could be busy this year
He’s excited to be part of the Ottawa RedBlacks and it looks like he could be handling kickoffs, field goals and punting with training camp less than a month away. 'I’m definitely very excited,' he said. 'I can’t wait. I’m happy to be in Ottawa. It’s close to home, at least it is to me — what I think is a quick rip down the road to Nova Scotia'.... And now destiny brings him to Ottawa. 'This is the next stage of my life and I hope I’m around for awhile,' he said. 'I just want to come in and work hard and continue the path. I’m 25. I’m only getting stronger and wiser. It’s just a matter of keeping focused. It’s a fresh start, a new team, new everything. They say we’re an expansion team, but look at the roster. We can make some noise and do some damage'.” - Ottawa Sun

April 16, 2014 - kicker Derek Schiavone released
"The @REDBLACKS have released DB Bo Smith, receiver Paul De Pass, kicker Derek Schiavone and import DB Justin Ferrell. #CFL" - CFL twitter

March 6, 2014 - kicker Justin Palardy signed
"The 25-year-old graduate of the Saint Mary’s Huskies and native of Truro, N.S. arrives in Ottawa after spending the last four seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and part of his rookie year with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Last season, Palardy connected on nine of 12 field goal attempts with the Blue Bombers. In 2012, Palardy equaled a Winnipeg franchise record for field goal percentage, hitting on 39 of 45 attempts (86.7 per cent). His longest career field goal is a 51-yarder he booted in 2010, his rookie CFL season." - CFL

February 17, 2014 - long snapper Kevin Scott back home 
"After taking several days to ponder what might have been following the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ 45-23 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2013 Grey Cup Game, Scott started thinking about continuing his career back at home. He waited for his Hamilton contract to expire, making him one of nearly 70 CFL free agents at the stroke of noon on Feb. 11. He signed with the Redblacks within hours, never talking to the Tiger-Cats or any of the other seven teams about a new deal, and became one of a handful of players from the National Capital Region on Ottawa’s roster. 'Obviously that was the first thing that popped into my mind,' Scott said Monday after joining other Redblacks signees for a ceremonial puck drop and autograph sessions during an Ottawa 67’s Ontario Hockey League game at Canadian Tire Place. 'I didn’t want to talk to anyone else but the Ottawa Redblacks, and, as soon as the opportunity presented itself, I jumped right on it.' It wasn’t just about playing at home, he added, but also a perception that the Redblacks can be competitive right from opening kickoff." - Ottawa Citizen 

February 11, 2014 - kicker Derek Schiavone signed
"Schiavone, 28, played with the Edmonton Eskimos between 2008 and 2011. He made 28 of 45 field-goal attempts and punted for an average of 39.4 yards." - Ottawa Citizen

February 11, 2014 - long snapper Kevin Scott signed
"Scott, a 30-year-old linebacker and long snapper from Ottawa, is also a five-year veteran. He made 25 tackles on behalf of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Tiger-Cats." - Ottawa Citizen

January 6, 2014 - kicker Nick Setta signed
"Setta, a 32-year-old native of Lockport, Illinois, who played college football at Notre Dame, broke into the CFL with the Ticats in 2007 and made an immediate impression, being named a league all-star during his first two seasons. In his CFL rookie season, Setta handled place kicking and punting duties for Hamilton, leading the league in scoring with 167 points. He also launched a 97-yard punt, the longest in Ticats franchise history and booted a 53-yard field goal, the longest in the league that season. Setta had another standout year in 2008 by leading the league in punting average (47.4 yards). He also matched his long-kick reputation with another 97-yard punt.In college, Setta played his freshman season in 2000 with the Fighting Irish and spent four seasons at Notre Dame." - Ottawa Redblacks

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