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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Purdue Boilermakers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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March 12, 2015 - spring specialists
"Losses:  Jesse Schmitt (long snapper), Ian MacDougall (kicker)
Additions:  Ben Makowski (long snapper), Joe Schopper (punter)
Key Returners:  Paul Griggs (Sr. K), Thomas Meadows (Sr. P), John Bednar (Jr. LS), Grant Ellington (Sr. LS)
Notes:  Makowski broke his foot and will miss several weeks.  Griggs had a decent year in 2014, hitting 16 of his 20 field goal attempts and 32 of his 33 extra points.  He was a perfect 3/3 on his kicks of 50+ yards.  Depending on how Meadows performs in the spring, he may be fighting for his starting job with incoming freshman Joe "Get to the" Schopper, a highly rated and very promising young punter that is good enough to start from day one." - Hammer & Rails

February 4, 2015 - long snapper Ben Makowski & punter Joe Schopper sign
"Ben Makowski, Osceola, Ind., Penn High School - Rated as the No. 6 long snapper in the nation
Joe Schopper, Indianapolis, Ind., Cathedral High School - Associated Press First Team 5A All-State, Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 All-State." - Boilermakers

January 18, 2015 - kicker Brian Bravo commits
"Purdue needed to groom a kicker to replace the graduating Paul Griggs after next season, and they got a good one today in Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy's Brian Bravo. The kicking/punting website Kohl's has him rated as 5-stars and he is listed as one of the top kickers in the Midwest. Bravo will be joining the team as a preferred walk-on and will not affect the recruiting numbers going forward. With just 2 senior kickers on the roster for next year, this was obviously an area of need for the Boilermakers. Teaming up with incoming freshman punter Joe Schopper, Hazell should have a very solid kicking/punting game going forward." - Hammer & Rails

November 8, 2014 - kicker Paul Griggs goes long in loss to Wisconsin
"Paul Griggs knocked down a 53- and 52-yard field goal to become the first kicker in school history to make two kicks of 50+ in a single game. Griggs made three total field goals on the day, and is now 13 for 15 on the season. His 13 makes tie him for 13th in school history for most makes in a season. Griggs has now made 23 field goals for his career, which moves him into seventh place in Purdue history. Griggs has now made 23 of 34 career field goals for a .676 career percentage. That ranks fifth in school history. Griggs has made .867 percent of his field goals this season which is the best in school history for a season, with a minimum of one attempt per game. Ben Jones holds the official school record with a .833 percentage." - Boilermakers

August 20, 2014 - summer specialists
"Before Purdue's training camp, Thomas Meadows told the coaching staff he wanted to focus on just punting. No more kickoffs. No more field goals. Only punting. 'I told them I felt like I could be a great punter and I wanted to be the best punter for this team I could possibly be,' Meadows said. 'I didn't feel like I could be the punter I wanted to be if I was practicing kickoffs because it's such a wear on your body.' Meadows is leaving the kickoff duties to Paul Griggs and fifth-year senior walk-on Ian MacDougall. Meadows handled kickoff duties the last two seasons.... Meadows performed well in Wednesday's scrimmage emphasizing special teams. He placed three punts inside the 10-yard line and had one touchback. He wants to duplicate or surpass Cody Webster's senior season. But this will be first time he's punted as a Boilermaker. As a senior at Goochland High School, Meadows averaged 41.2 yards.... Griggs and Ian MacDougall each took turns kicking field goals from a variety of distances Wednesday. Unofficially, MacDougall made 9 of 13, hitting a long of 42 yards. Griggs was 6 of 12, also with a long of 42 yards. 'It's going to be difficult to decide based on (Wednesday's) performance,' coach Darrell Hazell said. 'I thought they were OK in the first half and we weren't as good as we need to be in the second half. They were all short field goals. We'll take a long look at it'." - Indy Star

August 5, 2014 - punter Joe Schopper commits
"After Joe Schopper camped at Purdue in June, Boilermaker coaches wanted the punter even though they didn't need a punter in their 2015 class. 'They wanted to get me at Purdue regardless of whether I had a scholarship or not,' Schopper said. 'That's what they said after the camp.' But what would have been a preferred walk-on recruitment quickly turned to a scholarship situation last week when freshman Austin McGehee transferred out of the program and Darrell Hazell and staff immediately turned to Schopper. The Cathedral punter committed to Purdue Tuesday, a few days after Boilermaker coaches offered him a scholarship Friday and asked him for a decision in short order.... With McGehee departed, it would stand to reason to suggest Schopper was recruited to take over punting duties immediately, though projected 2014 punter Thomas Meadows is slated to return as a senior in 2015. Either way, Schopper will be asked to be a key contributor on special teams for the bulk of his career. " - Rivals

August 4, 2014 - kicker Ian MacDougall
"MacDougall headed north after last season. He is a transfer from Division III Wabash College in Crawfordsville, where he was an excellent kicker. He is expected to come in and challenge for the starting job at placekicker against incumbent Paul Griggs and possibly Thomas Meadows. In high school at Westfield he was honorable mention all-Conference in both football and soccer as a kicker, and he parlayed that into three solid years down the roads at Wabash. In 2011 he was 48 of 53 on extra points and 5 of 10 on field goals with a long of 43. As a sophomore in 2012 he had a rough year, going 22 of 29 on extra points and only 6 of 11 on field goals. That set the stage for an excellent final season in 2013. He was an impressive 15 of 17 on field goals with a long of 45 yards, so he has the chops to be the main guy this year." - Hammer & Rails

July 25, 2014 - kicker/punter Austin McGehee to transfer
"Austin McGehee, a member of the class of 2014, has left the program. The 6-1 prospect out of Pine Bluff (AK) was ranked as the #15 kicker in the nation in the 2014 class. He was a three-star prospect who had interest from the SEC and Big Ten." - 247 Sports

July 24, 2014 - kicking competition
"Paul Griggs enters this year battling classmate Thomas Meadows, who has primarily been used on kickoffs to this point, but has improved in practice enough to push Griggs for the placekicking job. Sam McCartney has left the program, but Ian MacDougall has transferred in from Wabash College and is a solid option as well. There is also incoming punter Austin McGehee, who handled placekicking duties with aplomb in his high school. It should make for an interesting fight, as no one has been guaranteed the job yet." - Hammer & Rails

June 13, 2014 - long snapper Ben Makowski commits
"The Boilermakers gained two commitments for their 2015 recruiting class Friday. And both are from Indiana.... Later, long snapper Mishawaka Penn's Ben Makowski announced his decision.... Makowski was scheduled to visit Wisconsin on Saturday, but made the decision to commit to Purdue, calling Hazell at the end of Friday night's Elite Camp." - Journal & Courier

April 5, 2014  - Jersey Scrimmage
"Purdue’s kickers were perfect in limited action. Paul Griggs knocked down his only extra point attempt and was 1-1 on field goals, as he nailed a 52-yarder. Thomas Meadows was 2-2 on PATs and was good from 27 yards on his only field goal attempt." - Purdue Boilermakers

March 29, 2014 - kicking scrimmage
"Thomas Meadows’ day improved as he nailed five straight field goals during one rotation. The junior from Virginia connected from 38, 36, 39, 41 and 42 yards. Overall, Meadows was 9 of 14, hitting a long field goal from 45 yards.... Meanwhile, Paul Griggs — No. 1 last season — converted 5 of 11 with a long of 42 yards.... Coach Darrell Hazell said Griggs and Meadows have alternated as the No. 1 kicker throughout spring practice.... Meadows is in line to take over the No. 1 punting duties following the graduation of Cody Webster.But incoming freshman Austin McGehee is prepared to compete.... With Webster gone, the Boilermakers need a new holder. Anthrop and quarterback Austin Appleby shared those duties Saturday. Griggs said Meadows will be his holder." - Boiler Station

February 5, 2014 - kicker/punter Austin McGehee signs
"Purdue made it a priority to add a kicking and punting specialist for its 2014 class, but McGehee would have initially seemed like a longshot. The Pine Bluff, Arkansas native made an appearance on the Boilermakers’ recruiting radar just recently. 'They wanted to offer a Midwest kid, but when they saw my film and got a recommendation, they had to offer me,' McGehee said. 'I’m glad they did.' As a high school junior, McGehee was First-Team All-State in Arkansas as he hit 14 of 18 field goals and went 66 of 68 on extra point attempts. He also averaged 44.1 yards per punt and put 61 of his 70 kickoffs into the end zone. McGehee works with kicking guru Chris Sailer, who rates him as a 4.5-star prospect." - Boiler Sports Report

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