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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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July 24, 2015 - kicker Alex Barbir commits
"Rutgers will receive a big kick to an already solid recruiting class as sources tell Metro that the program will receive a verbal commitment from Alex Barbir this weekend. Considered one of the best high school kickers in the nation, Barbir has been heavily recruited by the Scarlet Knights in recent weeks. The process began in earnest in late June when Barbir visited campus and the red carpet was rolled out for the Georgia native. This past weekend, he was expected to visit fellow Big Ten program Illinois, which also offered, along with Air Force, Army and Navy. Georgia and Penn State were also showing increased interest in the kicker, known for his big leg. According to, Barbir is the eighth best kicker in the nation.... He made six-of-eight field goal attempts during his junior year, including successful attempts from 56 yards and 52 yards. Barbir also was 42-for-43 in his point after attempts. He boasts an 85 percent touchback rate and his average kickoff was 70 yards. For the past two seasons, he's been both an all-county and an all-region selection as well as first-team all-state. Barbir appears poised to be the program's kicker of the future." - Metro

June 18, 2015 - kicker Chris Gough transfers
"Rutgers has added kickoff specialist Chris Gough, a graduate transfer from Villanova.
A Winslow, N.J., native, Gough made 4-of-8 field goals and 28-of-31 extra points last season for the Wildcats, who compete in Division 1-AA. It's unlikely that Gough will challenge Federico for the starting placekicker job.... But Gough could be an option to handle kickoffs. The 6-foot-3, 187-pounder averaged 58.6 yards with 18 touchbacks on 90 kickoffs last season. Federico averaged 58.8 yards with 17 touchbacks on 71 kickoffs last season. Federico didn't handle kickoffs in 2013 when punter Nick Marsh, a graduate transfer from Utah, took over the role. Redshirt sophomore David Bonagura, who hasn't seen game action during his career, was listed as the No. 2 kicker at the start of spring practice. Redshirt freshmen Michael Cintron, who also punts, and Kevin Daly are also listed as backup kickers." -

February 12, 2015 - kicker Gavin Haggerty commits
"With a game-long of 43 yards and practice-best of 57, Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional place kicker Gavin Haggerty wants to bring his leg to the Big Ten. Committing to Rutgers Thursday as a preferred walk-on, Haggerty described it as an honor to stay in his home state for college. 'I’m very excited being a New Jersey guy,' Haggerty said. 'It’s really important for me to stay in Jersey and play in front of my friends and family and the home crowd'." - Scout

January 22, 2015 - kicker/punter Jake Monteiro commits
Senior Jake Monteiro, the best kicker in Shore Regional history, said Thursday night that he has committed to Rutgers University as a preferred walk-on. Despite battling injuries for much of the season, Monteiro was a special teams weapon as a kicker/punter for a Blue Devils team that finished 11-1 and won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I title this past fall. A three-year varsity starter, Monteiro was a second-team All-Shore selection by Shore Sports Network as a junior and senior. This past fall, he averaged 35 yards per punt with five of his 17 landing inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, and he also connected on three field goals, including a 50-yard kick that was the longest in the Shore Conference this season." - Shore Sports Network

November 29, 2014 - Kyle Federico kicks game winner over Maryland
"For sheer entertainment value, Rutgers' 41-38 triumph over Maryland on Saturday night surpasses any game in the Kyle Flood era and certainly rivals all other wins in the past decade.... Trailing 35-10 in the waning seconds of the first half, the Scarlet Knights outscored Maryland 31-3 over the game's final 30 minutes, 9 seconds to conclude their inaugural Big Ten campaign in style.... Kyle Federico's 25-yard field goal with 6 minutes, 14 seconds to play gave Rutgers its first lead and provided the final margin as Maryland's Brad Craddock missed a chance to tie on the ensuing possession as his 54-yard attempt sailed wide left." -

August 25, 2014 - two punters to be utilized
"Coach told me that he was going to use both of us: Me for field punts and Tim for skies,' said Joe Roth, a junior college transfer. 'Just seeing that he named me the starter starter, it did mean a lot because I’ve worked so hard. It’s been a long road to get here. It just kind of hit me and I was like, ‘Wow'.’... Gleeson, an Australia native who averaged 43 yards on 62 punts as a freshman at Wyoming in 2012, was signed to a scholarship in the middle of training camp after spending last season in junior college. 'It didn’t hurt my ego at all,' Roth said. 'It’s just another person coming in for competition. That’s what it’s about. The best people are going to play. It just kind of clicked. I said I’ve got to go out there and be as consistent as I can and keep hitting good balls'." - Asbury Park Press

August 6, 2014 - Tim Gleeson to join punting competition
"Rutgers will welcome a new member to its 2014 roster in the coming days with the addition of junior college punter Tim Gleeson, according to sources on the West Coast. The 6-foot-2 Gleeson spent his freshman season at Wyoming and was slated to transfer to Tennessee, but instead transferred to Santa Barbara (Calif.) City College. He is finalizing documentation to come back to the United States from his native Australia, but is expected to arrive in the next few days. Rutgers does not have an experienced punter on the roster. Junior college transfer Joe Roth, former Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco punter Aiden Murray and Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph’s product Mike Cintron, a true freshman, are in training camp. Gleeson, 22, averaged 40.3 yards on 51 punts last season at SBCC. He had a long of 65 yards and 21 of them stopped inside the 20-yard line. Seven were fair caught and he had one blocked." - Scout

April 23, 2014 - punter Joe Roth
"Roth and Aidan Murray are the only punters currently on the roster. Roth is confident he's done enough to claim the job this spring, but he knows the battle will extend into the summer when walk-on Mike Cintron joins the team. 'I'm excited to compete. I want to show everybody what I can do,' said Roth, a left-footed punter. 'I'm having a good time out there. I've had good days, I've had bad days. I just want to make my bad days better and get my good days better, also'.... Roth has traveled a circuitous route to Rutgers. A wide receiver, cornerback and punter in high school, he wanted to play football collegiately. His grades limited his options and his only opportunity to play football was to travel across the country to College of the Canyons, a two-year community college in Santa Clarita, Calif. Roth averaged 38.7 yards per punt during the 2011 season before transferring to Raritan Valley Community College. He spent 1-1/2 years there and earned his associate degree before landing at Rutgers last year. He has two years of eligibility remaining." -

April 22, 2014 - punter competition
"Head coach Kyle Flood said punter Joe Roth is the starter as of now, but Rutgers’ staff will reevaluate the position. 'I don’t know I’d be ready to name him the No. 1 starter for the game just yet,' Flood said. Neither Roth nor backup Aidan Murray have punted during a game." - The Trentonian

April 20, 2014 - spring scrimmage
"Strange as it sounds, missing his first kick Saturday during the Rutgers football team’s scrimmage allowed Kyle Federico to hit all of his goals. Federico showed resilience and reliability as he rebounded from a blocked 34-yard field goal to make his final four attempts, two of which were from 40-plus yards and one of which was under simulated end-of-game pressure. He resembled the weapon Rutgers once thought it had. 'My goal is always to be consistent over 40,' Federico said. 'My first kick was a bad kick. Really everything I did was consistency after the first kick. I moved on after my miss. I won the game. I think everything I did was a good mix of everything I want to be'.... Rutgers is breaking in a new long snapper and a new holder — Flood was not pleased with the kicking results in the first scrimmage — putting greater emphasis on Federico to handle his own part of the operation. Backup kicker Nick Borgese went 2-for-4 on field goals Saturday but missed a PAT." - My Central Jersey

April 16, 2014 - spring practice update
"Following the graduations of four-year long snapper Robert Jones and holder J.T. Tartacoff, the Rutgers football team’s special-teams unit is undergoing a transition phase. True freshman long snapper Alan Lucy, who Federico helped recruit, will not arrive in Piscataway until training camp. Senior middle linebacker Kevin Snyder is currently handling Lucy’s duties, and so far the unit has labored. In Rutgers’ first spring scrimmage April 5, Federico and junior backup kicker Nick Borgese combined to go 1-for-6 on field goals, including two misses from inside 30 yards. Gusty wind and filler specialists did them no favors, but head coach Kyle Flood voiced his displeasure after the scrimmage. Federico made no excuses either, saying Saturday he has since focused only on himself. 'You can’t really worry about no matter who’s new snapping, holding — all you can focus on what you do,” Federico said. “You’ve just got to trust those guys and their abilities, and all you have to worry about is kicking the ball'." - The Daily Targum

March 25, 2014 - LB Kevin Snyder also long snapping
When Kevin Snyder was a grade-schooler growing up playing football in Mechanicsburg, Pa., the Rutgers senior middle linebacker’s father got him to practice his long-snapping.... The fact that Snyder is capable of long-snapping is a benefit to Rutgers, at least for now. When the spring depth chart was released on Monday afternoon, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Snyder was listed as the first-team long-snapper after Robert Jones held the position for the last four seasons.... Long-term, whether or not Snyder continues as the first-team long-snapper beyond the spring will depend on Alan Lucy. Lucy, a 6-foot-1, 230-pounder out of Dinwiddle (Va.) High School, will arrive in Piscataway this summer as the rare scholarship long-snapper. Theoretically, the long-snapping job should be his when the Scarlet Knights open the 2014 season on Aug. 28 in Seattle against Washington St." - My Central Jersey

February 18, 2014 - punter Mike Cintron preferred walk-on
"Cintron, a senior who also led Middlesex County placekickers with 44 points, will attend the state university in the fall as a preferred walk-on who was the Scarlet Knights’ top recruited non-scholarship specialist, according to St. Joseph head coach Casey Ransone. 'He’s got everything you look for in a big-time college level punter,' said former Rutgers placekicker Lee McDonald, who runs Special Teams Solutions, which trains kickers, punters and long snappers. Cintron, competing with 75 other aspiring college punters from across the Northeast at an exposure camp last November, averaged a camp-best 48 yards per punt." - My Central Jersey

January 26, 2014 - long snapper Alan Lucy commits
"The Rutgers staff added a commitment from 6-1, 230-pound Dinwiddie (Va.) long snapper Alan Lucy. According to Lucy, he was recruited to Rutgers due to his 'ability to snap, block and be physical'. The long snapper is expected to contribute as a true freshman. 'They've been recruiting me since the (specialist) camp back in June,' said Lucy, who was hosted on his official visit by kicker Kyle Federico. 'My official (visit) was set for like two months. But two weeks ago, (special teams coach Joe) Rossi told me they would probably offer me while I was up here. And when they offered me, I just knew it felt right, so I decided to commit'.... Lucy held no scholarship offers but was extended preferred walk-on opportunities by Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Old Dominion and William and Mary." -

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