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Friday, February 6, 2015

San Diego State Aztecs Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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February 4, 2015 - punter Tanner Blain signs
"Enrolled at SDSU for the spring semester ... Was at Kentucky for two years, redshirting the 2012 season and practicing in 2013, before transferring to El Camino College ... Punted 53 times for 1,968 yards (37.1 avg.) in 2014 at ECC with a long of 63 yards ... Eighteen of his 53 punts landed inside the 20, while 11 were fair caught and just one went for a touchback ... A two-star recruit by Rivals and 247sports ... Received a grade of 73 by 247sports ... Played wide receiver, cornerback, kicker and punter for Lakes Community High School, helping the Eagles to conference championship as a senior ... Named all-conference and No. 1 punter in the area ... Averaged 44.6 yards per punt, while converting on 9-of-12 field goal attempts with an 85 percent touchback rate in his senior season ... Averaged 41.3 yards per punt as a junior and 39.4 yards per punt as a sophomore." - Aztecs

January 22, 2025 - kicker/punter Jon Weilbacher transfers
"Weilbacher (Encino, Calif.) grayshirted at Washington State in 2014, but averaged 37.2 yards per punt as a senior with Crespi High School in 2013." - Aztecs

December 17, 2014 - punter Tanner Blain commits
"Former Kentucky punter Tanner Blain was a preferred walkon with the Wildcats for two seasons before he left Lexington to start over at El Camino College this fall.... Blain said Wednesday that he's planning to sign a national letter of intent later this afternoon. Today is national signing day for junior college football transfers. Blain will join the Aztecs in the spring and participate in spring ball.... He kicked, punted and played wide receiver and cornerback for Lakes Community High in Lindenhurst, Ill. and finished his senior year as the No. 1 punter in the area, averaging 44.6 yards per punt. He opted to walk on at Kentucky, but never played for the Wildcats because he was mired on the depth chart behind a scholarship punter who joined the team the same year Blain did." - San Diego Union-Tribune

November 20, 2014 - kicker Seamus McMorrow leaves team
"McMorrow’s strange and unfulfilling career at San Diego State has come to an end. Aztecs coach Rocky Long said Thursday that McMorrow withdrew from the team earlier this week by 'mutual agreement' between the player and coach. Declining to discuss specifics, Long said, 'It was personal between us.' Long said McMorrow’s on-field performance had '“nothing to do with it.' McMorrow could not be reached for comment. Asked to characterize McMorrow’s three seasons as SDSU, Long answered, 'Inconsistent.' McMorrow didn't make a single field goal in college. This season, he was limited to kickoff duties, which now will be handled by junior place-kicker Donny Hageman, and to one punt, which he shanked for 13 yards in a loss to Nevada." - San Diego Union-Tribune

October 14, 2014 - mid-season kicking & punting
"The special teams unit continues to excel. Halfway through the season, the Aztecs have converted on 8-9 field goal attempts thanks to junior transfer placekicker Donny Hageman who tacked on a 25-yarder Friday night. Last year the Aztecs made only half of their attempts and missed their final eight. Senior punter Joel Alesi had another big night with three of his four punts landing inside the 20-yard line." - Mountain West Connection

August 30, 2014 - Donny Hageman hits a field goal for the Aztecs
"Junior kicker Donny Hageman ended SDSU's 11-month field goal drought in the second quarter vs. NAU. The crowd at Qualcomm Stadium roared appreciatively as junior kicker Donny Hageman’s 48-yarder split the uprights on Saturday afternoon and his teammates mobbed him. 'I was happy that he made a field goal and broke the curse,' Aztecs safety Malik Smith said. San Diego State’s field goal issues have been well documented, and until Hageman’s successful kick against Northern Arizona, the Aztecs had not made a field goal since Wes Feer’s 25-yarder on Sept. 28, 2013. Hageman went 5 for 5 on extra points in SDSU’s 38-7 win over Northern Arizona, but he wasn’t perfect, pulling a 46-yarder wide in the second quarter." - San Diego Union-Tribune

August 16, 2014 - Fan Fest scrimmage
"First off, SDSU might have found a kicker. Rocky Long said each of the three kickers took reps based on a rotation and that it was pure coincidence that Donny Hageman was the man on the spot when it was time for a 51-yard field goal. 'He had the opportunity and he made the most of it,' Long said, noting that he thought that attempt was right on the outside of Hageman's range. 'But I thought he made it fairly easily, so that's a good sign.' Long hasn't anointed Hageman the starting placekicker yet, but I would bet he's it. Hageman only got one field goal opportunity, but junior Seamus McMorrow went 1 of 2. He converted a 24 yarder but sent a 42-yard attempt wide right. Hageman and John Baron II each took a pair of PATs, and they finished 4 of 4 collectively. I was watching the kickers practice in between periods, and McMorrow made field goals of 20, 30 and 40 yards before attempting two 50-yarders. The first hit the left upright and bounced inside, but he pulled the second wide left. Hageman made field goals of 30 and 35 yards before pulling a 37-yarder wide right. It looks like Hageman will be the guy on field goals and PATs, and I would guess McMorrow gets the nod on kickoffs with Joel Alesi on punts. McMorrow is competing with Baron for kickoff duties and he seems to be in the mix on punts as well. Walk-on John McGrory also got a couple of punts in." - San Diego Union-Tribune

August 6, 2014 - summer specialists
"Punter Joel Alesi is the returning starter from last season and was the lone bright spot for their kicking game last year. His experience and previous success should help him maintain his position in an otherwise fluctuating kicking game.... Kicker John Baron: Rated as 2014's 15th-best kicker and labeled with the strongest kickoff leg in the country by ESPN, Baron and his addition to the team should give some continuity to the kicking position for the foreseeable future.... Kicker Donald Hageman: transfer recruit played two years at Mt. San Antonio College and was a first-team All-Central Conference kicker and punter.... Kicker Seamus McMorrow: The kickoff specialist for the team last year returns after a good season in this slot and showing great power with his 51 touchbacks in 116 kickoffs (44.0 percent), averaging 62.4 yards per attempt.... Holder Brad Odeman: The number-three quarterback on the depth chart is also listed as the number-one holder for the placekicker.... Long snapper Jeff Overbaugh: The long snapper of the last 26 games for the Aztecs, expect to see him in on every punt for the Aztecs." - Mountain West Connection

May 1, 2014 - Aztecs expect improved kicking
"SDSU picks up two solid kicking recruits in 2014. John Baron II, out of Temecula, California, is a two-star recruit with what ESPN called the strongest kickoff leg in the country. Donny Hageman, out of Covina, California, successfully kicked 19 out of 20 field goals in his sophomore year at Mount San Antonio Community College." - Fan IQ

February 5, 2014 - kicker Donny Hageman sign
To rectify the problem and provide competition for rising junior Seamus McMorrow, SDSU signed two kickers. 'That was a position we wanted to target in this class. In both these young men, you get players who can do all three – can kickoff, field goal and punt, which is great because it limits number of guys you’ve gotta take on the road.' McGarry on Hageman: 'That’s an important get for us. He can do all three. He’s a punter for (Mt San Antonio College)... and was 19 for 20 on field goals last year. He can kick off the ground, with a college goal post. We just felt we needed an experienced kicker in our program whom we know has done it at the college level, and can do more than just kick. He was a WR/DB in high school, so he’s athletic, kinda like Seamus (McMorrow) like that for us'." - San Diego Union-Tribune

February 5, 2014 - kicker John Barron II signs
According to McGarry, he didn't know anything about Baron when the kicker arrived at one of SDSU's camps last year because Chaparral (Temecula) is not in his recruiting area. McGarry was actually watching another kicker at the camp who was from his recruiting area. But as soon as the kickers started kicking, Baron blew the coach away with his skill on kickoffs. McGarry on Baron: 'John starts kicking off and I’ve never seen a leg so big on a high school kid... There was another kid he was competing with who signed with another school …. That kid was so intimidated he ended up leaving the camp. (Barron) is a real good kicker. Powerful leg'." - San Diego Union-Tribune

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