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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Temple Owls Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 19, 2015 - Austin Jones kicks game winner over UMass
"It was certainly not the route Temple wanted to take, but the Owls had no other alternative. Temple needed a madcap finish, one that included scoring two points off a blocked extra point, and executed a last-minute drive that set up a game-winning field goal After Temple had come back to score a 25-23 win over Massachusetts before 10,141 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, coach Matt Rhule could finally exhale.... Sophomore Austin Jones nailed a 32-yard field goal with seven seconds left for the game-winner. Jones is now 7 for 7 on the season after making three against UMass (0-2). 'It was like any other kick,' Jones said, before slightly changing course. 'I was a little nervous, I will say, but it was like any other kick'." -

May 1, 2015 - kicker/punter A.J. Lenkaitis signs
"Wyoming Area kicker/punter A.J. Lenkaitis announced he will be attending Temple University this fall to continue his football career. Lenkaitis has spent the past four seasons as Wyoming Area’s primary kicking specialist.... Lenkaitis finished his career at Wyoming Area 87-for-101 on extra points with three career field goals. He was also the primary punter for the Warriors, averaging 38 yards per punt over four years." - Times Leader

April 25, 2015 - Cherry and White Game
"In the field goal competition, the offense came back to take a 7-6 lead after sophomore Austin Jones, junior Jim Cooper, and redshirt-senior Tyler Mayes all made field goals to help the White squad get back into action.... The game ended as Tyler Mayes kicked a 36-yard field goal, making the score 43-23 in favor of the offense." - Owls

August 12, 2014 - kicker Jim Cooper
"Now a sophomore, Cooper is once again in the mix to be the team's kicker and will get the chance to live up to his vaunted high school reputation. But the former three-star prospect from Mainland (N.J) now finds himself with competition. Freshman kicker Austin Jones and redshirt junior Tyler Mayes (Downingtown East) are slightly ahead of Cooper. Mayes and redshirt sophomore Colby Perry (Coatesville) appear to be the leading contenders to handle punts. This could change by Wednesday afternoon, when the kickers will have a camp competition that should bring more clarity to where they stand. Cooper has come to grips with last season and promises that he has left the baggage of 2013 behind him. 'It was a culture shock,' Cooper said. 'I had a solid career through high school, and it didn't start here the way I wanted it to. But Coach Rhule says he wants to see how people respond when things aren't going their way. With that being said, I went into the offseason with a chip on my shoulder, and I don't want to let people down. I knew after last season that it wasn't the end of the world and things just sometimes don't go your way. It was a learning experience'." -

April 26, 2014 - Cherry and White Game
"The first points of the game came off the leg of Tyler Mayes as he would make a 30-yard field attempt giving the White squad a 3-0 lead.... Red zone problems would occur for the Cherry squad as they were unable to score a touchdown after a good drive. Jim Cooper, the troubled kicker from last year came in to tie up the game at 3-3 but Cooper would miss wide left on the field goal attempt. Cooper continues to be a question mark as a kicker on this team with his inability to make field goals. Pretty soon Cooper will have 2014 recruit Austin Jones breathing down his neck as a possible candidate to take over the kicker position." - isportsweb

April 15, 2014 - punter Mike Caffrey preferred walk-on
"Shawnee senior punter Mike Caffrey, 2x ASJ selection, will attend Temple as preferred walk-on, says Shawnee coach Tim Gushue" - Philadelphia Inquirer

April 15, 2014 - gymnast Michael Bittner kicks
"Last fall, as the football team’s kicking game continuously struggled, Michael Bittner was making his plans to become a two-sport athlete. The junior gymnast, who is preparing to enter his first season kicking with the football team, said he didn’t think dual-sporting would be anything too overwhelming – mainly because he had done it before. In the latter half of his high school career, Bittner competed in gymnastics, soccer and football.... Bittner has started practicing with the football team, but is still on a schedule more tailored for his workload as a gymnast. He has 8 a.m. classes, which allow him to get his work done before he has to go to the gym and train, and then be able to relax afterwards. He practices with the team on Saturdays, but during the week, when the team practices early in the morning, he said that he accelerates quicker through the practice so he can still get to class. Bittner hasn’t kicked since he graduated high school in 2011 and he said that the three years away gave him some rust. He said he is 60 percent of what he can be right now, and said it all isn’t going to come back to him right away. But Bittner hopes he’ll have consistency again by the end of spring practices. Having three other kickers on the roster – sophomore Jim Cooper, redshirt junior Tyler Mayes and redshirt sophomore Colby Perry – will push him too." - The Temple News

March 16, 2014 - long snapper Niko Walsh commits as a preferred walk-on
"I'm very blessed and honored to say I have committed to play football for Temple! Thank you guys for all the support, Go Owls!" - Niko Walsh twitter

February 13, 2014 - punter Sam O'Brien commits
"Temple has picked up a commitment from Sam O'Brien, a punter from Palisades High School in Kintnersville, Pa.  O'Brien was an all-area pick by The Express-Times this season.  He averaged 40.9 yards per punt.  Notably, this was O'Brien's first year as a punter.  He's 6-2, 175 pounds and is from Quakertown. 'I committed to Temple as a punter a couple days ago on an official visit'." - Owls Daily

February 12, 2014 - kicker Austin Jones to sign
"Jones, who would have signed last week on National Signing Day, wanted to visit Temple's Philadelphia campus prior to making his decision. He did so this past weekend and loved it. He will sign at a future date.... Jones showed off his abilities in the NUC All-South Classic in Bradenton last month, booting a career-long 47-yard field goal, as well as a 42-yard field goal, en route to being named one of the game's MVPs.... The Owls, whose kickers were just 2-of-15 on field goal attempts this past season,  are expecting Jones to come in right away and compete for the placekicking job. Temple had issues in the kicking game and even botched two opportunities that cost the Owls in a near upset of UCF.... Jones is also adept at kickoffs. He was about 80 percent on touchbacks through his career at Boone, and had 50 touchbacks this past season." - Orlando Sentinel

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