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Friday, August 7, 2015

Texas State Bobcats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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August 6, 2015 - summer specialists
"When preseason camp kicks off on Friday, Texas State will have an open competition at place kicker and punter — the two positions Will Johnson held down last season. Going into the Bobcats’ Sept. 5 opener at Florida State, Tyler Junior College transfer Lumi Kaba would likely be the starting place kicker with James Sherman at punter — although both positions are far from secure with the season only 30 days away. Sherman battled through inconsistency during spring camp, specifically on field goals, while Kaba didn’t join the team in the spring; the JUCO transfer was still at Tyler. En route to being a first team NJCAA selection as a sophomore at Tyler, Kaba connected on 12 of his 14 field-goal attempts, including a 51-yarder against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. He booted 76 of 77 extra-point tries through the uprights, as well, last season. In the case of Sherman, he redshirted the 2014 campaign. During April’s Maroon and Gold spring game, he struck a 30-yard attempt wide left and only averaged 32.9 yards on his eight punts." - San Marcos Daily Record

February 4, 2015 - kicker/punter Lumi Kaba signs
"Tyler, Texas (Lee HS/Tyler JC) - Rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports … transfer from Tyler Junior College … Earned NJCAA First-Team All-America honors … connected on 12 of his 14 field goal attempts and 76 of 77 extra-point tries as a sophomore … kicked a 51-yard field goal against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M … booted a 40-yard field goal versus Navarro … made six of his nine field goal tries and 60 of his 61 extra-point attempts during his freshman season … earned All-District 12-5A First-Team honors as a senior kicker and punter at Lee … averaged 40.6 yards on 46 punts … had a long punt of 63 yards … named All-State Second Team punter by the Texas Sports Writers Association …was named All-Region II Elite Third-Team selection as a punter … was named an All-Region Second Team selection as a forward for Lee's soccer team ." - Bobcats

March 7, 2014 - kicker Austin Huff signs
"Huff had attended two camps during the summer and accepted an invitation to an evaluation camp. That’s when he got to know special-teams coordinator Brad Franchione, the son of head coach Dennis Franchione. Brad Franchione told Huff the Bobcats see him as a punter because of his 6-foot-2-inch frame. 'He’s really awesome,' Huff said. 'I have a really strong leg. Coaches are so down to earth. They tell you how it is.' Part of what they’ve told Huff is he has the potential and talent to play in the NFL. He said he’ll redshirt this season as a preferred walk-on and looks forward to playing on the Football Bowl Subdivision level." - Daily Tribune

February 5, 2014 - kicker James Sherman signs
Catholic’s James Sherman proved that he was more than good enough after signing a scholarship to play at Texas State on Wednesday. 'It’s definitely a blessing,' Sherman said. 'God gave me a gift, and luckily that gift got me a scholarship to go to school and be able to play. A bunch of my friends that are definitely scholarship type players didn’t get their chance. So, blessed is definitely the best word that comes to mind about all of this stuff'.... During Sherman’s senior season at Catholic, he went 4-for-6 on field goals, with a long of 47 yards and was a perfect 8-for-8 on extra points. He also handled the punting duties for Catholic averaging 41.6 yards per punt, with 15 of those being downed inside the 20-yard line. Sherman had other opportunities he could have pursued, but realized that Texas State was the best fit for him. 'Alabama, Auburn and Clemson offered me as a preferred walk-on, but I didn’t feel like it was fit for me to go there and just walk on,' Sherman said. 'They ‘promised’ I would have a scholarship after a couple years, but Coach (Dennis) Franchione made it clear that I would be their guy'.” - Montgomery Advertiser

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