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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tulane Green Wave Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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August 31, 2015 - kicker Steven Logan injured, Andrew DiRocco to start
"Tulane’s shaky place-kicking battle was settled by default. Sophomore Andrew DiRocco will be the Green Wave’s field-goal kicker against Duke on Thursday in part because walk-on freshman Steven Logan pulled a muscle in practice Sunday night. Coach Curtis Johnson had indicated that workout would determine the winner, but Logan’s injury settled it beforehand. 'Logan got hurt, and he couldn’t kick at all,' Johnson said during the American Athletic Conference coaches’ teleconference Monday. 'I am agreeing with (offensive coordinator) Eric Price that (the kicking depth chart) is erasable. But the first game, it will definitely be DiRocco'." - New Orleans Advocate

March 11, 2015 - Trevor Simms atop the kicker depth chart
"It is possible Tulane football will have a walk-on kicking extra points and field goals this fall. With two spring practices left, coach Curtis Johnson has declared a front-runner in the battle for the No. 1 place-kicking role. It's baseball player Trevor Simms, who walked on the team two weeks into the season last fall. 'After today I'm leaning even a little more toward Trevor Simms,' Johnson said. 'Here's the thing with him - he'll kick it, kick it, kick it and then he'll miss a short one and I really don't want to get into this - this one does the short (kick), this one does the long (kick). That's where I really am - one guy does short, one guy does long'. Simms missed the only kick he attempted this fall - a 50-yarder. He was thought of only as the guy to try a super long field goal because of his leg strength. His accuracy, on the other hand, varied day-to-day and minute-to-minute at practices. But that is improving and Simms has not only closed the gap on 2014 starter Andrew DiRocco, but moved ahead, Johnson said. DiRocco was only 8-of-15 on field goal attempts last fall and none of his tries were beyond 45 yards. He also missed two extra points. But DiRocco showed more consistency at practices and that made the difference. Simms has gotten enough reps this spring to turn that around." - NOLA

January 25, 2015 - kicker/punter Zack Block commits
"Tulane picked up a commitment in an area of need Saturday night when East Ridge (Fla.) kicker/punter Zack Block pledged to the Green Wave. Block, 6 feet 4, 185 pounds, announced his commitment via Twitter.... Block brings the ability to punt or kick next season for the Green Wave. Block is rated as a five-star kicking and punting prospect by Kohl's Kicking, a service that rates kickers, punters and long snappers. Block is rated as the No. 11 kicker in the country and the No. 21 punter in the country. In two recent camp showings for Kohl's, Block has been the top performer in kickoffs and in punting. He's also a three-star prospect according to ESPN and the No. 16 kicker overall." - NOLA

October 15, 2014 - pseudo-kicker-by-committee
"It’s not exactly a kicker-by-committee, but Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said he understands the options at his disposal. Just days after freshman Andrew DiRocco connected on the biggest kick of his career — a 38-yard, fourth-quarter field goal in Tulane’s 12-3 win over Connecticut — Johnson said there’s still some intrigue at the position. It’s just a lot less than it was at this time last week. He reopened the position before the UConn game because DiRocco had missed four of his five attempts, all of which were within 36 yards. But in the end, the freshman beat out walk-on Steven Broccoli and kickoff specialist Trevor Simms. 'The kicking situation is simple,' Johnson said. 'We opened it up and DiRocco made a big field goal for us and probably put the game on ice. That was big-time achievement for him because we all know the struggles he’s had, since they are very well-chronicled.' On Tuesday, however, Johnson also saw the opportunity to add some distance to the Green Wave’s kicking game. Simms, a baseball player who joined the team midway through the second week of the season and served exclusively in a kickoff role, drilled a 45-yard field goal in practice with plenty of room to spare. However, unlike DiRocco, he missed wide right on attempts from 20, 32 and 39 yards. But his leg strength gives Tulane another option." - New Orleans Advocate

August 24, 2014 - kicker & long snapper competitions
"Coach Curtis Johnson isn't ready to officially name a starter yet. Andrew DiRocco, a freshman out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. was brought in to replace school record-holding departed kicker Cairo Santos, who won the 2012 Lou Groza award. But DiRocco didn't exactly blow incumbent walk-on Steven Broccoli out of the water in camp practices. Both were inconsistent. Though DiRocco is expected to be the next Tulane kicker, Johnson wouldn't say that on Saturday as fall camp was wrapping up. 'Still we're waiting right now,' Johnson said. 'I kind of know who it's going to be but we got to make sure we do our due diligence. It's moving in the right direction.' Asked when an announcement would be made on the starter considering the season starts on Thursday with a 7 p.m. game at Tulsa, Johnson said: 'With that we will have a good plan when we go into game time but as of right now we are not announcing anything about it,' he said. 'We just want to our guys to compete and continue to compete.' The deep snapper job has been determined, Johnson said this week. He said Lizanich won the job over Matt Marfisi, who is a tight end that helped out when Lizanich lost his consistency last season." - Times-Picayune

August 16, 2014 - kicker competition
When Tulane practiced kickoffs Friday morning at Tad Gormley Stadium, the tee was placed on the 40-yard line instead of the actual college spot at the 35. Specialists Peter Picerelli, Andrew DiRocco and Steven Broccoli still struggled to get the ball to the end zone, another indication of how much the Green Wave misses Cairo Santos.... In his place are DiRocco, a freshman from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Broccoli, a junior walk-on whose next kick will be his first. Understandably, neither of them has Santos’ range or accuracy at this point. Tulane has not even attempted field goals from longer than 42 yards in open practices.... The larger concern, though, is the new kickers’ reliability from closer distances. DiRocco and Broccoli have missed some chip shots in practice. Johnson said he will not name a starter until the week of the Aug. 28 opener against Tulsa..... Instead of panicking at his kickers’ preseason struggles, Johnson pointed to snapping issues as the biggest culprit. Timing is everything on kicks, but sophomore scholarship long snapper Michael Lizanich and tight end Matt Marfisi, the two players battling for that role, sprayed their snaps in the first week of practice. Lizanich has become steadier in Week 2, making Johnson more optimistic about the future for DiRocco and Broccoli." - New Orleans Advocate

May 19, 2014 - long snapper Aaron Golub
"A legally blind teenager has been offered a spot on the Tulane University football teamafter becoming a valuable part of his high school team. Aaron Golub is the long snapper for Newton High School outside of Boston and his skills on the field will be leading him to New Orleans this fall when he heads to college after being awarded a preferred walk on spot for the team. 'If you set your mind to it you can do it. There’s nothing you can’t accomplish if you really want to do it'." - Daily Mail

February 5, 2014 - kicker Andrew DiRocco signs
"Two-year letterman at University School of Nova Southeastern for coach Roger Harriott…rated a three-star recruit by ESPN while garnering two-star status by, and…received a 77 rating and listed as the No. 13 kicker nationally by while claiming a 74 Scout Grade and rating as the No. 44 kicker by ESPN…helped lead the Suns to a combined 23-3 record with a pair of district titles, a state championship as a junior and a regional finals appearance as a senior…named first-team all-state and all-country as a senior after scoring 74 points courtesy of an 8-of-8 performance on field goals – with a long of 35 – and converting 50-of-54 PATs while averaging 39.0 yards per punt and pinning opponents inside the 20 on 11 of his 20 boots…selected to participate in the 2013 Team Florida All-Star Game…as a junior, kicked off 37 times with 32 touchbacks, punted 21 times for 812 yards (38.7 avg) and a long of 52, and scoring 10 points after converting all four PATs and 2-of-3 FGs with a long of 39." - SportsNOLA

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