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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Vanderbilt Commodores Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


March 21, 2015 - spring game
"Sophomore kicker Hayden Lekacz connected on a 49-yard field goal with 1:21 left in the third quarter." - Commodores

August 19, 2014 - special teams coordinator Charles Bankins discusses specialists
Placekickers: "David Holtgrave has done a great job in this camp and has been in the battle, which has surprised some people. Tommy Openshaw, who people thought was the heir apparent to Carey Spear, had some struggles, but now I think is back on point and kicking a lot better. And then Hayden Lekacz is a kid that has come on pretty good. He has some of that Carey Spear in him — he has no fear. Now, sometimes you might not know where the ball goes, but that was early on (in camp). Now, he’s found his stroke a little bit."
Punters: "Colby [Cooke] gives you more hang time, but Taylor [Hudson] is quicker getting the ball off and he’s shown more distance on it. It’s a good battle and a good problem to have."
Kickoffs: "It is going to be between Colby Cooke and Hayden Lekacz, but Tommy Openshaw is in there, too. I think Hayden has a leg up on them. I don’t know if his Madden rating will ever be as high as Carey Spear’s, but as far as distance and location that we’re getting, he’s good." - Daily News Journal

April 17, 2014 - spring specialists
"The spring offered no assurances that Vanderbilt has a surefooted replacement for kicker Carey Spear. Tommy Openshaw, who is expected to assume the field-goal duties, struggled in both open scrimmages. That could open the door for walk-on David Holtgrave or incoming preferred walk-on Hayden Lekacz. The punting competition between Colby Cooke and Taylor Hudson didn't appear to resolve itself either. 'Right now we're not very consistent, and that's a concern,' coach Derek Mason said of his special teams." - The Tennessean

March 29, 2014 - kicker Hayden Lekacz added as a preferred walk-on
"Just got accepted to Vanderbilt and have chosen to play football there! So thankful for the people that helped me through this #AnchorDown" - Hayden Lekacz twitter

February 2, 2014 - long snapper Davis Winkie commits
"Winkie made the news public on twitter. 'I have decided that I will pursue a degree in history and education at Vanderbilt University on scholarship!'... The last word in that tweet was also important as it indicated that Winkie would be on full scholarship at Vanderbilt rather than a preferred walk-on spot or gray-shirt which is typically the route that long snappers take. 'This was one of the hardest decisions of my life,' he continued on Twitter. 'I appreciate all of my other opportunities, but Nashville just feels like home.' Winkie is a rare long snapper with unique size. He is listed at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds. He is also considered by long snapping guru Chris Rubio as having as perhaps the highest ceiling of any long snapper in the class of 2014." - 247sports

January 24, 2014 - special teams coach Charles Bankin retained
"Charles Bankins, running backs/special teams: The lone holdover from the previous staff, on which he coached tight ends/special teams. Running backs coach at Hampton (2000-04, 2006) and Richmond (2007-08)." - Nashville Post

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