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Monday, September 14, 2015

Virginia Cavaliers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


September 13, 2015 - kicker Holland Corbett commits

"Holland Corbett, a placekicker on the postgraduate team at Fork Union Military Academy, made an oral commitment to Virginia’s football team.Corbett originally announced a walk-on commitment to UVa prior to his senior year at Western Albemarle High School in 2014." - Roanoke Times


July 29, 2015 - summer specialists
"The good news for the UVa kicking game is that both placekicker Ian Frye and kickoff specialist Dylan Sims, who had a 45% touchback rate, return from last year's team.  Frye was incredibly reliable last year, connecting on 22 out of 27 field goals, an 81.5% conversion rate that ranked 30th in the NCAA, and 34 out of 35 extra points.... The outlook is murkier at punter after mainstay Alec Vozenilek graduated following last season. Vozenilek's departed right foot leaves a big shoe to fill as he averaged 42.5 yards per punt last season and was able to down 26% of his punts inside the opposing 20 yard line.  Taking over punting duties this season is junior Nicholas Conte.  Conte has not yet seen the field as a Cavalier, but he did average 40.3 yards per punt in high school, so the leg strength is clearly there for him to be effective." - Streaking the Lawn

April 18, 2015 - spring game
"Incumbent placekicker Ian Fry kicked a 46-yard field goal and Dylan Sims had a 44-yarder." - Telegram & Gazette

April 7, 2015 - punting competition
"Punter Alec Vozenilek, who also served as a Virginia’s place-kicker for half of one season, set a high standard for a punting crew that includes three walk-ons from southwestern Virginia. Two of them are brothers, James and Lester Coleman, from Martinsville. The other is Nicholas Conte from Patrick Henry. 'I think I’d like to pick [a No. 1 punter] by the end of the spring but I don’t know if I can,' UVa special teams coach Larry Lewis said Tuesday. 'Nick has an edge right now but James has made quite an improvement. Each has something they do well. Right now, Nick’s ball is a little bit higher. James right now hits a more consistent ball. He needs to kick it higher and longer.' All are 6-foot-2 or taller, with Lester Coleman the tallest at 6-5 and 225 pounds. He transferred from Carlisle to Woodberry Forest, where he and his brother had played before Carlisle dropped football. Lester Coleman is listed as a kicker, 'but the only thing he does is punt,' Lewis said. 'There’s just some mechanical issues that he’s working on because he’s so tall. He’s got a tremendous leg. He just needs to work on kicking the ball the same way every time'." - Roanoke Times 

September 13, 2014 - Ian Frye kicks winning field goal over Louisville
"Ian Frye’s 42-yard field goal capped a wild fourth quarter Saturday as Virginia upset No. 21 Louisville 23-21, the Cavaliers’ first ACC victory since November 2012. Frye connected with 3:42 remaining, after Kelvin Rainey recovered a James Quick muffed punt to give the Cavaliers possession at Louisville’s 25. Virginia’s defense did the rest, as it has for much of this young season." - Daily Press

August 24, 2014 - summer specialists
"Punter Alec Vozenilek, entering his third year starting, has a stated goal of being the No. 1 punter in the ACC. He has enough experience — and has shown the tools — to make that step. The senior landed 13 of his 85 boots inside the opponent’s 20-yard line last season and had an eye-opening 77-yard strike against Pitt in September. With placekicker Ian Frye back healthy, Vozenilek can go back to concentrating on his main duty in 2014.... Kicke Ian Frye was on his way to a solid season last year when he was injured in warm-ups prior to the Pitt game, cutting his campaign short by eight games. The junior made three of his four field goal attempts, including a clutch 53-yarder against BYU in the opener. Frye was put on scholarship in the offseason. Should Frye miss any more time, Vozenilek proved he’s a capable backup as he was good on 12 of 15 FG attempts in 2013.... An underrated part of UVa’s team over the past three seasons has been the consistent snapping of Matt Fortin. Fortin snapped on every punt and field goal attempt but one from 2011-13. He departed Virginia for the Navy SEALS, opening a competition. Lewis said Tyler Shirley, a redshirt freshman, won out because his times 'have just been a little bit better and his consistency has just been a little bit better at this point'." - Daily Progress

July 24, 2014 - kicker Holland Corbett commits 
"While his Virginia football season tickets are at the 45-yard line, Western Albemarle kicker Holland Corbett was given a special seat for the Cavaliers' clash with Duke at Scott Stadium last October. Corbett was in the middle of a breakout season for the Warriors and garnered the attention of the UVa coaching staff, enough to get him a spot in the section reserved for UVa recruits. The Western standout grew up attending games at Scott Stadium and often pictured himself taking the field as a member of the Wahoo football team. Nine months later, what was once a fantasy became a reality when the rising senior placekicker committed to play for his lifelong favorite team. He will join the Cavaliers in 2015 as a preferred walk-on." - Daily Progress 

February 27, 2014 - kicker Andrew King commits as preferred walk-on
"Broughton high School’s kicking specialist, Andrew King has committed to Virginia as a preferred walk-on. Connected to the Cavalier program by his kicking coach, Dan Orner,King started communication with UVa assistant Larry Lewis. The North Carolina native was also looking for a school that would provide him with a good education and a great football experience. Although South Carolina was also showing interest, King felt UVa was the right fit for him. The 5-foot-10, 160 pounder came to Charlottesville to participate in the summer UVa kicking camp, but he made his return visit to see the Cavaliers in action against heated rival, Virginia Tech. Per his high school coach, Billy Lane, King has a powerful leg who shows great range-King recorded his longest field goal this season, a 55-yard kick, and has put more than 70 percent of his kick-offs in the endzone. That strength and raw potential is something Virginia will look to use in the future. 'He (Lewis) sees me as a kick-off or field goal guy. That’s honestly where I see myself as well'." - HooNation
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February 26, 2014 - long snapper Matt Fortin to forgo fifth year
"Long-snapper Matt Fortin will not play his fifth year at UVa as he has opted to pursue an opportunity with the Navy SEALS. 'You hate to lose him,' coach Mike London said, 'but I admire the young man and his quest and desire to serve this country'.” - Daily Progress

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