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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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September 19, 2015 - Mike Weaver kicks game winner over Army
"For the third straight game, Army was poised for a victory. For the third straight time, the Black Knights failed. Freshman quarterback Kendall Hinton rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns, Mike Weaver kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired, and Wake Forest beat Army 17-14 on Saturday.... The Deacons won it after Hinton drove them from their own 7 into field-goal range. After Wake Forest failed to convert any of its five third-down tries in the first half, Hinton converted 6 of 9 in the second. His 13-yard scramble on a third-and-9 play kept the game-winning drive going, and he hit Cortez Lewis for 8 yards on third down to set up the winning kick. Still, it wasn't easy. The snap was bad and a stiff breeze was blowing. 'The wind was blowing pretty hard in my face,' Weaver said. 'I was worried about that'." - AP

August 7, 2015 - injured kicker Adam Centers out this year
"Adam Centers, a sophomore place kicker, will miss the 2015 season due to a leg injury. Deacons Illustrated is reporting that Wake Forest head football coach, Dave Clawson, announced this news prior to tonight's 7 p.m. practice. Centers played last year as a true freshman, and was the team's kickoff specialist. He averaged nearly 62 yards per kickoff, and had a touchback percentage of 33%." - Blogger So Dear

February 4, 2015 - long snapper Garrett Wilson signs
"Enrolled at Wake Forest in January ... Ranked as the No. 12 long snapper in the country by 247, and No. 13 in the country by Rubio Long Snapping ... Second team all-state selection by NC Gridiron ... Helped the Cavaliers to the state playoffs in 2014 ... It was Southern Lee's first playoff appearance since 2011." - Demon Deacons

November 22, 2014 - Mike Weaver kicks OT game winner over Virginia Tech
"As the missed field goals piled up for Mike Weaver, Wake Forest took solace in one thing: Virginia Tech couldn't score either. Then came overtime — and Weaver couldn't miss. His 39-yard field goal in the second OT lifted the Demon Deacons past Virginia Tech 6-3 on Saturday. Weaver kicked field goals in both overtimes after missing at the end of the fourth quarter of the first Bowl Subdivision game since 2005 to end regulation with no score. That helped give Wake Forest (3-8, 1-6 ACC) its first win over the Hokies since 1983. 'I just said, 'Mike, it's going to come down to you again. Be ready,' coach Dave Clawson said. 'There was a very good chance it would come down to a field-goal-kicking contest'." - The Republic

November 20, 2014 - kicker Mike Weaver
"I don’t think anyone ever thought Mike Weaver would be our kicker here,' coach Dave Clawson recalls. The only evidence Clawson had to go on during his first spring as the Deacons’ head coach was what he saw in practice. And what he saw in practice was enough to make him wonder what Weaver was even doing at Wake Forest on scholarship. 'Quite honestly, in the spring, he was awful,' Clawson said. 'He could not hit an extra point. 'He was probably our fifth kicker on the roster in the spring, and we only had two.' All of which makes Weaver one of the most compelling stories of an otherwise largely forgettable season. Though 10 games, the kicker who couldn’t kick an extra point in the spring has kicked 16 of them in 16 tries. But the real story is how Weaver has drilled 13 field goals on 14 attempts, with the only miss on a 54-yard prayer against Clemson." - Winston-Salam Journal 

September 20, 2014 - kicker Mike Weaver ties school record
"Weaver tied a Wake Forest record Saturday by connecting on his sixth straight field goal to start his career, helping the Demon Deacons to a 24-21 victory over Army in Winston-Salem, N.C. Weaver kicked a 20-yard field goal with 14 minutes, 13 seconds remaining to bring Wake Forest within 21-17. That kick matched the school record for field goals to start a career, set in 1969 by Tracy Lounsbury.... Weaver, a redshirt freshman, also connected on all three of his extra-point attempts, improving to 9-for-9 this season. Weaver, from Pine City, was on the team last season but did not play." - Star Gazette

August 26, 2014 - Mike Weaver named starting placekicker
"Coach Dave Clawson filled in the last spot on his depth chart by naming redshirt freshman Mike Weaver as the starting kicker for field-goal and extra-point attempts. Freshman Adam Centers will kick off, leaving redshirt junior Chad Hedlund, who performed all three roles last season, without any duties in the opener. Clawson said that Hedlund, who was 8 for 12 on field-goal attempts and made all 26 point-after tries last season, will have a chance to win back the position. 'That could be fluid,' Clawson said. 'Every time you name a starter, that’s the starter for that game and doesn’t mean it’s the starter forever.' The decision to have Weaver kick field goals and extra points came as somewhat of a surprise, given that he provided Hedlund with little competition last year. But Clawson said that Weaver has improved by leaps and bounds since spring drills." -  Winston-Salem Journal

August 23, 2014 - kicker/punter Mike Weaver
"Weaver is listed as the backup kicker and backup punter on Wake Forest's 2014 depth chart, but Demon Deacons special teams coordinator Adam Scheier said Weaver could end up as the No. 1 kicker. 'Mike has had a very good camp, a good summer,' said Scheier, who came to Wake Forest this season with head coach Dave Clawson from Bowling Green University after the Demon Deacons went 4-8 in 2013. Scheier said Weaver, a redshirt freshman who recently turned 23, has converted a higher percentage of field goal attempts in practice than his two competitors, incumbent Chad Hedlund, a redshirt sophomore; and true freshman Adam Centers. 'Kicking field goals is black and white. They either go through or they don't,' Scheier said, adding that Weaver gets his kicks off quicker than the other two. He said the three are pretty even in leg strength. Scheier said Weaver struggled in spring workouts but has greatly picked up the pace. He also said he expects Weaver to be the No. 2 punter behind two-year starter Alexander Kinal, a redshirt junior." - Star Gazette

July 18, 2014 - kicker/punter Dominic Maggio commits
"Boys' Latin junior Dominic Maggio has orally committed to play football at Wake Forest in 2015. Maggio, a kicker and punter for the Lakers, was an All-Metro first-team selection last season after he averaged 44.7 yards per punt. He placed 11 punts inside his opponents' 20-yard line and thumped a 62-yard punt in a game vs. St. Paul's." - Baltimore Sun

April 12, 2014 - first spring scrimmage
"The offense tallied on five field goals and one touchdown during the scrimmage. Redshirt junior kicker Chad Hedlund booted field goals of 32, 41 and 29 yards while redshirt freshman Mike Weaver connected from 40 and 38 yards." - Wake Forest

February 5, 2014 - long snapper Nick Luedeke signs
"Luedeke is a North Carolina product and versatile offensive lineman who will most likely play long snapper for Wake Forest. Luedeke enrolled early at Wake Forest and has been participating in the off-season conditioning program and will also participate in spring practice. The current long-snapper is Logan Feimster out of Statesville, North Carolina. He will be a red shirt senior this fall, and if you haven't heard of him before that's a compliment to a long snapper. I'd look for Luedeke to redshirt this year and then potentially be the team's long snapper starting in 2015." - Blogger So Dear

February 3, 2014 - kicker Adam Centers commits
"Ranked as the No. 3 kicker in the country and the No. 99 prospect in Texas by ESPN . . . Rated the No. 2 kicker nationally by Kohls . . . Honorable mention as both a punter and placekicker on the Texas 5A All-State team as selected by the Associated Press . . . Named the punter on the American Family Insurance All-Texas team . . . First team All-District 5-5A . . . Second team All-Area selection . . . Converted on seven of nine field goal attempts and all 57 PAT's as a senior . . . Was seven-of-eight field goals as a junior . . . 44 of 68 kickoffs went for touchbacks in 2013 . . . Had a season-best 52-yard field goal in 2013 and a 51-yarder in 2012 . . . Averaged 38 yards per punt as a senior . . . Chosen to play in the Under Armour All-American Game . . . Booted a 25-yard field goal to help Team Highlight defeat Team Nitro in the contest . . . Booted a 43-yard field goal vs. Flower Mound" - Wake Forest

January 6, 2014 - Adam Scheier added to coaching staff
"Scheier was named interim coach at Bowling Green to prepare the Falcons for the game against Pittsburgh in the Dec. 26 Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl. Scheier was a candidate to succeed Clawson at Bowling Green, but Dino Babers of Eastern Illinois was hired on Dec. 18. A 1996 graduate of Dartmouth, Scheier has also coached at Dartmouth, Columbia, Princeton and Lehigh. During his five seasons as Bowling Green’s special-teams coordinator, the Falcons blocked 16 kicks and returned three kickoffs and four punts for touchdowns. He will coach tight ends and coordinate the special teams at Wake Forest." - Winston-Salem Journal

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