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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Washington State Cougars Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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August 8, 2015 - Quentin Breshears not in camp
"Two independent sources have told CF.C that Quentin Breshears, who started 10 games last season, will not be at fall camp. He may wind up rejoining the team later -- or he may not. Both sources said WSU's coaching staff wants to give long looks at the host of other kicking contenders -- all but one of them a fresh face -- and they already know what they have in Breshears (pictured above at the spring game). Breshears, who hit 9-of-12 field goals in 2014, is expected to continue to work out on his own while the Cougs are in fall camp. So on paper it will be Matt Abramo, Erik Powell, Zach Charme, Brett Schafer and, once his paperwork clears next week, Blake Levin. Mitchell Cox, who joined the team in the spring after transferring from Eastern New Mexico, is ineligible to play this season under transfer rules." - Scout

August 6, 2015 - kicker Blake Levin added as preferred walk-on
Levin, who told special teams coach Eric Mele today that he'll suit up for the Cougs this season, had a big year for SBCC in 2014. As a second-year freshman this past season he went 9-of-10 on his field-goal attempts with a long of 48 and was perfect from 45 yards or less. '"I'm up and ready to accept the challenge and compete for the job ASAP,' Levin said via text. 'And you can't beat the fan base at Wazzu. it was an easy decision for me once Coach (Mele) contacted me. I was set.' The 5-11, 190-pounder still needs for his transcripts to be cleared and won't be camping in Lewiston this weekend. He hopes to arrive at WSU sometime next week. In addition to Wazzu, Levin said he also had a preferred walk-on invitation from Oregon State, but ultimately decided that he wanted to suit up for the Cougs. Five other kickers are listed on the WSU roster: Matt Abramo, Quentin Breshears, Mitchell Cox, Zach Charme, Erik Powell and Brett Schafer." - Scout

March 25, 2015 - punterless
"Coach Mike Leach also confirmed that two punters - Wes Concepcion and Jordan Dascalo - are no longer with the program. Dasacalo, a walk-on out of Woodland Hills, Calif., played well for the Cougars as a true freshman in 2014. He punted 49 times with an average of 41.6 yards per punt. Concepcion, another walk-on, didn't play last season, however he saw action as a redshirt sophomore in 2013, punting 12 times for an average of 36.2 yards per punt." - Rivals  
 
February 4, 2015 - kicker Matt Abramo signs
"Played three seasons under head coach Trent Herzog at Casa Grande HS…career totals include making 21 of 31 field goal attempts, including career-long of 46…scored a total of 157 points… ranked No. 13 nationally in most recent Chris Sailor kicker rankings…SENIOR year made 10 of 12 field goals and 23 of 24 extra points, totaling 53 points…had a long of 46…named Cal-Hi Sports Northern California Special Teams Player of the Week after making an extra point and two field goals, including a long of 41 yards, while also handling punting and kickoff duties…all five of his kickoffs went for touchbacks while he averaged 34 yards a punt with three of his four punts pinning his opponents inside their own 20-yard line…named All-North Bay League Specialist of the Year and All-North Bay League First Team…as a junior connected on 10 of 16 field goals and 33 of 37 extra points for 63 points…named All-North Bay League Kicker of the Year, All-North Bay League First Team, All-Empire First Team and San Francisco Bay Area All-Metro Team Honorable Mention…SOPHOMORE season made one of three field goals and 38 of 42 extra points for 41 total points…rated three stars by Scout.com, ESPN.com and two stars by Rivals.com." - Cougars

January 6, 2015 - long snapper Mike Cole commits
"North Thurston offensive lineman/long snapper Mike Cole has committed to Washington State as a preferred walk-on, according to Matt Wigley." - Meg Wochnick

October 6, 2014 - special teams coordinator Eric Russell dismissed
"Mike Leach didn’t wait until practice to make significant changes to Washington State’s special teams, dismissing coordinator Eric Russell two days after the Cougars gave up two kickoff returns for touchdowns and missed a potential winning 19-yard field goal in WSU’s 60-59 loss to California on Saturday. 'We made a change at special teams, and while I think a great deal of coach Russell, but we wanted to split the special teams up among the assistants and the way he’s most effective is with him running the whole thing,” Leach said. “He’s a great coach. Yeah, I decided to make a change at special teams'.... Erik Powell started the season as the team’s field goal kicker but was replaced by Quentin Breshears after Powell missed two kicks of less than 40 yards at Nevada. The pair have combined to make just 6 of 11 field goal attempts this season." - Spokesman-Review

August 10, 2014 - summer grasses
"Fall camp, however, gave some cause for concern. The uneven grass at Sacajawea Junior High in Lewiston proved to be an infertile proving ground for special teams, and Erik Powell missed more kicks in just a couple practices than he had all spring. 'Obviously, the first couple days of field goals were a little rough,' Powell said. 'People have been saying it’s the grass or whatever. That’s part of it but you can’t be missing field goals here and there. It started rough but I’ve been getting back in the groove and I think overall it’s been good, and hopefully I’ll keep it going through the start of the season'.” - Spokesman-Review

August 9, 2014 - summer scrimmage
"Redshirt-freshman kicker Erik Powell converted his only two field goal attempts, hitting from 32 and 29 yards, respectively." - Cougars

July 25, 2014 - kicker Matt Abramo commits
"Abramo is a 3-star prospect according to scout and is given 2-stars by Rivals. WSU is his biggest reported offers with Air Force, Cal Poly, San Jose State and Yale his other reported offers. Abramo may be the future replacement of Andrew Furney, but he is going to really utilize the unlimited food at WSU if he's going to look anything like Furney. Rivals lists Abramo at 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds and that appears to be 20 pounds generous. When it comes to kicker recruits, leg strength and accuracy are the keys. Abramo appears to have a strong leg, booming some kickoffs through the endzone and with hangtime. He also bombs some field goals well through the uprights, even from distance. According to his highlights, 80 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks and he made 10-of-16 field goal attempts as a junior. It doesn't look like Abramo's league uses tees on field goal attempts, so that's at least one less transition he'll have to make." - Coug Center

June 5, 2014 - kicker Quentin Breshears walks on
"Former Fresno State Bulldog Quentin Breshears is walking on to join the Cougs for their 2014 season. Breshears (6’1″, 185 lbs) earned the starting gig in 2012 as a redshirt freshman in Fresno and did a solid job, going 12-15 for an 80% conversion rate according to cfbstats.com. He did have some problems from time to time with missed extra points, missing six on the season in 63 attempts. Regardless, he brings some sort of viable experience to the competition. It looks like he should have two years to play two at WSU, after redshirting in 2011 and spending 2013 on the Fresno City College roster." - All Coug'd Up

May 1, 2014 - kicker Erik Powell
"In freshman Erik Powell the Cougars may have found someone who can reasonably fill Andrew Furney's big cleats. The Vancouver, Washington native was mostly consistent in the spring, and showed a big leg, hitting routinely from 40-45 yards with a long of 49." - Spokesman-Review

April 26, 2014 - Crimson and Gray Game
"Redshirt-freshman kicker Erik Powell opened the scoring with a 40-yard field goal." - The Columbian

April 19, 2014 - first spring scrimmage
"Redshirt-freshman kicker Erik Powell went 5-for-7 on field goal attempts throughout the day, hitting from 24, 41, 45, 40 and 37 yards." - Cougars

February 14, 2014 - punter Jonathan Weilbacher commits as preferred walk-on
"Punter Jon Weilbacher has committed to the Cougars. 'I have decided to officially commit to Washington state university!!! GO COUGS' - Jon weilbacher (@JonWeilbacher). Turns out this particular commitment doesn’t utilize the remaining scholarship offer because Weilbacher is accepting a preferred walk-on offer from WSU. He is ranked the 28th best available punter in the nation by Chris Sailer Kicking." - All Coug'd Up

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