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Friday, March 13, 2015

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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March 12, 2015 - spring specialists
"WKU has been the model of consistency in recent years on the third phase of the game in many regards, special teams. The Hilltoppers will return the schools single-season scoring record holder in kicker Garrett Schwettman as well as long snapper Nolan Dowling and punter Joseph Occhipinti. WKU loses kick-off man Mike Mugler and will need to replace him, but both Schwettman and Occhipinti have shown the ability to handle the job." - Hilltoppers

February 4, 2015 - kicker Hector Garcia signs
"Graves County place kicker Hector Garcia has formally signed as a preferred walk-on with Western Kentucky University. " - Mike Stunson

August 20, 2014 - coach & specialists
Coach Ricky Brumfield on  Schwettman and Occhipinti being proven kickers: “They definitely are. Garrett is a proven veteran with what he did last year. He’s an all-conference type kicker. He did a great job for us last year. Joe stepped in the middle of the season when (Hendrix) Brakefield got hurt and did a great job for us. He’s getting bigger and he’s getting older. He’s becoming a mature veteran on the field and the more and the better he can do that, the better he’s gonna be. Punt team, we’re trying to change field position. That’s one play for a big chunk of land.”
Kicker Garret Schwettman on 2014 outlook: "Just mainly consistency. I wanna just get better every game. I felt like throughout camp I got a lot better from the beginning to now. I’m hitting the ball better, trying to tweak a few things here and there. That’s what I’ve done this summer, really trying to find the best kick for me – get a little bit more height, a little bit more distance. Overall, throughout the season, I just focus one kick at a time, make it, move on to the next one.”
Punter Joseph Occhipinti on Areas of focus in the offseason: “Leg strength, flexibility – just getting the mind right. This first game, it’s gonna be packed. I gotta be sure that there’s no stress whatsoever, gotta catch the ball, get it out of there. I wanna get the average to at least 42.” - Toppatime

April 16, 2014 - special comments following practice
Punter Joseph Occhipinti on Being the starter now: “Well, obviously, I got some pretty big shoes to fill. I feel like I’m gonna do that pretty well this season. I’ve been working hard in the offseason, getting my leg stronger, working on getting the ball where it needs to be and I’ll think I’ll do pretty good this season. I’m pretty excited.”
Kicker Garret Schwettman on 2014 season: “I think I’m just continuing to work on leg strength, keep, kinda, fine-tuning everything, extend out how far I can get. I think by the fall I really wanna be confident from everyone – the coaching staff, teammates – that from inside 50 I can hit it. Then take those chances outside. But I think overall just continue working on getting stronger and just fine-tuning a few little things.”
Coach Ricky Brumfield on Special teams: “Just to be completely consistent in everything that they’re doing, from snapping to holding to place kicking to punting. We want, when we punt the ball, to put it in a specific spot. And obviously we wanna make all of our field goals. Everything starts with our snap. Nolan’s (Dowling) been doing a real good job, getting a good placement and our holds have been better this year and more consistent, and we have great competition right now at field goal kicker. And Joe’s been doing a good job with punting.”
- Toppatime

February 19, 2014 - punter Jake Collins to walk-on
"Collins will finish an extremely successful career at Saint Xavier in May. The six-foot-one, 185 pound kicker made 10 of 14 field goal tries this season, which tied for the most made field goals in the state; his longest successful kick of the year was from 45 yards out. He was also a tremendous punter for the Tigers, averaging 37 yards per punt this season on 35 punts. He pinned 9 of his punts inside the 20-yard line, and his longest punt of the year traveled 51 yards. He was named the 2013 MVP of the Best of the Bluegrass Game, as he was a critical part of Team Louisville’s win over team Kentucky. Additionally, Jake was named to the 2013 6A All-District Team for special teams." - WSTX Sports

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