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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Wisconsin Badgers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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October 10, 2015 - Rafael Gaglianone kicks game winner over Nebraska
"A little over a minute after he thought he had blown the game for Wisconsin, Rafael Gaglianone won it. Gaglianone made a 46-yard field goal with four seconds left after he missed from 39, giving Wisconsin a 23-21 victory over Nebraska on Saturday and sending the Cornhuskers to another crushing defeat. 'Biting your nails, that was crazy,' Gaglianone said of the game's last few minutes. 'So unbelievable. I'm thankful for my teammates giving me that second chance'." - AP

July 1, 2015 - punter Anthony Lotti commits
"Fresh off his unofficial visit to the University of Wisconsin on Sunday, Oakwood (Georgia) West Hall punter Anthony Lotti felt the Badgers would be a school that would be hard to beat when he made his decision before the start of his senior season.... Lotti becomes the 14th commit to UW’s 2016 recruiting class, picking the Badgers over offers from Air Force and Boston College and interest from Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia Tech and others. He earned his offer following UW’s specialist camp on Sunday, where he won the day’s kicking competition.... Lotti, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, was a first-team all-state selection in Georgia last season, when he averaged 45.6 yards on 28 punts." -  Madison.com

May 5, 2015 - Rafael Gaglianone cleared to kick
"After missing all of spring practice with a back injury, the sophomore kicker from Brazil tweeted Monday afternoon that he was 'clear to kick balls again'." - Bucky's 5th Quarter

April 24, 2015 - Rafael Gaglianone rehabbing, Andrew Endicott kicking
"The most pleasant development on special teams last season was freshman placekicker Rafael Gaglianone who converted on 19 of 22 field goal attempts, including 5 of 7 from beyond 40 yards. Gaglianone, the bouncy Brazilian, has not practiced nor kicked this spring because of injury rehab. Kickoff specialist Andrew Endicott has filled the void in his absence. 'That's a good thing,' Haering said. 'You're always looking for depth and you always want competition, especially heading into training camp. Raf will be back and have a good summer of work'." - Badgers

February 4, 2015 - kicker Zach Hintze signs
"Fond du Lac, Wis. (St. Mary's Springs) - Kohl’s All-American as a senior … named MVP of Wisconsin Division 6 state championship game after leading St. Mary’s Springs to title and setting state championship record with 49-yard field goal … 2014 Kevin Stemke Award winner as the state’s top senior kicker … kicked state-record 61-yard field goal in 2014 state playoff game … went 15-for-20 on field goal attempts as a senior … finished career 21-for-30 on field goals with no misses under 40 yards … two-time unanimous All-Badgerland Conference pick at kicker." - Badgers

January 27, 2015 - preferred walk-on punter Connor Allen commits
"Connor Allen, from Brookfield (WI) East High School, announced his commitment Tuesday evening. 'It was very late in the game and I got a call from Taylor Mehlhaff saying he was coming back to coach here and that they were interested in getting me for a preferred walk-on,' Allen told BadgerBlitz.com. 'But there was another kid (Jacob Herbers) in line ahead of me that already had the offer from the old staff, and coach Chryst wanted to honor that offer. 'So we had to wait to see where he decided to commit and it ended up being a different school (Minnesota), so they offered me a preferred walk-on.' A 6-foot, 155-pound senior, Allen is ranked as the No. 36 punter in the country by Kohl's Kicking.... Allen expects to compete immediately with Drew Meyer, who struggled in 2014, and P.J. Rosowski, who redshirted this fall. 'They said that I'm going to come in and we will all battle it out -- me, Meyer and Rosowski -- and see how it ends up and go from there,' Allen said." - Rivals

January 16, 2015 - former kicker Taylor Mehlhaff to assist
"Former All-American Wisconsin kicker Taylor Mehlhaff is expected to return to the Badgers as an assistant of some sort under Paul Chryst, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday. Dave Heller of Fox Sports Wisconsin also added some confirmation on Friday. Mehlhaff's exact title has yet to be determined, though it seems like to be in some sort of graduate assistant role. Mehlhaff, 29, was a special teams graduate assistant in 2013-14 under Chryst at Pitt. He was also a special teams quality control assistant at Tenessee in 2012." - Bucky's 5th Quarter

January 1, 2015 -  Rafael Gaglianone kicks tying & winning field goals in Outback Bowl
"Down 31-28 with just under three minutes to play, Wisconsin drove deep into the Auburn end of the field in the final moments of the fourth quarter before having to settle for a game-tying field goal from Rafael Gaglianone. Gaglianone opened the overtime session with his second field goal of the game to give the Badgers an overtime lead on the first possession. Auburn was unable to move the football on offense on their overtime possession, forcing Daniel Carlson to attempt a long field goal that sailed wide right, giving Wisconsin the [34-31] win." - NBC Sports

September 24, 2014 - placekicker Rafael Gaglianone
"Rafael Gaglianone has been anything but a mess three games into his UW career, according to special teams coach Jeff Genyk. 'From my vantage point,' Genyk said, 'he’s doing a great job.' Gaglianone booted a 51-yard field goal in the opener against LSU but has had glitches in each of the past two games for the No. 19 Badgers (2-1), who host South Florida (2-2) on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. He missed a 33-yard field goal against Western Illinois on Sept. 6 and botched an extra point against Bowling Green last Saturday. Neither miscue cost the Badgers — they won the games by a combined score of 105-20 — but they still left a bad taste in Gaglianone’s mouth. 'It’s definitely frustrating when you don’t perform at the highest level,' Gaglianone said. 'We practice towards being perfect in the games and performing that way. That was not it. The last few games have been a little off.' Genyk isn’t worried because he’s seen freshman kickers struggle as they make the adjustment from high school to college. The ball is different. The operation is faster. The trajectory has to be better because players are bigger and can jump higher. There are 80,000 people in the stands and many more watching on national television." - Madison.com

September 24, 2014 - kickoff specialist Andrew Endicott
"Through three games this season, Endicott is averaging 62.6 yards per kick and UW is second in the Big Ten in kickoff coverage with a net average of 42.3 yards. Endicott, 5 feet 9 inches and 175 pounds, recorded nine touchbacks on 57 kicks last season (15.8%). He had six touchbacks on 12 kickoffs last week against Bowling Green and has six on 21 kicks this season (28.6%). 'Look at the maturation of a young man in one year,' special teams coach Jeff Genyk said, 'from a true freshman to a true sophomore. Andrew did a great job. It is being more mature and more comfortable and stronger certainly. It is being able to have the poise to hit the sweet spot on the kickoff. That is about it. We've all either been at the plate or had a golf club in our hands and we've said: 'Swing easy. Swing easy.' Then at the end you say: 'The heck with it, I'm going to kill it.' And then you miss the sweet spot'." - Journal-Sentinel

August 21, 2014 - Rafael Gaglianone named starting placekicker
"Coach Gary Andersen said true freshman Rafael Gaglianone will handle all field goals to start the season. Sophomore Andrew Endicott will handle kickoffs. Gaglianone, who used his powerful leg to emerge as one of the intriguing storylines in camp, won the job over Endicott and returning starter Jack Russell of Waunakee. Gaglianone is one of several true freshmen who will see action this season." - Portage Daily Register

August 10, 2014 - summer scrimmage
Freshman Rafael Gaglianone showed again why he is the early favorite to open the season as the No. 1 kicker. Gaglianone made 4 of 5 kicks overall. He made 1 of 2 from 43 and then hit kicks from 40, 50 and 55. Jack Russell hit 1 of 3 kicks. He made a 31-yarder but missed from 40 and 43 yards. Andrew Endicott missed from 43 yards but hit a 40-yarder. Not only does Gaglianone have the strongest leg of the trio, it appears he hits the ball cleanly more consistently. 'He has impressed me,' Andersen said. 'Trust me, it is great that the kicks are going through. But he just handles it'." -  Journal-Sentinel

August 8, 2014 - pressure practice
"Practice closed with a field-goal kicking contest. To put pressure on the kickers, the coaches had the entire team gather around the holder and kickers and make as much noise as they wanted. Jack Russell hit a 37-yard attempt but came up short from 53 yards. Andrew Endicott was short from 53 yards. Freshman Rafael Gaglianone drilled both his attempts, from 38 and 53 yards. The 53-yarder might have been good from 60. Gaglianone’s teammates serenaded the former soccer player with the Ole Ole song (Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole…). 'It was a great atmosphere out there,' Gaglianone tweeted after practice." - Journal Sentinel

August 5, 2014 - long snapper Connor Udelhoven awarded scholarship
"UW coach Gary Andersen used the guise of a trivia game to award Udelhoven a scholarship Sunday night, and UW officials were present to video the moment. 'Udy,' Andersen said in a packed meeting room. 'Since we've arrived as a new staff here in January to have the opportunity and the honor to coach you guys, how many walks-ons have been awarded (scholarships) in this program? Six, eight or 10?' After thinking for several seconds, Udelhoven chose six. 'Nope, it was eight,' Andersen said. 'But now it's nine. You're on scholarship'." - Journal Sentinel 

August 4, 2014 - first day of kicking competition
"Still, there was something to be said for finishing 5 for 5 on field goal attempts, including tries from 39, 44 and 49 yards, as Rafael Gaglianone coolly did. Gaglianone, the 5-foot-11, 231-pound Brazilian with a soccer background, showed he's here to vie for the starting kicker job right out of the chute. 'He hit them all and he was very confident,' Coach Gary Andersen said. 'He told everybody he was going to put them through there. The ball came off his leg like we thought it would, like when we recruited him and saw on film, which is very encouraging. That's going to be fun to watch that continue to develop. The snaps were good. The holds were good. Apparently, those kids worked together during the summer. It's easier said than done to get that timing down, especially with a new kicker'.... Jack Russell, for his part, made it clear the battle for the starting kicker role will be one that should last deep into fall camp. He made all three of his field goal attempts during the day's second practice, hitting from 21, 39 and 49 yards. Backup Andrew Endicott also made all three of his tries from the same distances." - Fox

August 1, 2014 - kicker Rafael Gaglianone
"When Wisconsin opens up fall camp on Monday, true freshman kicker Rafael Gaglianone will be competing for the starting job. A three-star recruit per 247sports and the 247sports composite in 2014, Gaglianone will be thrown right into the mix with Jack Russell and Andrew Endicott according to Head Coach Gary Andersen. 'When you recruit a kicker, you recruit a kicker to come in and compete right away,' he said. 'He will. He'll go into that Monday morning practice--he's slated to be the guy that's going to put up those first seven PAT's. He feels very good about competing and that's obvious, because he's played a high level of soccer, which should help him. We'll see how he handles the moment. We've got three kickers competing for that spot and may the best man win'." - 247 Sports

May 25, 2014 - kicker Jack Russell
"Russell ended 2013 as the starting kicker, and got better as the season went on. However, when UW used a scholarship on a kicker in the 2014 class, one has to expect a challenge coming Russell’s way. He appeared much stronger and more accurate over the spring, so this could be a very interesting fall camp for the junior kicker." - Madtown Badgers

April 12, 2014 - spring game kicking & holding
"Junior Jack Russell, who is the leader to be the team’s field goal kicker in the fall, made kicks of 41 and 30 yards to account for all of the points as the Cardinal defeated the White 6-0 at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. But Russell also had two misses. The first came in the controlled practice that preceded the scrimmage when Russell was wide left on a 36-yard attempt. Sophomore Andrew Endicott, who handles kickoffs, made his kick from the same distance. 'I’m going to have to take a look at the film because I know I hit it clean,' Russell said. 'My plant foot must have been turned out a little bit. I hit it clean and was kind of surprised when I came out of it and saw it was a little bit left'.... The Badgers have been auditioning redshirt freshman quarterback Connor Senger to be the backup holder during spring drills and he played a role in Russell’s second miss. 'As a kicker, with the holders we’ve had here, never had any type of issue really,' Russell said. 'At the end of the day, I can put that on myself if I have a miss.' But this time the problem was clearly with the hold. 'We’ve been breaking Connor in this spring as a holder in case we need a backup for travel,' Russell said. 'He had full spin on that one and wasn’t able to get the tilt, so it was tilted left. When you swing across like that and the ball is tilted left like that, there’s not much hope'.... The Badgers signed a kicker, Rafael Gaglianone, from Chattanooga, Tenn., who is expected to compete for the field goal job in fall camp." - Madison.com

February 7, 2014- punter Drew Meyer put on scholarship
"Coach Gary Andersen also said on signing day that two players had been put on scholarship, Schobert and junior punter Drew Meyer." - Madison.com 

February 5, 2014 - kicker Rafael Gaglianone signs
"Kicker Rafael Gaglianone from Chattanooga, TN made it official and signed his Letter of Intent for the Badgers. One of the best kickers in the country, Gaglianone chose the Wisconsin over the Arkansas Razorbacks and Oklahoma Sooners as well as others in the country. There was never much doubt of where Rafael would sign after he committed to Wisconsin back in November. The Badgers are in desperate need of a kicker and Gaglianone should be exactly what the doctor ordered. Right away Gaglianone should be able to compete for the starting kicking duties over current kicker Jack Russell. As you may remember, Kyle French started last season as the Badgers kicker but struggled out of the gate and was benched in favor of Russell. It was then after that French decided to go in another direction and focus on his academics." - Badger of Honor

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