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Friday, March 21, 2014

AFL Kickers 2014 - National Conference

Earlier this week we checked in on the American Conference half of the kickers in this year's Arena Football League. That leave's us with the six kickers in the National Conference:

Arizona Rattlers - Craig Ratanamorn (Marshall)
  • 2012: Connected on 7-of-9 extra points in one game with the Arizona Rattlers
  • College: Served as the primary placekicker for the Thundering Herd in 2008 and 2009
LA Kiss - Kenny Spencer (North Alabama)
  • 2013: Connected on 82-of-95 PAT tries and 2-of-7 field goals splitting time between the Spokane Shock and New Orleans VooDoo 
  • 2012: Set a League record with 138 converted extra points as a rookie with the Spokane Shock... Named AFL Kicker of the Year...  
  • College: Converted on 63-of-66 PAT and finished 12-of-17 on field goals as a senior
San Antonio Talons - Garrett Lindholm (Tarleton State)
  • Lindholm (5-8, 190, Tarleton State) earned First Team All-Arena and AFL Kicker of the Year honors last season after setting AFL records with 158 extra point conversions and 167 PAT attempts as a member of the ArenaBowl champion Arizona Rattlers
  • The third-year pro broke into the League with the Milwaukee Mustangs in 2011, connecting on 82-of-98 extra point tries and 20-of-32 field goals as a rookie
  • As a college senior in 2009, Lindholm converted on a 64-yard field goal against Texas A&M-Kingsville
San Jose Sabercats -  Nich Pertuit (University of Incarnate Word)
  • 2013 XP: 122/137; FGM: 3/5
  • 2012 Assigned to the SaberCats on 4/4
  • 2011 Appeared in ten games for the Iowa Barnstormers, converting 53-64 extra points (83%) and 6-11 field goals
  • 2009-10 Spent two seasons with the Abilene Ruff Riders of the Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL)
Spokane Shock - Taylor Rowan (Western Illinois)
  • 2013: 10 games played, converted 81 of 95 PAT attempts and 1 of 2 field goal attempts…104 total kickoffs for 5,707 yards (54.9 average) with 37 touchbacks
  •  Rowan began his AFL career with the Shock during the 2010 AFL season, Spokane’s inaugural season after making the jump from the af2 ranks in 2009. As a member of the Shock’s Championship team in 2010, Rowan connected on 5 of 5 field goal attempts and converted on 121 of 134 PATs (90.3%).
  • Returning to Spokane in 2011, Rowan connected on 6 of 9 FG attempts and converted on 118 of 138 PATs (85.5%).
Portland Thunder - Michael Braunstein (Washington, Ohio)
  • As a member of the IFL’s Tri-Cities Fever in 2009, he set the league record for most field goals in a season with 16.
  • At the University of Washington he graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration while making the Pac-10 All-Academic team from 2004-2006.
  • At the University of Ohio, Braunstein earned first team All-Mid-American Conference honors and was a Lou Groza Award semi-finalist. He earned a Master’s degree in sports administration.

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