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Thursday, March 26, 2015

BYU Cougars Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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March 25, 2015 - spring specialists
"During spring practices, which conclude next week, special teams coordinator Kelly Poppinga has been auditioning a few punting candidates, including Corey Edwards, Moose Bingham, Chasen Brown and Taylor Parker. 'Who are we not looking at? There are four or five guys,' Poppinga said. 'Corey Edwards came in as a kicker and he’s competing for the kickoff job as well. Moose Bingham would be a guy. There are two or three walk-ons that we’ll look (at).' Poppinga added that there are 'surprises at that position that will be game-changing,' though he declined to elaborate. Coach Bronco Mendenhall hinted in similar fashion of something on the horizon regarding the punting job, without offering any clues. '(Those participating in spring ball) will be vying, and others will be vying,' Mendenhall said. 'How about that mystery and intrigue?' Some have speculated that perhaps the football program will do as it has done in the past and turn to the Cougars’ national powerhouse rugby program for assistance.... Meanwhile, BYU coaches feel good about returning place-kicker Trevor Samson, who hit 12 of 14 field goals and was 62 for 63 on PATs last season. 'Trevor will still be our kicker. He earned that. He went 12 for 14 last year in field goals,' Poppinga said. 'We’ll have another guy there for kickoff. It will be a competition for kickoff. Trevor is not a great kickoff guy. That’s not his specialty. He will be our field goal and PAT guy. He’ll have all the opportunity to show that he can do kickoff. It’s something he wants to do'." - Deseret News 

March 2, 2015 - long snapper Matt Foley signs
"Matt Foley, a long snapper out of Temecula Valley High School, has signed an offer of admission to BYU and will join the football program for the 2015 season. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound native of Temecula, California, is a three-year starter at Temecula Valley HIgh School, where he helped his team advance to the CIF playoffs. A three-time National Camp Series (NCS) camp champion, Foley also earned recognition for his long-snapping talents as one of 12 invitees to the exclusive Rubio Long Snapping Top 12 camp in 2014. In addition to earning three letters in football, Foley has lettered twice in wrestling and once in track and field during his prep career. " - Cougars

September 20, 2014 - punter Scott Arellano key in win over Virginia
"Arellano, a former walk-on, earned the media’s attention after playing a critical role in BYU’s 41-33 victory over Virginia. He averaged 55 yards on five kicks, dropped four punts inside the Cavaliers’ 20-yard line and helped turn the game in BYU’s favor in the third quarter with two bombs. 'I thought [he] really had a huge impact on the game,' said Bronco Mendenhall. '… I thought his performance was outstanding.' Asked if it was Arellano’s best game at BYU, the Cougar head coach took it a step farther. 'It might be one of the best performances by any punter since I’ve been here,' Mendenhall said. - Salt Lake Tribune

August 11, 2014 - kicking competition
"Vance Bingham is battling senior Trevor Samson and freshman Andrew Mikkelsen right now for the top position. 'Samson is one of the best kickers and then Andrew (Mikkelsen) came from Oregon State,' Bingham said. 'He was a greyshirt there and then decided to come to BYU. He has just been killing the ball. He's got a monster leg. I don't have a monster leg but I'm a little more accurate'.... BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall said after Saturday's scrimmage that there is still a lot of work to do on the kicking game. 'We attempted one long field goal which clearly had the leg (but sailed wide),' Mendenhall said. 'But it reflects our emphasis to this point which has been more offense/defense. (Friday) was the first day we put scheme work in. We've been only doing drill work.' He went on to say that punt-catching, protecting the punter and field goal accuracy were all behind right now. Mendenhall said the battle for the starting placekicking spot switches almost daily. 'We have three kickers and it has shifted at least two times to this point,' he said. 'Our design is to have for the next three weeks the volume of kicks to have a clear favorite by then'." - Daily Herald

June 25, 2014 - kicker Vance Bingham
"Bingham is competing to be the starting field goal kicker this season and has worked hard to be in that position. Even though he is in the midst of a competition for a starting position he still takes time to become a leader. 'I would say Moose has grown most as a leader among the specialists (punters, kickers, holders and snappers) and among his teammates,' coach Tidwell said. 'His focus to be our starting kicker has helped him improve his determination. I expect him to compete right down to game week or until we name our starter. I know he will compete'.” - BYU Universe

June 17, 2014 - kicker Skyler Southam commits
"BYU picked up their first commit of the 2016 class in kicker Skyler Southam. Junior Skyler Southam is a 6'1" 180 pound kicker for Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah. Southam is creating a name for himself as one of the best high school kickers out there. He has participated in the National Camp Series: Life Time Kicking Academy and impressed coaches at the camp.... Southam has long field goals of 55, 48, and 47 yards." - Vanquish the Foe

April 23, 2014 - spring specialists
"BYU coaches released their post-spring depth chart on Friday, and Vance "Moose" Bingham is listed as the starting kicker. He apparently edged out senior Trevor Samson, a transfer from Fresno (Calif.) City College who joined the program prior to the 2013 season, after a lengthy battle that wasn’t settled until the last day of spring camp. BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said the kickers were 'within one percentage point going into the grand kickoff finale' in which Bingham made a couple of 45-yard attempts and Samson missed his. Another kicker, Hurricane High product Corey Edwards, will join the competition this fall when he returns from a church mission. Edwards might be the Cougars’ kickoff specialist until his accuracy returns because he is believed to have a stronger leg than either Bingham or Samson.... But that’s not what is keeping Mendenhall awake at night. He’s more worried about replacing senior Kevin O’Mary, who performed flawlessly as BYU’s deep snapper last year. Parker Dawe, a sophomore offensive lineman from Pleasant Grove, is listed as the starting deep snapper out of camp, just ahead of linebacker Kevan Bills.... Foothill (Calif.) College transfer Scott Arellano returns for his senior season as the punter, so the Cougars are set there. He punted 80 times last year with a respectable 41.0 average, but had three blocked. Mendenhall said Arellano 'is performing at a higher level than a year ago'." - Salt lake Tribune

March 29, 2014 - scrimmage kicking
"The battle for starting kicking duties intensified Saturday with Trevor Samson drawing dead even with Moose Bingham. 'Statistically, Moose Bingham had a slight edge, but today it swung more to Trevor Samson in terms of accuracy,' coach Bronco Mendenhall explained. “So ... (they’re) about dead even with Samson having a stronger day today.' Overall Samson connected on 3 of 5 attempts Saturday, with Bingham going just 3 for 8. Austin Brasher had the best day statistically, booting through 5 of 6." - Deseret News

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