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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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August 10, 2015 - kicking competition
"With Dylan Scheurich nursing a mild muscle strain attributed to overuse by Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth, true freshman Stevie Artigue and senior Carlos Alvarez have been handling primary kick duties for the first week of UL’s preseason training camp. While Artigue and Scheurich were expected to battle for field goal and PAT responsibilities, Hudspeth said Monday night that Artigue and Alvarez have been battling to take over kickoff duties." - The Advertiser

March 28, 2015 - spring game, kicker Dylan Scheurich
"With no scholarship kickers in camp all spring, Dylan Scheurich is making the most of an opportunity to be noticed. Before UL’s annual spring game Saturday night at Cajun Field, Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth named the redshirted freshman from Haynes Academy in Metairie the program’s Most Improved walk-on. 'Dylan Scheurich,' he said, 'had a great spring and, right now, is going to be able to compete for the starting position.' Afterward, having hit a 47-yarder on his only field-goal try of the night and making 2-of-2 PATs, his chances seemed even better. With starting kicker Hunter Stover having been a senior last season, and highly regarded Lafayette High product Stevie Artigue signed but not reporting until this summer, Scheurich all got plenty of reps this spring along with returning senior-to-be reserve Carlos Alvarez and walk-on Aaron Bird (who hit a 41-yarder Saturday)." - The Advertiser

February 28, 2015 - spring specialists
"reserve kicker Carlos Alvarez has been 'suspended indefinitely … for violation of team rules,' Hudspeth said. The redshirt-senior-to-be, a product of West St. Mary High in Baldwin, played three games for UL as a true-freshman scholarship signee in 2011. He was not with the team in 2013, but rejoined the Cajuns as a walk-on last season. Alvarez was listed as UL’s backup but didn’t have any field goal attempts, point-after tries or kickoffs last year. UL’s starting kicker from 2014, Hunter Stover, was a senior last season. With Stover gone, Alvarez out and Lafayette High signee Stevie Artigue not joining the team until the summer, walk-ons Dylan Scheurich and Aaron Bird are expected to handle kicking duties this spring. Hudspeth said Scheurich, from Haynes Academy in Metairie, is a highly regarded recruited walk-on and 'a player we felt like could really be an outstanding kicker.' Bird is from Westgate High in New Iberia. 'So we’ve got two guys to get through the spring,' he said. Hudspeth said Steven Coutts, an Aussie punter who was signed as a midyear enrollee, also 'can kick a little bit'." - The Advertiser

February 4, 2015 - kicker Stevie Artigue & punter Steven Coutts sign
"Stevie Artigue, Lafayette, La. (Lafayette HS) - A three-star recruit by and … ranked nationally as the No. 41 kicker by … ranked as the No. 67 prospect among Louisiana high school players … one of the strongest and most accurate kickers made 9 of 10 field goal attempts as a junior with only miss from 63 yards … at the March 2014 Houston Fab 50 Camp, was 8-for-8 on field goals from inside 60 yards, including kicks of 50 and 55 yards … named First-Team All-District 3-5A and All-Acadiana.
Steven Coutts, Brisbane, Australia (University of Queensland) - A two-star recruit by … will be the second Australian to sign with the Ragin’ Cajuns after following in the footsteps of predecessor of departed punter Daniel Cadona … will have four years of eligibility with the Ragin’ Cajuns … played Australian Rules Football and Rugby while attending Citipointe Christian College. " - Ragin Cajuns

January 6, 2014 - punter Steven Coutts added
"With the Ragin’ Cajuns losing one punter from Australia to graduation — two-year starter Daniel Cadona — they’re planning to add another Aussie who can boot the ball. It’s Steven Coutts, who is expected to join the Cajuns later this month as a midyear arrival, it’s been learned. Coutts will have four years of eligibility at UL, which also has a verbal commitment from Lafayette High kicker/punter Stevie Artigue to sign a letter of intent when the NCAA’s national signing period opens next month." - The Advertiser

December 20, 2014 - Hunter Stover kicks three, but not four, field goals in New Orleans Bowl
With shoelaces untied as the game’s trophy was presented to UL for a fourth straight time, Ragin’ Cajuns senior kicker Hunter Stover walked away from the Superdome and a 16-3 New Orleans Bowl win over Nevada on Saturday thinking about the one that got away. It was a 36-yard field goal attempt that went wide left — and, had it been good, would have given him a New Orleans Bowl-record four made field goals. Instead, Stover finished with three — tying him with ex-teammate Brett Baer (three vs. East Carolina in 2012) and Southern Mississippi’s Britt Barefoot (three vs. Troy in 2008) for the bowl record. He also tied a bowl record for field goal attempts, four, with Southern Mississippi’s Darren McCaleb (from 2004). 'I’m gonna think about that field goal I missed more than any of the three I made the rest of my life,' Stover said. 'It’s gonna keep determined the rest of my life to keep working'." - The Advertiser

November 4, 2014 - kicker Hunter Stover
"Stover wound up 4-of-4 on field goals, hitting from 23, 26, 22 and – with what held up as the game-winner in the fourth quarter – 32 yards out in a 19-9 victory over the Jaguars that improved UL to 5-3 overall and 4-0 in Sun Belt play. The victory allows the Cajuns to take a four-game win streak to Saturday night's SBC game at 2-7 New Mexico State. The senior also made his only PAT on Saturday, helping him to earn Louisiana Sports Writers Association state special teams Player of the Week honors. The career-high four field goals Stover made against USA has him 10-of-10 this season from inside of 40 yards, something he considers to be fully expected in a day's work. In a game as tight as that one was, though, the four were more difficult than most chippies. They came with extra meaning. Even that reality, though, doesn't seem to faze Stover, whose only misses this season are a 51-yarder in a loss to Louisiana Tech and a 46-yarder in a victory at Texas State. 'Pressure always kind of adds to stuff,' he said, 'but as much as we practice – and as much time as me and (snapper) Stephen Morella and (holder) and Jake Guidry spend together – I feel like, no matter what the situation is, we can always pull through with something'." - The Advertiser

August 26, 2014 - kicker Stephen Brauchle departs
"Four nights before UL's 2014 season opener vs. Southern, Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said backup kicker Stephen Brauchle has left the team and plans to transfer. Brauchle, from Gulfport High in Mississippi, lost his starting job late last year to Hunter Stover and was not able to win it back last spring or this preseason. With Brauchle gone, Hudspeth said Carlos Alvarez is now "probably" UL's No. 2 kicker behind Stover and Dylan Scheurich is "probably" the new No. 3. Alvarez last played in a college game in 2011, when he wound up making three appearances (kickoffs only) for UL and gave up his freshman redshirt late in the year because Stover got hurt. Alvarez was not with the team last season, and – after not taking part in preseason camp – he rejoined the team Monday. The product of West St. Mary High in Baldwin has not attempted a college field goal or PAT, but was 40-for-40 on extra points and 6-for-12 on field goals – including a made long of 50 yards – as an all-state senior in high school. Scheurich is a freshman walk-on from Haynes Academy in Metairie." - The Advertiser

August 20, 2014 - kicking competition
"Coach Mark Hudspeth said that senior Hunter Stover has the edge to be the No. 1 field-goal and extra-point kicker ahead of last year's starter, Steven Brauchle. 'I think the gap is getting narrower, but he's still the starting kicker right now,' Hudspeth said." - Cajuns Athletic Network

August 15, 2014 - summer specialists
"While Hunter Stover tries to keep a leg up on Stephen Brauchle, Daniel Cadona has both of his planted firmly as UL's returning starting punter. The hook in the story of these Ragin' Cajuns is that all three take a straight-on approach to what they do, hopeful they can help a UL football team that is counting on their every step. Stover was UL's kickoff specialist all last season, and the now-senior from Notre Dame High took both field goal and extra-point responsibilities away from Mississippian Brauchle late in the year. Heading into UL's ongoing preseason camp, which concludes with a closed-to-the-public scrimmage Saturday at Cajun Field, Stover still was the No. 1 kicker and Brauchle No. 2.... coach Mark Hudspeth has challenged Brauchle to win the job back from Stover, who nearly two full weeks into camp has held firmly onto it. While Brauchle is trying to do that, though, he also is seeing double-duty as the Cajuns' No. 2 punter behind Cadona. The former Australian Rules Football player, however, arrived at UL never having played in an American football game – and for the sole purpose of what he's doing now. That in mind, Brauchle in all reality is more of an insurance policy than a bona fide contender to supplant the punter from Down Under." - The Advertiser

June 7, 2014 - kicker Stevie Artigue commits
"Artigue brings plenty of kicking experience to the Cajuns’ commitment class. Back to his freshman season at Lafayette High, he was handling kicking and kickoff duties and has been the full-time kicker and punter over the past two seasons. But while working toward a potential college scholarship has been a goal of Artigue for many years, he hasn’t looked past his current circumstances. Asked what his focus will be during his senior season to prepare himself for the college game down the road, Artigue quickly responded, 'Doing whatever it takes to help my team (Mighty Lions). That’s what I’m going to be focused on.' He certainly did that as a junior a year ago, nailing nine of his 10 field goal attempts with his only miss coming from 63 yards out and achieving touchbacks on 80 percent of his kickoffs. Artigue said he was offered a placekicker and kickoff guy, but could handle punting duties if called upon as a backup. His career long field goal is 49 yards." - The Advertiser

April 12, 2014 - final spring kicks
"The Ragin’ Cajuns wrapped up spring drills with their 15th and final session Saturday at Cajun Field. Hunter Stover vs. Stephen Brauchle. The top two contenders to be UL’s No. 1 PATs and field goals kicker went head-to-head, part of an event – abbreviated by offensive line injuries – that featured no actual game or scrimmage but plenty of individual  competition.... All three kickers currently with the Cajuns – No. 3 Carlos Alvarez also took a turn – took one shot each at various distances, and all three made their no-defensive-pressure field goals from 50 yards out. Brauchle missed from 45, but also made a final attempt from 60 yards. 'It was good. I felt like I needed something like that – a little confidence boost,' said Brauchle, a junior-to-be. 'Stephen Morella had a great snap on that 60-yarder, and Jake (Guidry) had a great hold as well.' Stover, meanwhile, made everything until his 60-yarder, which he clanked off the crossbar one kick after making it from 50. 'It felt more like I was at a kicking camp than I was at a spring game,' said fifth-year senior-to-be Stover, a Notre Dame High product. 'But it was definitely fun. It was good competition. I had a good time with it'." - The Advertiser

March 30, 2014 - kicker/punter Aaron Bird signs
"Westgate High senior Aaron Bird, who played football, soccer, basketball, golf and baseball at WHS, signed a national letter of intent on Thursday to play football at UL-Lafayette. He’ll walk on with the team — academic scholarships and TOPS will take care of the bills — as a kicker, and likely a punter. 'I’ve been going to their games the past two years and it’s always felt good to me,' Bird said. 'Exploring the schools I have since last summer, and really UL felt the best by far. It’s a great opportunity for me'.... Bird said he’ll have a chance to earn playing time at kicker as a freshman, and if not he will redshirt and most likely punt for the squad as a redshirt freshman since the Cajuns’ punter is a senior this coming year." - The Daily Iberian

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