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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Montana Grizzlies Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


April 22, 2015 - kickers Tim Semenza & Patrick LeCorre commit
The Grizzlies announced the additions of two high school kickers earlier this week, each anouncment coming within just a few minutes of the other. Kicker Tim Semenza of Cathedral Catholic High in San Diego and kicker/punter Patrick LeCorre of Edina High in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina, Minnesota, are the latest Grizzly pickups. Both players are preferred walk-ons and will join UM this fall after enrolling at the university. The Grizzlies' signing class back in February also featured a freshman kicker with Butte Central's Danny Peoples joining Montana as a preferred walk-on as well. That will give the Griz as many as seven kickers and punters for 2015. But the Montana coaching staff is likely planning for the future with three seniors on the roster: K Daniel Sullivan, K/P Chris Lider and P Stephen Shaw." - Missoulian

March 25, 2015 - spring kickers & punters
"Montana spent a chunk of practice Wednesday working on kickoff and kickoff return before spending another big chunk on field goals later. Senior kicker Daniel Sullivan took first-team kicks with both the kickoff and field goal units. His kickoffs provided the change-of-pace ball, as opposed to blasts headed toward the end zone. Sullivan’s kicks came with sideways spin that made for difficult catches or dropped in ahead of the returners, forcing a rushed scramble by the return team. Senior Chris Lider and junior Harrison Greenberg also ran with the kickoff team — Lider’s deep ball was a plus — while Lider, Greenberg and senior punter Stephen Shaw all took turns punting. Shaw took first-string snaps." - Missoulian

October 18, 2014 - backup specialists used in win over UC Davis
"Special teams were good as well for Montana despite being short on personnel. Harrison Greenberg filled in for injured kicker Dan Sullivan and was true on all six extra point attempts, and Chris Lider – punting for the sidelined Stephen Shaw – averaged over 44 yards per kick. 'We might be the only team in the history of NCAA football to get both the place kicker and punter hurt at the same time,' Delaney said.'… Greenberg and Lider came in and did a really nice job of handling those duties today'." - Great Falls Tribune

October 4, 2014 - Daniel Sullivan kicks game winner over North Dakota
"Junior kicker Daniel Sullivan kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired, as the 7th-ranked University of Montana Grizzlies defeated upset-minded North Dakota 18-15 Saturday afternoon in a Big Sky Conference contest in UND's Alerus Center." - Grizzlies

September 23, 2014 - change of punter due to injury
"Griz punter Stephen Shaw injured his knee at ND State and will be replaced by Chris Lider this Saturday." - Bill Speltz

August 22, 2014 - Chris Lider named starting kicker
"Montana football coach Mick Delaney said Friday that junior Chris Lider will be his place-kicker when his team opens at Wyoming next Saturday. Lider started the entire 2012 season but lost the job to Ben Worst early last year after missing three extra point attempts. Worst left town in the spring and is now a member of the Idaho Vandals. For the past three weeks Lider has been battling for the No. 1 spot with transfer Daniel Sullivan, Wyoming’s starter in 2011, and sophomore upstart Harrison Greenberg. 'We’ll go with Chris it looks like because he’s been on the field,' Delaney said. 'Unless something drastic were to happen in the next week. We’ll try to give Daniel some opportunities that are meaningful and start to make a decision there. Harrison came out of spring the No. 1 guy and he’s still battling like heck. He was very good yesterday and today'.” - Missoulian

August 16, 2014 - second summer scrimmage
Field Goal kicking: Chris Lider: 3-of-3 field goals (37, 40, 42); Harrison Greenberg: 4-of-of-4 (37, 37, 40, 42); Daniel Sullivan 1-of-2 (40 G, 42 NG).
Punting: Stephen Shaw 3 for 42, 44, 37; and Lider 1 for 40.- Grizzlies

July 31, 2014 - kicker Ben Worst departs
"Ben Worst, who became the starting placekicker for the Montana football team on the third week of the 2013 season, has left the program. He is now a member of the Idaho Vandals in Moscow. Worst was an honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference selection as a true freshman in 2013.  He was 48 for 48 in PATs and made 9 of 17 field goal attempts. On his Twitter page, Worst wrote: 'I have to say thank you to the University of Montana for giving me the opportunity to play there. Much respect.' A native of Twin Falls, Idaho, Worst was expected to battle Chris Lider for the Grizzlies’ starting job in camp in August. Lider is now the clear-cut favorite to earn the No. 1 spot after losing the job early last season. Lider had a solid season in 2012, making 15 of 21 field goal attempts and 37 of 41 PAT kicks." - Grizzly Game Day

April 18, 2014 - spring specialists
"One of the main goals for University of Montana head football coach Mick Delaney going into spring drills this year was to establish who the starting kicker for the 2014 season would be. However, that goal was not achieved, and the three players who are vying for that role will carry their competition into fall camp, which begins in early August.... Two of the three players vying for the kicker's job, junior Chris Lider and sophomore Ben Worst, have started at the position each of the past two seasons. Also vying for the starting job is sophomore squad member Harrison Greenberg. 'We went into spring hoping that one of them would just take the job over in the spring, and we've got one kicker and we're ready to go, period, but that didn't happen,' said Griz head coach Mick Delaney; 'That's not all bad, because I think that all three of them, Ben, Harrison, and Chris have improved though the spring. They each do something a little different'.... Junior punter Stephen Shaw returns as the starter for the third season in a row, and is coming off an excellent sophomore campaign.  'Stephen's worked really hard in the weight room this winter and this spring,' Delaney said. 'I think that he has a chance to be an All-American. He's got a strong, live leg, and he needs a little more consistency'." - Grizzlies

April 17, 2014 - final spring scrimmage
"Field Goals (10-of-15): Ben Worst - Makes: 24, 38, 40, 42. Misses: 49. Chris Lider - Makes: 24, 38, 40; Misses: 42, 49. Harrison Greenberg - Makes: 24, 38, 42; Misses: 40, 49." - Grizzlies

March 22, 2014 - first spring scrimmage
"Head coach Mike Delaney said one of the priorities this spring is to establish a place-kicker. Junior Chris Lider, and sophomores Harrison Greenberg and Ben Worst are the three players competing for that job. Worst started the last 11 games of the 2013 season, and made 9-of-17 field goal tries. That trio went a combined 10-of-17 (58.8%) in field goal attempts in today's scrimmage. 'It's a work in progress,' said Delaney regarding the competition for the place-kicking job. 'We are going to try to find a kicker by the end of spring, and say ‘okay,' that's what we've got, and that why were doing more than usual in that area. We got some heavy competition there, and we'll see what happens'." - KPAX

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