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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Northern Illinois Huskies Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 15, 2015 - long snapper Hayden Sak signs
"Sak, a senior, said he will join NIU’s football program this summer as a preferred walk-on, with a scholarship waiting in January. If he earns a starting spot this summer, however, Sak said he will start receiving his athletic scholarship in August. With former long snapper Brian Mayer graduated, redshirt junior Bobby Ramlet is the only long snapper currently listed on NIU’s roster. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder had an offer from Utah State and some smaller schools and had talked about preferred walk-on roles with Cal-Berkeley, Louisville, Michigan State, TCU and Wisconsin. 'I had the best chance to start as a freshman, close to home,' Sak said of his commitment. 'I loved the coaching staff. They’re on the rise. They won MAC, have gone to seven straight bowl games and … they gave me money.' Sak, who also played left tackle at West Aurora, said that he first long snapped a football in seventh grade on the advice of his dad, who told him that it would be a valuable skill." - Daily Chronicle

October 21, 2014 - punter/kicker Tyler Wedel
"NIU punter/kicker Tyler Wedel had a half-day of work so to speak in the Huskies' 51-41 win over Miami as the senior from McFarland, Wis. did not attempt a single punt. The dual-use kicker was only needed for field goals and extra points. He was 1-of-2 on field goal attempts, including a 28-yard kick, and was 6-of-7 on extra point attempts. The last time the Huskies went a game without punting was Oct. 15, 2011 in a 51-22 victory over Western Michigan." - Huskies

September 23, 2014 - Josh Orne handles kickoffs
"Sophomore Josh Orne has been handling kickoffs the past two weeks, taking duties away from Tyler Wedel, who is the team's punter and field goal kicker. Wedel struggled early on but has not missed a field goal the last two games. Carey said the trade-off has been good. 'Orne, what he brings to us is a good leg. He's probably not as strong as Wedel but what that allows Wedel to do is he can just hit wedges all day instead of hitting drivers. So, it's a good thing for him to hit wedges'." - Huskie Wire

August 11, 2014 - summer specialists
"Any discussion of the Huskies’ 2014 specialists starts with senior Tyler Wedel (McFarland, Wis./McFarland HS). A year ago, Wedel added punting to the kickoff duties he had handled for the last three seasons and averaged 40.3 yards on 50 punts. He also stepped in when starter Mathew Sims was out with an injury and made three-of-five field goal attempts and all eight of his PATs versus Akron and Central Michigan. 'Mat Sims did a phenomenal job while he was here,' Wedel said. 'I got to learn under him which was awesome. Right now, I am doing field goals, punting and kickoffs and I like [doing all three]. A lot of people think it’s difficult, but I like the challenge and I’m excited to do it this year'.... In addition to Wedel, there are four other punters and kickers in camp competing for the jobs at punter or kicker. At kicker, sophomore Josh Orne (Wales, Wis./Kettle Moraine HS) and true freshmen Andrew Stark (Palatine, Ill./Fremd HS) and Christian Hagan (Omaha, Neb./Westside HS) are challenging Wedel, while freshman Peter Deppe (Almont, Mich./Almont HS) is the second punter.... While Wedel has proven capable of handling all three roles at the same time and is ahead at both positions right now, Carey said he would like to another player step up to lighten the senior’s load.... Snapper Brian Mayer (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg HS) and his back-up, Bobby Ramlett (Appleton, Wis./Xavier HS) return, while Orne and receiver Chad Beebe (Aurora, Ill/Aurora Christian HS) are currently working as the holders." - NIU Today

April 16, 2014 - Huskie Bowl kicking plan
"Head football coach Rod Carey discussed the Huskies' spring practices and broke down this weekend's Huskie Bowl activities.... 'Field goal competition. We're going to take our two kickers and have them kick. It's kind of a make it take it. We're going start with an extra point, go to the seven-yard line, go to the 15 and then the 20, 25, 30, 35, 40. If they keep making them, they keep kicking. If they miss they're done. So we divide them up. Tyler Wedel is with the Cardinal Team and Josh Orne is with the Black Team. They're going to get points for that. A field goal is three points. If it goes through they're going to get that'." - NIU Huskies

March 25, 2014 - kicker/punter Tyler Wedel
Could Tyler Wedel be a do-everything special teams kicker? Wedel has spent the past three seasons handling kickoffs for Northern Illinois. Last year, the senior put punting duties on his resume. In 2014, Wedel hopes to pull the trifecta, adding field goal kicking to his responsibilities, with Mathew Sims’ career now over. Wedel said he had all of last year to get his punting mechanics down, so this spring he’s been focusing more on field goals. Wedel said he tries to kick between 20 and 30 per practice. 'I’ve gotten a lot better. I was recruited here as a punter and a kicker, they recruited me to do both,' said Wedel, who was his team’s kicker and punter at McFarland High School in Wisconsin. 'I’m getting back to that form, I’m obviously a little more comfortable. Just have to work on staying focused and getting used to it'.” - Daily Chronicle

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