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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

California Golden Bears Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

August 25, 2015 - kickers & punters
"Junior Noah Beito was listed at first-team kicker, while sophomore Matt Anderson was his primary backup.... Sonny Dykes called the placekicking job 'neck and neck' earlier this week. Beito, who hit 2-of-4 field goals as a backup to James Langford last season, has specifically been lauded for his consistency. But Dykes stressed after practice that determining starters at kicker and punter, where senior Cole Leininger earned the first-team nod over sophomore Dylan Klumph on Tuesday’s depth chart, will be about seeing 'who gets hot'." - SF Gate

February 1, 2015 - kicker Dylan Klumph commits
"With A.D. Miller deciding to pick Oklahoma over Cal, the Bears had one extra scholarship to offer, and they decided to hand it off to West College kicker Dylan Klumph. Klumph was quick to commit and become one of Cal's latest commitments in the 2015 class. He will have four years to play three.... Klumph is ranked as the 6th best kicker in the country by kicking guru Chris Sailer and is part of his overall top 12 seniors and JC kickers in the country. Klumph's future might be at punter, but he could compete at kicker next season as well." - California Golden Blogs

January 27, 2015 - long snapper Grant Gluhaich commits as preferred walk-on
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September 27, 2014 - James Langford kicks game winner over Colorado
"Cal kicker James Langford stood on the sideline and watched as Colorado’s kicker missed three field goals. Langford himself had missed a 42-yarder earlier in the game. But after the Bears couldn’t convert on a third down in double overtime, the game rested on Langford’s shoulders. Langford trotted onto the field with a chance to win the game. He lined up the kick and waited for the ball to be snapped. Then, he put his head down and his cleat connected with the ball. Straight through the uprights. In the second overtime, the Bears won 59-56, the first Pac-12 win for the Bears since October 13, 2012. 'My cheeks kind of hurt from smiling so long right now,' Langford said with a smile bigger than his head. 'It’s just a huge rush of happiness, being around your friends and teammates for one of the best moments of your life, it’s just priceless'." - Daily Californian

August 23, 2014 - kicker James Langford 
"Langford's primary concern these days is showing he can deliver during games the way he has in fall camp. He got the nod this week as the starter because of improved consistency. 'They wouldn't allow me to have one bad day,' Langford said. 'If I was perfect for three days, then missed two kicks, I'd hear about it.' Leg strength was never an issue. Langford made a 57-yard field goal in a high school all-star game, a kick he said he's watched 50 times on YouTube. Coach Sonny Dykes said he'd feel comfortable letting Langford try from beyond 50 yards. Langford thinks that's just a starting point. 'I feel pretty good around 60,' he said." - Mercury News 

July 24, 2014 - HC Sonny Dykes on kickers
"On the kicking competition:  The team plans to continue to have a three-man competition for the job.  The staff thinks Langford will win, however.  Dykes does not like having multiple field goal kickers (long distance specialist and shorter distance kicker) but is willing to have multiple kickers if that proves to be the best option." - California Golden Blogs

April 24, 2014 - kicker competition continues
"The competition for placekicker will continue into fall camp, coach Sonny Dykes said after Wednesday’s practice. Sophomore Noah Beito had the upperhand early in spring camp, but the depth chart released on Wednesday showed Beito, senior James Langford and redshirt freshman Matt Anderson separated by 'or'.... Dykes and his coaching staff will be looking for that mental toughness when they choose among the three candidates in August. 'It’s all about confidence,' he said. 'Summer will be good for them. In fall camp we’ll put them in a lot of stressful situations and see who reacts best to that and make a decision.' Beito, from Scotts Valley, lost his early edge in the competition because he hasn’t kicked as consistently well the past couple weeks. Langford, from Pleasanton, was Cal Poly’s kicker in 2011, when he made 15 of 20 field goals, including kicks from 48, 49 and 50 yards. Anderson, from Danville, kicked 15 field goals as a senior in high school. Dykes said Langford’s leg strength provides him a potential advantage, but consistency will decide who wins the job." - BearTalk

April 15, 2014 - spring kicker competition
"Noah Beito was the backup kicker last season, so I guess it's no surprise that he's winning this race with Matt Anderson and James Langford. Good for the walk-on for getting a chance to shine." - California Golden Blogs

March 11, 2014 - punter Cole Leininger
"Cole Leininger is back after a very solid season for the Golden Bears, where he was tied for second in the conference with an average of 42.9 yards per kick. Cal has four punters on the roster in addition to Leininger. And while he’s mostly unchallenged, there are plenty of backup options." - ESPN

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