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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Colorado State Rams Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 14, 2015 - kicker Wyatt Bryan & punter Hayden Hunt receive weekly honors
"Freshman kicker Wyatt Bryan was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week and junior punter Hayden Hunt was named the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week. In his second collegiate game, Bryan was perfect on two field-goal attempts and two extra points. His 26-yard, third-quarter field goal brought CSU to within three points, and his PAT conversion moments later - after a 49-yard touchdown reception by Joe Hansley - put the Rams on top, 17-13, early in the fourth quarter. While the Rams held the lead for the majority of the game, Minnesota was able to score a go-ahead touchdown with 55 seconds remaining in the contest, before CSU quickly marched down the field to the 20-yard line. After being iced twice by the Minnesota sideline, Bryan nailed a 37-yard field goal as time expired, sending the game into overtime. After not being needed in a blowout victory over Savannah State a week prior, Hunt was called upon nine times Saturday against Minnesota. His first punt traveled 55 yards, and on the day, he averaged 49.6 yards per punt. He had three punts go for 50-plus yards and four land inside the 20-yard line. The biggest one came in the second quarter. Kicking from deep inside CSU territory, Hunt's punt rolled all the way to the Minnesota 2-yard line before being downed. The punt of 73 yards was the eighth-longest in school history, and the longest since Pete Kontodiakos in 2012." - Rams

March 25, 2015 - spring specialists
"Maybe the biggest question mark facing this team is who will replace 'Kicker,' a.k.a. Jared Roberts. He cemented himself as one of the best kickers in school history over the past three years, and will leave big shoes to fill for Berto Garcia. The sophomore-to-be has earned the nickname “The Basalt Bomber,” but will surely receive competition from a handful of walk-ons. Returning will be punter Hayden Hunt and long snapper Trent Sieg, along with a talented return man in Deionte Gaines." - Collegian

February 3, 2015 - kicker/punter Braxton Davis commits
"Poudre High School's Braxton Davis is staying in town to play football at CSU. The kicker has committed to play for Colorado State University and will join the Rams as a preferred walk-on.... The Rams then came in and offered Davis a preferred walk-on spot, telling him he'll immediately become the backup punter and have a chance to compete for the kicking position. Davis hit four of eight field goal attempts as a senior, including a long of 50 yards in a loss against Rocky Mountain. Nineteen of his 32 kickoffs went for touchbacks. He averaged 41.5 yards per attempt punting as a senior. Jared Roberts graduated from CSU, leaving an opening at the position." - Coloradoan

October 18, 2014 - Jared Roberts kicks game tying and winning 46 yarders in final two minutes over Utah State
"Jared Roberts braced everyone. 'I've lost my voice a little,' the Colorado State kicker said — hoarsely — after the Rams' 16-13 victory over Utah State on Saturday night. Roberts, a senior from Denver's Mullen High School, had just kicked the game-winning, 46-yard field goal at Hughes Stadium as time ran out. It was his third field goal of the night, following earlier successes from 52 and 46 yards and a miss from 47. The winning kick came after Garrett Grayson's 46-yard pass to Rashard Higgins got the Rams to Utah State's 22-yard line with 11 seconds left. The Rams took a 5-yard penalty for a false start and the Aggies twice called a timeout to ice Roberts. But he stepped up and made the game-winner. 'It's a little frustrating, and you want to get up there and kick it,' Roberts said. 'After the second one, I looked back and I was like, 'Geez, another timeout.' But luckily, they were out, so I knew we were going to kick it at that point. You just relax and trust it. You're always nervous, especially in a game of this magnitude. We had a sellout crowd, and give huge credit to the crowd for being so loud. They made a difference tonight'." - Denver Post 

April 27, 2014 - kickers & punters
"For the first time in coach Jim McElwain's three seasons, the Rams return both their kicker and punter. Kicker Jared Roberts was an all-conference performer last season, when he made 21 of 24 field goals and all 58 of his point-after touchdown kicks. Punter Hayden Hunt averaged 41.9 yards a kick but struggled with consistency in both distance and hang time that hurt the coverage unit. Berto Garcia, the backup kicker, was solid in spring practices as was backup punter Geoff Clary." - Coloradoan

April 19, 2014 - Green and Gold spring game
Jared Roberts hit a 22 yard field goal and Berto Garcia hit a 36 yarder. Hayden Hunt averaged 39.0 yards on three punts placing two inside the twenty yard line. Geoff Clary averaged 42.0 yards on five punts placing three inside the twenty yard line. - CSTV

April 14, 2014 - spring specialists update
"Kicker Jared Roberts and punter Hayden Hunt both return, and each believes he can take his game to a higher level.... Getting better for Roberts this spring means improving his leg strength in hopes of being able to kick even longer field goals than the 52- and 54-yarders he made last season and putting more hang time and distance on his kickoffs. Thirty-one of Roberts' 94 kickoffs last season went through the end zone or were downed in the end zone by the return team.... For Hunt, a 5-11, 196-pound sophomore from Long Beach, Calif., the key this spring is developing more consistency.... 'I really want to work on consistency, so we can get the team to the next level,' Hunt said. He said he's learned a few tricks from Roberts to better cope with the stress kickers and punters face during games. Roberts, he said, likes to joke around a lot before a game, but is dead serious once it begins. That kind of focus, Hunt said, is critical to developing the kind of consistency needed in the kicking game. Special-teams coach Jeff Hammerschmidt said there's a lot of fine-tuning for Roberts and Hunt to work on this spring.... The Rams are breaking in a new long-snapper in redshirt freshman Trent Sieg, and they are working on ways to improve their coverage on kickoffs and punts." - Coloradoan

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