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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Eastern Washington Eagles Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


April 25, 2015 - spring game
"Senior kicker Tyler McNannay, who made all 11 of his field goal attempts a year ago, converted field goals of 25 and 21 yards and had a 48-yarder blocked by Andre Lino." - KXLY

September 18, 2014 - punter Jake Miller
"Miller’s stock is pretty high these days. The senior from Central Valley is averaging 47.6 yards a kick and netting 42.1 yards, fourth-best in the Football Championship Subdivision. Two weeks ago, he was named the Big Sky Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. Already the Eagles’ leading career punter, he’s always looking for more – and sometimes a little less – when an Eagles drive stalls at midfield. During warmups before a game 'I always start with my regular kicks,' Miller explained. 'Then, when I’m a little more tired, I’ll get a good gauge of how I want to kick it close in. I’m always working on those things: hang time and placement. There’s not a stat for that, but it makes a difference'." - Spokesman-Review

August 4, 2014 - kicker Roldan Alcobendas
"Eastern Washington has some questions at kicker, but none bigger than the ones Roldan Alcobendas faced a year ago. Three months after signing with the Eagles early in 2013, the Camas High star injured an ACL – perhaps ending his college football dreams before they could begin. After all, Alcobendas was damaged goods. But here he is, the favorite to kick field goals and extra points for the Eagles this season. As if there was any doubt. 'Of course we were going to stay with him,' coach Beau Baldwin said of Alcobendas, a 6-foot, 175-pound redshirt freshman. 'I knew he would respond from that, and we’re confident in him.'
Nevertheless, the Eagles have three options at kicker, including senior punter Jake Miller from Spokane Valley and true freshman Jason Schwartz of Bellevue. At this point, Miller may handle kickoff duties, but Alcobendas has shown a consistency on short- to middle-range field goals that Baldwin prizes.... 'I’m going to go for it anyway from the 50 (yard-line) down to the 20,' Baldwin said Monday morning after the first of several kicking competitions scheduled for fall camp. 'I want a consistency when we’re kicking from 35 yards on in, because unless it’s right before halftime, it’s (a field-goal try) not going to happen anyway. That’s what I want, is that ability to make the ones we’re supposed to make,' said Baldwin, who appreciates Alcobendas’ ability to do just that." - Spokesman-Review

April 23, 2014 - long snapper Cory Alcantar
"On a blustery day last week, Eastern Washington long snapper Cory Alcantar was being carried away by his emotions. 'It’s been amazing, and I feel so blessed to be here – I feel like I won the lottery,' said Alcantar, who certainly beat the odds last summer in becoming the first junior college transfer in recent Eastern history. 'We really don’t recruit JCs, but we felt like he would compete right away,' Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin said. 'Ultimately he took it over and has run with it.' Alcantar has jumped with it too. On off days, he and punter Jake Miller routinely scale the fence at Roos Field, where Alcantar works on his spiral, and his placement." - Spokesman-Review

April 22, 2014 - spring specialists
"As redshirt freshman Roldan Alcobendas and walk-on Trevor Merritt were blasting the ball past the track at the south end of Roos Field, the coaches were sizing them up in what is shaping up to be one of the most interesting position battles on the roster. 'It’s going about as I expected,' said special teams coach Jeff Schmedding, who lost Kevin Miller to graduation. The heir apparent is Alcobendas, a 2013 recruit from Camas, Wash., who tore his ACL that same year in a high school soccer game. 'We’re very excited abour him, and from what we’re seeing, he’s doing a good job of rehabbing and should be close to 100 percent,' Schmedding said. Also in camp is Merritt, a redshirt sophomore from Renton, Wash. The Eagles didn’t sign any high school kickers this year, but are rumored to be looking at adding another kicker/punter this summer. Punter Jake Miller also is a possibility for kickoffs, and saw action at that position in Saturday’s scrimmage.... Junior college transfer Cory Alcantar, a 6-foor-4, 240-pounder from Yucaipa, Calif., is back for his second year as the snapper on punts and placekicks. 'He’s done a tremendous job for us,' Schmedding said." - Spokesman-Review

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