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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Elon Phoenix Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


September 7, 2015 - punter David Petroni earns weekly CAA honors
"junior punter David Petroni collected the first weekly CAA Football honor of the year for the Phoenix as the league recognized the Buford, Ga., native as the Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 7. Petroni, who becomes just the second Elon player to earn a CAA Football weekly award, averaged 44.2 yards on 11 punts in the maroon and gold's opener at Wake Forest. He launched three punts of 50 or more yards, including the longest two punts of his career that checked in at 61 and 60 yards. Four of his punts pinned the Demon Deacons inside their own 20-yard line." - Phoenix

April 25, 2015 - spring game
"In the second quarter, junior kicker John Gallagher nailed a 32 yard field goal from the right hashmark to give the White team its only points of the day. Gallagher was 1-for-2 on field goal attempts, missing from 37 yards at the end of the first quarter." - The Pendulum

November 4, 2014 - punter David Petroni
"Through eight games, only two punters in the Colonial Athletic Association had punted more than Petroni.  Against Richmond, Petroni booted seven for an average of 42.6 yards. His seven punts were a mix of traditional and lower trajectory, rugby-style punts. The Phoenix has used the rugby-style more regularly under Skrosky this season. Last year, under head coach Jason Swepson, Petroni only kicked a handful of rugby-style punts all season. Elon operates under the belief that the rugby style punt has two major advantages: the odds of the opposing team returning the punt are significantly lower and the chance that the punt will strike an opposing player is higher, allowing Elon the chance to recover. While both of these are valid reasons for mixing in the rugby-style, Petroni admits he’s struggled with the drops on his punts at times, a part of his game he has started to polish. 'At the start of the season, I was disappointed,' Petroni said. 'I had a problem where my drop was kind of floating in on me which causes shorter, lower hang time punts. I didn’t start out the way I know I can. But I really focused in, made a couple of adjustments, fixed what I was doing and I’m hitting the ball really well now'." - The Pendulum

September 18, 2014 - kicker John Gallagher
"A year ago, Elon University true freshman kicker John Gallagher began the season making just 1-of-8 field goal attempts. Through two games this season, Elon has converted just one out of eight trips to the red zone for a touchdown. Last year, kicking was the problem. This year, it’s everything but the kicking. Gallagher, a product of Caldwell, N.J., has been more locked in than ever with his field goal duties, making his first six before having the seventh blocked — by no fault of his, though — and has been able to pace an otherwise dormant Elon offense inside the 20-yard line. Most of them have been fairly close — Gallagher’s longest this year is 36 yards. But his turnaround in just one year in terms of confidence and performance has been one many have taken notice of. 'It’s incredible,' said sophomore punter David Petroni, Gallagher’s roommate. 'His mindset is completely different from last year in a positive way'." - The Pendulum

April 26, 2014 - spring game
"Team White defeated team Maroon in the Elon University spring football game 16-7, Saturday April 26. Three field goals by sophomore kicker John Gallagher, from 29, 27 and 48 yards proved to be the difference in the game." - The Pendulum

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