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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


March 17, 2015 - spring specialists
"Georgia Tech returns both Harrison Butker and Ryan Rodwell as starters here, and there won't really be any drama with their starting positions this spring. (Roberto Hinojosa, the backup listed behind Butker, is a walk-on.) There is a preferred walk-on who can kick or punt who was in the 2015 recruiting class, but he won't be enrolling until this fall, and even then likely won't threaten either starter for their position. Sean Tobin should continue to be the starter at long snapper, backed up by Trevor Strobel." - From the Rumble Seat

November 29, 2014 - Harrison Butker kicks game into OT in win over Georgia
"Kicker Harrison Butker told head coach Paul Johnson that his leg was feeling strong on Saturday. He needed all his right leg could muster when he kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal to tie the game at the end of regulation. 'My mindset was it was a long field goal at the end of the game and give it all you had and no regrets,' Butker said. 'I knew just had to keep it straight and it would go in.' Butker’s previous long field goal had been 46 yards against Tulane. He missed a 52-yarder against Duke. The 53-yarder was the 19th made field goal of 50-plus yards in school history and the first since Luke Bell’s 51-yarder against Virginia in 2007. It was an odd day for Butker, who had a field goal and an extra point blocked. It was his first blocked field goal of the season and his first missed extra point." - The Telegraph

September 20, 2014 - Harrison Butker kicks game winner over Virginia Tech
"When the moment arrived, Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker was ready to take and make his first career game-winner. Special-teams coordinator Ray Rychleski, had been telling him all week that he would take the game-winning field goal all week, Butker said. 'I was dreaming about it last night, and it just so happened to come up,' Butker said. Out of Sean Tobin’s snap and Ryan Rodwell’s hold, Butker made the 24-yarder as time expired. While Butker had missed from 30 yards earlier in the game (and also hit a 43-yarder), coach Paul Johnson said that he had 'all the faith' that Butker would put it through. It was the first time Tech won a game on the final play since beating Wake Forest in overtime in 2009." - AJC

August 1, 2014 - kicker Harrison Butker makes teammates happy
"Butker made sure that the first day of preseason camp ended well. Coach Paul Johnson put Butker to the test Thursday, giving him the chance to reduce the team’s conditioning drills based on five field-goal tries. Butker made all five of his attempts, the longest from 52 yards, setting off a frenzied celebration recorded on video for the Tech website. As teammates mob Butker, A-back Synjyn Days screams into the camera, 'We’re going to Charlotte!” - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 19, 2014 - summer specialists
"Picking up where he left off last year, Harrison Butker will lead the charge on all placekicking and kickoff duties. As a freshman, Butker tied for second all-time at Georgia Tech with 53 extra points converted in a single season, with his only miss coming due to a bad snap in the Miami game. Additionally, he was 10 of 14 on field goals, with 5 of his made kicks coming from longer than 40 yards and his longest coming from 49 yards (twice, against Duke and Virginia Tech). Butker will be backed up by the future Heisman finalist and President-of-the-United-States-in-Training, Andrew Chau. He'll be joined by a slimmed-down Ryan Rodwell, who saw action as a freshman in six games before redshirting last season. The word out of Tech's camp last year was that Sean Poole's success at punter were enough reason not to burn a year of eligibility, though there were also questions about Rodwell's physical conditioning. Now, Rodwell comes into the 2014 season reportedly "in the best shape of his life" and ready to make a difference. He arrived at Georgia Tech weighing around 220 pounds (pretty stout for a 6'1" frame), but has reportedly lost at least 30 pounds and is ready to be the go-to punter for the rest of his career at Georgia Tech." - From the Rumble Seat

April 18, 2014 - spring game
"Sophomore kicker Harrison Butker kicked two field goals for the White team, including a 54-yard line drive that crawled over the goalpost in the first quarter." - Ramblin Wreck

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