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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Iowa State Cyclones Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 10, 2015 - spring specialists
"Placekicker Cole Netten (6-1, 219, Jr.#, Ankeny, Iowa) continued to make outstanding improvement as the Cyclone kicker in his sophomore campaign in 2014. Netten earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors last season by drilling 11-of-14 field goal attempts and 35-of-35 PATs. Netten’s 78.6 percent season clip was third in the Big 12 and the third-best season percentage in ISU history. He had a streak of 11-straight field goals made during the year, tying for the longest streak in school history. With two years remaining, Netten has a chance to be one of ISU’s all-time greatest kickers. The Cyclones also return both of their punters in Colin Downing (5-11, 190, So., Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and Holden Kramer (6-3, 184, So.#, West Des Moines, Iowa). Downing handled the majority of the punting chores while Kramer did all of the pooch punts. Downing was solid in his true freshman season in 2014, averaging 39.4 yards per punt. He also had 13 punts downed inside the 20-yard line and nine 50-yarders. Kramer punted only seven times last year, but all seven were downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. Austin Fischer (6-2, 215, Sr.#, Ankeny, Iowa) is back as ISU’s holder and the Cyclones will look at either Jake Rhoads (6-2, 207, So.#, Ames, Iowa) or Tanner Tusha (5-11, 200, Jr.#, Clear Lake, Iowa) as their long snapper." - Cyclones

November 22, 2014 - Cole Netten misses a pair in loss to Texas Tech
"Cole Netten stood front and center in the interview room Saturday afternoon, shortly after Iowa State's three-point loss against Texas Tech at Jack Trice Stadium. He knows his existence as a kicker includes explaining bad as well as good. 'Absolutely there are ups and downs,' the personable Ankeny High School graduate said after missing two field-goal attempts during the 34-31 loss. 'Everyone's been there.' Netten made his first eight attempts of the season, but Saturday he missed from 41 yards in the second quarter and from 42 yards in the fourth.  'I hit it wrong,' he said of the first miss. 'It was a technical problem.' He successfully kicked a 22-yarder and actually thought what ended up being his final attempt was good, too. 'It was a solid hit,' Netten said. 'I was surprised it went a little left. It felt good'." - Des Moines Register

September 13, 2014 - Cole Netten kicks game winner over Iowa
"After Iowa State kicker Cole Netten yanked his first shot at a potential game-winning field goal Saturday, center Tom Farniok turned around and saw his teammate smiling. That's when Farniok knew the Cyclones were in safe hands. Netten secured his spot in Cy-Hawk lore, booting a 42-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining as Iowa State beat Iowa 20-17 at Kinnick Stadium.... Netten said he knew the timeout had been called even before launching his first attempt into the Iowa City air. 'A little over-rotation,' Netten said of the missed kick. Most of his chat with Farniok was a blur. 'I was a little too focused on the next one,' Netten said. 'That's how you have to take it. You have to take the first one as a joke.' After the miss, Netten regrouped, re-kicked and made the most of the opportunity. 'I'm just doing my job — kicking field goals,' Netten said. 'That's all I do. That's what I'm on the team for. Whether it's a game-winner or just another field goal, I'm just doing my job'." - Des Moines Register 

August 21, 2014 - kicker Cole Netten
"Netten set out during the off-season to improve on those deep drives. He hit the weight room and added strength with explosive exercises, including work on a hip machine. He went back to the basics, using a GoPro camera to break down his technique. Netten also enlisted the help of former Ankeny kicking coach Peter Rameh, who worked with him on technique. They noticed that on some of his deep attempts, Netten would change his technique, even swinging too hard. 'It's kind of like trying to hit a golf drive,' Netten said. 'Sometimes when you swing too hard, it doesn't go right. You've got to stay nice and smooth.' The added strength has helped Netten stay smooth. No longer does he try to force a kick with a ton of added effort. 'I just feel so much stronger and you can tell, you can hear the pop on the ball from the leg and the leg speed and stuff,' Netten said. 'That's really helped.' Netten said last week that he hit a 54-yarder during fall camp." - Des Moines Register

August 17, 2014 - coach discusses kicker
"As for the kicking game, coach Paul Rhoads is happy about the consistency, and that’s great news for a field goal kicker that became more efficient as the 2013 went on. '[Cole Netten] had a great summer. I’ve been blessed here to have guys that are very serious about being a specialist– Kirby Van Der Kamp and Cole. Cole’s blessed to be local, and to have Peter Rameh– who coached him [at Akeny High School]– to be able to talk to him, and that’s very beneficial in the process. He’s really consistent right now. I’ve always established a goal of being really good from 40 in'.” - Clones Confidential

August 4, 2014 - kicker Chris Francis walks-on
"Iowa State football added three walk-ons to the fall camp roster: including place kicker Chris Francis... Francis from Dubuque, Iowa, did place kicking, kickoff, and punting duties for the team. He averaged 35.1 yards per punt.... The biggest get in the walk-on department could very well be Francis. As of the latest pre-fall camp depth chart, there is no one outside of Holden Kramer or Cole Netten at punter and place kicker, respectively. Francis could be in for emergency purposes or he has the potential to be the kickoff guy if Netten doesn’t hold down the fort for both duties." - Clones Confidential

July 31, 2014 - summer specialists
"All-Conference punter Kirby Van Der Kamp graduated. He was a difference-making weapon on special teams. He is second all-time at ISU with a 42.4 yard per punt average. He also placed 99 career punts inside the 20-yard line. The Cyclones will turn to incoming freshman Colin Downing to pick up where Van Der Kamp left off. The Wisconsin native was signed to take the starting job this fall. Redshirt freshman Holden Kramer opens fall atop the depth chart, but true freshmen aren’t listed on ISU’s pre-fall camp depth chart. Outside of punter, there is plenty of returning experience on the special teams. Sophomore Cole Netten returns after a solid freshman year. He was 13 of 18 on field goals with four of his five misses coming from beyond 40 yards. Netten will need to improve on his long distance kicking. His career long field goal is 41 yards. Long snapper Spencer Thornton returns for his senior year. The Cyclones will need to break in a new holder, and junior Austin Fischer will get the first crack at it." - Ames Tribune

May 20, 2014 - spring specialists
"Punter Kirby Van Der Kamp's departure deals this defense a huge blow: Van Der Kamp was a nice weapon in field position, and this year's defense could use all the extra space it can get. Based on the spring, it looks as if redshirt freshman Holden Kramer will get the nod as Van Der Kamp's successor. The Cyclones return sophomore kicker Cole Netten, who could double as the kickoff specialist." - USA Today

April 14, 2014 - kicker Cole Netten on camera
"To help Netten improve his kicking mechanics, the team hooked him up with the GoPro, which he places on his helmet during practices and scrimmages, including last Saturday's spring game. Netten said the smaller device is a giant upgrade from the normal cameras the team uses. Netten said those cameras can capture only about 60 frames per second. 'hen you're watching your foot, it goes so fast,' Netten said. 'It's just a huge blur.' The GoPro captures 120 frames per second, Netten said, allowing him to break down the minutiae of his technique. 'When you slow it down to 120 frames per second, your foot's really clear so you can see the sweet spot on your foot and the ball,' he said.... Netten recently has been tested at longer distances. During Saturday's spring game, Netten connected on field goals from 29 and 56 yards. He missed attempts of 45 and 62 yards. 'From 40 in, he's been very consistent all spring long,' coach Paul Rhoads said." - Des Moines Register

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