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Monday, September 21, 2015

Kansas State Wildcats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 21, 2015 - kicker Jack Cantele named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
"Senior place kicker Jack Cantele was true on 4-of-4 field goals from distances of 33, 38, 20 and 44 yards in the 39-33 triple overtime win over Louisiana Tech. The 44-yarder was a “must-make” to send the game to a third overtime. Cantele now has 23 career field goals made to rank 10th in school history, passing current Wildcat Matthew McCrane. He is 7-of-7 on field goals this season and 23-of-29 in his career. The four field goals tied his career-high, originally set on Nov. 16, 2013 vs. TCU, and were the second-most in school history for a game. The 44-yarder tied his career long set on Nov. 2, 2013 against Iowa State." - Big 12

September 19, 2015 - Jack Cantele kicks KSU to win over LA Tech
"senior kicker Jack Cantele had the finest game of his career against Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Cantele made four field goals, including a 44-yarder in double overtime he had to make to extend a game that the Wildcats ended up winning 39-33 in three overtimes. Quite the contrast from this time last year, when he missed three field goals against Auburn and Matthew McCrane replaced him in the starting lineup. Not that he thought about that during the game. 'I lined up correctly and just let the rest take care of itself,' Cantele said. 'I have practiced those kicks a thousand times in practice, so I am just going to let it take care of itself'." - Kansas City Star
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October 26, 2014 - kicker Matthew McCrane
"McCrane, the Wildcats’ freshman kicker, connected on three field goals Saturday in a 23-0 victory over Texas.... McCrane added a season-long 38-yard field goal in the third quarter and is 6-for-6 since taking over the job in the fourth game." - Topeka Capital-Journal

October 7, 2014 - punter Nick Walsh
"Walsh was thrown into the fire in K-State’s second game at Iowa State. When the Cyclones returned a punt by Mitch Lochbihler — who won the starting job over Walsh in fall camp — 82 yards for a touchdown, Walsh was called upon for the next kick. He averaged 46.5 yards on four punts in the victory over the Cyclones and has been the primary punter the past three games.... Walsh is tied for second in the Big 12 with a 43.7-yard average, behind leader Trevor Pardula of Kansas at 45.0. Walsh has punted 11 times and No. 17 K-State — which has a bye this week before going to Oklahoma on Oct. 18 — has 14 total punts in five games. Pardula punted 14 times in one game last week and 38 times this season. 'He had one short kick last week (27 yards) but normally he has consistency,' K-State coach Bill Snyder said of Walsh. 'He can get the ball up in the air — that’s a good thing. He’s consistent and hits them about what his average is, for the most part in the 42-yard range. He can really get it out there sometimes, but that’s not always in your best interest. He just doesn’t hit too many bad balls'." - Topeka Capital-Journal

October 2, 2014 - kicker Matthew McCrane
"With less than four minutes to play against Auburn, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder made a switch at kicker. Normally reliable Jack Cantele was struggling — he had already missed field goal tries of 41, 42 and 22 yards. Matthew McCrane trotted out to the field for his first-career extra-point attempt. The redshirt-freshman from Texas sent the kick through the uprights, to the delight of a frustrated home crowd. For McCrane, it shook the nerves right out of him, and helped him focus forward. 'Getting the PAT against Auburn was good — kind of got a bunch of nerves out and stuff like that,' he said. 'Getting the first field goal out of the way, it was very big.' McCrane went into last week with an open competition at kicker — a job he won over Cantele for the game against UTEP. Snyder said it simply came down to who practiced better during the week. McCrane didn’t even know he would get the nod until just before the game started. 'I was hoping for an opportunity this year, whether it was a PAT of a field goal to get into a game,' McCrane said. 'It’s not like Coach Snyder came up and said, ‘hey, you’re starting.’ It was really at the beginning of the game. Coach said, ‘you’re number one going in,’ so that’s kind of how it went.' McCrane responded by making all eight of his extra-point tries and his first-career field goal — from 25 yards out in the first quarter of the Wildcats’ 58-28 victory over the Miners. Cantele attempted one extra point in the fourth quarter, but missed it." - The Mercury

September 22, 2014 - kicker Jack Cantele
"Bill Snyder came to the defense of his embattled place-kicker on Monday, though he stopped short of naming Jack Cantele his starter for Saturday’s home game against Texas-El Paso.... Asked Monday if Cantele was still the No. 1 place-kicker this week, Snyder hinted that he was. 'He’s our kicker,' he said. 'It’s always competitive, sure, and it’ll remain competitive throughout the course of the week, but it is every week. It was last week and it was the week before'." - Hutch News

September 19, 2014 - kicker Jack Cantele misses three
"kicker Jack Cantele missed three field goals on Thursday. It was a rough night for a junior that had only missed three field goals in his college career coming into the game. He missed a 41-yarder left, then a 42-yarder right and then a 22-yarder right. Things got so bad that the crowd at Snyder Family Stadium roared with excitement when Matthew McCrane replaced him for an extra point in the fourth quarter. Cantele did not speak with media after the game, but he owned up to the forgettable performance in a classy manner on Twitter, 'At the end of the day if it had to happen to someone, I'm glad it was me and not any of my teammates. I can handle it & we will get better'.... Cantele appears to have the support of his teammates and coaches. Bill Snyder blamed two of his masses on poor snaps/holds. After re-watching the game, the snaps were poor on his first two attempts. But the hold appeared solid on his second attempt. Cantele simply flubbed the 22-yarder. It’s possible wind played a factor. They were all stunning misses for a player that went 11 for 13 last season and kicked a game-winner against TCU. He has proven his skills. Time will tell if McCrane takes his spot. A kicking competition leading up to the Texas-El Paso game seems likely." - Wichita Eagle
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 August 28, 2014 - punting competition, kicker Cantele back
"Mitch Lochbihler and Nick Walsh couldn’t be any more different. The two Kansas State punters, who consider each other to be best friends, have different ways of kicking and another difference that’s apparent just by looking at them. Lochbihler is 6-foot-6 and Walsh is just 5-10. One thing they have in common, though, is the competition for K-State’s punting job — one neither has gained the edge in yet. Associate head coach Sean Snyder said he’s still looking for one to impress him over the other. 'They both have the ability to punt and they both have the ability to be very good punters,' he said. 'They’ve got to develop consistency. We’ve had a lot of great punters over the years, we’ve had a lot of great snappers, we’ve had a lot of great kickers — what we’ve got to have is that constant consistency where we don’t have the mis-hits and the shanks. Those are things that are unacceptable to us. It puts a heavy pressure on those guys, but the good thing is that when they get to that point, their success rates get better and better'....
The Wildcats are more settled at the kicker position, where junior Jack Cantele is returning after missing the final three games of last season with an injury. Cantele’s final kick of the 2013 season was a game-winning 41-yard field goal against TCU.... Snyder said Cantele is recovered from his injury last season and finally getting back to speed. And he said he’s as confident as ever. 'He handles his kicks a lot better than what he has,' Snyder said. 'He’s just grown up a lot'.” - Manhattan Mercury

April 26, 2014 - Purple/White Spring Game
"White narrowed the game to 7-3 with 54 seconds to play in the first half, as redshirt freshman placekicker Matthew McCrane connected on a 42-yard field goal.... Purple increased its lead to 17-3 on a 27-yard field goal by Jack Cantele early in the fourth quarter." - Kansas First News

April 8, 2014 - spring kicking
Junior Place Kicker Jack Cantele On spring practices thus far: 'It is always nice when the workouts are over and practice gets started - everyone is excited to be able to get started on what we are here to do. Everyone is in a good mood and excited to practice and it has showed in the results of practice'." - Wildcats

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