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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Michigan State Spartans Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


June 23, 2015 - kicker Matthew Coghlin commits
"Matthew Coghlin, a 2016 place kicker from Cincinnati Moeller, tweeted tonight that he has committed to Michigan State. He wrote: 'I am excited to announce that I am officially committed to Michigan State University Spartans to continue my academic and athletic career!!' Coghlin would be the 20th member of the Spartans' class, which is currently ranked in the top five nationally by recruiting services. But Rivals.com reported the plan is for Coghlin to take a gray shirt -- meaning he would enroll in 2016, go on scholarship in 2017 and technically be part of the 2017 class. MSU starting kicker Michael Geiger has two seasons of eligibility left, so Coghlin could potentially take over the position as a redshirt freshman in 2017." - Detroit Free Press

April 25, 2015 - spring game
"The Green team got three points off a 32-yard field goal from backup kicker Kevin Cronin, and he also connected from 30 yards for the White team. Cronin missed three attempts from beyond 40 yards, though one didn't count because of a defensive offsides. He handled the duties because starting kicker Michael Geiger is still out after off-season hip surgery. Geiger should be fine for fall camp. MSU's new punter, Jake Hartbarger, had three attempts for each team. He averaged 40.7 yards on those punts, with a long of 49." - Detroit Free Press

October 31, 2014 - kicker Michael Geiger
"Mark Dantonio continues to espouse faith in Michigan State sophomore kicker Michael Geiger through a tough stretch. Geiger has now missed four of his last six kicks, one in each of his last four games. That's after missing only one all of last season and starting this year 4-of-5 in the first three games. Michigan State is now 12th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, after Geiger led all kickers in the category last season. Despite that, Spartans quarterback Connor Cook said the team's game plan in field goal range won't change. 'Geiger is a great kicker, he makes everything in practice, there's been no talk that our game plan has changed,' Cook said. Part of Dantonio's faith in Geiger is the fact that there have been extenuating circumstances in several of the misses. Against Nebraska, he kicked in the rain. Against Indiana, there was a bad snap. And against Michigan, he kicked with a stiff wind. 'The wind down there was pretty abrupt,' Dantonio said. 'It was swirling. When their kicker kicked the field goal, all of a sudden it went calm. It was a difficult kick into the wind or with the wind swirling'." - MLive

October 16, 2014 - kicker Michael Geiger
"Geiger set the expectations almost impossibly high as a freshman in 2013, going 15 for 16 and setting the school record with a 93.8 percent accuracy rating. And even though the numbers may not bear it out so far, he says he's an even better kicker now than he was then. 'There's still a lot of kicks to go this season,' Geiger said Tuesday. 'I feel like I'm a better kicker than last year. I just think the way the kicks laid themselves out last year, it was beneficial to me.' At the midway point of this season, Geiger is 7 for 10 on field goals, with two of the three misses coming in the past two weeks against Nebraska and Purdue. He's made a pair of 42-yarders on the year, and had misses from 36, 41 and 44 yards. A few of those misses didn't lay themselves out for him quite as well as last year. 'I just think I've had a couple of misses that are uncharacteristic for me,' Geiger said. 'I think the one against Nebraska was just a tough one with the wind, and the one last week at Purdue I just didn't hit it how I would have liked to'." - MLive

September 25, 2014 - punter Mike Sadler
"Senior punter Mike Sadler remains a strength of the Michigan State football team, even if his numbers are a bit down from his All-American junior season. 'It’s been a good year so far, but I don’t know if that necessarily shows up on paper,'’ said Sadler, who’s averaging 40.3 yards per punt this season, down from his career-high 42.5 average last season. 'I’ve been hitting into the wind a lot, so I’ve been trying to limit returns as best as I can'.... As for his punting statistics, part of the reason they are down at this point of the season is a matter of circumstance. Sadler put 33 of his 76 punts (43 percent) last season inside opponents’ 20-yard line, and 24 of 76 inside the 10. Those type of numbers probably won’t happen this season, Sadler said. 'A lot of things need to fall into place to have those kind of numbers, just the situations I was put in last season,' Sadler said. 'We ended up pooching it (punting on the opposition's side of the field) a ton last season. We probably pooched it more against Western (Michigan) in the opener than we have this whole season so far'." - MLive

August 15, 2014 - second summer scrimmage
"Sophomore kicker Michael Geiger hit all six of his field-goal attempts, including a 43-yarder." - Detroit Free Press

August 5, 2014 - punting, this year & beyond
"It will help that Sadler is past a series of injuries that have hampered him in recent years. He said Monday that he's feeling “as good as I’ve been since I’ve been here” after undergoing offseason knee surgery and missing all of spring camp. 'I’m excited for this year to start,' Sadler said. A strong, healthy season could help Sadler earn an NFL career -- something he admits is in the back of his mind. But knowing that won’t stop him from fully taking in his senior year. 'It’s been a great time but at the same time it’s kind of been a blur,' Sadler said. 'So right now it’s kind of time for me to stop and smell the roses a little bit and absorb everything I can before it’s over.' And one of his last tasks to securing his legacy: showing the ropes to Jake Hartbarger, an incoming freshman rated by 247sports as the top Class of 2014 punter in the country. 'He’s somebody that I’m kind of taking under my wing and trying to make sure that he’s going to be ready to go next year,' Sadler said." - MLive

April 26, 2014 - spring game
"Punter Mike Sadler was out because of a knee issue, leaving kicker Michael Geiger to handle most of the punting. His longest of the day was 33 yards. Geiger did make two field goals, but kicker Kevin Cronin had an extra point blocked and missed a 27-yard field goal attempt. Geiger had a miss from 38 yards." - South Bend Tribune

April 23, 2014 - Mike Sadler recovery & radio
"Now, after undergoing knee surgery soon after the Rose Bowl, Sadler is excited to see what a potentially fully healthy year can bring. 'They did a whole lot of fun stuff in there, but we’re good to go now and it’ll be good to have at least one season at 100 percent,' Sadler said. Sadler is using the spring practice session to recover, and he said he’s ahead of schedule. By the fall, he expects to be back to 100 percent. It would mark his first fully healthy season since 2010. 'I think I’ve built on everything year-by-year,' Sadler said. 'Not to say that the stats have gotten significantly better every year, but I feel like I’ve put together better years with time here. It’ll be exciting to see what I can do at 100 percent, I’m looking forward to it.' While he recovers, one of the best personalities on the team will remain in the spotlight. Sadler and senior offensive lineman Travis Jackson filled in for athletic director Mark Hollis on his Monday radio show with their own program dubbed 'Thick and Thin'. The hour-long program -- which Sadler said was prepared Sunday night at Crunchy’s Burgers & Beer -- featured interviews with Spartans quarterback Connor Cook and former Spartan Keith Nichol." - MLive

April 15, 2014 - punter Mike Sadler undergoes surgery
"Senior punter Mike Sadler will miss the entire spring practice period after undergoing surgery following the 2013 season, Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday. Dantonio didn't specify what Sadler had surgery on. 'Mike will be back, we’re just holding him (out) through the spring based on the surgery he had,' Dantonio said. Sadler has a career average of 42.3 yards per punt and led all of FBS with 22 punts inside the 10-yard-line last season. He was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy award for the top punter in the country. In his absence, Tyler O’Connor and Michael Geiger have been handling the punting duties during spring practice, Dantonio said." - MLive

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