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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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April 14, 2015 - kicking competition
"Junior Cody Clark and sophomore Canon Rooker are the two players vying for the starting kicking duties this spring. The duo is a combined 1 of 4 in field goal attempts in the team's two scrimmages so far this spring. 'I understand where (coach Stockstill) is coming from because I first and foremost hold myself accountable,' Clark said. 'To hear him say (we need to be more consistent), it just makes me want to work harder. I kind of feel like it's going to happen for me this year. That's what I'm hoping for.' Clark handled all of the team's field goal and kickoff duties in 2014 after Rooker suffered a sports hernia injury prior to the season that resulted in him missing all 12 of the team's games. Rooker, who was redshirted last season and is fully recovered now, handled the team's kickoff duties as a freshman in 2013." - Daily News Journal
February 4, 2015 - punter Matt Bonadies signs
"Buford, GA - A three-year starter for Buford High School where he was part of three straight state championships … 2014 Class AAA first team all-state … Owns the school scoring record, longest made field goal (48) and best average kickoff yardage … Selected as one of two kickers for the 2013 Georgia Rising Seniors Junior Bowl, recognized as 2012 Region Specialist of the Year, 1st Team All Region, 2013 2nd Team All-State, Gwinnett All-County Team Kicker, Class AAA 1st Team Offense Kicker in the State of Georgia, National Kickoff Champion Class of 2015 (Chris Sailer), Georgia Nike Camp Kickoff Champion (Chris Sailer), Georgia Nike Camp Finalist (Chris Sailer), 2013 Vegas Event Last Man Standing Field Goal Champion Class of 2015 (Chris Sailer), and 1st Place Punter Class of 2015 (Kornblue Kicking) … As a senior he made 5 of 7 field goals, had a punting average of 47.8 yards and 88 percent of his kickoffs were touchbacks … Hit a 43-yard field goal to help Buford win the 2012 state championship over St. Pius, and hit a 48 and 42-yard field goal in the third round of the playoffs that season … Also lettered in soccer at Buford." - Blue Raiders

August 26, 2014 - holder & kicker
"It's not unheard of, but it is rare for the starting quarterback to serve as holder on PAT kicks and field goals. But Austin Grammer will begin the season as the holder for placekicker Cody Clark. Former punter Josh Davis had served as the primary holder for the past three seasons.... Head coach Rick Stockstill was hoping to use three different players to fill the placekicker, punter and kickoff specialist roles. Instead, Cody Clark will start the season as placekicker and kickoff specialist. Clark showed a stronger leg than a year ago in preseason camp. But don't be surprised if Wells steps in on kickoffs later if Clark suffers any leg fatigue." - Daily News Journal

August 11, 2014 - kicker Canon Rooker out for year
"MTSU kicker Canon Rooker (sports hernia) and defensive end Todney Evans (torn shoulder labrum) have been lost to season-ending injuries.... Rooker, a sophomore, was MTSU's kickoff specialist as a true freshman last season. He handled 70 of the team's 71 kickoffs with 23 touchbacks. Rooker will now take a redshirt this season. His likely replacement is true freshman AJ Wells, who is also competing with Zachary Lopez for the vacant punter position. Lopez and returning placekicker Cody Clark could also handle kickoffs." - Daily News Journal

June 24, 2014 - summer specialists
"Sophomore Cody Clark returns at kicker after making 12-of-16 attempts as a rookie. At punter, meanwhile, MTSU will replace Josh Davis with either junior Zachary Lopez or true freshman A.J. Wells, the latter an on-scholarship member of February's recruiting class." - USA Today

April 19, 2014 - Blue-White Spring Game
"Sophomore Cody Clark nailed a 29-yard field goal with 5:07 left in the first quarter to put the Blue (offense) on the board.... Sophomore kicker Canon Rooker added a 24-yard field goal for the Blue team to make the score 29-20 after three quarters." - Murfreesboro Post

February 5, 2014 - punter A.J. Wells signs
"A.J. Wells, punter, Buena Vista, Ga. Wells was rated among the best kickers and punters in the country, and he had a long field goal of 47 yards as a senior. He graduated early and enrolled in January." - AP College Football

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