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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pittsburgh Panthers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


July 22, 2015 - summer specialists
"Pitt returns both starting specialists in junior placekicker Chris Blewitt and sophomore punter Ryan Winslow. Last season, Blewitt converted 16-of-21 field goals (76%) and 50-of-51 extra points (98%) to rank second on the team with 98 points. Through two seasons, he has compiled 180 points, good for seventh place on Pitt’s career kick scoring list. Freshman Joel Reighard, a spring walk-on, will provide depth at kicker. Winslow averaged 40.1 yards on 50 punts in his first year as a starter. Redshirt freshman walk-on punter Nick Goldsmith will be the chief reserve. Senior David Murphy is a three-year letterman at long snapper. Junior walk-on Pat Quirin handled snaps for field goals and PATs in the final four games of the 2014 season to earn his first letter." - Panthers

April 18, 2015 - spring Blue-Gold game
"Kicker Chris Blewitt then got the Gold on the board with a booming 55-yard field goal that went straight down the middle.... Kicker Joel Reighard added a 28-yard field goal to make it 17-10 with less than a minute remaining in the half." - Panthers

September 5, 2014 - kicker Chris Blewitt contributes to 30-20 win over Boston College
"One guy that deserves a little credit on Friday night was kicker Chris Blewitt. Blewitt didn't get a chance to kick a field goal against Delaware in last week's opener, but the sophomore got plenty of target practice on Friday. Safe to say, he passed every test. Blewitt was a perfect 3-3 on field goals and even nailed a career-long 49-yarder. His other two weren't gimmes, either, from 41 and 42 yards." - Cardiac Hill

August 18, 2014 - summer specialists
"Chris Blewitt made 14 of 18 field goals and 40 of 41 extra points as a freshman last season. Perhaps most impressive, he made five of his six attempts from 40 yards or longer. While he said playing as a freshman last year was helpful, he also admitted that he started to break down physically at the end of his first college season. Blewitt said he has been dealing with a minor 'heel issue' in training camp — which partially contributed to him making just four of eight attempts in Pitt’s scrimmage Saturday — and would take a few days off this week to get better. 'Obviously, it’s easy to overkick, stress ourselves, and I think I did that last year,' he said. 'I had some groin issues, hamstring issues. So, this year, I’m really going to try to work back a little bit, take care of our bodies.' Another benefit of having a year of playing experience under his belt is that Blewitt has been helping fellow specialist Ryan Winslow prepare for his first season on the field. Winslow, a redshirt freshman punter, spent last year behind fifth-year senior Matt Yoklic. He said he learned from Yoklic that keeping an even keel is one of the best attributes a punter can have.... Yoklic also taught Winslow another, very specific skill he’ll need this season: holding the football. Since he kicked for his high school team, Winslow had never really held for field goals and extra points before college. Assessing his new holder, Blewitt said Winslow has done a good job." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

April 11, 2014 - punter Ryan Winslow
"Redshirt freshman punter Ryan Winslow lost a ball in the rafters of the indoor practice facility when one of his better boots of the spring never came down. 'I've never seen that before,' he said. Winslow said he has been hitting the roof consistently, but he achieved his best hang time (4.7 seconds) Thursday when the team practiced outside." - Trib Live

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