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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Richmond Spiders Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


July 9, 2014 - punter D.J. Helkowski ambipedal 
"D.J. Helkowski arrived at Robins Stadium on Monday evening holding three footballs. He started booting them around the artificial surface. Helkowski, an incoming University of Richmond freshman player, doesn’t do this in the expected way. Helkowski punts left-footed. He kicks with his right foot. Helkowski, 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, performed both jobs well at Fauquier High School. With an NCAA scholarship maximum of 63, FCS programs rarely offer full scholarships to kickers or punters. In Helkowski’s case, Richmond did. The Spiders’ coaches have told Helkowski that they project him as a punter who may also develop into the program’s kicker. Helkowski’s odd punting-kicking combination began when he was about 7 years old, he recalled on Monday. Helkowski’s father, Doug Helkowski, was Penn State’s starting punter from 1988-91. Father and son would boot footballs in the backyard of their home. Although D.J. (Douglas James) is right-handed, he preferred kicking with his left foot as a child. 'There was really no rhyme or reason for it. There’s nobody (else) in our family that’s left-handed, or left-footed, that I know of,' said Doug." - Richmond Times-Dispatch

April 10, 2014 - change at kicker
"Richmond football suffered yet another blow, as record-setting placekicker Brandon Jordi left the team. Academics were the primary reason Jordi left, he said, but he is going to miss the camaraderie and competitiveness that team sports brings.... Richmond has three or four candidates to replace Jordi, Rocco said, but, chose not to identify them. 'I’m very optimistic, you know,' coach Danny Rocco said. 'It just, it was an area I didn’t foresee having to… address.' Pete Yoder, a freshman and Richmond’s kickoff specialist last season, and redshirt freshman Matthew Kassebaum look to be likely replacements. Neither has attempted a field goal in a game for the Spiders. Jordi said he expected Yoder to replace him but he thought both Yoder and Kassebaum were able candidates. 'They both have a lot of potential,' Jordi said. 'The thing about kicking is, you know, you can have a lot of potential but when it comes to game time you got to be able to execute. That’s what separates good kickers from average kickers'.” - The Collegian

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