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Monday, April 13, 2015

South Carolina Gamecocks Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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April 11, 2015 - spring game
"Scoring drive ended the first quarter and the second quarter was marked by two Elliott Fry field goals, the kicker for the Garnet team. His first make was a 48-yarder, which was longer than any make he had last season." - Garnet & Black Attack

February 4, 2015 - kicker/punter Joseph Charlton & punter Sean Kelly sign
"Joseph Charlton: Local product who attends A.C. Flora High School in Columbia... handled the kickoff, punting and placekicking duties as a prep... helped the Falcons and coach Reggie Shaw to a 13-2 record and a spot in the state AAA semifinals as a senior... considered a three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout... regarded as a three-star prospect, the 20-best player in the state and the second-best punter in the country by 247Sports... ESPN ranks him as a three-star prospect, the 21st-best player in the state and the 15th-best kicker in the country. 
Sean Kelly: Transfer who joined the Gamecocks in January of 2015 as a walk-on... did not play football in the fall of 2014 while attending Tallahassee Junior College... spent the previous two years at Florida Atlantic... as a sophomore in 2013, he punted for 3,072 yards, averaging 42.7 yards per punt, and set a career-best with a 64-yard punt against FIU... had 19 punts of over 50 yards and pinned opponents inside the 20 on 26 occasions... ranked third in Conference USA and 36th in the NCAA for average yards per punt... ranked third in punting yards and second in average yards per punt in FAU history... also had a pair of 63-yard boots against Rice and Auburn... named FAU's Special Team MVP and was a three-time FAU game ball winner (at ECU, at Rice and NMSU)... received second-team honors in Phil Steele's 2013 Mid-Season All-C-USA team and was a second team all-conference selection... as a freshman, joined the squad during camp in 2012 and handled every punt for the squad... averaged 39.9 yards per punt including 14 that were 50+ yards... 16 landed inside the 20." - Gamecocks

January 4, 2015 - punter Sean Kelly to walk-on this spring
"Sean Kelly of Winter Garden, FL, who spent two seasons at Florida Atlantic, said Sunday he will enroll at USC this week and join team as a walk-on this spring. Kelly spent the fall out of football at Tallahassee JC. He also considering enrolling at Florida State. Kelly was a quarterback and punter in high school and walked-on at Florida Atlantic where he primarily was a punter. He averaged nearly 43 yards per punt in 2013. Kelly made two unofficial visits to USC this season, for the Georgia and Furman games, and was recruited by special teams coach Joe Robinson." - GoGamecocks

October 30, 2014 - punter Sean Kelly
"USC will be in need of a punter after this season and the Gamecocks could be close to filling that void. Former Florida Atlantic punter Sean Kelly (5-10 180) could hear from USC admissions as early as the first part of next week regarding his application to the university his father said Thursday night.... Kelly played his first two seasons in college at Florida Atlantic. In 2013 he averaged 42.7 yards per punt with 19 of them traveling 50 yards or more. 26 of his punts were downed inside the 20. He went to FAU as a walk-on and earned a scholarship for is season season. He is not playing football this season leaving him three years to play two." - GoGamecocks

September 15, 2014 - kicker/punter Joseph Charlton
"Charlton handles all three aspects of kicking for A.C. Flora. He is 11-of-12 on PATs this season and 1-of-4 on field goals, even though the Falcons feel comfortable using him from 50 yards and in. He expects to focus on kickoffs and punting when he arrives at South Carolina and hopes to add place-kicking later in his career. He set a goal for himself this season of having all touchbacks on kickoffs, since the high school rule is that any ball that enters the end zone on a kickoff is not returnable, and the offense will start at its 20-yard line. This season, Charlton has reached the end zone on 13 of 15 kickoffs, with one of those that didn’t reach the goal line being a called kick high along the sideline.... Charlton is averaging 36 yards per punt, and that is shorter than last season’s average when he was between 45-50 yards. But he has done a better job at placing the ball than in the past. He still can boom one when needed, but most of his punts this season have pinned teams deep in their own territory." - The State
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August 13, 2014 - kicker Elliott Fry
"Fry has improved his leg strength in the offseason and added about 10-12 pounds of muscle. His longest field goal last year was 45 yards but he feels comfortable with anything less than 50 yards now. He said he can hit from 58 or 59 yards in practice but that would probably be stretching his limit in a game situation. 'I have a little more leg strength and I think that will help me,' Fry said. 'With kicking, you always want to stay consistent but find a way to improve your range. I feel really good about how things went this off-season. I know I'm stronger than I was last year at this time. I just need to stay accurate'."- Post and Courier

August 11, 2014 - kicker Joseph Charlton commits
"Charlton, a senior, received a scholarship offer from the Gamecocks on Monday evening and committed a short while later. 'USC is always where I’ve wanted to go. It’s just exciting to be able to play Gamecock football with some really great players,' Charlton said.... The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Charlton was 7-for-10 on field goals last year with a long of 52 yards. He was happy to have his college choice out of the way before the 2014 kickoff. 'It only makes me want to do better,' he said. Kohl's Kicking ranks Charlton the No. 5 punter in the 2015 class. He was the top uncommitted punting prospect before his pledge to USC.... Charlton also averaged between 45 and 50 yards per punt in 2013, and most of his kickoffs reached the end zone. Charlton said he averaged 77 yards per kickoff in camp." - GoGamecocks

July 6, 2014 - kicker Elliott Fry eating
"Fry continues to try and gain weight. Listed at 155 pounds entering the spring, he said he was closer to 170 by April on a high-protein, 5,500-calories-a-day diet. There’s still room for improvement, said Fry, who hopes to also compete for the starting kickoff role. 'I’d like to be a lot more consistent,' Fry said. 'I still missed kicks last year. You can always improve there'.” - GoGamecocks

May 29, 2014 - punter/kicker Zack Cimaglia
"South Carolina will hope for a similar result [like Elliott Fry last year] from incoming walk-on combo-kicker Zack Cimaglia who went through orientation on Thursday and hopes to provide a similar spark to the South Carolina punting game which ranked last in the SEC in yards per punt with a 37.04-yard average last season. Cimaglia, who will technically be a redshirt sophomore this year, says special teams coach Joe Robinson simply pitched him the opportunity to compete at all three specialist positions.... Cimaglia, who is originally from Myers Park HS in Charlotte, N.C., spent his freshman season at North Carolina A&T and hit 14-of-24 field goal attempts while averaging 37.6 yards per punt in his only season at the school. But Cimaglia wasn't happy at A&T as it simply wasn't a fit for him, so he left school, took a season off while working hard to get better, and hoped the calls would come. Several schools, including Wisconsin, offered Cimaglia the opportunity to walk-on and likely compete for a starting position in the future. But Robinson offered Cimaglia the opportunity to come in and compete right away. Cimaglia, who will be eligible to compete this season because he's already sat out a season, considers himself a true combo-kicker and will compete at all three spots, but does consider punting his strongest asset at this point in his development." - 247Sports

April 13, 2014 - punter Tyler Hull
"The punter appears to be Tyler Hull, who has started the past two years and helmed the first-team role this spring. Hull nor special-teams coach Joe Robinson have been made available to the press during the spring, but it’s been Hull who has gone out first during scrimmages (on Saturday, he punted once for 40 yards)." - GoGamecocks

April 8, 2014 - kicker Elliott Fry
"Fry impressed South Carolina coaches enough to be put on scholarship this semester. As last season progressed, Fry said he had several conversations with special teams coordinator Joe Robinson about receiving a scholarship. The paperwork came through over Winter Break. 'I feel almost relieved, actually,' Fry said. 'It's awesome, obviously. Love it. Parents are happy about it, too.' Fry hopes to have more opportunities to kick this fall. He's competing to be South Carolina's kickoff specialist, a job currently held by senior Landon Ard. Either way, he'll retain field goal duties." - The Post and Courier

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