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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Stanford Cardinal Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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April 11, 2015 - spring game
"Following the game, David Shaw was quick to point out that Stanford's offense should have scored more than seven points, but three missed Conrad Ukropina field goals prevented them from doing that (the defense, which earned points for stops, scored instead). Punter Alex Robinson also struggled, and special teams remain a definite point of worry following the departures of Jordan Williamson and Ben Rhyne. Touted punter/kicker Jake Bailey is part of the incoming freshman class that'll be arriving on campus this summer, and Shaw confirmed that he'll compete to start at both kicker and punter. The Cardinal likely don't want to wear out Bailey's leg by forcing him to kick and punt come this fall, so Ukropina and Robinson will be counted on to improve their spring game performances. Shaw did note that the kicking game had been solid up until Saturday, when Stanford practiced inside the stadium for the first time." - ESPN

February 4, 2015 - punter/kicker Jake Bailey signs
"Played at Santa Fe Christian (Calif.) for head coach Jon Wallace • Nation’s fourth-best kicker by ESPN • Nation’s sixth-best punter by 247Sports • California’s 97th-best recruit by ESPN • 12 of 16 field goals made – including 54-yarder – as a senior • Made three field goals of 50 or more yards • 26 of 27 extra points made as a senior • 40 touchbacks on 47 kickoffs as a senior • 44.1 yards/punt as a senior, including 71-yarder • 2015 Cal-Hi Sports all-state second team • 2014 All-CIF San Diego Section first team • 2014 Coastal League Kicker of the Year • Team’s 2014 special teams MVP • Team’s 2012 special teams MVP • Lettered in football, track and field, and soccer." - Cardinal

August 30, 2014 - kicker Jordan Williamson sets school scoring record
"Williamson's fourth extra point Saturday gave him 290 career points, making him the highest scorer in Stanford history. Eric Abrams, who kicked in the 1990s, held the old record. Williamson also booted a 32-yard field goal to run his career total to 294 points. 'It's great and it's an honor,' he said, 'but, to be honest, it's a testament to how the team has done over the past four years since I've been here'." - SF Gate

August 23, 2014 - summer specialists
"Jordan Williamson, an established weapon up to 50 yards, is four points away from breaking Eric Abrams' school career scoring record of 289 points. Williamson was 18-for-22 on field goals last year, and more than half of his 46 kickoffs (25) went for touchbacks. Ben Rhyne, a fifth-year senior like Williamson, was second in the Pac-12 with a 42.9-yard average last year in his first season as the full-time punter." - SF Gate

June 17, 2014 - kicker Jake Bailey commits
"San Diego prospect Jake Bailey, rated the number no. 4 kicker in the country by Kohl's Kicking, has committed to Stanford. He pledged on the spot when special teams coach Pete Alamar called and offered him a full ride scholarship Tuesday. The Cardinal should now have a valuable piece ready to replace Jordan Williamson (who's entering his final season of eligibility) and Conrad Ukropina moving forward." - Scout

April 9, 2014 - kicker and punter back for fifth years
Senior kicker Jordan Williamson also finished fifth in the conference in field goal percentage and senior punter Ben Rhyne finished second in yards per punt. Both specialists will return next season for their fifth years. 'If we play like we did last season, we’ll be good,' said Williamson about the kicking group. 'We’ll all be a little more experienced so our performance should be that much better. We’re all looking forward to bringing the unit back together and it’s not like anyone’s moving around or there’s new guys or new pieces'.” - Stanford Daily

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