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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Texas Longhorns Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


May 6, 2015 - kicker Jon Coppens to walk-on
"It took Coppens a while to find a final collegiate home, committing first to Wyoming, then to Incarnate Word, before pledging to play for the Rice Owls. However, Coppens never signed his LOI with the Owls, and will now head to Texas as a preferred walk-on. Coppens, who hails from Fort Worth, Texas, connected on 8 of 10 field goal attempts with a long of 45 yards, and converted all 25 extra point tries in his senior season at Nolan Catholic High School. He also has some experience at punter, a position at which the Longhorns could also some help. Coppens joins three other kickers currently on the Texas roster: Nick Jordan, Nick Rose, and freshman early enrollee Evan Moore." - Hook 'em Headlines

April 18, 2015 - spring game
"Senior kicker Nick Rose converted 4 of 5 field goal attempts including a 39-yard boot in the third quarter." - 247Sports

October 18, 2014 - Nick Rose kicks game winner over Iowa State
"Texas outlasted Iowa State at Darrell K. Royal- Texas Memorial Stadium 48-45 on Saturday for its third Big 12 win of the season, putting together enough motivation and talent to win the last-minute thriller.... As another unsuspecting hero, junior placekicker Nick Rose, who had missed three field goals already this season, hit the game winning field goal from 21 yards out, the first game winning kick of his life, 'As soon as we got closer it was that much more confidence,' Rose said. 'I was like if I felt confident, I felt good from way back there, I was like the closer we got the more confident I felt'." - Daily Texan

October 8, 2014 - kicker Nick Rose
"Junior Nick Rose is 3-for-7 on field goal tries, including going just 1-for-3 on kicks from 40-49 yards. Rose had a 52-yard try blocked in Texas' 28-7 loss Baylor, but head coach Charlie Strong said the staff will stick with Rose at kicker. 'We can do much better in the kicking game,' Strong said. 'We have to go protect, too. We have to give us a chance there. We hit that field goal every day in practice.' Strong and Rose had a talk during Sunday's practice that will hopefully make an impact when Rose steps on the field for Saturday's Red River Showdown against No. 11-ranked Oklahoma. 'I said it should be any different from a game to practice You don't get nervous at practice,' Strong said. 'Look around – we were in the stadium – there's a seat everywhere. Don't get nervous about it. You should want to have everyone see you make this field goal.' The only other option at kick is sophomore Nick Jordan, who has previously said is dealing with an injury." - 247 Sports

July 16, 2014 - summer specialists
"Kicker Contenders: Nick Jordan (So.); Nick Rose (Jr.); William Russ (Sr.); Ben Pruitt (Jr.); Michael Davidson (Sr.) - Jordan didn’t get a chance to kick at all last-season, but he was the team’s primary kicker in 2012 when Fera missed time due to injury. He was certainly shaky as a freshman, converting just nine of his 15 field-goal attempts, but he did improve as the season went on. After an additional season learning from Fera, Jordan can be expected to be much better in 2014. Rose has handled kickoffs for the Longhorns in each of his first two seasons at Texas and fans can expect more of the same from him. He has the biggest leg on the team and should average roughly 65 yards per attempt this year.
Punter Contenders: William Russ (Sr.); Nick Rose (Jr.); Mitchell Becker (RS Fr.) - The punting battle is pretty open with Russ and Rose both vying for the spot. Russ, who was listed as the backup all season last year, gets my nod in large part because he is entering his fifth year with the program, despite never having seen the field. As one of the top punters in the nation coming out of high school, surely he expected to play earlier on in his career. But it’s tough to blame the old staff for sitting him behind the likes of Justin Tucker and Anthony Fera over the last four years. You can be sure he’ll be ready to finally get his shot in 2014." - Dallas Morning News

June 5, 2014 - kicker Nick Rose
"Rose took over kickoff duties from Day 1 and earned high praise from former coach Mack Brown for his efforts. As a true freshman, he recorded touchbacks on 30 of his 82 kicks. He was put on scholarship before his sophomore season and was solid again, with touchbacks on 32 of 75 kickoffs. Since his career began, Rose ranks among the top 30 nationally in touchbacks and number of times an opponent started inside the 25. Texas has no Anthony Fera and a new special teams coach in Chris Vaughn, meaning who knows what to expect from that unit this fall. Exiting spring ball, the expectation seems to be that Rose is the leading choice for placekicker. He made a 40-yarder and missed from 55 (though he had the distance) in the spring game and has already showcased a powerful leg in his time in burnt orange. Texas just needs him to be accurate and consistent on the 20 to 25 attempts he'll get this fall." - ESPN

June 3, 2014 - punter William Russ
"Russ redshirted in 2010 and then recorded a total of four kickoffs in two games during 2011 and 2012. He served as Texas' backup punter behind Anthony Fera last season and did not appear in a game. Exiting spring ball, it appears Russ has proved himself to be the front-runner to take over the punting duties in 2014. He recorded three punts in the Orange-White spring game for an average distance of 43.3 yards with two inside the 20-yard line. Texas' last two punters -- Fera and Alex King -- were both transfers, but the staff did not bring in a newcomer this spring to take the job. Nobody is standing in Russ' way of starting." - ESPN

May 2, 2014 - spring specialists
"Nick Rose showed a strong leg on a missed 55-yard field goal try in the spring game and converted a 40-yarder. William Russ averaged 43.3 yards per punt in the spring game. Those were positive signs, but replacing All-American kicker/punter Anthony Fera will be one of the underrated storylines in Charlie Strong’s first season." - ESPN

April 19, 2014 - specialists & coaching
"Despite losing Anthony Fera, the Longhorns do bring back one experienced placekicker in Nick Jordan and a junior-to-be in Nick Rose who has handled kickoffs for two seasons. Texas also brings back William Russ, who will be a senior this fall, as well as junior Ben Pruitt, sophomore Michael Davidson and redshirt freshman Mitchell Becker. After years of divvying up the duties among the staff, Texas finally has a designated special teams coach in Chris Vaughn. He’ll also coach the secondary with Vance Bedford, but is responsible for finding the next Fera on this roster. This time, though, it seems more likely Texas will go back to having a two- or three-man unit for handling kicks this season. At least, that seems like a likely outcome because of Rose’s specialty -- booming kickoffs. He raised his touchback rate from 36 percent as a freshman to 42 percent in 2013 and should be given an opportunity to earn another role in year three. Jordan did not appear in a game last season but hit on 9-of-15 field goal attempts as a true freshman in 2012, holding down that job for 10 games while Fera dealt with a groin injury. He hit seven of his final 10 attempts that year and was understandably inconsistent for a rookie. The job should be there for the taking for Jordan this spring. But Vaughn wants competition. He says he’ll put all his options on the field this spring, put them in pressure situations and find out who stands out." - ESPN

April 4, 2014 - kicker candidates
"Who is on campus? Will Russ, Nick Rose, Nick Jordan, Ben Pruitt, Michael Davidson What’s that mean? It means the Longhorns have a few players with collegiate kicking experience, but none with enough to make special teams coach Chris Vaughn feel at ease heading into the fall. Jordan had to fill in for Fera as a true freshman and did so to the tune of making all but one of his 32 extra points and 9-of-15 field goal attempts. He didn’t kick at all last season due to Fera’s dominance. Rose was Texas’ kickoff specialist, and a good one at that. He sent 32 of his 75 kickoffs for touchbacks. Russ and Pruitt didn’t play last season while Davidson had one kickoff against New Mexico State." - Scout

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