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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Western Illinois Leathernecks Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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October 3, 2015 - Nathan Knuffman kicks game winner over Southern Illinois
"Nathan Knuffman caught just enough of a glimpse of victory, and then ran the other way. 'The snap was good, the kick felt good,' the Western Illinois University kicker said. 'I knew it was good'.... Knuffman’s 20-yard field goal with two seconds to play sent the Leathernecks to a 37-36 homecoming win over Southern Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Hanson Field." - The Hawk Eye

February 4, 2015 - long snapper Hunter Varga & punter Matt Wieskamp sign
"Hunter Varga, Harmon, Illinois (Amboy) - Lettered in football and baseball… earned Academic All-Conference honors three years… Second Team All-Conference at center and defensive line his senior year.
Matt Wieskamp, Muscatine, Iowa (Muscatine) - Lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track… named Class 4A, District 6 'Player of the Year'… All-Area 'Offensive Player of the Year'… First Team All-Metro at punter… Second Team All-State at punter… team MVP… during his senior year passed for 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns, rushed for 635 yards and 14 TDs, and punted 41 times with an average of 39.5 yards (long of 71 yards)." - Leathernecks

January 29, 2015 - punter Matt Wieskamp commits
The Muscatine High School senior committed to play football at Western Illinois University on Thursday. Wieskamp said he had visited Western Illinois before for team and individual football camps during the offseason.... The Leathernecks recruited Wieskamp as a punter/athlete following Wieskamp's senior season with the Muskies where he averaged 39.5 yards per punt, one of the best punting averages in Class 4A, with a long punt of 71 yards." - Muscatine Journal

April 16, 2014 - punter/kicker Nathan Knuffman
"During Saturday’s game, Knuffman was able to end his first season as Western Illinois’ kicker on a strong note, kicking a game-winning 44-yard field goal. Knuffman’s boot had more than enough leg, clearing the crossbar by a good 10 yards. 'He’s kicked the ball really well all spring,' coach Bob Nielson said. 'After the year he had it’s nice to see him have an opportunity like that in the spring game and drill it straight though.I feel good for him because he’s made good progress and I’m glad to have people see the progress he’s made.' Knuffman came to Western to kick, but due to a shorthanded special teams unit, he was forced into the punting role as well, a role that was difficult for him to master. 'I came here as a kicker last year and punted too,' he said. 'I did alright, I could have done better. In high school I never worked on punting, I like focusing on kicking, it’s what I wanted to do, kickoffs and field goals. Next year, that’s what I want to do.” And with his focus on kicking only, Knuffman feels he has gotten better. 'From last spring to this spring, I’ve improved a whole lot,' he said. 'I’m prepared for fall camp and all the summer work and will have the same mentality – I do not want to miss any field goals'.” - McDonough County Voice

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