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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Air Force Falcons Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


January 24, 2015 - kicker Matthew Philichi commits
"As a sophomore, in 2012  I started as kicker on the varsity team and accounted for more than 88 points while helping the team make it to the championship game in the 4A division. I earned 1st Team All League honors, 2nd Team All Area honors and was nominated Washington state Player of the Week by NW Prep Report.  As a junior in 2013 I was named 2013 PreSeason All-State kicker by scout.com and The Seattle Times and earned 1st Team All League and  1st Team All Area honors while helping my team take 3rd in WA state. 2014 I earned All State honors aw well as 1st Team All Area and 1st Team All League." - NCSA

January 10, 2015 - Will Conant kicks four field goals in Medal of Honor Senior Bowl
"Senior specialist Will Conant connected for four field goals to help lead the National Team to a 26-14 win over the American Team at the second annual Medal of Honor Senior Bowl Game Saturday afternoon at Johnson Hagood Stadium on the campus of The Citadel. The Lou Groza Award finalist tallied 14 points, converting both extra points and all four field goal attempts. The Edmond, Okla., native scored the National Team's first nine points, connecting on field goals of 27, 21 and 33 yards. His fourth field goal went for 36 yards. Conant recently capped his Air Force football career by posting one of the best season's ever by a specialist. He converted 19-of-21 field goals to go with a team-leading 102 points. The senior was named the 2014 Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year." - Falcons

November 28, 2014 - Will Conant kicks game winner over Colorado State 
Senior place-kicker Will Conant made good use of his time when Colorado State tried to ice him with three seconds on the clock Friday. The score was 24-24 at Falcon Stadium as Conant prepared for a field-goal attempt of 39 yards to turn the Front Range rivalry game Air Force's way. The Rams called a timeout to rattle Conant. But Conant went right to the water cooler on the Falcons' sideline. 'I was thirsty and that gave me a chance to get a drink,' Conant said. He also noticed that a swirling wind he had observed during the game had died down and flags were hanging limp on the poles around Falcon Stadium. Conant calmly re-entered the field and kicked the field goal as time ran out, and the Falcons capped their 9-3 regular season with a 27-24 victory over the team that pounded them 58-13 last year. Conant's winning kick went through a good 3 feet inside the left upright. It was Conant's 17th straight success on field-goal attempts of 60 yards or shorter. 'I knew I hit it good,' Conant said of the winning kick. 'I wasn't thinking about a timeout. Any time I go out there, I'm ready to kick'." - Denver Post 

September 2, 2014 - Will Conant multitasks 
"I actually feel more relaxed having two roles,' Conant said, explaining the uncertainty he felt last year when he was only the placekicker. He would track each drive not knowing if he would be called upon for a field goal try or a PAT. Air Force could be in far worse hands - or, you know, feet. Conant made his way onto the Lou Groza Award watch list as a placekicker after nailing 11 of 13 field goals last year, including 3 of 4 from beyond 50 yards. He connected on all five PAT tries in Saturday's 44-16 victory over Nicholls State. That game marked his debut as a punter, and his two attempts traveled an average of 51.5 yards. The second one, a 54-yard boot, buried the Colonels on their 9-yard line. Two tackles-for-loss later and Air Force had its first two points of the season with a safety. 'It was fun,' Conant said. 'I hadn't punted in a game since high school, so it was definitely nerve-wracking at first. The first one kind of came off the side of my foot a little bit, I was so nervous, but I got a lucky bounce, so it went well. The second one I knew I made good contact'." - Colorado Springs Gazette

May 17, 2014 - spring specialists
"Air Force is still looking for a new punter, with this search circling around four options during spring ball. That competition will be renewed in August. One thing we know for sure: Will Conant is going to make sure Air Force doesn't come out of possessions without three points." - USA Today

March 19, 2014 - spring game
"Returning placekicker Will Conant missed his only field-goal try. Kicks were converted by Tim Shenk (from 44 yards) and Drew Oehrle (40 yards)." - Colorado Springs Gazette

March 2, 2014 - punting competition
"Air Force's days of seeing its punter athletic enough to moonlight as a defensive back and standout baseball player likely ended with David Baska's graduation in December, but there are some intriguing prospects set to take his spot. The four in-house candidates at punter are: Steven Brosy, a 5-10, 200-pound freshman who was ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation in some camps while a Florida prep punter; Brett Dunn, a 5-10, 190 junior from Sugar Land, Texas, whose official Air Force bio lists him as a linebacker; Blake Kidd, a 6-1, 185 junior who has been listed at 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash; and Will Conant, the Falcons' standout placekicker. It's difficult to call this a heated battle, because there's little these guys can do here in the spring. All the practices so far have been held indoors, where punts often bounce off the beams in the ceiling. There figure to be a few outdoors practices, but not enough to make any informed decisions, special teams coordinator Ben Miller said. That delay could prove beneficial to yet another option at that spot - incoming freshman Matt Moskowitz. The soon-to-be direct enter punter was ranked No. 2 in the nation and a five-star punter in the Kornblue Kicking ratings and was a first-team all-Georgia performer. He's 6-1, 195 and seems a lock to make it through non-football requirements as he holds a 3.85 GPA, scored a 30 on the ACT and held offers from Army and Vanderbilt, among others." - Colorado Springs Gazette

February 5, 2014 - long snapper Josh Pope added
“I sent in my (highlight-reel) tape to the football coach, and the day after I got denied early admission is when I got the email back saying they were interested in recruiting me as a long snapper,' Pope said. Pope’s submitted his nearly-immaculate transcript and Air Force then vetted his Choctaw coaches on his talent on special teams. And before he knew it, Pope was receiving an offer from the Academy. 'This was probably two, three weeks ago, so the process has just gone unbelievably fast,' Pope said." - NWF Varsity

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