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Friday, September 4, 2015

Austin Peay Governors Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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September 3, 2015 - punter Evan Toby out a few weeks, kicker Logan Birchfield to fill-in
"Senior kicker/punter Evan Toby had to undergo emergency surgery to remove his appendix last week and is slated to be out for the next two to three weeks. Toby’s temporary absence will have the Governors looking at freshman kicker Logan Birchfield to step in on kickoff duties for Saturday’s home opener against Mercer and later when Austin Peay travels to FBS opponent Southern Miss. In the last preseason scrimmage, Birchfield’s punts and kickoffs did not have a significant amount of distance on them (most settling around 30 to 40 yards), but Cannon is settled on this alternative. 'We are ready to go with what we’ve got,' Cannon said. … Birchfield is the “type of freshman that can go out there and play immediately.' While Cannon expects 'everyone to pull their weight,' a healed-up Toby would allow the team to shift back to a proven strategy. Toby is expected to be fully recovered by the Eastern Kentucky game on Sept. 26 but could be back as soon as Austin Peay’s visit at Vanderbilt on Sept. 19. Once Toby makes a reappearance, Austin Peay will return to the established plan of splitting the duties between the two, with Birchfield handling extra point and field goal situations and Toby punting and kicking off." - The Leaf-Chronicle

February 20, 2015 - kicker/punter Blake Levin signs
"The Cheyenne, Wyoming native will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after serving as kicker at Santa Barbara (Calif.) City College in 2014. He redshirted in 2013 at Northern State, a Division II school in Aberdeen, South Dakota. A former all-conference punter and kicker at Cheyenne Central, he booted 9-of-10 field goals and 32-of-35 extra points at Santa Barbara this past season, despite missing two games with a quadriceps injury. He came back from the injury going four-of-four on field goals and 11-of-12 on extra points. During the season, the 5-10, 185-pounder connected on four field goals of more than 40 yards—his only miss being from 47 yards out." - The Leaf-Chronicle

February 4, 2015 - long snapper Jarrett Giacchino signs
"Bourbonnais, Ill., Bradley Bourbonnais HS, Long snapper for Mike Kohl at Bardley Bourbannais…high school team made playoff back-to-back Class 7A Illinois state playoffs appearances." - Governors

October 20, 2014 - punter Ben Campbell
Campbell, a senior from Johnson City, TN, became the Governors all-time leader in punt yardage (9,973) versus Murray State University – while he also finishing the game tying the school record with total punt attempts in a career (259) – but none of those records may have happened without that injury. 'It (punting) started back in ninth grade,' Campbell said. 'Our punter got injured and couldn’t punt, so one day the coaches got the balls out and said everyone needs to start punting to see if anyone could do it. It was ninth grade, so it wasn’t that serious or anything. So I got a ball and for some reason I was good at it and really enjoyed it. Then they asked me if I could catch a ball and I said yeah, so that’s when it started'." - Clarkesville Sports Network

October 10, 2014 - punter Ben Campbell
"With his seventh punt of the first half against Eastern Kentucky, senior punter Ben Campbell broke Jimmy Hardie’s mark (241) for second most career punts. He finished the night with 246 career punts and needs just 13 boots to tie J.P. Hogan’s mark of 259 set from 2000-03. With his career-high 11 punts, Ben Campbell now has 50 on the season. It was the fourth time in five games he has punted 10 or more times. He is second behind Mississippi Valley State’s Cherchen Galon, who has 53 punts this season. Ben Campbell has averaged 10 punts per game (50) through the season’s first five contests. At his current pace he would obliterate his own single-season mark of 87." - Clarkesville Online

August 4, 2014 - new kicker
"Regardless of who kicks field goals for the Govs in 2014, it will be someone new. Chase Dunlap was solid last season for the Govs as a freshman, but due to hip problems, Dunlap has been forced to end his career on the football field. APSU has just two names on its roster to take over, and neither has attempted a field goal in a collegiate game. Evan Toby took 28 of 29 place kicks last season, and will return as the leading candidate to be the full-time kicker. There’s also freshman Dakota Vincil who could come on if there is an opening." - The All State

April 26, 2014 - spring game
"Evan Toby was 1-for-2 on field goals hitting a 35-yard attempt early in the third quarter." - Clarkesville Now

April 25, 2014 - spring specialists
"With Chase Dunlap unable to continue his career due to injury, Evan Toby has assumed all kicking duties for the Govs, while rising senior Ben Campbell is back as punter for a fourth consecutive season." - Clarkesville Sports Network

April 11, 2014 - kicker injury
APSU suffered a blow this week when sophomore placekicker Chase Dunlap saw his career ended by a chronic hip injury. It leaves Evan Toby as the Govs’ only spring kicker.  Lenoir City native Dakota Vincil will provide a challenge come fall." - Clarkesville Online

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