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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Duke Blue Devils Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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September 12, 2015 - kicker Ross Martin sets school field goal record
"kicker Ross Martin recently became the program’s career leader in field goals made, after making a 34 yard kick during the 2nd quarter of the Blue Devils’ rout of NCCU over the weekend. His 56 career field goals breaks the school record previously held by Sims Lenhardt (1996-99), and what’s even more impressive is that he broke the record for most field goal makes without having to break the record for the most field goals attempted." - Ball Durham

June 29, 2015 - summer specialists
"Senior kicker Ross Martin enters his final campaign as the program's career leader in points scored with 310. Among active NCAA players, the Solon, Ohio, product ranks second in career field goals made (52), third in total points, fifth in PATs (154), eighth in field goal percentage (.825) and 10th in points per game (7.75). A 2014 Sports Illustrated honorable mention All-America selection, Martin has made a program-record 110 consecutive PATs. Junior Danny Stirt and sophomores Will Kline and Collin Wareham will back up Martin this year. Redshirt senior Will Monday will serve as the primary punter for the fourth consecutive season. A native of Flowery Branch, Ga., Monday will begin 2015 ranked 10th on the ACC’s career punting average chart (43.45). Among active NCAA players, he is tied for eighth in career punts (195) and stands ninth in punting average. He is also one of just two active ACC players to have earned both first team All-ACC and Academic All-ACC honors, joining teammate Kelby Brown. Stirt and Kline will serve as Monday's backups in 2015. Completing the core of the kicking unit is redshirt junior long snapper Thomas Hennessy. A Bardonia, N.Y., native, he has helped Duke convert 32-of-40 field goal attempts and all 108 PAT tries in the last two seasons. Duke joins Florida State and Wake Forest as the only ACC teams without a missed PAT attempt over the past two seasons. Backing up Hennessy this season will be sophomores Colin Duffy and Bronson Bruneau." - Blue Devils

June 13, 2015 - kicker A.J. Reed commits
"Prattville kicker A.J. Reed, the No. 5 kicker in the country, committed to Duke on Saturday.
Reed chose the Blue Devils over preferred walk-on offers from Alabama and Mississippi State.... Reed, a former soccer player, didn't take up kicking until his freshman year. He shot up the rankings after winning a Kohl's Kicking Camp with a 60-yard field goal in March." - Montgomery Advertiser

February 4, 2015 - punter Austin Parker signs
"A three-year starter and four-year letterwinner at quarterback, receiver, kicker and punter for Mount Pleasant High School … a three-star prospect according to and … rated as the No. 22 kicker in the country by and the No. 8 punter in the country by … a 2014 Medium School All-America second team honoree … named the Rockey River Conference Special Teams Player of the Year following final campaign … completed 63-of-134 passes for 1,148 yards and nine touchdowns … converted six-of-11 field goals, with a long of 47 yards, and added 53 points after touchdowns … kicked off 87 times for 5,184 yards, an average of 59.59 yards, and sent 54 into the end zone for touchbacks … tallied 24 punts for 1,054 yards, good for 43.92 yards per boot … helped the offense score 492 points, an average of 32.80 points per game." - Blue Devils

July 22, 2014 - punter Will Monday
"The two-time All-ACC selection enters the 2014 season as the ACC’s active leader in career punting average, posting a 43.65 yards per punt clip. That number ranks ninth on the league’s all-time list and first in the Duke record books. Monday, a 6-4, 210-pound native of Flowery Branch, Ga., has been a weapon for Duke’s special teams unit with 40 career punts inside the opponent 20-yard line compared to just 12 touchbacks. He owns the Duke bowl record for longest punt, booting a 79-yarder in the 2012 Belk Bowl against Cincinnati. Monday was the No. 1-ranked punter in his class coming out of Flowery Branch High School and has emerged as one of the nation’s best at his position. He was named to the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award, which goes to the top punter in college football." - Blue Devils

June 19, 2014 - punter Austin Parker commits
"2015 Punter Austin Parker committed to Duke yesterday via twitter: 'Committed to Duke today!" - 247Sports

March 1, 2014 - spring game
Ross Martin: kicked a 34 yard field goal and three extra points, averaged 65.0 yards on five kickoffs with five touchbacks.
Jack Willoughby: made two extra points, averaged 65.0 yards on three kickoffs with three touchbacks.
Will Monday: averaged 39.8 yards on five punts, placing two inside the 20 yard line. 
Danny Stirt: averaged 35.5 yards on eight punts, placing one inside the 20 yard line. - Blue Devils  

February 6, 2014 - spring specialists
"On the special teams front, both kicker Ross Martin and punter Will Monday are back, as are a pair of 2013 All-America return specialists in Crowder and DeVon Edwards." - Blue Devils

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