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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Louisville Cardinals Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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August 17, 2015 - long snapper Colin Holba
"U of L would like for Grant Donovan's replacement, Eastern High School product Colin Holba, to be just as quietly dependable. Special teams coach Tony Grantham said Holba, a 6-foot-3, 233-pound junior, learned a lot about the position from Donovan and shapes up as a solid replacement." - The Courier-Journal

March 25, 2015 - Kicker John Wallace & punter Josh Appleby
"Kicker John Wallace and punter Josh Appleby should provide some solid, experienced legs this season. Both seniors have looked the part this spring, with Wallace showcasing increased range (he was hitting from 50-plus on Wednesday) and Appleby gaining consistency. For every one or two punts that weren't on the mark, Appleby booted another that wowed." - The Courier-Journal

February 12, 2015 - kicker Blanton Creque commits as preferred walk-on
Collins High School kicker Blanton Creque, a first-team All-State player, said he has committed to be a preferred walk-on at the University of Louisville with hopes of replacing starting senior-to-be John Wallace after next season. Creque received the walk-on offer from U of L assistant Chris Klenakis on Wednesday and accepted late that night.... Creque made 7 of 11 field-goal tries this past season and had 21 field goals for his career with a long of 48 yards. He went 182 of 189 on extra points for his career and had 81 touchbacks. He said he has kicked a 60-yard field goal in practice and is confident that he consistently hit from 53 yards and in. He said he routinely lands his kickoffs 5-7 yards into the end zone. Creque also had preferred walk-on offers from Florida and Western Kentucky, a scholarship offer from Southern and an offer to play at Morehead State, which doesn't give scholarships." - The Courier-Journal

August 21, 2014 -  kicker John Wallace
"Sounds like kicker John Wallace has found some extra power in his legs this offseason. The redshirt junior was 20 of 24 on field goals last year , with a long of 43 yards. He also averaged 59.6 yards on kickoffs with 14 touchbacks. He spent some time a few weeks ago with former Louisville and NFL kicker David Akers in Nashville and polished his technique. Wallace's longest field-goal in camp so far: '56 or 57' yards. 'More consistent, at least'." - The Courier-Journal

July 28, 2014 - summer specialists
"John Wallace returning gives Louisville a bona fide, consistent kicker with range to about 45 yards. His long last season was a 43-yarder, but he did attempt one from 50-plus, which means Charlie Strong's staff thought he could make it from that distance. He was 2 of 3 from 40-49 yards and 18 of 20 from 17-39 yards. The junior from Cecilia, Ky., sat out spring because of an injury, but is expected to be ready for the season. He ranks third in the program record books with 36 field goals in his career. The punting unit was one of the weapons in U of L's all-around suffocating defensive record last fall. Ryan Johnson dropped 11 of his 39 punts inside the 20 in 2013 and booted three for 50-plus yards. He averaged 41.2 yards per punt, and returners only gained 15 total yards on 13 attempted returns." - The Courier-Journal

April 11, 2014 - spring game
John Wallace kicked a 44 yard field goal. Josh Appleby averaged 45.8 yards on five punts, placing two inside the 20 yard line. He also kicked a 51 yard field goal. - Boxscore

March 22, 2014 - spring scrimmage
"Junior John Wallace, who was expected to miss time this spring after offseason shoulder surgery, kicked well at the end of Saturday's scrimmage, hitting from as far as 50 yards." - The Courier-Journal

March 8, 2014 - spring specialists
"On special teams, junior placekicker John Wallace enjoyed his best season in 2013, going 20-of-24 on field goals, falling one short of tying the team record. Ryan Johnson punted in every game last year, averaging a solid 41.2 yards a punt, while long snapper Grant Donovan has been one of the best in the country over the last two seasons." - Cardinals

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