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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Missouri Tigers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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August 21, 2015 - injured kickers
"Third-stringer Luke Jackson, a sophomore walk-on from Pensacola, Fla., planted his left foot in the Faurot Field turf and swung his right leg into the ball for a 41-yard field goal attempt, just as cornerback Aarion Penton dove in to block during the Tigers’ second fall scrimmage Thursday. Penton smacked into Jackson as the ball went through the uprights, sending Jackson to the turf, then hobbling off the field. Starter Andrew Baggett was already out with the back spasms that had also held him out of Missouri’s first scrimmage Saturday. Walk-on junior Nick Coffman, who made one of two field goals in Baggett’s stead Saturday, was sitting out with a groin strain. With just more than two weeks to go until the season opener, the Tigers don’t have many options left. 'We’ve just got to find out, see where Baggett is,' Coach Gary Pinkel said. 'We think we’re going to get him back. We think it’s going to be fine. We talk about stuff all the time, but it’s not really worth talking about yet. We’re hopefully going to get him back, and we’re going to be fine.' Jackson’s made two of three field goals in the two scrimmages, hitting from 22 and 41 and missing from 26 on Thursday. He and Coffman also struggled a bit with extra-point practice before the meat of both of the scrimmages. The Tigers’ two punters — junior Dayton Balvanz and freshman Corey Fatony — both have kicking experience but are primarily punters." - Columbia Daily Tribune

June 8, 2015 - kicker Tucker McCann commits
"O’Fallon (Ill.) kicker Tucker McCann, who took an unofficial visit last week to Columbia, becomes the eighth known commitment in the 2016 recruiting class. McCann, who also had scholarship offers from Alabama and Illinois, is ranked as the No. 2 kicker in the nation by the Kohl’s Professional Camps national rating." - KansasCity.com

March 31, 2015 - kicker Andrew Baggett might punt also
"Andrew Baggett may pull double duty for Missouri this season. Baggett, a Missouri senior and three-year starter at kicker, currently sits atop the depth chart at punter as well. There’s a long way to go before the Sept. 5 season opener against Southeast Missouri at Memorial Stadium, but Tigers coach Gary Pinkel acknowledged Tuesday that it’s possible Baggett will handle kickoff, field-goal and punting duties this season. 'It’s certainly a possibility,' Pinkel said. 'He was our backup punter a year ago. We’ve got some people coming in, so we’ll see where that goes. … That’s an area we’ve obviously got to solve by the end of August'.... Pinkel doesn’t seem concerned about Baggett’s ability to handle the added workload. He admitted field goals are pretty straight forward, but punting — with the Tigers’ directional kicks, half-rollouts, “sky punts” and other nuances — is a bit trickier. 'You have to be mature enough to be able to separate the two and be able to focus on all the details on each one,' Pinkel said. Missouri signed Franklin (Tenn.) punter/kicker Corey Fatony to a scholarship in February. He won’t arrive on campus until June, but ideally he’d push Baggett for the starting punter job." - Kansas City Star

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/sec/university-of-missouri/article17057873.html#storylink=cpy

February 4, 2015 - punter/kicker Corey Fatony signs
"A strong, powerful kicker who has a skill set that includes all of the attributes that translate to a great combination kicker at the Division I level … Rated as the fourth-best punter in the class of 2015 by Kohl’s Kicking as he has tremendous upside as a collegiate punter … As a senior in 2014 averaged 42.5 yards per punt, placing half of his attempts inside the opponent 20-yardline … Had 43-of-53 kickoffs go for touchbacks on the year … Was a Mr. Football finalist for the state of Tennessee, and was a member of the All-USA Tennessee football team … Kohl’s All-American Team Finalist … 2013 All-State honoree and District 11-AAA Kicker of the Year … Had a long field goal of 54 yards as a junior in 2013." - Tigers

November 28, 2014 - kicker Andrew Baggett goes double long
"Last week at Tennessee, junior kicker Andrew Baggett missed two extra points. He had a much better day Saturday against Arkansas, becoming the first kicker in Missouri history with two field goals of 50 yards or longer in the same game. 'That says an awful lot about him,' Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said.'… I’m just really happy for him.' Baggett, a Lee’s Summit North graduate, connected from 52 yards early in the second quarter — a kick that ended the Razorbacks’ shutout streak at 2 hours, 28 minutes and 58 seconds of game time. With 9 seconds left in the first half, Baggett trotted out for a 50-yard try, which he missed wide left, but he got a reprieve thanks to Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, who had called a timeout. Baggett appreciated the opportunity to practice. 'It’s a free play,' he said. 'You take that risk when you call a timeout, trying to ice the kicker. If I do miss, I get a free look, so I just aimed a little more right and it was right down the middle.' Missouri had taken a shot downfield coming out of the timeout, but sophomore quarterback Maty Mauk couldn’t connect with senior wide receiver Bud Sasser on a deep post, so Baggett was shuttled back onto the field with 4 seconds left. Baggett drew the Tigers within 14-6 at halftime with the 50-yard field goal." - Kansas City Star
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/sec/university-of-missouri/article4196311.html#storylink=cpy

August 24, 2014 - summer specialists
"Missouri not only returns last year’s specialist at each position but they’re all now on scholarship, too — a testament to their experience and value to the program. Kicker Andrew Baggett may never escape the memory of last year’s missed field goal in double overtime against South Carolina, but he finished the season strong, making six of his final eight attempts on the season. He closed camp with an impressive final scrimmage, with six makes on seven attempts, including three beyond 39 yards. He was also among the nation’s best kickoff specialists last year. Punter Christian Brinser is steady and reliable. Long snapper Jake Hurrell (Francis Howell North) was so good last year, most fans probably don’t know his name." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

June 18, 2014 - punter Corey Fatony commits
"Franklin punter Corey Fatony didn't take long to accept Missouri's offer of a football scholarship, committing Wednesday night during a phone call with the staff to sign as part of its 2015 recruiting class.... The 5-11, 190-pounder was named to The Tennessean's All-Midstate first team last fall as a junior, averaging 40.9 yards per punt with a long of 69 yards and two others of 60-plus yards. He was also chosen as District 11-AAA Kicker of the Year as Franklin finished 8-3 and reached the Class 6A playoffs.... In addition to Missouri, Fatony had also drawn recruiting interest from Southeastern Conference rivals Arkansas and Tennessee. Neither of those schools had extended a scholarship offer, though." - Tennessean

April 19, 2014 -  Black & Gold Game
"The starters were forced to settle for an Andrew Baggett 30-yard field goal to make it 14-3.... Baggett's 21-yard field goal pulled Mizzou One closer, 14-6....  Senior punter Christian Brinser ended the first half on a high note with a booming 69-yard punt." - Tigers

April 12, 2014 - second spring scrimmage
Punting: Christian Brinser - 5-198, 39.6 avg. (2 inside 20)
Field Goals: Andrew Baggett - 1-of-2 (Make: 33; Miss: 48); Preston Soper - 1-of-1 (Make: 33); Luke Jackson - 0-of-1 (Miss: 48) - Tigers

April 5, 2014 - first spring scrimmage
Field Goals: Andrew Baggett - 4-4 (Made: 46, 40, 23, 20); Turner Adams - 2-2 (Made: 46, 22); Luke Jackson - 0-1 (Missed: 40)
Punting: Christian Brinser - 5-191, 38.5 avg., 2 inside 20 - Tigers

March 11, 2014 - spring specialists
The kicking game is intact from a year ago with the return of starting junior PK Andrew Baggett, senior P Christian Brinser and sophomore snapper Jake Hurrell. While the expectations are for that trio to continue to improve, their return is a comfort for Tiger coaches and the all-important special teams.... 'I thought Andrew Baggett finished the year really strong, so we expect him to carry that forward this year,' coach Gary Pinkel said. 'He's been our guy there for two years now, so he's a veteran and we feel like he can be one of the best in the SEC, which means he can be one of the best in the country,' he said. 'Christian Brinser did some good things in his first year as a starter,' said Pinkel. 'Now that he's got the game experience, I think you'll see him take a step up, and that's what we need to happen certainly,' he said." - Tigers

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