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Monday, September 21, 2015

Ole Miss Rebels Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 21, 2015 - kicker Gary Wunderlich named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week
"Was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals, including a 45-yarder, in helping Ole Miss to an historic win at Alabama. Totaled 13 points scored in the six-point Rebel victory. The three field goals marked a career high. Also connected on all four PATs." - SEC

October 8, 2014 - Gary Wunderlich named starting kicker
Gary Wunderlich will kick all field goals and extra points against No. 14 Texas A&M on Saturday, coach Hugh Freeze said. 'We'll go from there,' Freeze said. 'It's his to win or lose.' Wunderlich made a 46-yard field goal against Alabama on Saturday, but the competition was created by starter Andrew Fletcher missing a 33-yarder (on top of 40 and 43-yard misses the previous week). Wunderlich came on at the end of the game to kick and extra point and missed it, but was roughed on the play; Fletcher came on and missed the follow-up. The season began with Ole Miss (5-0, 2-0 SEC) wanting to use Fletcher on anything from about 43 yards in, with Wunderlich handling the long-distance duties. But Fletcher's 3-of-6 accuracy rate so far this season and the notion close games are coming (each of the last two games against the Aggies have been decided by three points) made Freeze open up the job for competition this week. 'He's always been very steady on the long ones,' Freeze said of Wunderlich. 'It's on the shorter ones that he gets a little quick and been a little bit inaccurate. But I think he deserves a chance to get into a game and let's see. He hasn't missed one in a game other than an extra point that he got a little quick on'." - Clarion-Ledger

September 29, 2014 - Fletchers handles all kicks after Wunderlich ejected
"Ole Miss got a tough win against the Memphis Tigers on Saturday with a final score of 24-3.... The Rebels’ special teams struggles started when freshman kicker Gary Wunderlich was ejected in the first quarter for fighting, leaving the Rebels without their normal kicker for long field goals. Senior kicker Andrew Fletcher, who handles the extra point and short field goal duties for the Rebels, converted on a 19-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, but struggled earlier on when attempting longer field goals. Fletcher missed a 40-yard try, as well as a 43-yard attempt. 'I was shocked when they said Gary was ejected; that’s maybe the first time I’ve had a kicker ejected,' coach Hugh Freeze said. 'That 43-44-yard field goal we missed would have been him'." - The DM Online

September 24, 2014 - Andrew Fletcher & Will Gleeson
"The Rebels specialists have exceeded expectations so far in 2014. Place kicker Andrew Fletcher is a perfect 2-for-2 on field goals and a perfect 18-for-18 on extra points this year, relieving Rebels’ fans of any concerns regarding the kicking game. Likewise, punter Will Gleeson, who had never played a single game of American football before this year, has starred in altering the field position battle in Ole Miss’ games this season. Gleeson has only been called upon to boot seven punts, but has averaged better than 42 yards per punt this year, landing 5 punts inside the 20 yard line without a single touchback." - Saturday Down South

August 10, 2104 - punter Will Gleeson
"Gleeson is only on his second year of punting an American football. In addition to mastering the mechanics with a different ball, Gleeson had to learn the American game itself. Gleeson played Australian rules football, which is more so a variation of rugby and has no direct comparison to the football he’ll play this fall in the Southeastern Conference. His goal was to go pro in his home sport, but when that option did not present itself, he looked for other options.... He has learned, and is still developing, the ability to go from kicking an Australian football low and hard to an American football long and high. It’s an on-going challenge. Freshman Gary Wunderlich continues to push Gleeson for the starting job of replacing four-year punter Tyler Campbell. But coach Hugh Freeze has consistently said that Gleeson is the frontrunner. 'I’ve grown more comfortable just punting in practice,' Gleeson said. 'It was really daunting at first, especially with the shield (three players who stand in front of Gleeson, blocking). I’m slowly getting my game there'." - Clarion-Ledger

April 30, 2014 - spring specialists
"Ole Miss has to replace kicker Andrew Ritter and punter Tyler Campbell with players with very little, if any, experience. Only kicker Andrew Fletcher has any experience (two extra points). He mainly competed with redshirt freshman Andy Pappanastos this spring, but freshman Gary Wunderlich will be involved this fall. Will Gleeson led at punter this spring but has no experience." - ESPN

February 5, 2014 - kicker Gary Wunderlich signs
"Memphis University School | Memphis, Tenn., An Under Armour All-American … A USA Today All-America second team selection as a kicker … Rated a 3-star prospect and the No. 1 kicker in the nation by … Rated 3-stars and the nation’s No. 2 kicker by and … Punted twice (43.0 yard average) and kicked off three times in the Under Armour All-America game … A first team All-State and Best of the Preps selection by the Commercial Appeal … Helped MUS to the D-II AA Championship game as the placekicker and punter his senior season … Posted season totals of 40 punts for a 44.58-yard average and was 9 of 14 on field goals (long of 51) and 49 of 50 on extra points … Four of his six field-goal misses were from over 50 yards … Recorded touchbacks on 55 of his 67 kickoffs." - Rebels

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