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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Portland State Vikings Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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March 30, 2015 - spring specialists
"While two-time All-American and national punting leader Kyle Loomis has moved on to professional football, two-thirds of the special teams story is still very good news. All-Conference kicker Jonathan Gonzales (6-2, 210) is back, as is fourth-year long snapper Kameron Canaday (6-4, 230). Gonzales, a junior, led the Big Sky Conference by making 17-24 field goals and ranked ninth in the nation with 1.42 made per game. He was also the only full-time kicker to make every extra point (33-33) for the season. Gonzales should continue to hold down place kicking duties while backed up by kickoff specialist JR Marcus Kinsella (5-11,195). Canaday has been rock solid as a snapper, starting 29 consecutive games since becoming eligible as a freshman. Portland State has brought in junior college transfer Casey Eyman (6-1, 195) from Fullerton College to take over punting duties." - Vikings

February 3, 2015 - kicker/punter Casey Eyman commits
"Eyman, one of the top placekickers and punters in the California Junior College ranks, verbally committed to Portland State early last week during a home visit by new special teams coordinator Nick Whitworth and defensive line coach Malik Roberson, and will sign a letter of intent with the Vikings on Wednesday, National Signing Day. This past season, Eyman connected on 11-of-12 field goal attempts (91.7 percent) and 41-of-43 extra points for Fullerton College, finishing with a team-high 74 points. He also averaged 37.1 yards on 57 punts with 21 fair catches and 17 landing inside the 20-yard line." -  Viking Tales

October 13, 2014 - kicker Jonathan Gonzales & punter Kyle Loomis
"In the last two weeks, Jonathan Gonzales has made 6-7 attempts and played a prominent role in the Viking offense. Gonzales was 3-4 on field goals against UC Davis, including a 53-yarder, which tied for second longest field goal in school history. At UND, Gonzales made kicks of 45, 23 and 37. The 37-yarder, which came in the fourth quarter and closed the Viking deficit to 17-16, was tipped at the line. But Gonzales had enough on it to clear the cross bar and produce three points... Gonzales is now 7-11 kicking field goals this year to rank second in the Big Sky Conference, and the Vikings have a whole new perspective on their kicking game.... 2013 consensus 1st team All-American SR P Kyle Loomis is the oldest Viking (he turned 27 on Sept. 30). But the All-American proves he is aging well, averaging 46.0 yards per punt this season to rank second in the nation. Loomis has 17 punts of 50 yards or better and 16 punts downed inside the 20-yard line." - Vikings

August 12, 2014 - kicking competition
"While punting was a team strength in 2013, place-kicking was a weakness. A three-man heated competition has been taking place since the start of practice on Aug. 3. Senior Nick Fernandez is a three-year letterwinner, who had some success in 2012, making five field goals and 25-25 extra points when All-American Zach Brown was injured. But last season Fernandez struggled to make only 1-6 field goals and 31-32 extra points in eight starts. Sophomore Marcus Kinsella made four starts, hitting 2-10 field goals and 21-23 extra points. Overall, PSU was 3-16 on field goals, including 1-7 inside 40 yards. Joining those two in the competition is sophomore transfer Jonathan Gonzales. He was an All-Conference, All-Region and All-American kicker at San Bernardino Valley College last season. With three players vying to start it becomes a challenge for Casco to sort out who will become the man. Viking practice include numerous "pressure" situations for the kickers in front of their teammates. "We give them all opportunities. When they get an opportunity (during practice) they have to take advantage of it," said Casco, who stressed the most important aspects of being a kicker: "The consistency… and then how do they react if they miss a field goal? You have to keep maintaining that confidence." Like Loomis, the incumbent long snapper, Kameron Canaday, is firmly entrenched in his role this season. His effectiveness is directly linked to the success of Loomis and the Viking kickers." - Vikings

July 31, 2014 - kicker Jonathan Gonzales signs
"San Bernardino Valley College kicker Jonathan Gonzales (Apple Valley HS) has signed with Division I Portland State. He spent just one season with the Wolverines and will have three years of eligibility remaining. 'It’s definitely tough finding a spot as a kicker,' he said. 'It’s not like most positions where you have to recruit multiple players. Teams usually have just one kicker and there are a lot of good ones out there'.... Gonzales was 13 of 17 on field goal attempts, making a long of 52 yards twice, once against Southwestern and once against Santa Monica. He was also 44 of 44 on extra-points." - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

April 30, 2014 - spring scrimmage
"Coach Nigel Burton also acknowledged a good performance from sophomore transfer kicker Ian Boozer, who was perfect on his field goal attempts in the scrimmage." - Oregon Live

April 7, 2014 - spring specialists 
"Portland State's special teams discussion has to begin with consensus All-American punter Kyle Loomis (6-2, 230). The senior-to-be smashed the Portland State record for punting average, leading the nation in the process, with 46.5 yards per boot. He beat the previous PSU mark by nearly four yards per punt. As a result, the Vikings also led the nation in net punting (41.7). PSU coaches expect more of the same from the 26-year old former member of the US Army. If he can accomplish that, he will be a strong NFL prospect. While punting was a team strength in 2013, place kicking was a weakness. The Viking program will have a three-man heated competition for the kicking role as two players return with a junior college transfer bringing talent to team. SR Nick Fernandez (5-8, 175) is a two-year letterwinner, who had some success in 2012, making five field goals and 25-25 extra points. But last season, he struggled to make only 1-6 field goals and 31-32 extra points in eight starts. SO Marcus Kinsella (5-11, 195) made four starts, hitting 2-10 field goals and 21-23 extra points. Overall, PSU was 3-16 on field goals, including 1-7 inside 40 yards. Joining those two in the competition will be sophomore transfer Ian Boozer (6-0, 185). He converted 7-8 field goals and 50-52 extra points last season at Fullerton JC." - Vikings

February 5, 2014 - kicker Ian Boozer signs
"Played at Fullerton Junior College where he was the starting kicker in 2013… converted 7-8 field goals with a long of 47… made 50-52 extra points... set a school record by scoring 19 points in one game… Fullerton had an undefeated season before losing in the championship game… finished the year ranked fourth in the nation....  Lettered in football at Churchill High School in Eugene… as a senior in 2012, he made 6-7 field goals, 30-31 extra points and averaged 46.6 yards per punt, with a long of 74…. named first team All-Conference and All-State as a kicker and punter." - Vikings

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