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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Texas Tech Red Raiders Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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June 17, 2015 - long snapper IV Seacat commits as preferred walk-on
"Southlake Carroll junior IV Seacat (@IVSeacat33) has accepted a preferred walk-on role as a long snapper with Red Raiders. Awesome name. Taking preferred walk-on role as a long snapper in 2016. Had a great showing today at camp. Sorry to be a downer, but IV Seacat's real name is Russell. He's the fourth Russell Seacat in a row, hence the IV. Goes by IV, though." - Daniel Paulling

June 14, 2015 - kicker Jackson Smith commits as preferred walk-on
"Waco Midway kicker Jackson Smith accepted a preferred walk-on offer from Texas Tech assistant coach Darrin Chiaverini (pictured above) on Saturday after an impressive performance at a kicking camp in Lubbock.... Smith, who said he is usually effective on field goals up to 50 yards, finished last season 5-for-8 on field goal attempts with 21 touchbacks." - Scout

April 20, 2015 - spring specialists
"Replacing Ryan Bustin might be one of the most important items on coach Kliff Kingsbury’s to-do list. Symmank — a former McKinney Boyd standout on the soccer team — is pushing to handle both punting and kicking duties, though special teams coach Darrin Chiaverini would prefer to split the duties. If that’s the case, then redshirt freshmen Clayton Hatfield and Michael Barnes would be the placekicker.... In addition to fielding punts, Cameron Batson is tasked with holding field-goal tries and PATs." - Dallas Morning News

March 28, 2015 - spring game
"Freshman Michael Barden made both of his field goal attempts but both were from relatively short distances -- 25 and 35 yards. Meanwhile, fellow freshman Clayton Hatfield was 1 of 2 on his attempts and he made a 41-yarder but missed short and wide right on a 48--yard attempt. Senior Tyler Symmank is expected to add place kicking duties to his resume in addition to being the team’s punter. However, he was held out on Saturday as Kingsbury said he’s dealing with a hip flexor." - Midland Reporter-Telegram 

March 9, 2015 - punter Taylor Symmank might kick
"Texas Tech special teams coordinator Darrin Chiaverini would rather two guys handle the team’s punter and placekicker jobs. But if Taylor Symmank can persuade Chiaverini otherwise, more power to him. Chiaverini said Monday that Symmank has looked good in his bid to replace kicker Ryan Bustin, a 2014 senior, while continuing as the Red Raiders’ punter. 'I’ve been impressed with the way the ball pops off his foot as a placekicker,' Chiaverini said. 'I always knew he had a big leg as a punter and a kickoff guy, but I’ve been impressed. He’ll have an opportunity.' Chiaverini indicated that Symmank and redshirt freshman Clayton Hatfield are the leading candidates. Hatfield played in the U.S. Army all-American Bowl after his senior season at Boerne Champion, then walked on at Tech.... Symmank was a kicker before he was a punter, having not taken up the latter until after his high school career at McKinney Boyd. He was a second-team all-state soccer player and honorable mention all-state kicker in football."  - Lubbock Online

October  15, 2014 - field goal record
"Coming into the season, the record seemed like a lock. Ryan Bustin only needed to kick eight field goals and he would be Texas Tech’s all-time leader. That seemed easy for Bustin, who had a breakthrough season as a junior in 2013 breaking the school record for field goals made (23), field goals attempted (27), field goal percentage (.852) and points scored in a season by a kicker (121). He also made 17 field goals as a sophomore. But, the boom or bust Texas Tech offense this season has not given him the same opportunities the last two years. Against West Virginia, that slightly improved. The senior was 2 for 2, chipping in both of his field goals. But, after the first five games Bustin was only 1 for 2 on the season. The two against West Virginia moved him within five of Alex Trlica’s record of 48." - Lubbock Online

August 13, 2014 - punter Taylor Symmank
"Ryan Erxleben, a four-year starter, graduated, and the job is Symmank’s going into his junior year. 'It’s different not having Erxleben here,' Symmank said. 'All the specialists will say that, but I think it helps us stay focused more. It helps me realize I have a lot to do and it helps me push myself every day.' Symmank, a 6-foot-2, 192-pound junior from McKinney Boyd, might have the strongest leg of any Tech punter since Mark Bounds, who averaged a school-record 46.8 yards during his unanimous All-America season of 1991. 'He’s got an NFL leg. There’s no question about it,' new special teams coach Darrin Chiaverini said.... Symmank works on kickoffs and field goals in addition to punting. To avoid leg fatigue, he stays away from training punts and kickoffs on the same day." - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

July 3, 2104 - kicker Ryan Bustin
"Bustin is currently the NCAA leader for field goal attempts per game at 1.6 and holds the school record for most points scored in a season by a kicker at 121 (2013). Its safe to say that Bustin has been a constant in point production over the past two years and he may very well be one of the most important offensive pieces in Kingsbury’s 2014 offense. Although Bustin doesn’t have an exceptionally strong leg, he is very sure footed when it comes to field goals within 45 yards." - Wreck 'em Red

April 14, 2014 - spring specialists
"Ryan Bustin will be one of the top returning field-goal kickers in the nation, while Taylor Symmank should take over punting duty full time. The Red Raiders were known for doing surprise onside and pooch kicks last year, but it may be more difficult to pull those off as Big 12 coaches are probably savvier to Kliff Kingsbury’s trickery." - Dallas Morning News

April 12, 2014 - spring game
Ryan Bustin kicked five extra points, and had a sixth attempt blocked. Taylor Symmank had a 65 yard kickoff, while Kramer Fyfe had a 54 yarder. Symmank averaged 45.3 yards on seven punts, placing two inside the 20 yard line. He also added a 27 yard field goal late in the game. - Red Raiders

March 29, 2014 - punter Taylor Symmank
"Symmank averaged 50.8 yards with good hang time on eight punts during a special-teams segment of Saturday's scrimmage. Two caveats: It wasn’t a live period, so there was no rush, and Symmank had a south wind at his back. Nevertheless, it’s no secret the junior from McKinney Boyd has a strong leg, so strong that he briefly took the job from senior Ryan Erxleben last September. He punted 12 times for a 42-yard average, but didn’t show the consistency coaches wanted. 'He’s one of the more talented legs I’ve been around,' Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. 'It’s just last year, I didn’t think mentally he handled it very well. The job is his to lose now. He’s been showing up all spring, and I expect a great year'.” - Red Raiders

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