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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Western Michigan Broncos Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


August 11, 2015 - kicker/punter Derek Adams commits
"Manheim Central senior kicker/punter Derek Adams has made an oral pledge to continue his football career at Western Michigan, which competes in the MAC.... Adams had a standout season kicking and punting the football for Manheim Central last fall; the lefty booter was a nifty 56-of-57 on extra point attempts, and he was true on 6-of-12 field goals, including a 40-yarder, as the Barons went to the District 3-AAA quarterfinals and finished in the lead pack in the L-L Section 2 race. He also averaged 34 yards per punt, with 11 punts touching down inside the 20. And Adams had 36 touchbacks on 75 kickoffs for Manheim Central, which has had a penchant for producing top specialists over the years." -  Penn Live

April 3, 2015 - kicker Butch Hampton commits
"After arriving in town for an overnight visit, Hampton went back to his hotel room on Thursday evening with a scholarship offer in hand from the Broncos. Hampton tweeted about having to make a big decision on his football future, which was whether to accept the scholarship on an accelerated timeline. Friday, after meeting with Fleck around 3 p.m., he gave his word to the young head coach, becoming the 13th commitment for the class of 2016.... Where Hampton fits in on the roster is fairly easy to see. Andrew Halderman is a senior and Brett Scanlon is a junior. Scanlon will likely continue kickoff duties this year with Halderman retaining the field goal tries. Come 2016, it's likely that Hampton is penciled in as the field goal kicker and possibly taking kickoff duties then as well." - Rivals

November 11, 2014 - kicker Andrew Haldeman
"Haldeman seems far-removed from a missed extra point that resulted in a Western Michigan loss to Toledo, but he hasn't forgotten about it. Haldeman missed a game-tying extra point in WMU's 20-19 overtime loss to the Rockets on a day when weather conditions were less than favorable for anything flying through the air. The miss is the glaring lowlight of the loss on Oct. 4, but players and coaches are quick to say the game shouldn't have been decided by the kicker's leg – the Broncos had a 13-10 lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter and allowed Toledo to drive down and kick a tying field goal to force overtime. The supports of his teammates combined with a tireless work ethic have helped Haldeman rebound and get back on track.... 'I was obviously devastated,' said Haldeman, who was the first player to take the field before the start ofSunday's practice. 'A loss like that, especially when it's on me, it's hard. It's tough. My teammates stood behind me and picked me up and helped me keep going.' Haldeman has made his last 11 point-after kicks. He is 19-20 on PAT tries since the Toledo game and is 4-for-4 on field goal attempts since Oct. 4." - MLive 

October 4, 2014 - Coach says Andrew Haldeman will remain kicker
"Andrew Haldeman watched an extra point attempt in overtime clank off the left upright to allow Toledo to escape with 20-19 win Saturday night at Waldo Stadium in a Mid-American Conference West Division thriller. Less than 15 minutes of real time prior to the heartbreaking miss, Haldeman was on his way to being named the hero as he gave the Broncos (2-3, 0-1 MAC) a 13-10 lead over the west division-favored Rockets with 1:11 left in the fourth quarter. His blocked field goal in the second quarter, missed 29-yarder in the fourth quarter and missed extra point were magnified given the tightness of low-scoring game, which was billed to be an offensive shootout. Criticism of the junior from Ferndale followed swiftly via social media after the game. Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck came to Haldeman's defense, saying the Broncos will stick with him as their place kicker. 'I told him in there, I said 'Hey, we're going to need you. You have two options. You can either quit, which I know you're not going to do and we're not going to let you, or you're just going to keep getting better,' Fleck said of his postgame talk with Haldeman." - MLive

July 31, 2014 - summer specialists
"The Broncos saw consistent play out of kicker Andrew Haldeman and punter J. Schroeder last year and they will rely on the two juniors to have the same kind of success this season. Haldeman made 16 of 20 field goal attempts (80 percent) last season, which was one of the top marks in the Mid-American Conference. The junior was 10-for-16 (62.5 percent). His biggest improvement from his freshman to sophomore season came from the 40-49 yard range, where he was 1-for-5 in 2012 and 3-for-4 in 2013. The Ferndale native was named the MAC Special Teams Player of the Week in consecutive weeks last season and was named the National Kicker of the Week after making all six field goal attempts in an overtime loss at Eastern Michigan. His longest make last season was a 48-yarder in the EMU game. Schroeder, a Columbus, Ohio native, tied the program record for punts in a season with 77 last year and he averaged 39.7 yards per boot. Only Miami's Zach Murphy punted the ball more times last year as he booted 79 punts for the winless RedHawks. Eight of Schroeder's punts travelled more than 50 yards, including a long boot of 62 yards in the season opener at Michigan State, and 17 punts landed inside opponents' 20-yard line. Both Haldeman and Schroeder were named to the College Football Performance Awards Preseason Watch List for 2014." - MLive

May 11, 2014 - spring specialists
"WMU has experience with punter J. Schroeder and kicker Andrew Haldeman. The Broncos will have a new long snapper, but special teams should be solid for WMU in 2014." - Saturday Edge

April 19, 2014 - Brown and Gold "Wooden Oar" Game
"Brett Scanlon responded for Brown with a 52-yard field goal to cap off a 10-play 55-yard drive at 7:42 in the fourth quarter." - Broncos

February 5, 2014 - long snapper Wyatt Pfeifer signs
"Buckeye Valley, Ohio (Buckeye Valley): Rated two-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … earned All-America status as an offensive lineman … participated in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Game … ranked third long snapper in the country." - Broncos

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