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Friday, January 23, 2015

Arizona Wildcats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


January 22, 2015 - kicker/punter Oliver Graybar added
"Oliver Graybar (5-10, 200) is a kicker/punter from Reno, Nev. He played for head coach Dan Avansino at Reno High School and played for head coach Bill Chaplick at Milford Academy in fall 2014. He was the 2013 Reno Gazette-Journal Special Teams Player of the Year, earned academic all-state honors and was a two-time all-region honoree." - Wildcats

November 15, 2014 - kicker/runner Casey Skowron leads Wildcats to win over Washington
"It was just Casey Skowron's day. Arizona turned to the same kicker that came into Saturday against Washington in a funk and took advantage of three Huskies turnovers to win 27-26 on the leg -- and legs -- of the former women's soccer manager. Skowron scored 13 of the UA points, making up for an ugly offensive outing by the Wildcats, who next face Utah with an 8-2 record.... A replay review on an ensuing Solomon deep ball that was caught by Cayleb Jones showed that the receiver's toe was on the line in the back of the end zone, and so the Wildcats turned to Skowron as they had more than a month ago against USC. This time, a miss during the icing timeout got the bad juju out of the kicker. His 47-yarder as time expired was money. That wasn't the only game-changing play for the kicker against UW. Skowron the speedster: Arizona looked tentative -- until RichRod pulled out a fake field goal in the first half. With 1:39 to go in the second quarter, Skowron took a direct snap to the house on an 18-yard fourth down run." - Arizona Desert Swarm

November 4, 2014 - punter Drew Riggleman
"Riggleman, a Sahuaro High School product, is quietly having one of the best seasons ever by an Arizona punter. The junior averages 47.2 yards per punt, tops in the Pac-12 Conference. He has a chance to eclipse Danny Baugher’s single-season school record of 47.5 yards per punt, set in 2005. And he has done it in multiple ways. Riggleman can blast a punt with the best of them in a traditional style, but he also has shown the ability to use the rugby punt. There, he rolls out to a side and kicks a line drive. 'He’s getting more and more comfortable with a variety of kicks we’ve asked him to do,' UA coach Rich Rodriguez said. 'Most punters can do the traditional punt and angle it toward the sideline. He can do that, and he’s taken to the roll punt. He’s taken it to heart, and worked really hard at practice. He’s done a good job of all of it. He’s been excellent in ball placement, whether it’s been with the roll punt or the traditional.' Riggleman said he’s 'comfortable with either one. I just like to help with the offensive field position,' he said. 'Against UCLA, they had a great returner, so we went with the rugby style to try to keep it away from him and limit his returns.' Riggleman’s strong leg has Arizona producing a net average of 39.9 yards per punt after returns. The school record — since the calculations of the net punting stat changed in 2005 — is 38.3 in 2012. The 39.9 mark is second in the Pac-12 behind Utah." - Arizona Daily Star

October 31, 2014 - kicker Casey Skowron
"Casey Skowron is over it. He was over it sooner than you might have thought he was over it. Kickers need to have a short memory and a clear head. Skowron was reading all the invectives and threats on social media while sitting in the cold tub after the USC game - the one in which he missed a 36-yard field-goal attempt in the final seconds of a 28-26 loss. That stuff was out there. He knew it. No sense hiding from it, denying it. But the only words that mattered to him came from inside the locker room, not from the anonymous chorus chanting, in so many words, 'You suck.' The important words came from coach Rich Rodriguez, who said, 'You're our kicker and we're going to put you out there 100 more times'.... Skowron's mental health checks out just fine. His leg was fine, too, in his return to the field last Saturday at Washington State. Nothing too stressful, but he made a 31-yard field goal early in the game and all eight of his extra point attempts. 'The kick against USC had nothing to do with the kicks against Washington State,' he said. 'The way I think of it, I can't go back in time and change it. I just have to do everything I can going forward to keep making kicks'." - Tucson News Now

August 30, 2014 - kicker Casey Skowron ties team record
"Skowron, a redshirt junior playing in his first game as a Wildcat, converted 3-of-4 field goal tries, with makes from 28, 49 and 39 yards. Skowron also made all seven of his extra point tries to finish with 16 points by kicking and tying the school record set last season by Jake Smith. Interestingly, both kickers set the record against the UNLV Rebels. Skowron also handled kickoffs for Arizona last Friday, successfully booting seven of his 11 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks." - 247 Sports

August 24, 2014 - kicker Casey Skowron
"The junior from Phoenix came to the UA as a soccer player and played on the Wildcats’ club team as a freshman. He then joined the women’s program as a practice player and student manager. Three weeks into the women’s season, he chased a hunch — Skowron thought he had a strong enough leg to be a college football kicker. He aced his tryout and was a Division I football player days later. The Phoenix Brophy Prep product redshirted in 2012 and served as a backup last season while battling hip and groin injuries. This year, Skowron is in contention to be one of the UA’s primary kickers. He battled freshman Josh Pollack and Virginia Tech transfer Ethan Keyserling throughout training camp. Coach Rich Rodriguez hasn’t said who will handle the main responsibilities this season, but Skowron will undoubtedly get a look at some point." - Arizona Daily Star

August 8, 2014 - kicking mix
"This year, special teams coach Charlie Ragle and the Wildcats may spread the duties out over multiple kickers. The three main candidates right now are junior Casey Skowron, freshman Josh Pollack and Virginia Tech graduate transfer Ethan Keyserling. 'You could easily see where we could have a short guy, who is pretty accurate from 40 in, and a longer guy that might have a bigger leg and could handle kickoffs,' Ragle said. 'Whatever gives us the best chance to win, we’re going to try to find that. I can see something like that developing for sure.' Skowron may be the most consistent of the group, but has battled various minor injuries the past two years, which have slowed his development. Ragle said Keyserling, perhaps the leading candidate for kickoff duty, may have the strongest leg of all the kickers but needs to be more consistent.
Pollack, a true freshman, is still learning to trust his leg and not overthink things — something Ragle said most freshmen deal with. 'I’ve told Josh, ‘You’ve worked on this for so long and you’re naturally good at it. Just do your thing,’ Ragle said.'I’m excited for Casey. If he can stay healthy, he’ll be in this thing for sure. Ethan has a super strong leg. He might have the strongest leg overall. He’s going to be in the mix'.” - Arizona Daily Star

June 28, 2014 - summer specialists
"Special teams will also need to find their starting kicker after losing Jake Smith who handled the field goals a season ago. Junior Casey Skowron may begin the season as the starting kicker. Punter junior Drew Riggleman averaged 40.1 yards per punt as a sophomore." - College Football Universe

April 4, 2014 - kicker & punter competitions
"The competition for the starting kicker spot is down to two men — for now. Bret Miller, who redshirted last season and was expected to be in the kicker and punter competition, is no longer on the team. The San Clemente, Calif., native was taken off the roster earlier this week. That means the competition this spring is down to Casey Skowron and Jack Flatau. Skowron seemed to be the favorite coming into the spring, but he has been dealing with a hip flexor injury all spring and it has hurt his consistency. Special teams coordinator Charlie Ragle said Skowron should be fully healthy soon and it's not a long-term problem. Flatau is a walk-on, who redshirted last season and has gotten most of the work this spring with Skowron hurt. Returning punter Drew Riggleman has gotten most of the work at that spot. However, that could all change in the fall when Josh Pollack arrives. Pollack, out of Highland Park, Ill., is expected to compete for time at both kicker and punter. He will be a preferred walk-on to start, but should be put on scholarship in the future." - Arizona Daily Star

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