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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Miami (FL) Hurricanes Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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September 19, 2015 - Michael Badgley kicks five field goals, including game winner, over Nebraska
"The Hurricanes sophomore kicker matched a school-record with five field goals in UM’s 36-33 overtime win over the Cornhuskers — including the game-winning 28-yarder.... Badgley’s field goals came from 23, 27, 41, 28, and finally another 28-yard shot in OT. He tied Jon Peattie, who made five field goals in a 22-20 win vs. West Virginia on Oct. 2, 2003, for the school record for most field goals in a game. Was he nervous as he lined up to kick the game-winner? What was he aiming at? 'To be honest I was aiming at the middle of the U,' Badgley said. 'There’s a white line between the U and I was hitting that. That’s what I was going for. I believe I was calm. The whole operation was calm from [snapper] Frank Gabriel to [holder Justin] Vogel to the offensive line. They knew this was a big play. They came out there and did well.' For the season, Badgley is now 9 of 10 on field goals. His only miss came from 27 yards. He’s now 23 of 28 in his career including a perfect 7 of 7 from 40 to 49 yards." - Miami Herald

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August 10, 2015 - kickoff competition
"Hurricanes Michael Badgley and Justin Vogel often work alone, pushing each other to improve on their respective skills. But through five practices, the two kickers are also competing against each other to see which one will handle kickoffs this fall. Hurricanes coach Al Golden, who is also Miami’s special teams coach, noted that’s one part of the special teams game where the Hurricanes now have options, something that worried him last season.  'It was tough at this time last year. We didn’t know we weren’t going to have [former kicker] Matt Goudis. … just thinking he was going to return and get stronger, it didn’t materialize,' Golden said. 'All of a sudden, we were left with three spots – kickoff, field goal, and punt that we were trying to fix.' That’s where Vogel, a transfer from Florida, and Badgley, an incoming freshman, proved surprising. Each did his job well with Vogel averaging 42.8 yards per punt and Badgley connecting on 14 of 18 field goals. The pair somewhat shared kickoff duties, combining to average 60.4 yards on that front. What Golden said he’d like to see the duo focus on now as they compete in camp is directional kicking." - Sun Sentinel

February 22, 2015 - kicker Matt Goudis retires from football
"A scholarship athlete who would have been a redshirt senior, he gave up football because of a back injury suffered last offseason. He performed well as UM’s starting kicker in 2013 before the injury, but played in two games last year before undergoing season-ending back surgery in October. Unable to perform at the level he wanted, he explored non-football options. A source told the Post that Goudis, who will graduate from UM in May with an accounting degree, has an opportunity with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, a multinational accounting and tax firm.... Goudis, from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, did not miss a point-after attempt in his career (63-for-63) and hit 17-for-23 field goals, with a long of 49 yards. The odds-on favorite to win the starting job is rising sophomore Michael Badgley, a walk-on UM expected to redshirt last year. Pressed into action, he hit 14-of-18 field goals with a long of 48 yards. He missed four extra-point attempts, a couple of which were blocked poorly and one of which was shanked. UM also has several walk-ons and expects to add more in the coming weeks to challenge Badgley, a native of Summit, N.J. who spent a season at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy before joining UM." - Palm Beach Post

October 15, 2014 - kicker Matt Goudis & long snapper Ronnie Regula done for season
"Kicker Matt Goudis and long snapper Ronnie Regula, both of whom have injuries, “will require surgery” and will not return this season, UM coach Al Golden said Wednesday on the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference. Regula’s injury has not been disclosed, but Golden said Monday that it was 'significant.' A walk-on senior out of Miami Palmetto High, Regula appeared to have a right-leg or knee injury when he was helped off the field late in the game Saturday against Cincinnati. Regula, who also is a reserve fullback, will be replaced in the kicking operation by long snapper Frank Gabriel. Gabriel, a junior, has played in three games this season. Goudis, a redshirt junior, has been plagued by a back injury since the offseason. This season he connected on four of six field-goal attempts and made all six extra points in the first two games. Golden indicated Monday that he will apply for a medical waiver for Goudis, to see if he can return as a junior next season." - Miami Herald
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September 24, 2014 - Michael Badgley to kick again
"The Miami Hurricanes will be without starting kicker Matt Goudis for the third straight week, according to head coach Al Golden. Goudis, a junior, is dealing with a lower extremity injury. He was 4-of-6 on field goals in the first two games of the season. Freshman Michael Badgley has handled the kicking duties for the past two games, hitting his only field goal and making 9-of-10 extra points." - 247 Sports

September 11, 2014 - kicker Matt Goudis injury update
"Matt Goudis came into the FAMU game having connected on nine consecutive field goals – until he missed two of four attempts against the Rattlers, a 45-yarder short of the goal posts and a 32-yarder. He connected on 20- and 23-yard attempts. Goudis has been recovering from an offseason back injury, and it turns out the misses were connected to a physical ailment, Hurricanes coach Al Golden said. He didn’t say whether that ailment was the original issue with Goudis’ back, but he does believe the problem was corrected earlier this week with the help of a doctor. The coach said he is hoping he doesn’t have to play freshman kicker Michael Badgley this season. He said Badgley, a 5-10, 180-pound freshman from Summit, N.J., is 'doing a really good job' and he hopes to redshirt him. 'Matt encountered some issues on Saturday that I think have been resolved,' Golden said. 'He’s gone to the doctor…and we think we have the discomfort part of that resolved and he’s been kicking really well. Lord willing he’ll be able to get past that. He needs a little luck here. As you know, Matt is a real good kicker. He just had some discomfort that was hard to deal Saturday night'." - MHB

August 28, 2014 - Justin Vogel named starting punter, kickoff specialist
"Walk-on sophomore Justin Vogel, a transfer from Florida, said Golden informed him a couple days ago he'll be handling punts at Louisville Monday night. Vogel said he also climbed to the top of the depth chart -- the one only players and coaches have had a chance to see -- on kickoffs. 'I've always been No. 2 on kickoffs, but I had a really good day on Tuesday,' Vogel said. 'I had always been hitting them here and there. But then we did our game plan, scheme and I just hit a couple of really good kicks. Coach [Golden] was like do it again the next day. So I replicated it again. That moved me up to first team.' Freshman walk-on Michael Badgley is backing Vogel up on kickoffs. Redshirt senior Ricky Carroll is behind Vogel on punts. 'They judge all of it,' Vogel said of the competition for the kicking jobs. 'First off [on punts] they want to make sure the operations aren't slow. No matter how good your kick is if the operation is bad you're kick is getting blocked. So it has to be off under in under two seconds. Coach Golden wants is 43 yards, 4.3-second hang [time]. I've been averaging around that. I've kicked better than that too'." - Miami Herald
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August 22, 2014 - kicker strengthening, punters competing
"Kicker Matt Goudis, who is recovering from a back injury this summer, keeps getting stronger, UM coach Al Golden said Thursday after practice.... 'I think the biggest thing right now is there’s nothing ailing him in terms of pain,' Golden said. 'There’s no [real] medical condition. It’s just strength, and the way you build that back up is to kick, lift and do whatever you’ve got to do. Then you rest, let it heal and come back the next day. He’s making a lot of progress.' As for the punting competition between Florida transfer Justin Vogel and Ricky Carroll, Golden indicated that nobody has emerged yet as the starter. 'They’re going back and forth,' Golden said. 'We’re going to have a special teams scrimmage [Friday]. That will determine a lot. … We might not even determine who the starters are until next week'.” - Miami Herald
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August 11, 2014 - punter competition
"New University of Miami punting contenders Justin Vogel and Ricky Carroll say they’re only looking ahead, certainly not at what the Hurricanes don’t have now that 2013 ace Pat O’Donnell is playing with the Chicago Bears. 'I’m going to do what needs to be done,' said Carroll, a walk-on senior who at 24 is believed to be the oldest Hurricane but has been with UM since 2012 without having played in a game. 'Pat O’Donnell had a much, much stronger leg than anyone I’ve ever seen. Those are big shoes to fill to be a Pat O’Donnell.' Vogel, a walk-on who was a Florida Gator the past two seasons and also has never played in a college game, said he 'didn’t know or see'’ O’Donnell — who these days is a Bears fan favorite who elicits 'megapunt!' whenever he booms one in training camp. 'He was obviously a great punter,' Vogel said. 'I’m just going to do whatever I can do, and we’ll see what happens. I’m not going to try and worry about beating him. I’m just going to worry about being the best I can for this team'." - Miami Herald

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August 9, 2014 - kicker Matt Goudis feeling better
"Goudis, a junior who made 13 of his 17 field-goal attempts last season, said he is feeling better after injuring his back this summer, forcing him to miss some time in the weight room and running.' He said his back is feeling 'a lot' better now, but he needs to build up his legs again. 'I should be good to go and back by Louisville,' Goudis said of the Sept. 1 opener. 'From missing some running, my legs are just a little tired, not as explosive, but I’m still hitting from 50. In four more weeks I should be good to go'.” - Miami Herald

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June 8, 2014 - kicker Drew Galitz commits
"Drew Galitz, a 2-star K/P prospect from Rowlett, TX, is the latest player to commit to the Miami Hurricanes. He averaged nearly 40 yards per punt as a junior, and had 11 touchbacks on kickoffs. Miami was Galitz's most recent offer on May 1st, and quickly overtook the home team and presumed favorites Texas Longhorns to secure his pledge." - State of the U

April 12, 2014 - spring game
"Kicker Matt Goudis missed field goal attempts of 47 and 50 yards." - Miami Herald

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March 4, 2014 - spring specialists
"Matt Goudis is still the kicker but he's also been working on his punting. Right now Goudis and Ricky Carroll are competing for the job of punter but Golden mentioned that UM will have some walk ons competing come summer time." - State of the U

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