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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Troy Trojans Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


October 28, 2014 - fall specialists 
“The other (last) miss against Georgia, I just pushed it to the right,' Ryan Kay, who grew up near Athens, Ga., said. 'It kinda hurt because I grew up a Georgia fan, but I wasn’t nervous or anything. I was just overexcited.' Since missing that 26-yard field goal on the opening drive of the Trojans’ fourth game, though, Kay has been a perfect 4-of-4 for Troy (1-7 overall, 1-3 Sun Belt Conference). That includes a pair of field goals from more than 40 yards out, an area where he is 3-of-3 this season. 'He has a really good mentality for a kicker. He doesn’t let the last kick – if it wasn’t good – bother him and lines up and just hits the next one,' Troy special teams coordinator Shayne Wasden said.... Kay, a sophomore himself, admits his teammates have helped improve his poise. In addition to replacing kicker/punter Will Scott, a Ray Guy semifinalist last year, the Trojans special teams unit had to fill voids at long snapper and holder. Kay thinks the unit has jelled well together. 'Justin Fuller is snapping really good on field goals,' Kay said. 'John Johnson is getting some good holds down, and Taylor Polk, he is having some really good snaps on punts.' Kay, who came to Troy as a punter, has excelled at that craft, too. He averages 40.2 yards per kick, has pinned 16 of his 47 punts inside the 20 and has only one touchback. Kay has even unleashed some “rugby” punts, a style that made Scott so effective the past two seasons. 'It took awhile to get used to it. We haven’t done it as much the last couple of weeks because our punt coverage is doing a great job,' Kay said of the rugby kicks. - Dothan Eagle

March 29, 2014 - T-Day spring game
"Jed Solomon opened the scoring with a 43-yard field goal in the first quarter....  Solomon added a 26-yard field goal midway through the third quarter." - Trojans

March 3, 2014 - spring specialists 
The Trojans have some questions to answer in that unit this year following several graduations. Troy has to replace Will Scott, a Ray Guy Award semifinalist who also appeared on the Lou Groza Award watch list, and two long snappers – Hunter Graham and Kendall Gibson. Answering that many questions could be a lot of work for a special teams coordinator, but Troy’s Shayne Wasden has already figured out at least one position – punter. ' I feel pretty good about the punting position with Ryan (Kay) there and with Jed (Solomon) probably backing him up,' he said. 'Jed has really worked on his punting and has really done a nice job there'.... Outside of that position, Wasden said the others remain a competition, including kickoff starter. 'Jed has handled kickoffs for us and of course worked as our backup field goal kicker, as well,' he said. 'He and Ryan are competing in spring for … kickoff and PAT/field goal'.... Brett Thiesen returns as the holder, but the snapper Gibson has graduated. Wasden said right now three guys --Justin Fuller, Taylor Polk and junior college transfer Dennis Long --are getting looks in the roles to replace him and punt snapper Graham." - Dothan Eagle

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