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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tulsa Golden Hurricane Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


April 18, 2015 - spring game
"Sophomore walk-on Redford Jones, who earned a letter last year with occasional kickoffs, showed a strong, accurate leg by hitting both long range field goals attempts Saturday afternoon in front of an estimated crowd of 4,000 at H.A. Chapman Stadium. His first attempt, a 46-yarder, was drilled and good by at least five yards into the south end zone stands. The second was a 47-yarder into the north end zone. Jones was one of four kickers trying to win the wide-open job vacated by graduating Carl Salazar. The graduate from Norman North also was the first to try an extra point. He was the only kicker to attempt a field goal, but three others walk-ons -- sophomore Preston Soper from Muskogee, also a letter winner as a kickoff man last year, freshman Nathan Walker of Kingwood, Texas, and freshman Tristen Lacy from Crescent -- combined to be perfect on all their extra points." - Rivals

October 1, 2014 - punter Dalton Parks
"Heading into Saturday’s game against Colorado State, Parks is averaging 44.1 yards on 25 punts. 'I’m pleased (with his play), but I still don’t think he’s doing as well as he’s capable of doing,' TU coach Bill Blankenship said. Parks averaged 44.3 yards on seven punts, landing two inside the 10-yard line, last week in the overtime loss to Texas State. 'He’s been very consistent and I think he has a lot of production still out in front of him,' Blankenship said. 'He’s very athletic, very confident and gets the ball off with good hang time and gives us a chance to flip the field at times. That’s something we’ve been needing and I’m very happy with what he’s done.' One of the major goals Parks set for himself coming into the season was a change in mind-set — not focusing on his personal numbers; focusing instead on what he can do for the team. 'The seniors on this team and the rest of my teammates don’t get anything if I win (awards or accolades). That doesn’t matter. I just want to win football games,' he said. 'When you’re winning football games it’s a great feeling and my goal is just to win football games'." - Tulsa World

June 9, 2014 - kicker/punter Cole Way leaving team, pursuing baseball
"Having decided to forgo his senior season at TU, the 6-foot-8 Way was scheduled to travel on Monday night to Surprise, Arizona, where he will sign a minor-league contract with the Royals organization. He expects to be sent to Burlington, North Carolina, to pitch for an advanced rookie-level farm team.... For the Hurricane football team, Way was an effective kickoff specialist. As Tulsa’s punter in 2011 and 2012, he averaged 38.7 yards per kick." - Tulsa World

April 12, 2014 - spring scrimmage
"Field goals by Carl Salazar, a 51-yarder, and a 39-yarder by Cole Way came before the offense's next touchdown as Jabe Burgess threw a 19-yard strike in the end zone to Mandel Dixon Jr. Then Way added a 36-yard field goal for the next score." - Hurricane

April 6, 2014 - spring specialists
"Senior kicker Carl Salazar and sophomore punter Dalton Park both return after having solid seasons; Salazar nailed 16-of-19 field goals while Parks averaged 39.5 yards per punt with 20 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line." - College Football Universe

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