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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Weber State Wildcats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


October 10, 2015 - Josh Kealamakia kicks game winner over Montana
"When Josh Kealamakia's kick sailed through the uprights at Washington-Grizzly Stadium Saturday to give Weber State at 24-21 overtime victory over Montana, Wildcats coach Jay Hill had only one thing on his mind.... Kealamakia nailed a 27-yard field goal after Montana had fumbled on its first play of overtime. Filipe Sitake pounced on Montana quarterback Makena Simis' fumble to snuff out the Grizzlies only overtime offensive play and give Weber State (3-3, 2-1 Big Sky) its turn at the Montana 25-yard line." - AP

September 21, 2015 - kicker/punter Josh Kealamakia named Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week
"Kealamakia, who serves as both punter and placekicker for Weber State, was a perfect 4-of-4 on field goals in Saturday's win. He knocked down field goals of 37 yards, 45 yards, 38 yards and a career long 48 yards. He also had eight kickoffs with five touchbacks and had three punts for an average of 40.7 yards per punt. The four field goals is tied for the second most in a game in WSU history and is the most in a game since 2004." - Big Sky

May 5, 2015 - kicker/punter James Ohmsen
Word from Down Under is that Aussie kicker/punter James Ohmsen will join the Wildcats on full scholarship.

September 5, 2014 - punter Blake O’Neill
"O’Neill is used to expanding his horizons. He moved from his native Australia to Ogden, Utah; he’s pursuing a master’s degree in professional communication; and, the biggest of all, he’s playing American college football in spite of only playing Australian-rules football in his youth. Yet, for O’Neill, it’s all just been one big positive experience.... O’Neill saw firsthand how important that job is when he played in his first-ever college game against No. 19 Arizona State. O’Neill admittedly had a mixed performance, with good and bad punts, and said the experience taught him valuable lessons. 'It’s a big part of it, looking back at the game and looking back at some good things and some things that didn’t go right,' he said. 'I had eight or nine punts, and probably four of those you might take in a normal game. There’s definitely something to be said about that pressure; the pressure pushes you into being hyper-focused, but at the same time you need to stay relaxed.' Hill said he expects O’Neill to continue to improve as the season continues, and quickly. “(Blake) knows what he’s looking for,' he said. 'One thing that’s hard about those Australians is they don’t really get the game that good, so we’re in the process right now of teaching him the game. … I actually think he’s going to be outstanding'.” - KSL

June 13, 2014 - kicker Carson Fackrell
“I had a pretty good season as a freshman,' Fackrell said with confidence. 'I’m excited to see what I can do as a sophomore now.' Part of that excitement comes from the ambitious desire to have his name in the record books. 'Weber State’s field goal record is a 55-yarder. My goal everyday, when I come out to kick, is to at least try to kick a 56-yarder,' said Fackrell. 'I want to beat it this year as a sophomore.' The record of 55 yards was made twice in school history, most recently by Scott Shields in 1998 against Eastern Washington, and originally 14 years earlier in 1984 by Craig Winbergat against Idaho.... Stewart Stadium and the Weber State weight room aren't the only places where Fackrell can found putting in work.  He also kicks with Andy Phillips, kicker for the University of Utah, occasionally at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. 'We kick at least twice or three times a week,' said Fackrell of his practice time with Phillips. 'He’s helped me a lot. He’s basically been my role model'. Both kickers have a background in soccer, share the same religious beliefs, and enjoy extreme winter sports. For Fackrell, these things have made Phillips an even bigger help." - Standard Examiner

April 19, 2014 - spring game
A. Miles-Woods averaged 42.5 yards on two punts. A. Chipoletti averaged 27.2 yards on five punts. - Wildcats

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