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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Georgia Southern Eagles Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


April 18, 2015 - spring game
"Kickers Younghoe Koo and Alex Hanks made all three of their field-goal tries between 30 and 40 yards. Fritz said Koo and Hanks are even in the battle to be the team’s No. 1 placekicker." - Augusta Chronicle

August 22, 2014 - punter Ryan Nowicki
"This season, Nowicki enters as the starter. 'When he’s on, he’s an excellent punter,' GSU’s new head coach Willie Fritz said. 'He’s been consistent.' Nowicki says he doesn’t miss placekicking. Coincidentally, Matt Hubbard, the punter at Starr’s Mill High School when Nowicki was the placekicker, now punts at Georgia State. '(Placekicking) all got mental with me. Maybe I’d miss it if I didn’t become the starting punter,' Nowicki said. 'Seeing how good (Alex) Hanks and Younghoe (Koo) are doing, I don’t miss it at all'." - Savannah Now

August 12, 2014 - kicking competition
"Now, under first-year head coach Willie Fritz, Georgia Southern’s place-kicking battle has come down to Younghoe Koo and Alex Hanks. 'Hanks has done a really good job,' Fritz said. 'He’s number one on extra points and kickoffs right now.' With plenty of experience from the kickers, and junior long snapper Jake Banta entering his third straight year as a starter at the position, at least there’s consistency. 'He does a great job,' Hanks said about Banta. 'It’s 100 percent with him, he’s tip-top every time. You can always count on him. We trust him a lot. We’re a fun unit. We gel and we’re friends off the field too. That really helps us be cohesive.' 'I think we have everything we need as far as special teams,” Koo added. “Between us, whoever goes out there is going to get the job done.' While it appears the kickoff and extra-point duties belong to Hanks, and Ryan Nowicki is “far and away the number one” at punter, Fritz said, place kicker is still a battle. Both kickers say the move to FBS doesn’t change anything for them, even at road trips to two ACC programs and the Georgia Dome. 'It’s all the same to me,' Koo said. 'Whether we’re in North Carolina, New Mexico or Paulson Stadium, we’ve got to make the kicks'." - Statesboro Herald

June 17, 2014 - summer specialists
"Alex Hanks was the initial kicker last season, hitting 2 of 3 field goals before an injury cut his year short. Freshman Younghoe Koo took over and hit 5 of 6, including a 49-yard effort, but also missed a kick that could have potentially won the Furman game. The Eagles also alternated punters, with both Luke Cherry and Ryan Nowicki splitting chores. Nowicki showed the stronger leg, averaging just over 43 yards per punt and hitting 7 of his 19 punts over 50 yards. Cherry's gross was a mere 37.5 yards, but he dropped 7 of his 14 punts inside the 20, and forced 4 fair catches.... The majority of the crew are back this season, but the battle for places will continue. Incumbent Hanks will try and hold off young(hoe) contender Koo, but Nowicki should have the punting job to himself." - Fullback Counter

April 12, 2014 - spring game
"The scrimmage began with kicking drills. Coach Fritz said placekicker Alex Hanks has been a little more consistent than last year’s starter Younghoe Koo." - Savannah Now

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