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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

James Madison Dukes Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


August 24, 2015 - summer specialists
"Redshirt senior kicker Ryan Maglio returns for one final season after taking over the field goal duties midway through the 2014 campaign. He made 11 of 16 attempts, including the game winner in a 31-28 win at Albany on his first career made field goal, and hit a season-long, 49-yard field goal at Charlotte. After starting 1-for-4, Maglio kicked 10 of the next 12 through the uprights, including a 3-for-3 performance in the Homecoming win over William & Mary. He also converted on 41 of 42 extra points in his eight starts. Back to punt once again in 2015 is redshirt junior Gunnar Kane. Last season, he tallied 61 punts with an average of 38.6 yards per kick and a long of 64 during the FCS playoff game against Liberty. Kane booted 16 punts inside the 20-yard line and had 11 punts of 50 yards or more (three for 55), including two punts of at least 50 at Maryland and against Delaware.... JMU's kickoff duty is still up for grabs as the Dukes will replace Connor Arnone, who averaged kickoffs between the three- and four-yard lines in his 84 attempts last season. He tallied 12 touchbacks and was also the starting kicker through the first month, going 4-for-6 with a long of 43 yards, as well as 16-for-17 on point-after attempts. The role primary role for kickoffs is likely between Maglio and freshman kicker Tyler Gray. Gray, along with freshman punter Nick Delgado, make up the 2015 class of incoming specialists. Also back this season is redshirt-freshman punter Jonathan Jerez, who did not appear in any games in 2014." - Dukes

October 15, 2014 - mid-season report
"Punting and kicking has struggled a bit. JMU is last in the CAA, averaging 37.1 yards per punt. Then the Dukes have made just half of their field goals (5 of 10). New kicker redshirt junior Ryan Maglio made the game-winning field goal at Albany on Oct. 4. But he also had his first attempt blocked earlier in that game and then missed a point after and a field goal against Towson." - The Breeze

October 4, 2014 - Ryan Maglio kicks game winner, with big assist from holder Blaine Stewart
"James Madison quarterback Vad Lee foiled that plan with a last-minute drive, and a head's-up play by holder Blaine Stewart allowed kicker Ryan Maglio to make his first college field goal a winner. Maglio nailed a 34-yard attempt with four seconds left in the first game of his career to give James Madison a 31-28 victory over previously unbeaten UAlbany.... The Dukes (3-3, 1-2) needed a second opportunity to make the decisive field goal after Lee had guided them 48 yards down to the UAlbany 17 with 10 seconds on the clock. On the first attempt, Stewart bobbled the snap but alertly threw an incomplete pass, and James Madison retained possession because it was still third down. Stewart, a wide receiver, is the son of the late Bill Stewart, former head coach at West Virginia. 'Our holder Blaine Stewart is a real genius in the game of football,' Maglio said. 'He spiked the ball immediately to give us another chance, and I was just glad he was able to do that.' UAlbany head coach Greg Gattuso wondered if the play should have drawn an intentional grounding penalty but said he never got an explanation from the officials. Maglio, a left-footed redshirt junior, made the subsequent field goal in his first game replacing kicker Connor Arnone. 'He's a guy I've watched in practice since the spring go and kick every day, and he's out there on days when no one else is there kicking,' James Madison coach Everett Withers said. 'He deserved an opportunity, and he got it today'." - Times Union

May 26, 2014 - punter Johnny Jerez signs
"Johnny Jerez, JHS kicker just accepted a full scholarship with James Madison University." - Warriors

April 2, 2014 - spring specialists
"On special teams, JMU will have to replace kicker Cameron Starke, who was 12-17 on field goal tries and 33-36 on extra points in 2013. Redshirt junior kicker Connor Arnone is back, though. Arnone averaged 39.4 yards per punt and 57.4 yards per kickoff last season. Redshirt freshman kicker John Stiebel is back as well. 'That’s a battle every day,' Withers said. 'We’ll find out who’s going to be our guy probably in August. And we won’t make that decision until then, whether that be kicker or punter'.” - The Breeze

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