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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Maine Black Bears Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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January 30, 2015 - kicker Derek Deoul commits
"Deoul verbally committed on Friday to play at Maine, a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) school, on full scholarship.... Deoul, the state record-holder with 27 career field goals, said he received attention from several Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I) schools as a preferred walk-on. The list included Pittsburgh, Hawaii, UMass and Syracuse. Deoul said Rutgers offered him a partial scholarship and Ohio University had a full ride on the table.... Deoul hit 7-of-8 field goals this season, including a Section 9-record 54-yarder. He broke his own record of a 52-yarder kicked during his junior season. He was a first-team Class AA all-state kicker in 2013 and a second-teamer as a senior." - Times Herald-Record

October 25, 2014 - last second change of kicking plans
"Maine Coach Jack Cosgrove was kicking himself for what he did to his kicker Saturday. The Black Bears were trailing 14-12 with 9:24 left at Meade Stadium when quarterback Drew Belcher ran for 4 yards to the Rhode Island 1, or thereabouts. That’s when the confusion started. Cosgrove was told the ball was inside the 1, so he called timeout to try for a go-ahead touchdown on fourth down. But the football was actually closer to the 2-yard line. Cosgrove decided to send on Sean Decloux for his third field-goal attempt of the day instead. Lining up on the right hashmark from 18 yards away, the closest possible distance for a kick, Decloux pushed the ball wide left for his first miss of the season. 'I was concerned about the angle of the field goal itself because we’re so far down in close. By doing what I did, calling the timeout, I probably messed up our kicker. He’s a guy we have tremendous faith in,' Cosgrove said. When Decloux came off the field after his shank, Cosgrove looked him in the eye and shook his hand, not saying a word. 'We’re going to need him again,' Cosgrove said. 'It was clean, he just missed it'." - Portland Press Herald

October 24, 2014 - punter Jeff Ondish
"Ondish, who has been outstanding of late, is averaging 39.0 yards per punt. That includes 11 that were downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line and 16 that have resulted in a 'fair catch'. 'The last two weeks he has been much improved in terms of consistency,' coach Jack Cosgrove said. UMaine ranks fifth in CAA net punting at 35.5 (punt distance minus return yards), having punted the ball 55 times in seven games (7.9 per game), the most in the league. 'When you’re taking as many reps as I am, the overall outlook isn’t going to be great,' Ondish admitted. 'I only have four games left, and then I’m hanging them up. I want to do my part, continue to lead this team and just finish out strong'." - Bangor Daily News

August 8, 2014 - summer preparations
Sean Decloux and Jeff Ondish are excited for the season and devoted their summers to their improvement. 'This is our third season together. We practice together every day, and we room together on the road. We’re both really excited about this,' said Decloux, a junior. 'We’ve got a little bit of inexperience on our team, so it is up to me and Sean to execute. Field position will be huge for our team this year,' said Ondish. 'The biggest thing I’ve worked on is the mental aspect of my game,' said Decloux. 'Most of my misses last year came in bunches. One of the toughest things to do is rebound after a miss. I talked to a sports psychologist this summer.' Decloux said he loves kicking. He also handles kickoffs. 'There’s not many better feelings than seeing your kick go through the uprights. And no kick is the same. It’s always different and I enjoy facing new challenges like that,' said Decloux....
Ondish shares Decloux’s passion for kicking and agreed with him on the importance of the mental aspect. 'I love being able to come out every day [and punt]. You can’t help but get better,' said Ondish, a native of Elkton, Maryland. 'You need to keep an even keel. You don’t want to get high after a good punt or too low after a bad one. You need to be consistent.' He said there is a sense of satisfaction when he punts the opponent deep into its own end. 'How many offenses can move the ball 80 to 90 yards down the field? That puts a lot more pressure on their offense,' said Ondish, who trains with punting instructor Charlie Titus at Special Teams Solution in New Jersey during the summer. Ondish said there is a lot of room for improvement, and that includes his hang time and placement of his punts. 'If you punt the ball 60 yards, you could outkick your coverage. And if they return it 30 yards, the net is only 30 yards. You can’t do that. You have to be selfless and put the ball where the guys can cover it'.” - Bangor Daily News

July 16, 2014 - punter Jeff Ondish named to watch list
"Punter Jeff Ondish (Elkton, Md.) has been named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Awards Watch List announced on Wednesday, July 16. In 2013, Ondish punted 57 times with an average of 40.4 yards per punt, including a 66-yard season-long against Stony Brook. The senior punter pinned opponents inside their own 20 yardline 20 times and kicked 10 punts of 50+ yards throughout the season." - Black Bears

July 7, 2014 - kicker Sean Decloux named to watch list
"Placekicker Sean Decloux (Ottawa, Ontario) has been named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Awards Watch List announced on Monday. Decloux was already named Beyond Sports Network All-American Second Team and a Beyond Sports Network All-CAA selection this season. In 2013 the junior earned First Team All-CAA honors and set a new school-record with 16 made field goals. He also matched the school-standard with 45 made PATs and went 16-for-21 on field goal attempts, hitting a career-long 42-yard attempt on two occasions. Decloux ended the season ranked third in the CAA in scoring (7.2 ppg) and was tops amongst league kickers. He was also third in the conference in field goals per game (1.23) and in field goal percentage (76.2)." - Black Bears

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