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Monday, February 9, 2015

Northern Iowa Panthers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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February 4, 2015 - kickers Sam Drysdale & Jacob Adam sign
Sam Drysdale, Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Cedar Rapids Prairie HS - Was a two-year starter at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School … broke the school record for longest field goal with his 50-yarder … also played soccer for four years in high school … started on varsity as part of the state qualifying teams his freshman and sophomore seasons … earned honorable mention Mississippi Valley Conference and second-team All-Metro in 2012 … was also awarded the Best Newcomer Award.
Jacob Adam, Iowa City, Iowa/Regina HS - Lettered in football at Regina High School as the starting kicker … was a two-time Des Moines Register Elite All-State kicker and All-State Class 1A first-team kicker also being named a two-time Sports Spotlight all-State Class 1A first-team kicker … earned INA All-State Class 1A first-team kicker in 2013 and 2014 along with Gazette/KCRG All-Area first-team … is a two-time winner of Kicker of the Year … named the Class 1A District 6 Most Valuable Kicker in 2013 and 2014 … selected to the Class 1A District first-team as a junior and senior … currently holds the Iowa state record for most points by a kicker in a season (105) … was a KCRG Athlete of the Week in Oct. 2013 … was named a 2014 Elite Preseason All-State first-team kicker." - Panthers

September 27, 2014 - Michael Schmadeke kicks five field goals in win over Tennessee Tech
"But perhaps most impressive offensively was Michael Schmadeke, who set a new Panther single-game kicking record with 20 points. He had five field goals (30, 25, 38, 22 and 28) and five extra points. 'It's an honor, that's an awesome accomplishment and that speaks volumes not only only to what I did, but to what the team did, the team went out there and to be able to score that many touchdowns, that's pretty sweet,' Schmadeke said." - Des Moines Register

September 22, 2014 - kicker Michael Schmadeke off to strong start
"Easily the most consistent part of special teams to begin the season has been the right leg of Michael Schmadeke. He even has Panther fans using his name as a pun on Twitter, calling him 'Auto-Schmdaic.' The Waterloo Columbus grad is a perfect 7 of 7 in field goals this season, with a long of 43 yards, and is 10 of 10 on extra points as well. In taking over for Cedar Rapids Kennedy and UNI grad Tyler Sievertsen, Schmadeke had a big role to fill. He’s done that so far this season, and has his coach’s full support. Having that backing made it much easier to get past initial nerves and hit the ground running. 'That means a lot that he’s able to put me anywhere on the field (and trust me). Even for the closer kicks, I have confidence (because of that), so that’s huge. Even on kickoffs, it helps with confidence a lot,' Schmadeke said. 'I still get nervous, but it’s just not near as nerve-wracking as that first one (against Iowa). Just that first kickoff and the first field goal at Iowa were the most nervous. But after that, I’ve kind of settled in and developed a routine that’s working so far'." - The Gazette

August 27, 2014 - kicker Michael Schmadeke
"Now, in Schmadeke's fourth season at Northern Iowa, his time to be the No. 1 placekicker has finally arrived. Tyler Sievertsen, the Panthers' record-setting kicker, is gone. Mark Farley, UNI's head coach, has left no room for doubt. Schmadeke, the 5-foot-10 redshirt junior from Waterloo Columbus, is the man for the job. 'I feel very confident and very comfortable in Michael, because he's aged enough and he's talented enough' said Farley. Schmadeke observed Sievertsen's career at close range, serving as the backup for three years. He made the road trips, taking a lot of mental notes that dealt with the conditions he might face when moved up the depth chart. For example, he warmed up on the Kinnick Stadium turf when UNI played at Iowa two years ago. 'I was able to see a lot -- go to a lot of places -- and get acclimated to the places we go in conference and non-conference,' said Schmadeke. 'So it'll be very nice to be in familiar territory'." - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

April 6, 2014 - new specialists
"Tyler Sievertsen, the record-setting All-American kicker, is gone. So is the No. 1 snapper from 2013 - Ryan Dixon. The holder, Ryan Bieghler, will return and also work as the punter. There's also a chance that the new No. 1 snapper could come from another spot, such as center, rather than merely specialize in one role.... The top candidate to move up to No.1 kicker is Michael Schmadeke. The Waterloo Columbus graduate, who will be a fourth-year junior next fall, has waited for his turn while Sievertsen became a standout. Through his first two seasons, Schmadeke has attempted -- and made -- a pair of extra points. His workload may increase soon. 'I'm excited for that,' said coach Mark Farley. 'Michael Schmadeke has always had a strong leg. He was seconds away from being a starter when Sievertsen won the position. He's got a great leg; the ball pops off his foot and has great height on it. He's excited to finally get the opportunity to be a guy." Farley said there are three Panthers competing to replace Dixon in 2014. The top candidate appears to be Tom McClimon, a DeWitt Central graduate and Iowa Central transfer. McClimon came to UNI as a long snapper, only to see Dixon win the job before the 2013 season. Trent Simpson, a junior-to-be, is the only other long snapper listed on the spring roster. 'I feel comfortable with McClimon and all he does,' said Farley." - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

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