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Sunday, November 16, 2014

RPI Engineers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

November 15, 2014 - Andrew Franks kicks winning points over Union
"Nick Borkowski returned an interception for 75 yards for a touchdown, while Andrew Franks put Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on top for good with a 25-yard field goal with seven minutes remaining to lead the Engineers to a 31-28 win over Union in the 65th Dutchman Shoes Trophy Game." - Engineers

October 25, 2014 - kicker Andrew Franks lengthens his school record
"When your placekicker is your only scoring threat, it's going to be a long day. RPI was reminded of that Saturday after being steamrolled by Hobart 35-3 in a Liberty League football game at East Campus Stadium. Senior Andrew Franks continued his record-shattering season with a 54-yard field goal on the final play of the first half, but it was not nearly enough for the Engineers to match up against the undefeated Statesmen, ranked No. 8 in the nation among Division III colleges. 'I didn't even know how long it really was,' Franks said after surpassing his own school record of 51 yards set earlier this year. 'For me, as soon as you pass 40 (yards), it's just another long kick. You can't think about any of the negatives. You're just there to kick the ball as well as you can.' The kick was Franks' 34th field goal for RPI. Nobody else has kicked more for the Engineers, and nobody else has come close to kicking them as far." - Times Union

October 21, 2014 - kicker/punter Andrew Franks earns weekly Liberty honors again
"For the fifth time this season, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Andrew Franks has been chosen as the Liberty League Special Teams Performer of the Week in football. The kicker/punter from Carmel, Calif., was also honored on September 8, September 22, September 29 and October 6. This past Saturday, Franks made 2 of 2 field goals and set the school record for career field goals with 33 in a 34-20 loss at the University of Rochester. He also had three touchbacks on five kickoffs and punted for an average of 35.0 yards on six attempts. He made field goals of 25, setting the school record, and 29 yards in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. When kicking off, he averaged 63.0 yards per attempt with three touchbacks. As a punter Franks had a long of 42 yards with two kicks that landed inside the 20-yard line and no touchbacks. Through seven games this year, the Carmel High School graduate has made 12 of 16 field goal attempts, including from a school record 51 yards. He has multiple field goals in four games and is currently in second in school history for field goals in a season. Matt Verenini set the mark of 18 in 2003. Franks is 23 of 24 on point-after-touchdowns. While kicking off he has 29 touchbacks on 41 attempts, including six in one game and five in two other contests. As a punter, he is averaging 39.40 yards per kick, totaling 1,261 yards on 32 attempts. Franks has eight that have landed inside the 20 yard line with a long of 60 yards." - Engineers

August 25, 2014 - kicker/punter Andrew Franks
A native of Carmel, Calif., Franks hopes to make an impression not only on the Liberty League, but in the eyes of pro scouts. 'As a kicker, we're all stats-based,' Franks said during RPI media day Monday, 'so if I can get every kick in, every kickoff a touchback, that's a perfect season for me.' Franks, a Division III first-team All-American last year, isn't living in a dream world. He needs to look no further than Steven Hauschka, who played for three seasons at Division III Middlebury, for inspiration.'Seeing what he did with the Seahawks last season shows that it doesn't really matter what division you're from, if you have the skills and the capability,' Franks said.... The weather here isn't quite California-like, but in Franks' mind that has been beneficial. Franks, who also punts for the Engineers, has stayed in the area the past couple of summers to work out. 'I'll kick out here in the snow, rain, sleet,' said Franks, who used to drive five hours when he was in California to go snowboarding. 'You can't get that kind of experience anywhere else'." - Times Union

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