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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Southeast Missouri State Redhawks Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


September 12, 2015 - Ryan McCrum kicks game winner over Southern Illinois
"All the Southeast Missouri State coaches and players describe kicker Ryan McCrum the same way. They say he's a "head case" and needs to learn to move on from mistakes. 'I mean, it's true,' McCrum said with a smile. 'I do linger on things, but I was worse last season. I'll continue to improve on that. Luckily, I was able to get past it right there.' After three missed field goals Saturday night in a tight game against Southern Illinois, McCrum made a 42-yard field goal with 5.6 seconds left that gave the Redhawks a 27-24 win over the Salukis. 'Once I got up there I was anxious to get the kick over with, but I was ready for it,' McCrum said. The All-Ohio Valley Conference kicker said that field goal is 'definitely top two' in his Southeast career and might be No. 1, with a field goal made just before halftime in the Redhawks' upset win over then nationally-ranked Southeastern Louisiana a close second." - Southeast Missourian

April 11, 2015 - spring scrimmage
"Junior kicker Ryan McCrum then hit a 26-yard field goal. Senior kicker Clay Pickler also hit 41 and 30 yard field goals during the scrimmage after the offense stalled in the red zone on each possession.... Junior punter Alex Knight had a pair of punts, one out of the end zone, during the team's 12th spring practice that went for about 65 yards each. 'We put him in the worst-case scenario and he bombs one,' Matukewicz said. 'That's why the kicking game matters. We won several games last year on the kicking game, so we need Alex to play well and he did today'." - Southeast Missourian

October 28, 2014 - kicker Ryan McCrum
"This year, McCrum has already made more than four times as many field goals as he did last year with a lot of football still left to be played. Not only has he increased his field goals made from two to 13 already, he has also extended his longest field goal from 38 yards last season, to 55 yards this season. He also has three other field goals of 50 yards or more to his credit this season to go along with the 55-yard bomb. He is one of only two kickers in all of college football who can say that.'Considering last year I was probably one of the worst kickers in the nation, you know, I'm just thankful that I've been given this opportunity again to come back for a second season,' McCrum said. 'To think about being one of the best kickers in the nation -- playing soccer in high school I just never thought I'd be at a college level and being at that kind of level already'.... McCrum has been the definition of consistent since the start of the season, missing only three field goals all year, and being a part of many big moments. He opened the season going a perfect 8-8 and was averaging 40 yards per field goal before eventually missing a 46-yarder in a double overtime loss to Murray State earlier this season, a game in which he was called upon six times and only missed the uprights twice." - The Arrow

September 20, 2014 - kicker Ryan McCrum hits long & short in win over Southeastern Louisiana
"McCrum had two chances to win the game for the Redhawks on Saturday night at Houck Stadium and was successful both times. 'I was on the sideline -- I don't know how many balls I kicked into that net. I think I did over 30,' McCrum said of his nervousness. 'Everybody was like, 'We trust you. We've got your back no matter what.' It gave me confidence.' The sophomore made the PAT following junior receiver Paul McRoberts' 2-yard touchdown reception with 4.6 seconds left in the game. However, it was called back because of a holding penalty, so McCrum had to step up and make it again from the 20-yard line to help the Redhawks defeat their highest-ranked opponent ever.... He made a career-long 54-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half. 'I really just wanted to focus on getting good height on it,' McCrum said. 'Everybody's like, 'You have the strongest leg I've ever seen, but you just need to work on your accuracy,' so I just wanted to work on accuracy and if it goes short, it goes short. But it had good height. It had good leg power and it went through, luckily'." - Southeast Missourian

August 12, 2014 - summer specialists
"Southeast returns its starting kicker, punter, long snapper and top return man from last season. That line of experience should solidify the kicking game, which was ninth in the Ohio Valley Conference in field goals and PATs in 2013.... The Redhawks had a freshman at both punter and kicker last season, but both of those men return with a year of Division I football under their belt.  Alex Knight is back at punter, while Ryan McCrum returns to handle the kicking duties. A native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Knight punted 46 times for 1,688 yards and led Southeast with 17 PATs and three field goals as a true freshman a year ago. His signature kick was a game-winning 30-yard field goal in the Redhawks thrilling triple-overtime victory over Murray State.... McCrum started 10 games as a redshirt-freshman in 2013. He kicked off 49 times for 2,316 yards, averaging 47.3 yards per kick. McCrum also made 8-of-11 PATs and added two field goals.  Freshmen C.J. Stafford and junior Clay Pickler add depth at kicker.... At long snapper, Wade Wright is back after starting every game there a year ago. David Smart will backup Wright at that position." - Redhawks

April 12, 2014 - spring scrimmage
"Ryan McCrum kicked two field goals, giving the offense the rest of its points. McCrum split the uprights on kicks of 23 and 40 yards."
- Redhawks

February 5, 2014 - two specialists sign
Zach Stagner (LS, Cape Girardeau, Mo.) - played guard on offense and was a defensive end, while handling the long snapping duties at Cape Central High School.
C.J. Stafford (K, Collierville, Tenn.) -  Stafford was a finalist for the Mr. Football Kicker of the Year Award in Tennessee. He was a Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-State honoree at Houston High School.
- Redhawks

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