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Thursday, April 9, 2015

William & Mary Tribe Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 8, 2015 - spring specialists
"The Tribe loses senior kicker John Carpenter, last year’s CAA Special Teams Player of the Year, to graduation. However, the team has two very capable replacements in junior #32 Hunter Windmuller (punter) and sophomore #43 Nick Dorka (kicker). Hunter Windmuller transferred to W&M from Va. Tech a year ago, and saw action in six of the Tribe’s first seven games before missing the final five games due to injury. When he played, Windmuller averaged 43.6 yards per punt, which ranks second on W&M’s single-season list. When Carpenter missed games last season after voluntarily donating his bone marrow to a person in need, Dorka stepped up his game. Dorka connected on two of three field goal attempts and all seven of his extra point opportunities. And even when Windmuller also went down with injury, Dorka took over punting duties as well and averaged 43.2 yards per punt–which actually now ranks third on W&M’s single-season list, just behind Windmuller. " - William & Mary Sports Blog

November 7, 2014 - kicker John Carpenter returns 
"It will be Carpenter’s first game in several weeks, and although he missed games against Delaware and James Madison, he wouldn’t have changed a thing if he had to do it all over again. After a spring practice, all the members of the William & Mary football team were tested and placed in the Be The Match bone marrow registry. This fall, two days before football camp started, Carpenter got a call telling him he was a match for someone in need. The odds that Carpenter, or anyone on the national registry, would get that call is more than 500-to-1. It all started months ago when two high school girls working on a senior project to get more people tested and placed on the national registry approached the football team. All 90 players were tested. The match-making telephone call came as Carpenter began his final football season, and the donation process started in the middle of the football season that had seen the Tribe ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation." - Cumberland Times-News 

October 25, 2014 - kicker/punter Nick Dorka
The No. 18/20 William and Mary football team earned a 31-17 victory against Delaware at Zable Stadium on Saturday afternoon.... Although UD knotted the score at 7-7 with a 31-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trent Hurley to wideout Jerel Harrison late in the second quarter, redshirt freshman kicker Nick Dorka connected on a 36-yard field goal with just 0:06 remaining in half to give W&M a narrow lead at the break.... Dorka, who was making his first career appearance, was also outstanding as a punter and averaged 48.8 yards per punt on his five kicks. Highlighting his effort was a 63-yard punt that pinned UD at its own 2-yard line early in the first quarter." - Augusta Free Press

August 19, 2014 - summer specialists
"Senior John Carpenter returns as the Tribe’s starting punter and place kicker after earning third-team All-CAA honors as a kicker last season. The Cumberland, Md., native has a strong and accurate leg and ranked second in the conference in field goals made per game (1.25) and fifth in field goal percentage (71.4) last season. As a punter, he averaged nearly 40 yards per kick and pinned the opposition inside their own 20-yard line with 20 of his 64 efforts. Carpenter (6-1, 190) will also handle kickoff duties for the third consecutive season after totaling 20 touchbacks on his 55 kickoffs last fall.... Senior Bo Revell will once again serve as the team’s starting long/short snapper after occupying the positions last season, while junior Christian Brumbaugh is in line to be the primary holder." - Tribe

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