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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

College Special Teams Players of the Week 5, 2014

The following kickers and punters have been named Special Teams Players of the Week by their respective conference for the fifth week of the 2014 college football season. 

No slight intended to any returners that received such honors, but our focus (as always) is on the kicking end of things.

ACC - Clemson punter Bradley Pinion
ACC - Miami FL punter Justin Vogel
Big Sky - Montana State kicker Luke Daly
Big Ten - Indiana kicker Griffin Oakes
Centennial - Muhlenberg kicker Connor Winter
ECAC - RPI kicker/punter Andrew Franks
GAC - Henderson State kicker Houston Ray 
KCAC - Ottawa punter Jeff Stamp
MAC East - Bowling Green kicker Tyler Tate 
MAC West - Central Michigan punter Ron Coluzzi
MASCAC - Worcester State kicker Sebastian Paz
MEAC - Norfolk State kicker Cameron Marouf 
MIAA - Central Missouri kicker Will Mondragon
MVFC - Northern Iowa kicker Michael Schmadeke
MW - San Diego State punter Joel Alesi
MWC - Beloit College kicker Kam Sallee
NAIA - Eastern Oregon kicker Marc David
NEC - Wagner College punter AJ Firestone
NSIC - Concordia-St. Paul kicker/punter Tom Obarski
OVC - Southeast Missouri punter Alex Knight 
PAC - Carnegie Mellon kicker/punter Tyler Kohman
RSEQ - Montreal kicker  Louis-Philippe Simoneau
SBC - Louisiana-Monroe kicker Justin Manton
USA South - Christopher Newport kicker/punter Mason Studer

Lou Groza Award
  • Brad Craddock, Maryland
  • Ryan Santoso, Minnesota
  • Garrett Schwettman, Western Kentucky
Ray Guy Award
  •  Austin Rehkow, Idaho
College Football Performance Awards
  • FBS placekicker: Griffin Oakes, Indiana
  • FBS specialist: Justin Manton, Louisiana-Monroe
  • FBS punter: Korey Durkee, Washington
  • FCS placekicker: Michael Schmadeke, Northern Iowa
  • FCS punter: Chris Fraser, Cornell
  • FCS punter: Nick Neidig, Southern Illinois
If we missed someone that should be on the above list, please let us know!

Fred Mitchell Award September 2014 Recognizees, part 1

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 24 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September. “The first month of the 2014 college football season was thrilling. There were quite a few games decided by late scores by place-kickers, long snappers, holders and blockers on special teams. We are pleased to recognize place-kickers that were nominated by their schools for extraordinary performance during the month,” said Fred Mitchell. The Award’s Selection Committee Chairman Chris Kearney added, “These 24 place-kickers are succeeding on the gridiron and their civic and volunteer activities are having a positive impact in their communities. We are delighted to honor this group.” The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be announced in mid-December based on performance on the field and in the community.

The breakdown of the 24 place-kickers is as follows:
  • Collegiate Division – 13 FCS, 6 Division II, 3 Division III, 1 NAIA and 1 NJCAA
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 15 different states
  • Year – 12 Seniors, 8 Juniors, 1 Sophomore, 3 Freshmen
In alphabetical order, the first third of the Fred Mitchell Award honorees for September 2014 are:

NICK AUSSIEKER Illinois State University – FCS 
Senior from Wildwood, MO….3rd on the team in scoring with 23 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 11 of 11 PAT’s…scored 10 points in 34-15 win over Eastern Illinois on September 13….needs 43 points to set the school’s all-time scoring record….averaging 60 yards on 18 kickoffs….volunteers with the football team at Special Olympics….volunteered with coaches and teammates by digging trenches for the Humane Society of Central Illinois 

MICHAEL BARON Bentley University (Massachusetts) – Division II 
Junior from Medfield, MA….leads the team in scoring with 29 points from 5 of 7 FG’s and 14 of 14 PAT’s…scored 9 points in 27-21 win over Mercyhurst on September 6….1st in the Northeast-10 in FG’s made, 2nd in FG % and 4th in total points among kickers….93 career points from 14 of 20 FG’s and 51 of 52 PAT’s…volunteers at Deutches Altenheim nursing home 

MILES BERGNER University of South Dakota - FCS 
Sophomore from Longmont, CO….leads the team in scoring with 34 points from 8 of 8 FG’s and 10 of 10 PAT’s…scored 8 points in 28-21 win over Northern Arizona on September 20….made 2 FG’s in all 4 games this season … averaging 50 yards on 23 kickoffs… has volunteered his last two summers to coach high school football in his hometown …performed community service throughout training camp with his teammates …joined teammates to hang two miles of orange construction fence for a hot rod show 

JONAH BOWMAN Colgate University (New York) – FCS 
Senior from Wyomissing, PA….leads the Raiders in scoring with 31 points from 8 of 8 FG’s and 7 of 7 PAT’s…scored 13 points against Delaware on September 13 leading to National Placekicker of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards and Special Teams Player of the Week by the Patriot League and ECAC….scored 9 points in 27-12 win over Cornell on September 20 leading to consecutive Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week honors….member of local chapter of Uplifting Athletes which helps raise money toward a cure for Ependymoma, a rare type of brain cancer ... team is hosting Colin Hayward, 7, and his family for the second year in a row at this Saturday's game against Holy Cross ... helped team raise more than $20,000 over the last two years ... participates in the team's annual Lift for Life each spring that also raises money for Ependymoma 

ANDREW BREES University of Minnesota Duluth – Division II 
Junior from West Allis, WI….leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 26 points from 6 of 8 FG’s, 6 of 7 PAT’s and one 2-point conversion….scored 11 points in 23-22 OT win over Augustana (South Dakota) on September 13….scored 7 points in 28-21 win over Winona State on September 27….averaging 61 yards on 18 kickoffs….volunteered at Courage Center Duluth the past two winters, working with people with disabilities ... volunteers at annual Duluth Lions Club Pancake Day, the ALS Blizzard Tour and various UMD sports clinics 

JOHN CARPENTER College of William and Mary (Virginia) - FCS 
Senior from Cumberland, MD….leads the team in scoring with 42 points from 10 of 13 FG’s, 12 of 12 PAT’s….scored 7 points in 27-21 OT win over Stony Brook on September 27….scored 7 points in 33-19 win over Lafayette on September 20 including career-long 49-yard FG in the 4th quarter….CAA Special Teams Player of the Week following season opener at Virginia Tech after making all three FG’s from 44, 36 and 29 yards….leads the CAA in kick scoring with 8.4 points per game and 77% FG %….ranks 8th in school history with 28 career FG’s….averaging 64 yards on 28 kickoffs….Health Outreach Peer Education volunteer….Apple Team volunteer 

JOEY CEJUDO Youngstown State University (Ohio) – FCS 
Senior from Chino Hills, CA….leading the team scoring with 43 points on 9 of 9 FG’s and 16 of 16 PAT’s…. scored 14 points in 44-13 win over Butler on September 13….averaging 64 yards on 29 kickoffs 

BRAD CORNISH Sacramento State University (California) – FCS 
Junior from Santee, CA….leading the team scoring with 44 points on 7 of 8 FG’s and 23 of 24 PAT’s…. FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week after making all 4 FG’s against Weber State (from 48, 43, 45 and 40 yards) in 42-31 win on September 13....only miss was in first game of the season when 56-yard attempt was blocked…averaging 64 yards on 34 kickoffs….delivers food and gifts to those in need in his hometown during the holidays…volunteers with teammates to prepare and deliver sack lunches to local people that are homeless

Arena Football League (AFL) Kicker News

August 21, 2014 - Nich Pertuit named Kicker of the Year
"The Arena Football League and the San Jose SaberCats announced today that Nich Pertuit has been named the Smitty USA Kicker of the Year. This is the first time Pertuit has earned this award. Last week, Pertuit was also named to the First-Team All-Arena Offense, his second career All-Arena selection. 'We are very proud that Nich has earned this award,' said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet. 'He was incredibly consistent, and delivered in big situations for us all season.' Pertuit (5-11, 195, UIW – San Antonio) was a true weapon this season, topping the AFL in most individual kicking categories during the regular season. He led the league with 128 extra points converted, total points scored with 155, points per game with 8.6 in addition to going a perfect 9-for-9 on field goals. From April 26th to June 14th, Pertuit converted an incredible 47 straight point after attempts. Pertuit also converted all 15 of his extra point attempts during the postseason and both of his field goal attempts." - SaberCats

August 14, 2014 - All-Arena kickers
"San Jose Sabercats kicker Nich Pertuit was selected First Team All-Arena after connecting on 128-of-138 PAT tries and all nine of his field goal attempts in 2014. Pertuit was a Second Team selection with the SaberCats in 2012.... Nine more players earned Second Team All-Arena honors, including Pittsburgh Power kicker Julian Rauch." - AFL

July 26, 2014 - Garrett Lindholm kicks Talons to overtime win
"The San Antonio Talons (3-15) defeated the New Orleans VooDoo (3-15), 38-35. ... Bassuener, determined to convert on this drive, led the Talons to the VooDoo eight yard line before kicker Garrett Lindholm drilled a 21-yard field goal to clinch the win for San Antonio." - AFL

July 19, 2014 - Julian Rauch kicks another game winner for Power
"The Pittsburgh Power (14-3) defeated the Iowa Barnstormers (6-11) in walk-off fashion on Saturday night thanks to the foot of kicker Julian Rauch whose 22-yard field goal as time expired gave the Power their 11th-straight win on the 2014 season.... The Power received the ensuing kickoff, held possession and worked the clock down. After a few shots at the end zone, Julian Rauch was called upon for a chance at his second game-winning field goal of the year. As time expired, the kick sailed through the uprights giving the Power their 11th-straight win 59-56." - Power

June 14, 2014 - Julian Rauch kicks game winner for Power
"Fate and two kickers — one who justified his coach's trust in him, another who was hurt on the game's first play — decided the Pittsburgh Power's 57-56 victory against the Philadelphia Soul on Saturday night before a crowd of 7,804 at Wells Fargo Center. Power coach Ron James put the game on the right foot of kicker Julian Rauch, who booted a 23-yard field goal on the last play of the game. Rauch missed two extra-point attempts earlier in the game, but James wasn't worried. Rauch is now 4 for 4 on field-goal tries this season. 'It was a no-brainer,' James said.... The Soul was operating at a disadvantage after their kicker, Carlos Martinez, hurt his leg on the opening kickoff." - Tribune-Review

April 18, 2014 - Iowa Barnstormers kicker Ross Gornall
"A couple weeks ago, Ross Gornall was an unemployed kicker living in Cleveland and waiting for a team to call — or at least one to pick up on the other end. 'You just try to network, get your name out there any way you can, send tapes to the front offices, try to be annoying,' he said. 'There are a lot of good kickers out there who deserve their shot, so you've got to stand out one way or another and try to get your name out any way you can.' The most annoying thing Gornall did? 'Repeated phone calls,' he said. 'If you're not going to answer, I'm going to keep calling back. It gets to a point where it's like, 'OK, this kid is determined and it shows.' Gornall, who had a brief stay with the Barnstormers last year, returned to Iowa last week and went 9-for-9 on extra-point opportunities against San Antonio." - Des Moines Register

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Big Kickers on Campus, 2014 week 5

Index of notable kicking during the fifth week of the 2014 college football season: 
If we missed someone that should be on the above list, please let us know!

Alabama State Hornets Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 27, 2014 - Preston Clark kicks five field goals in win over Texas Southern
"Preston Clark kicked five field [18, 31, 29, 31 & 24 yards] goals and three extra points. 'I actually struggled in practice this week,' Clark said. 'I just came out and stuck to my technique and did my thing out there and came through. It's awesome, it's a great feeling. It's a lot of pressure as a freshman, coming in and being the starting kicker right off the bat'." - Montgomery Advertiser

August 15, 2014 - kicking & punting competition
"Just when one freshman does something well, the next kick is shanked. The other freshman, meanwhile, can't take advantage of the opportunity, missing his attempt as well. And the Hornets are running out of days to find an answer. That's why a decision was made on Friday to move today's scrimmage to ASU Stadium, part of an effort to create more of a game-type environment over the 60-play scrimmage for freshmen Preston Clark and Adam Shepherd, who are vying to replace All-American Bobby Wenzig at both punter and place-kicker.... Alabama State's problems were compounded when Alex Louthan, the kicker who handled extra points last season and both punting and place-kicking duties this spring, before transferring a few weeks ago to New Mexico State.... Both have struggled for consistency in punting. And while Shepherd clearly has the stronger leg, he's had trouble finding the elevation on field goals, leaving both positions unsettled as the Hornets hold their second scrimmage at 9 a.m. today at the stadium." - Montgomery Advertiser 

April 12, 2014 - Black and Gold game
"The White team's second score and the final three points came off the foot of kicker Alex Louthan who booted a 21 yard field goal in the final quarter of play." - Hornets

February 5, 2014 - kicker Preston Clark signs
(6-1, 175); Jacksonville, Fla. / University Christian... Second-team all-state performer with strong leg…scored 61 points, primarily on PATs…averaged more than 60 yards on kickoffs. - Hornets

Evangel Crusaders Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 27, 2014 - Cameron Mortazavi kicks game winner over Peru State
"Evangel picked up their first conference victory on the road at Peru State College with a 24-21 OT win on a 37 yard field Goal off the foot of Freshman Cameron Mortazavi.... Evangel had a chance to win the game in regulation but Cameron Mortazavi’s 47 yard field goal try went wide right.  Peru State received the ball first in overtime and the Evangel Defense was up to the task.  Peru State had two consecutive plays that went for a loss with Cody Christner and Ell C. Teycer recording the tackles for Evangel.  The Bobcats third and thirteen pass was broken up by Christner.  Peru State then missed the 45 yard field goal attempt wide left.  Evangel ran three plays gaining 5 yards setting up Mortazavi again, this time for the 37 yard field goal and the win." - Ozark Sportszone

Eastern Oregon Mountaineers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 27, 2014 - Marc David kicks game winner over Rocky Mountain
"With three seconds on the clock and the game tied at 24-24, Marc David lined up for a 30 yard field goal. David's kick went through the upright and the No. 21 Eastern Oregon University football team defeated No. 10 Rocky Mountain, 27-24.... The Mountaineers offense was off the field for two plays, as Ronnie Flowers picked off Baker to give EOU the ball back on the Battlin' Bears 26 yard line. Eastern Oregon continued to slowly move the ball down the field and with three seconds remaining David lined up for the game winning field goal. David's kick went through the uprights and EOU came away with a, 27-24, victory over No. 10 Rocky Mountain." - Mountaineers

Northern State Wolves Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 27, 2014 - Nathan Shaw kicks game winner over Southwest Minnesota State
"Nathan Shaw hit a 36-yard field goal with one second left to lift the Northern State football team to a 46-43 win Saturday night over Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall, Minn. The Wolves (2-2) drove 61 yards in 2:58 to setup Shaw for his game-winner after Southwest Minnesota (1-3) tied the game on a 33-yard touchdown reception by Adam Olson from Charlie Kern and a game-tying two-point conversion." - KDLT

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Beloit Buccaneers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 27, 2014 - Kam Sallee kicks tying & winning points
"The Beloit College Football team definitely saved the best for last in Saturday's come-from-behind 27-24 Homecoming overtime win over Lake Forest College. Kam Sallee forced the extra play with a 37-yard field goal 59 second before the end of regulation and then won it with a 33-yarder in overtime for the big win in front of 1,500 fans at Strong Stadium in the Midwest Conference opener for both teams." - Bucs

Livingstone College Blue Bears Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 27, 2014 - Leonardo Manzo kicks game winner
"Livingstone College secures first conference win and continues 4-0 winning streak. The Blue Bears faced Bowie State Saturday (Sept 27) at Alumni Memorial Stadium where the Blue Bears snatched the 36-33 victory with just seconds left on the clock. Kicker Leonardo Manzo was the edge that the Blue Bears needed to send them over into victory. Manzo nailed a 25-yard field goal with just seconds left in the fourth quarter with a tied game of 33 a piece.... The Livingstone Blue Bears were running out of time, they were down but not out for the count. With just 3 seconds left, no time outs, and adrenaline pumping, kicker Leonardo Manzo went for the kick, and it was good! The Livingstone Blue Bears snatch the win of the game, scoring overall 36-33, to make them undefeated,with a 4-0 overall record." - Blue Bears

Denison Big Red Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 27, 2014 - Matt Puracchio kicks game winner
"Matt Puracchio's 25-yards field goal with five seconds remaining capped off a 15-play, 87-yard drive and resulted in a 34-31 Denison victory over Ohio Wesleyan. The win evens the Big Red's record at 2-2, while the Battling Bishops drop to 2-1. Trailing 31-28 with just over five minutes to play, Puracchio would be called upon for a game-tying 37-yard field goal attempt on 4th and 11 from the Ohio Wesleyan 20-yard line. His attempt split the uprights and knotted the contest at 31-31." - Big Red

Friday, September 26, 2014

Punters Answer the Big Question: Hawthorn or Sydney?

The Australian Rules football season comes to its grand conclusion this weekend with the AFL Grand Final, where the Hawthorn Hawks will face the Sydney Swans. 

We checked in with a few Aussies, most of whom have become associated with American football punting, to get their thoughts on the big game.

Ben Graham (from Leopold, Victoria, Australia)
former NFL punter; also a former Geelong Cat
"Sydney by 20 points. 
Too big - Franklin, Tippett, Goodes, Reid, Pyke
Too strong - Kennedy, Hannebury, Jack, McGlynn
Too quick - Jetta, Rohan, Parker, Malceski
Too smart - Longmire, Recruiters"
Jamie Keehn (from Gracemere, Queensland, Australia)
punter for Louisiana State University
"I'm going to say Sydney, they are dominating at this time of year. Simply Buddy Franklin, dude is a monster. He will kick 6 and win the Norm Smith."
Will Gleeson (from Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia)
punter for Ole Miss
"Sydney by 19 - it's hard to look past the swans after their preliminary final win. Their midfield depth is too strong and I think Buddy will pull out something spectacular against his old team."
Tim Gleeson (from Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia)
punter for Rutgers University
"Hawthorn by 15 - they always play the 'G' well. Sydney play better on the smaller grounds due to their harder bodies but I feel that the Hawks' foot skills will prevail. Tommy Hackett won't agree, but I believe that the Hawks will be too strong on the day, with Gibson shutting down the always dangerous Buddy Franklin."
Tom Hackett (from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
punter for University of Utah
"Sydney, because I was born in Sydney and am a Swannies fan. Buddy for Norm."
Josh Bartel (from Kiewa, Victoria, Australia)
punter for Saskatchewan Roughriders
"Sydney by 14pts, Sydney's forward line is very dangerous 'n' their tackling around the ground 'n' pressure is the best in the competition. Dan Hannebery for best on ground."
Daniel Cadona (from Darwin, Northern Territories, Australia)
punter for  University of Louisiana at Lafayette
"Hawthorn: It will be a close game, probably high scoring and could go any way, but my heart says the Hawks by 9 points."
Dave Lonie (from Palm Beach Australia)
former punter for University of California, camped with Washington & Green Bay in NFL
"I think Sydney will take out the GF this year, they have won 18 of their last 20 and are on a roll so will be hard to stop with the cattle they have on deck. They have 4 players who were just named to the All Australian team and have been able to gel well throughout the back end of the season. I think it will be a tight game and anything can happen but i have to give the edge to the Swans."
Darcy Williamson (from Victoria, Australia)
punter for Jackson State University
"I'm going for Sydney. They have a better team all round. Hawthorn do have a strong, matured midfield but I think with Sydney's forward line there is no stopping them."
Nick Porebski (from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
punter for Snow College
"I think Sydney will be to strong with Franklin and Tippet in the forward line. Sydney by 5 points."
Daniel Pasquariello (from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
punter for Penn State University
"Given that I went to high school at Xavier College in Melbourne Australia, I will be supporting Sydney as they have numerous Old Xavierans on their roster such as Dan Hanneberry, Josh Kennedy, Ted Richards and Alex Johnson. Go Swans!"
Keith Wrzuszczak (from Geelong, Victoria, Australia)
punter for Eastern Kentucky University
"I think Sydney for the win, because for one I don't like Hawthorn and Sydney's one of my favourite teams, but two I also just think they're in better form at the moment, and they seem to be the healthier team. I have Sydney by 17."
Nick Jacobs (from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
punter for University of Memphis
"Hawthorn will win the grand final, they are simply too good at the MCG."
Dean Kelly (from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
punter for Stillman College
"Sydney, too classy coming off the easier win. Hawks struggled last week and have a few injuries. Swannies by 5 goals."
Stephen Witkowski (from Diamond Creek, Victoria, Australia)
punter for New Mexico State University
"I would say Hawthorn... Because they're a Victorian based team."
Lenny Holderhead (from Leongatha, Victoria, Australia)
punter for Tennessee State University
"I think it's going to be one of the best grand finals because of all the stars and the discipline of both teams. I believe the game will come down to the last minute and I'm tipping the Hawks by 4 points. For the sake of a great game I hope all the big forwards turn it on, but the difference could be which team has the most impact from their small forwards."
Christopher Tilbey (from Beaumaris, Victoria, Australia)
punter for City College of San Francisco
"I believe Sydney will win. Hawthorn and Sydney both have elite midfields and are champion teams, but the X factor is Buddy and Tippett up forward. Either one can carry the team, and need to kick straight. Roughead will have too big of a task at hand, and if Hawthorn's midfielders can't kick their usual amount of goals, that'll mean Sydney is on top everywhere around the ground. And Sydney (not too comfortably) will come through with the win."
Nathan Chapman (from Bendigo Australia)
former Green Bay Packers punter, now with Prokick Australia
"I've thought Hawks for months now because of the experience and strength of their performances over such a long time.  They score quickly. They are relentless. 
My tip 
Sydney.  By 23 points."
Bailey Kenter (from Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia)
punter for Layton Christian Academy
"Sydney. Buddy." 
Jy Bond (from Melbourne Australia)
punted for UFL's Hartford Colonials in 2010
"I think the bloods for me. The tall forwards will be to much for the Hawks backline."
Tim Hutchison (from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
punter last with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
"This will be a cracking match, it won't surprise me if it's as close as 2012. But Franklin and Sydney should have too much in reserve for Hawthorn. Sydney by 14."
Christian Eldred (from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
punter for University of Minnesota
"Hawks for me, will always support the Victorian team, unless its Collingwood."
Blake O'Neill (from Mount Martha, Victoria, Australia)
punter for Weber State University
"Sydney for mine. Kennedy is electric although Buddy might take a bit to get going. Depth through the centre will make a good spectacle. Either way, let's hope it's a match to rival 2012's decider, planning on a close one."
Brad Craddock (from Adelaide, South Australia)
kicker for University of Maryland
"My tip is Sydney. Up forward to strong with the likes of Tippett, Goodes and Franklin. Their midfield is stronger also. Only way Hawthorn gets close is winning the midfield battle and center clearance. Sydney easy. Franklin for the Norm Smith win 6 goals and his normal 4 behinds."

High School Long Kicks - Ohio

Our series exploring the longest field goals at the high school level in each state continues with Ohio.
  • 61 Carey Spear, Mayfield HS in 10-13 overtime loss vs. Solon Comets (11/14/2009): Division I Regional Semifinal at Byers Field, Parma, off Free Kick at end of 2nd half 
"The end came in dramatic fashion in overtime, but the game would not have reached OT if not for Spear's heroics with time winding down in the first half. Wetzel called a fair catch on a Solon punt on the Mayfield 49-yard line with 10 seconds left in the second quarter. Spear came out and connected on a 61-yard field goal off a free kick to cut the Wildcats deficit to 7-3 with six seconds left on the clock. The kick tied former Mentor standout Kevin Harper's state record for longest field goal in Ohio high school history at 61 yards." - News-Herald
  • 61 Kevin Harper, Mentor HS Cardinals in 27-0 win over Solon High Comets, 9/7/2007 
"Mentor's Kevin Harper, the kid with the wide smile and the powerful leg, established himself as both a hero and a star by sending the ball through the humid sky in Solon's Stewart Field Friday night. Harper, a 5-11 senior, kicked four field goals, including a state-record, plenty-to-spare 61-yard effort as the Cardinals defeated the previously unbeaten Comets, 27-0. 'I knew I was going to get a chance to kick a long one. I knew I had the wind at my back,' said Harper, who previous best was a 58-yarder in this season's opening-night loss to Youngstown power Cardinal Mooney. 'It was actually supposed to be lined up for a 60-yarder and I scooted back one yard further, because I didn't want to tie the record, I wanted to break the record'." - News-Herald
  • 60 B.J. Sanders, St. Bernard Roger Bacon HS vs. Kettering Archbishop Alter HS (1998)
  • 58 Kevin Harper, Mentor vs. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (08/24/2007)
  • 57 Ben Buchanan, Westerville Central vs. Sunbury Big Walnut (09/21/2007) 
  • 57 Bryan Wright, Salem vs. Poland Seminary (10/15/2005)
  • 57 Tim Williams, Waynesville vs. Jamestown Greeneview (1988)
  • 56 David Abdul II, Massillon Washington vs. Akron Garfield (2000) 
  • 56 Kevin Kerr, Cincinnati St. Xavier vs. Canton McKinley (1998) 10 
  • 55 Tim Shenk, Cleveland St. Ignatius (2011) 
  • 55 Carey Spear, Mayfield vs. Lyndhurst Brush (09/24/2009) 
  • 55 Zac Murphy, Kings Mills Kings vs. Cincinnati Turpin (10/31/2008) 
  • 55 Craig Salvati, Liberty Twp. Lakota East vs. Hamilton (09/22/2000)
  • 55 Chris Peterson, Columbus St. Francis DeSales (1997) 
  • 55 Larry Luderman, Bryan vs. Wauseon (10/15/1971)

High School Long Kicks - Iowa

Our series exploring the longest field goals at the high school level in each state continues with Iowa.

List compiled by Creston News Advertiser
  • 63 yards — Todd Sievers, Ankeny vs. Fort Dodge, Oct. 10, 1997.
"Sievers launched a 63-yard field goal Friday night, fourth best in high school football history, in No. 5 Ankeny’s 45-0 rout of Fort Dodge. 'He’s the best I’ve ever seen and I really mean that,' Ankeny coach Jerry Pizetti said. If 63 yards sounds familiar for a field goal that’s because the distance is the same as the longest field goal in NFL history. Tom Dempsey kicked a 63-yarder that won a game for the New Orleans Saints in 1970. Sievers’ kick came in the fourth quarter of a game that Ankeny was leading 35-0. Pizetti wanted to punt but assistant Mark Becker convinced him to give Sievers a chance. 'I know he’s a weapon and we know we can try him from 50 yards out,' Pizetti said. 'But 63 yards, that’s a long way. If the kick is blocked, that can turn a close game. Tonight, we didn’t have to worry. I thought he had a chance.' Sievers knew the kick had a chance as soon as he connected. 'It felt good when it came off my foot,' he said. 'I thought it would hit the cross bar. Then the referee’s hand went up and I just ran around hooting and hollering, jumped 20 feet in the air'." - Spokesman-Review
  • 62 yards — Mike Kennon, Stanton vs. Nishna Valley, Oct. 29, 1982.
  • 58 yards — Miguel Recinos, Mason City vs. Ottumwa, Oct. 11, 2013.
  • 58 yards — Austin Errthum, Mid-Prairie vs. Clear Creek-Amana, Aug. 31, 2012.
  • 58 yards — Jeremy Bartlett, Carson-Macedonia-Oakland vs. Underwood, Oct. 20, 1989.
  • 56 yards — Mike Meyer, Wahlert Catholic vs. Dubuque Senior, Sept. 18, 2009.
  • 56 yards — Kyle Schlicher, Ankeny vs. Dowling Catholic, Sept. 28, 2001.
  • 56 yards — Chad Gleckler, Lewis Central vs. Harlan, Oct. 11, 1991.
  • 56 yards — Jeff Shudak, Council Bluffs St. Albert vs. Omaha St. Joseph, Oct. 1, 1985.
  • 56 yards — Kevin Downey, Creston vs. Greenfield, Sept. 5, 1975.
  • 55 yards — Andrew Casper, Decorah vs. Crestwood, Oct. 24, 2008.
  • 55 yards — Sam Brockshus, Spencer vs. Storm Lake, Sept. 19, 2008.
  • 55 yards — Chris Kemmerer, Clear Lake vs. Mount Vernon, Nov. 18, 2002.
  • 54 yards — Jake Jenkins, Interstate 35 vs. Bedford, Oct. 14, 2005.
  • 54 yards — Warren Seuss, Cedar Rapids Washington vs. Iowa City West, Nov. 10, 2003.
  • 54 yards — Joey Krieger, Muscatine vs. Clinton, Oct. 4, 2002.
  • 54 yards — Jared Parker, Ankeny vs. Des Moines North, Sept. 27, 2002.
  • 54 yards — Edgar Arceo, Muscatine vs. Bettendorf, Oct. 18, 2002.
  • 54 yards — Edgar Arceo, Muscatine vs. Burlington, Sept. 20, 2002.
  • 54 yards — Joel Campbell, Urbandale vs. South Tama County, Oct. 23, 1986.
  • 54 yards — Kyle Schlicher, Ankeny vs. Southeast Polk, Oct. 12, 2001.
  • 54 yards — Michael Holdren, Collins-Maxwell-Baxter vs. West Marshall, Sept. 22, 2000.
  • 53 yards — Shane Morelock, Iowa City High vs. Cedar Rapids Prairie, Oct. 5, 2007.
  • 53 yards — Grant Mosier, Clarinda vs. St. Albert, Sept. 9, 2005.
  • 53 yards — T.J. Irvin, Waukee vs. JSPC, Oct. 29, 1999.
  • 53 yards — Joseph Malsam, Bishop Heelan Catholic vs. Omaha Burke, Sept. 4, 1998.
  • 53 yards — Greg McLaughlin, Columbus Catholic vs. Grinnell, Sept. 16, 1994.
  • 53 yards — Dan Garean, Oelwein, Sept. 19, 1980 (Opponent not listed).
  • 53 yards — Mike Donnenwerth, SCMT vs. Ventura, Sept. 17, 1999.
  • 53 yards — Ben Wann, Mason City vs. Fort Dodge, Oct. 30, 1998.
  • 53 yards — Clayton Carson, Griswold vs. CAM, Oct. 3, 1997.
  • 52 yards — Conner Pals, Creston/O-M vs. Greene County, Sept. 19, 2014.
  • 52 yards — Dylan Odfield, Muscatine vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Oct. 24, 2012.
  • 52 yards — Brandon Wilson, Lewis Central vs. LeMars, Oct. 27, 2010.
  • 52 yards — Kyle Wiest, Dubuque Hempstead vs. Waterloo West, Oct. 1, 2010.
  • 52 yards — Edwin Arceo, Muscatine vs. Pleasant Valley, Sept. 7, 2007.
  • 52 yards — Ryan McMahon, Dowling Catholic vs. C.B. Thomas Jefferson, Sept. 8, 2006.
  • 52 yards — Daniel Murray, Iowa City Regina vs. Belle Plaine, Sept. 30, 2005.
  • 52 yards — Justin Schebler, Davenport Assumption vs. Muscatine, Sept. 10, 2005.
  • 52 yards — Keith Neal, Clarinda vs. Mount Ayr, Oct. 10, 2003.
  • 52 yards — Jeff Shudak, St. Albert vs. Boys Town (Neb.), Sept. 27, 1985.
  • 52 yards — Adam Brinkman, Sergeant Bluff-Luton vs. Westwood, Sept. 24, 1999.
  • 52 yards — Andy Rocksvold, Decorah vs. Waverly-Shell Rock, Sept. 13, 1991.
  • 52 yards — Bret Culbertson, Des Moines Lincoln vs. Fort Dodge, Sept. 19, 2003.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Shorter Hawks Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 24, 2014 - kicker Kenny Langford gets first field goal
"That moment came when the Hawks' saw the placekicker who has already put his name in the team record book, Troy Postell, suffer a vicious hit on a kick-off return following Shorter's second touchdown of the afternoon and leave the game for good early in the second quarter. Enter Langford, who although served as the Hawks' extra point special a year ago converting 25 of 27 PATs after not seeing any playing time his first two years at Shorter, had never gotten the call to try a field goal attempt…never. '"I saw the whole play when Troy got hit,' Langford, who came to Shorter out of Paulding County High School, said about what ran through his mind when he was suddenly went from a backup kicker to the team's go-to guy, '"so I immediately went to the net and started warming up. We didn't have a whole lot of team to kick during pregame (warmups) so I wasn't that loose.' Loose or not, the time came when the Hawks needed Langford and the 5-foot-9 right-footed kicker stood tall. After a Shorter drive stalled with just under eight minutes left in the half at the West Texas 15, Jones and his Shorter teammates looked to Langford to make a 34-yard field goal and split the tall uprights that seemed dwarfed in the cavernous end of the stadium that never seemed to end. That he did to give Shorter a 16-0 lead against a team that started the season ranked nationally. 'I was so nervous,' Langford explained about the moment. 'I made a move before the ball was snapped and I thought I would get a penalty, but once I kicked it and it went through I can't tell you how excited I was'." - Hawks

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

College Special Teams Players of the Week 4, 2014

The following kickers and punters have been named Special Teams Players of the Week by their respective conference for the fourth week of the 2014 college football season. 

No slight intended to any returners that received such honors, but our focus (as always) is on the kicking end of things.

AAC - USF punter Mattias Ciabatti
ACC - Virginia kicker Ian Frye
Big Ten - Northwestern punter Chris Gradone
CAA - Albany kicker Patrick Toole 
Canada West - Manitoba kicker Ryan Jones
Centennial - McDaniel punter Brett Haas 
ECFC - Norwich kicker/punter Wes Medeiros
Empire 8 - Utica College punter Dakota Peel
FBS Independent - BYU punter Scott Arellano
Frontier - Carroll College punter Rhys Felton 
GLVC - Saint Joseph's kicker Marcin Gawlak
GPAC - Doane College kicker/punter Jordan Pedersen
HCAC - Mount St. Joseph kicker Shane Kelly
Ivy - Yale kicker/punter Kyle Cazzetta 
MAC East - Bowling Green punter Joe Davidson 
MACJC - SMCC kicker Reed James
MEAC - Morgan State kicker Chris Moller
MIAA - Missouri Southern kicker Brock Renken 
MIAA - Adrian kicker Cameron Cook
MIAC - Saint John's punter Griffin Toomey
MSC - Cumberland kicker/punter Mike Self
MVFC - North Dakota State kicker Adam Keller
MW - Wyoming kicker Stuart Williams
NAIA - Robert Morris kicker/punter Josh Techeira 
NEC - Duquesne kicker Austin Crimmins
NEFC - Endicott kicker/punter Kyle Regan
NESCAC - Bates punter David Kurey
NSIC - Minnesota State kicker Alden Haffar 
OAC - Otterbein kicker Alana Gaither
PAC - Saint Vincent College kicker Morgan Porter
Pac-12 - Utah kicker Andy Phillips
Patriot - Colgate kicker Jonah Bowman 
Pioneer - Jacksonville punter Ryan Giaratano 
RMAC - Colorado School of Mines kicker Avery Llewellyn
Sun - Ave Maria kicker/punter Brandon Leon
UAA - Chicago kicker Karol Kurzydlowski

Lou Groza Award
  • Ian Frye, Virginia
  • Josh Lambo, Texas A&M
  • Andy Phillips, Utah
Ray Guy Award
  •  Wil Baumann, NC State
College Football Performance Awards
  • FBS placekicker: Josh Lambert, West Virginia
  • FBS specialist: Scott Arellano, BYU
  • FBS punter: Tyler Hadden, Hawaii
  • FCS placekicker: Adam Keller, North Dakota State
  • FCS punter: Harry McCollum, Georgetown
If we missed someone that should be on the above list, please let us know!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

August 29, 2014 - returning specialists
"Dylan Neiheiser and Tyler Strickland will handle all of the kicking duties this fall. Neiheiser, a 6-3, 185 redshirt from Morrisville, N.C., will the UAPB punter this season after finishing 2013 with 845 punting yards on 20 boots, with his longest punt going for 63 yards. Strickland, a 6-2, 185, senior from Alpine Calif., will handle all of the place kicking duties. Last season, Strickland recorded 1,016 punting yards on 25 boots with his longest being 56 yards. He also connected on nine field goals in 15 attempts with his longest field goal being 51 yards, while connecting on 35 PATs in 38 attempts." - SWAC

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Big Kickers on Campus, 2014 week 4

Index of notable kicking during the fourth week of the 2014 college football season: 
If we missed someone that should be on the above list, please let us know!

Lane College Dragons Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 20, 2014 - Carlas Moore kicks game winner over Paine College
"Lane beat Paine 18-16 Saturday in Augusta, Ga., thanks to a field goal, safety and two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Carlas Moore made a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to put Lane (1-2) ahead for good, and the Dragon defense did its job keeping Paine (0-3) from scoring a late game-winner." - Jackson Sun

Missouri State Bears Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 20, 2014 - Marcelo Bonani kicks 53-yard game winner over Central Arkansas
"There's a long way to the finish line, but Missouri State's football team had an unbelievably magical moment on a steamy Saturday night. 'Unbelievable,' defensive end James Barnes said outside a raucous locker room after the Bears' 33-31 victory over Central Arkansas — won on Marcelo Bonani's 53-yard field goal on the final play of the game. Bonani's career-long kick cleared the crossbar by about a foot. It set off a wild celebration at midfield with Bonani escaping the dog pile of humanity unharmed. 'Kickers have the reputation of being loved or hated,' Bonani said with a smile. He noted a missed extra point earlier in the game that weighed heavily on his mind. 'I was like, this loss will be on me. I'm glad I made it. My team was behind me the whole way,' he added." - News-Leader

April 26, 2014 - Maroon and White spring game
"Chris Sullens, who handled punting duties for both sides, had 9 punts for a 40.3 average. All three place kickers saw action and were perfect on five scoring plays with Bonani converting a field goal and two extra points. Shelby Harris converted a field goal, and T.J. Kroll tacked on an extra point." - KTTS

April 12, 2014 - second spring scrimmage
"A 38-yard field goal attempt by Marcelo Bonani sailed left as the defense applied pressure to keep the third unit from scoring before the break.... Bonani redeemed himself in the second half with a 26-yard field goal, while Shelby Harris booted a 32-yarder through to start the scoring in the final stanza. Bonani, Shelby Harris and T.J. Kroll combined to convert all four extra point attempts the team tried." - Bears

April 5, 2014 - first spring scrimmage
"The MSU kickers were perfect on the day as Marcelo Bonani converted all three extra points he attempted, while Shelby Harris booted a pair of PAT's. There were no field goals attempted on the day." - Bears