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Monday, June 29, 2015

Cornell Big Red Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


June 25, 2015 - summer specialists
"The 2013 Rookie of the Year, punter Chris Fraser, has now been first-team All-Ivy in each of his first two seasons. He finished 19th nationally and first in the Ivy League in punting average (41.7) by nearly three full yards per kick (2.8) last season. Fraser had Ivy league's longest punt (72 yards) among his 10 kicks of 50+ yards and led the Ancient Eight with 21 kicks placed inside the 20, two more than any other punter in the league.... the team will be looking to replace three-year long snapper Dylan Chayes. Among the candidates will be senior Matt Testani and sophomore Mac Pope.... Freshman Zach Mays will have a chance to compete for the starting kicking job and will battle juniors Joe Pierik and Michael Hobson in camp. Pierik is the only one of the three to see varsity action and has hit 3-of-5 field goals and connected on 15-of-16 extra-point kicks." - Big Red

November 13, 2014 - punter Chris Fraser
"Last season, Fraser averaged 42.9 yards per punt to lead the Ancient Eight and set a school record. He earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors, and posted the FCS’s 20th-best punting average. Through eight games this fall, he has averaged an Ivy-best 41.8 yards per punt. But Fraser prefers not to talk about his own statistics. 'In the end the stats really don’t mean that much,' Fraser said. 'I just want us to win an Ivy League Championship. Whatever I can do to do that, I’m going to do'." -  Columbia Spectator 

September 17, 2014 - punter Chris Fraser
Now, a sophomore, Fraser and Cornell (3-7 record in 2013) are set to begin a new season Saturday with increased expectations at Colgate. 'We obviously want to win a championship,' Fraser said 'Personally, I want to be able to punt as well as I can. I always set goals that are unrealistic — I write up different averages I want to achieve — but that helps me obtain my goals. I like believing that anything is possible and that helps my confidence'.... Fraser is clearly focused on punting in the National Football League, but he takes a measured approach. And to help him, he’s been working during the offseason for several years with private coaches, including former NFL punter Evan Arapostathis who is based in San Diego and has coached several professional and college kickers and punters. 'He’s well ahead of the pack,' said Arapostathis, who added he primarily works with NFL players and trains just three college kids a year. 'I usually don’t get kids until they are junior or senior in high school. ... Chris is a kid that has progressed quickly and started [focusing on punting] early. He’s got a long way to go before he can step foot on the field on Sundays, but he’s doing all the right things'.” - The Gazette

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