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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Michigan Tech Huskies Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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April 17, 2015 - spring specialists
"Austin Chmura from Holly, Mich., is part of the Huskies' incoming freshman class. He will get every chance to prove that he is ready to go from the moment he steps on campus. 'We will be fine there," said coach Kearly. 'We have two young people already committed and we are in the process of getting a third kid.'  Redshirt junior Ryan VanGoethem returns after his first full season of punting for the Huskies. He was very steady, punting 41 times for 1,486 yards. He averaged 36.2 yards per punt with his longest being 54 yards, which he posted against Northern Michigan on Sept. 27. He forced six fair catches due to his positioning. Kearly would like to see that number increase in 2015 along with VanGoethem's consistency. 'Ryan has got a great leg,' said Kearly. 'If he was more consistent, he would be an all-league type of punter'.... Michael James is getting some reps this spring to get some work in. He will serve as Vangoethem's backup in 2015." - Mining Gazette

February 4, 2015 - kicker Austin Chmura signs
"Holly, Mich. Played at Holly High School … Named academic all-state and first-team all-conference … Was team's defensive and special teams MVP … Made 80 percent of field goals under 40 yards … Also participated in soccer, where he was an all-district first team defender, and track, where he was part of two all-conference relay teams." - Huskies
September 27, 2014 - Garrett Mead kicks game winner over Northern Michigan
"For the second time this season, Garrett Mead was the hero. The senior kicker split the uprights on a 39-yard field goal as time expired to give Michigan Tech a 34-31 win at Northern Michigan. The Huskies keep the Miner's Cup for the fifth consecutive year. NMU drove 50 yards in seven plays to tie the score with 1:47 remaining. Quarterback Shaye Brown hit Marcus Tucker in the back corner of the endzone to pull his squad within 31-29. The Wildcats then used a reverse pass to Brown as a receiver for the conversion to tie it. Tyler Scarlett needed nine plays to get Mead into position for the game winner. Brandon Cowie's ninth catch of the game converted a third-and-10 to keep the drive alive. Mead hit his second 39-yarder of the game for the winner.... coach Tom Kearly said, 'Garrett had a bad week last week, but I said we were going to stick with him. He's never lost us a game, and he's won us three or four. Now it's four or five'." - Huskies

September 4, 2014 - Garrett Mead kicks game winner over Wayne State
"Senior Garrett Mead kicked four field goals including a 25-yard boot on the game’s final play to give Michigan Tech an 18-17 victory at Wayne State in the 2014 GLIAC football season opener tonight at Adams Field. The Huskies drove 69 yards in the final two minutes converting two fourth down plays along the way to earn the victory. 'Garrett drilled it,' said head coach Tom Kearly. 'He had a great night and finished off a good football game for us'.... 'It felt good, and when I lifted my head it was sailing the right direction,' said Mead, whose four field goals in the game were one shy of his own school record set a year ago. 'It’s the situation that kickers both love and dread. I was just trying to keep a clear head during the two-minute drive. Having gone three-for-three in the game up to that point definitely gave me confidence'.” - ABC10

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