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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valparaiso Crusaders Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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February 4, 2015 - kicker Alex Ng signs
"The 6’0″, 250-pound K/P, who was selected to play in the Clash of Scholar Athletes All-Star Game on Jan. 3 and will be starring in the Palm Beach County All-Star Game on Jan. 10, connected on six field goals this past season. His longest FG was a 42-yarder against fellow District 9-8A opponent Seminole Ridge in Week 8 of the regular season. The Wellington kicker connected on 54 out of 56 extra point attempts this season, which is a conversion rate of 96.6 percent." - Prep Builders

October 31, 2014 - long snapper/QB Ryan Clarke 
"As far as glamour positions go, the two played by Valpo freshman football player Ryan Clarke are at completely opposite ends of the spectrum. While the 6-foot-5, 220 pound first-year quarterback is, as head coach Dave Cecchini puts it, “as impressive a guy as we have at a skill position,” he’s thus far gotten only limited opportunities to show what he can do under center, completing two passes for eight yards while playing behind senior starter Ben Lehman and redshirt sophomore backup Scott Staal. Though he has to wait his turn for a crack at the game’s most celebrated position, a conversation Cecchini had with Clarke’s coach at Hopatcong (N.J.) High School during a recruiting visit helped get him on the field to play one of the more anonymous positions in all of sports. 'When I was in his high school and talking to his high school football coach… he just said ‘Look, just promise me you’ll give him a shot as a long snapper, because you’re going to be shocked at how good he is,’ Cecchini said. 'And that always stuck in the back of my mind.' So when he asked his freshman quarterbacks if they had any specialty skills he could utilize at the beginning of training camp, Cecchini wasn’t surprised when Clarke volunteered and eventually won the long snapper job outright." - The Torch 

October 11, 2014 - kicker Jacob Newman in win over Missouri Baptist
"Special teams play was also a highlight for the Crusaders on the day, including a record-tying performance from kicker Jacob Newman (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg).  Newman was perfect on all seven of his PAT attempts, the fifth time in program history a kicker has hit seven PATs in one game and the first time since 2006.  Newman also matched his career long by connecting on a 38-yard field goal as well." - Crusaders

August 11, 2014 - summer specialists
"Special teams is the one area that has been most difficult for Cecchini to evaluate. Construction of the aforementioned running track around Brown Field has prohibited the team access to the field - and with it the goalposts. Valparaiso High School and Eastgate Field have served as a timeshare for team practices. High school goalposts are wider than college football's so the Valpo High field doesn't provide the proper litmus test for field goal kickers. No uprights currently reside at Eastgate Field. Nevertheless, sophomore Jacob Newman (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg) serves as the incumbent place kicker. As a freshman in 2013, Newman converted four of five field goal attempts, notching a long of 38 yards. Cecchini foresees freshman Jake Simpson (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) giving Newman plenty of competition at the kicker post. Redshirt sophomore Alex Kozlowski (Novi, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central) did an admirable job of replacing the departed Greg Wood, a three-time All-PFL punter for the Crusaders from 2009-2012. Kozlowski pinned opponents inside their own 20 on twelve different occasions, netting an average of over 38 yards per punt." - Crusaders

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