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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Christopher Newport Captains Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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March 6, 2015 - kicker Grant Kelchner commits
"Kelchner, an All-Region 4A South placekicker and punter last fall, said he picked Divison III CNU over Maryville University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga because he liked the feel of CNU’s campus and appreciated the money invested into the football program. Grant’s father, Matt Kelchner, has been the head coach of the CNU football team since its inception in 2001. The idea of playing for his father in college caused Grant Kelchner some hesitation at first, but he is prepared to prove himself to his future coach and his doubters, and expects to be treated like any other player on the team. 'Right now I’m thinking of having to prove myself,' he said. 'People might say ‘Oh, you’re just playing because your dad is the coach.’ I’m going to work [hard] to prove them wrong.' While serving as Tabb’s starting placekicker for the past two seasons, Kelchner went 7 for 9 on field goal attempts and connected on 62 of 68 extra points. As a punter he averaged a 33.6 yard per punt average including downing 12 punts inside the 20-yard line over two seasons." -Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

November 22, 2014 - Mason Studer kicks game winner over Delaware Valley
"He had a field-goal try blocked, and a potential go-ahead extra point hook wide left. But with the score tied, 2 seconds on the clock and facing a stiff, icy wind, Mason Studer drilled a 38-yard field goal as time expired to give Christopher Newport its only lead of the game and a 29-26 victory against Delaware Valley in the first round of the NCAA Division III football playoffs Saturday at James Work Memorial Stadium. CNU (8-3) scored 22 unanswered points, rallying from a 19-point second-half deficit to win a playoff game for the first time since 2004. The Captains will return to the Philadelphia area to face Widener (11-0), a 36-35 winner against Muhlenberg, in the second round of the tournament Saturday. 'I was just kind of relaxed,' Studer said, recounting his winning kick after being chased the length of the field and buried under a pile of celebrating teammates. 'You can’t be uptight. I just talked to my holder, Tyler Quigley, about school or whatever, just trying to keep my mind relaxed, keep my body relaxed, stay focused, and keep my head down.' 'You were talking to him about school?' asked a startled CNU coach, Matt Kelchner. 'What, a test or something?' 'No,' Studer said. 'Just how school is going for him.' 'Geez.… That’s our guys, man. They’re talking about school,' Kelchner said. 'Biggest kick in the history of the school, and he’s like, ‘How’s your classes going? Pretty good?’ … That’s good, though. Our president will be happy to hear that'." - Daily Press 

November 3, 2014 - kicker/punter Mason Studer earns weekly USA South honors
"Senior kicker/punter Mason Studer was named the USA South Athletic Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. It's the third time this season Studer has received the honor. The senior from Norfolk connected on his only field goal attempt, a 36-yarder, in Saturday's 45-26 win over LaGrange College at POMOCO Stadium. Studer was one of 20 seniors honored before the game on Senior Night. Studer was also six for six on point after touchdown kicks and had a 42-yard effort on his only punt of the evening. His field goal was the 27th of his career, just four shy of a CNU record of 31 set by Jay Graham." - Captains

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