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Friday, May 1, 2015

Dartmouth Big Green Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


April 29, 2015 - kicker Riley Lyons named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society
"A biology major with a 3.79 GPA, Lyons (Roswell, Georgia) played in 38 of the 40 games during his career, serving as the place kicker, punter and kickoff specialist at various times, and sometimes all three. He kicked off nearly 200 times in his four years, averaging over 60 yards per kick and 45 touchbacks. As the place kicker, Lyons contributed 85 points, booting nine field goals and converting 58-59 PATs. During his sophomore season, he was also the Big Green punter, averaging 35.4 yards per punt while placing 11 inside the 20-yard line. Dartmouth football’s Hewitt Award winner as the player who best epitomizes athletic performance with academic achievement enjoyed getting in on the action after kicking as well, making 11 tackles in his career." - Big Green

November 7, 2014 - the specialists
"The statistics Alex Gakenheimer has produced on the field since earning the field goal job late last season are impressive. The lanky and mop-haired booter has yet to miss in 12 college attempts, with a long of 41 yards. He’s third in scoring among Ivy League kickers with 48 points and just one of six NCAA Football Championship Subdivision kickers with at least one field goal per contest and no misses.... Gakenheimer was a soccer player when he started at Charlotte Country Day School along with friend Ben Kepley, who’s now the Big Green’s punter. Kepley was slated to do both punting and kicking for the Buccaneers, but Gakenheimer tagged along one day and the coach asked if he wanted to handle the placekicking duties.... Riley Lyons had done both the kicking and punting for Dartmouth, but the latter was really just a necessary bonus, and Kepley had the job once he stepped on campus. Gakenheimer, however, was forced to be patient. Lyons had a good track record and had nailed a last-second, game-winning kick at Holy Cross, so there was no reason to think he was gong anywhere. Until a hip injury occurred and his deadeye production declined." - Valley News

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