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Monday, February 16, 2015

NFL Scouting Combine 2015: The Specialists

The specialists will be arriving in Indianapolis soon. The NFL draft eligible players are part of the first batch of participants in this year's Scouting Combine. The itinerary for the group, which also includes offensive lineman and tight ends, spans four days:
  • Tuesday 17th: Travel to Indianapolis, Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews
  • Wednesday 18th: Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Interviews
  • Thursday 19th: NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, PK/ST Workout, Bench Press, Interviews
  • Friday 20th: Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure from Indianapolis
Kickers
  • Kyle Brindza (Notre Dame): "He made 14-of-24 field goals in 2014 with a long of 48 yards. He also averaged 41.5 yards on 51 punts, placing 17 inside the opponent's 20-yard line."
  • Sam Ficken (Penn State): "Ficken's game-winning kick was the exclamation point on a career that started with a low of lows after he missed four field goals and an extra point in a 2012 loss to Virginia. But he rebounded, kicking the program's fourth-longest field goal, a 54-yarder, in a 2013 win over Kent State. He also set a program record with 15 straight field goals that year, and was 24 of 29 in 2014 with a team-high 100 points."
  • Josh Lambo (Texas A&M): "Connected on an amazing 97.0 percent of all his placekicks -- 12-of-14 on field goals and 53-of-53 on extra points ... enters bowl game with streak of 103 successful extra point tries ... increased his career long twice in 2014 -- first with a 47-yarder vs. Rice and then with a 50-yarder vs. SMU."
  • Justin Manton (Louisiana-Monroe): "Senior Bowl - The South’s other scores came on field goals of 24 yards in the third quarter and 29 yards in the fourth period by Louisiana-Monroe’s Justin Manton."
  • Jared Roberts (Colorado State): In his three seasons at the Rams kicker, the native of Littleton, Colo., connected on 77.8-percent of his kicks (42-of-54), making him the most accurate kicker in school history. Additionally, he set a CSU and Mountain West record successfully making 111 consecutive PATs.
Punters
  • Will Baumann (North Carolina State): "A four-year starter for the Wolfpack, Baumann set school records for total punts and career punting yardage. He saved his best for his final season, leading the ACC and ranking nationally in 2014 with an average of 45.8 yards per kick, In addition to booting 20 punts of 50 yards or more, he also showed an improved touch by having 22 of his kicks downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard-line."
  • Kyle Christy (Florida): Reclaimed the starting role after a disappointing junior season and was selected to the All-SEC Second Team by the media…Played in the Medal of Honor Bowl after the season in prep for the NFL…Ranked 14th in the nation and third in the SEC with a 44.3 yard average on 64 punts for the season…Had 22 punts of 50+ yards and 22 punts inside the 20 yard line."
  • Will Johnson (Texas State): "Johnson was named All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team punter by both College Sports Madness and Phil Steele. He ranked second among league leaders and ranks 21st nationally with a punting average of 43.8 yards on 65 punts. He placed 21 of his punts inside the 20, had 16 punts over 50 yards with four resulting in a touchback. Johnson had a career-best 70-yard punt at Illinois, a 66-yard kick versus Arkansas State and a 64-yard punt at UL Monroe."
  • Kyle Loomis (Portland State): "Loomis, a senior from Roseburg, OR, has been a consensus first-team All-American for two years in a row. In 2013, he averaged 46.5 yards per punt to lead the nation. This past season, his 46.0 average also led the nation. Loomis now holds Portland State records for punting average in a season (46.5) and a career (46.0)."
  • Trevor Pardula (Kansas): "Pardula led the Big 12 in punting in 2014, averaging 44.3 yards per kick. He recorded 29 punts of 50 yards or longer on the year, including a game at Duke where he booted the ball 70 yards or more twice. Pardula dropped 24 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard and finished the year with 83 punts, which ranks second-most in Kansas single-season history."
  • Bradley Pinion (Clemson): "Pinion averaged 42.6 yards per punt, fifth-best in the ACC, in 2014. He had 28 punts inside the 20 to lead the ACC and break his own school record for a season. He also had 17 punts of 50+ yards, tied for third-most in the ACC, and just two touchbacks. He also handled kickoffs and had 36 touchbacks on his 74 kickoffs in 2014. He had 102 touchbacks in 178 career kickoffs."
  • Spencer Roth (Baylor): "Roth was a four-year starter at punter for the Bears. For his career, Roth punted 164 times with an average distance of 43.7 yards per boot - fourth-best in BU history. He only had 16 touchbacks, while placing 55 punts inside the 20 and having 41 go for 50+ yards. He earned All-Big 12 first-team honors in 2014, while punting 47 times for an average of 43.4 yards per punt."
Long snapper
  • Joe Cardona (Navy): "Four years later, Cardona’s dreams are disparate, yet intertwined. As one of the best long snappers in the country, he was invited to participate in the Senior Bowl last Saturday, giving him the opportunity to pursue a career in the NFL. To do so, however, he’ll have to receive special clearance to forgo his military commitment — something that Cardona considers a possibility, however remote."

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