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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Liechtenstein Men's National Soccer Team News

March 31, 2015 - Daniel Kaufmann scores in 1-0 win over San Marino
"Die liechtensteinische Nationalmannschaft hat nach der 0:5-Klatsche gegen Nachbar Österreich auf die Siegesstrasse zurückgefunden. Die Liechtensteiner gewannen ein Testspiel unter Fussballzwergen gegen San Marin mit 1:0. Das einzige Tor der Partie erzielte Vaduz' Daniel Kaufmann nach 29 Minuten." - Sportal

November 15, 2014 - Franz Burgmeier scores in win over Moldova
"Franz Burgmeier's second-half free kick earned Liechtenstein their first win of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as they beat Moldova 1-0. Liechtenstein skipper Burgmeier dipped a superb strike over the wall from the edge of the box and that was enough to settle a turgid contest between the two bottom-placed sides in Group G at the Zimbru Stadium.... Liechtenstein, who had not scored a goal in qualifying before the game, had a few token pot shots of their own but most of their efforts went into stopping their opponents. That pattern continued into the second half, but in the 74th minute the visitors punished Moldova. Burgmeier found the top left corner with a sensational free kick from 20 years that Moldova keeper Ilie Cebanu was helpless to stop." - ESPN

Portland State Vikings Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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March 30, 2015 - spring specialists
"While two-time All-American and national punting leader Kyle Loomis has moved on to professional football, two-thirds of the special teams story is still very good news. All-Conference kicker Jonathan Gonzales (6-2, 210) is back, as is fourth-year long snapper Kameron Canaday (6-4, 230). Gonzales, a junior, led the Big Sky Conference by making 17-24 field goals and ranked ninth in the nation with 1.42 made per game. He was also the only full-time kicker to make every extra point (33-33) for the season. Gonzales should continue to hold down place kicking duties while backed up by kickoff specialist JR Marcus Kinsella (5-11,195). Canaday has been rock solid as a snapper, starting 29 consecutive games since becoming eligible as a freshman. Portland State has brought in junior college transfer Casey Eyman (6-1, 195) from Fullerton College to take over punting duties." - Vikings

February 3, 2015 - kicker/punter Casey Eyman commits
"Eyman, one of the top placekickers and punters in the California Junior College ranks, verbally committed to Portland State early last week during a home visit by new special teams coordinator Nick Whitworth and defensive line coach Malik Roberson, and will sign a letter of intent with the Vikings on Wednesday, National Signing Day. This past season, Eyman connected on 11-of-12 field goal attempts (91.7 percent) and 41-of-43 extra points for Fullerton College, finishing with a team-high 74 points. He also averaged 37.1 yards on 57 punts with 21 fair catches and 17 landing inside the 20-yard line." -  Viking Tales

October 13, 2014 - kicker Jonathan Gonzales & punter Kyle Loomis
"In the last two weeks, Jonathan Gonzales has made 6-7 attempts and played a prominent role in the Viking offense. Gonzales was 3-4 on field goals against UC Davis, including a 53-yarder, which tied for second longest field goal in school history. At UND, Gonzales made kicks of 45, 23 and 37. The 37-yarder, which came in the fourth quarter and closed the Viking deficit to 17-16, was tipped at the line. But Gonzales had enough on it to clear the cross bar and produce three points... Gonzales is now 7-11 kicking field goals this year to rank second in the Big Sky Conference, and the Vikings have a whole new perspective on their kicking game.... 2013 consensus 1st team All-American SR P Kyle Loomis is the oldest Viking (he turned 27 on Sept. 30). But the All-American proves he is aging well, averaging 46.0 yards per punt this season to rank second in the nation. Loomis has 17 punts of 50 yards or better and 16 punts downed inside the 20-yard line." - Vikings

August 12, 2014 - kicking competition
"While punting was a team strength in 2013, place-kicking was a weakness. A three-man heated competition has been taking place since the start of practice on Aug. 3. Senior Nick Fernandez is a three-year letterwinner, who had some success in 2012, making five field goals and 25-25 extra points when All-American Zach Brown was injured. But last season Fernandez struggled to make only 1-6 field goals and 31-32 extra points in eight starts. Sophomore Marcus Kinsella made four starts, hitting 2-10 field goals and 21-23 extra points. Overall, PSU was 3-16 on field goals, including 1-7 inside 40 yards. Joining those two in the competition is sophomore transfer Jonathan Gonzales. He was an All-Conference, All-Region and All-American kicker at San Bernardino Valley College last season. With three players vying to start it becomes a challenge for Casco to sort out who will become the man. Viking practice include numerous "pressure" situations for the kickers in front of their teammates. "We give them all opportunities. When they get an opportunity (during practice) they have to take advantage of it," said Casco, who stressed the most important aspects of being a kicker: "The consistency… and then how do they react if they miss a field goal? You have to keep maintaining that confidence." Like Loomis, the incumbent long snapper, Kameron Canaday, is firmly entrenched in his role this season. His effectiveness is directly linked to the success of Loomis and the Viking kickers." - Vikings

July 31, 2014 - kicker Jonathan Gonzales signs
"San Bernardino Valley College kicker Jonathan Gonzales (Apple Valley HS) has signed with Division I Portland State. He spent just one season with the Wolverines and will have three years of eligibility remaining. 'It’s definitely tough finding a spot as a kicker,' he said. 'It’s not like most positions where you have to recruit multiple players. Teams usually have just one kicker and there are a lot of good ones out there'.... Gonzales was 13 of 17 on field goal attempts, making a long of 52 yards twice, once against Southwestern and once against Santa Monica. He was also 44 of 44 on extra-points." - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

April 30, 2014 - spring scrimmage
"Coach Nigel Burton also acknowledged a good performance from sophomore transfer kicker Ian Boozer, who was perfect on his field goal attempts in the scrimmage." - Oregon Live

April 7, 2014 - spring specialists 
"Portland State's special teams discussion has to begin with consensus All-American punter Kyle Loomis (6-2, 230). The senior-to-be smashed the Portland State record for punting average, leading the nation in the process, with 46.5 yards per boot. He beat the previous PSU mark by nearly four yards per punt. As a result, the Vikings also led the nation in net punting (41.7). PSU coaches expect more of the same from the 26-year old former member of the US Army. If he can accomplish that, he will be a strong NFL prospect. While punting was a team strength in 2013, place kicking was a weakness. The Viking program will have a three-man heated competition for the kicking role as two players return with a junior college transfer bringing talent to team. SR Nick Fernandez (5-8, 175) is a two-year letterwinner, who had some success in 2012, making five field goals and 25-25 extra points. But last season, he struggled to make only 1-6 field goals and 31-32 extra points in eight starts. SO Marcus Kinsella (5-11, 195) made four starts, hitting 2-10 field goals and 21-23 extra points. Overall, PSU was 3-16 on field goals, including 1-7 inside 40 yards. Joining those two in the competition will be sophomore transfer Ian Boozer (6-0, 185). He converted 7-8 field goals and 50-52 extra points last season at Fullerton JC." - Vikings

February 5, 2014 - kicker Ian Boozer signs
"Played at Fullerton Junior College where he was the starting kicker in 2013… converted 7-8 field goals with a long of 47… made 50-52 extra points... set a school record by scoring 19 points in one game… Fullerton had an undefeated season before losing in the championship game… finished the year ranked fourth in the nation....  Lettered in football at Churchill High School in Eugene… as a senior in 2012, he made 6-7 field goals, 30-31 extra points and averaged 46.6 yards per punt, with a long of 74…. named first team All-Conference and All-State as a kicker and punter." - Vikings

UC Davis Aggies Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

March 30, 2015 - kicker Brady Stuart & punter Colby Wadman
"Brady Stuart (5-11, 163, Sr.) who was 5 for 11 during his junior campaign but only needs 11 to break the school record of 47 held by Eddie Loretto (1985-88). Stuart will enter the season third with 57 FGA and seventh with 92 PATs. He ended the season by making his final three kicks. Stuart had a school-record 17 field goals in 2013.... Colby Wadman (6-1, 185, Jr.), who's made a name for himself in just two seasons. He's twice been named All-Big Sky honorable mention and last season averaged 42.26 yards -- fourth-best in school history -- while adding a long of 65 yards and putting 13 of his 54 kicks (24%) inside the 20. Wadman's also not allowed a blocked punt in 121 total career attempts." - Aggies

August 14, 2014 - kicker Brady Stuart
"As UC Davis prepares to enter its second season in the Big Sky Conference, Aggie field-goal specialist Brady Stuart is confident, personable and reliable. Stuart, a junior by way of West Ranch High in Newhall, is coming off of a record-setting season during which his field goals became more and more important as the season progressed. UCD finished 5-7 while the former prep soccer player hit 17 field goals (a new school benchmark) and at one point converted 10 straight. In two years, he’s 32-of-46.... has been named to both the Fred Mitchell and College Football Performance Award watch lists — which point to the top kickers among Football Championship Subdivision squads." - Davis Enterprise

July 17, 2014 - punter 
"Coming off of a true freshman season that earned him a 2013 Big Sky Conference honorable mention, UC Davis’ Colby Wadman was named Wednesday to the College Football Performance Award’s Punter Watch List.... Last year for the Aggies, Wadman averaged 38.4 yards per punt, had 22 kicks land inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and 19 boots that resulted in fair catches. His punting helped UCD lead the Big Sky and rank second nationally in punt return defense at 1.68 yards per return. Wadman had a long punt of 55 yards in Week 2 last season at Nevada." - Davis Enterprise

Boise State Broncos Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

March 30, 2015 - spring specialists
"We probably failed to acknowledge just how good the Bronco kicking game was in 2014, and that's can be laid at the foot of Dan Goodale. Goodale was hitting clutch field goals and gettin' those touchbacks at an impressive clip last season. Alas, the bearded one has now graduated and it's time for the next generation of Bronco kickers to make us hold our collective breaths. Good news, though...Tyler Rausa has been "awesome" this Spring according to special teams guru Kent Riddle (incidentally, my favorite adjective for kickers). Rausa may be pushed a bit by walk-ons Blake Gonzalez or Isaac Dodd and punter Sean Wale has two functioning legs as well." - OBNUG

August 25, 2014 - long snapper Kevin Keane placed on scholarship
"Keane is in his third year at Boise State. He arrived in January 2012 and was allowed to play immediately because he did not receive financial aid and was not recruited by Ohio Wesleyan. He snapped in four games, then took over as the full-time snapper last year." - Idaho Statesman

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August 22, 2014 - summer specialists
"Dan Goodale estimates he made about 90 percent of his kicks through fall camp. He also has improved his kickoffs and could increase his 41 percent touchback rate from last year. 'I expect him to have a big year,' said special teams coach Kent Riddle, who returns this year after coaching special teams for the Broncos from 2001 to 2005. 'He's really shown me to be a mentally strong guy. … That guy works his butt off to make sure it's perfect and I think we're in good shape there.' Goodale leads an experienced, talented special teams contingent that should give the Broncos an edge most weeks. Sophomore punter Sean Wale was the co-starter last season and has all-conference potential if he can improve his consistency. Junior Kevin Keane has spent 17 games as the long snapper. Senior wide receiver Matt Miller is in his third season as the primary holder." - Idaho Statesman
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August 7, 2014 - scrimmage
"Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin was complimentary of senior kicker Dan Goodale and sophomore punter Sean Wale at his press conference Thursday night after the team’s closed scrimmage. Both kicked the ball well in the scrimmage, Harsin said. 'Dan has done a good job … leading that group and having those guys prepare when it comes their time to practice,' Harsin said. Goodale was 17-of-19 on field goals and 57-of-60 on PATs last season. Wale split the punting job last year with Trevor Harman. Wale averaged 41.5 yards and placed eight of his 21 kicks inside the 20-yard line. He is the only true punter on the roster. The kickers serve as the backups. 'The practices that we’ve had punt in, he gets a hold of it,' Harsin said. 'He’s more consistent. … He’s getting into a little bit of a rhythm and we’d like to keep that'.” - Idaho Statesman
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August 6, 2014 - kicker Blake Gonzalez
"Former San Clemente football player Blake Gonzalez was added to the Boise State football roster last week, after committing to the school as a preferred walk-on in November. Gonzalez was a kicker, punter and wide receiver for the Tritons, who finished 2-8 last season before he graduated in June. A three-year varsity member and two-year starter, Gonzalez converted on five of six field goal attempts last year, along with 22 of 24 extra point attempts. He also caught 17 passes for 210 yards. Following the season, Gonzalez committed as a preferred walk-on during a visit to the school.Gonzalez is one of eight preferred walk-ons to be selected to the Fall 2014 roster and will be slotted as the team’s third kicker." - Orange County Register

June 27, 2014 - kicker Tyler Rausa
"We've got Tyler Rausa, Sean Wale (likely starting punter), Dan Goodale and walk-on Blake Gonzalez. It doesn't really help to compare past stats with these guys—they can all kick, but the guy who can do it with the most consistency is going to land the job. Goodale is obviously the most experienced of the group but competition should be wide open come Fall Camp and Rausa has as good a chance as any to get the primary kicking duties. There is a chance the Broncos utilize one guy for kickoffs, one for field goals, one for PATs etc...and maybe all of these guys get a chance to show their worth." - One Bronco Nation Under God

April 8, 2014 - Junior Days
"The coaching staff didn’t give the kickers a lot of work during Saturday’s scrimmage.  But they were challenged nonetheless.  Instead of placing the ball on the three-yard line after touchdowns, coaches backed the kickers up.  Working against a gusty wind, senior Dan Goodale booted extra points of 35 and 40 yards, and sophomore backup Tyler Rausa also kicked one from 35 yards out.  Sophomore Sean Wale got the call during punting sessions, and his kicks had consistent hang time."- KTVB

Monday, March 30, 2015

Houston Cougars Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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March 28, 2015 - first spring scrimmage
Punts: Logan Piper 4-37.8, Ty Cummings 4-24.0 
Field Goals: Kyle Bullard 3-4 (20, 37, 44), Ty Cummings (2-2 (20, 37)
- Cougars

February 13, 2015 - punter/kicker Blake Boyles commits as preferred walk-on
Boyles recently committed to playing football at the University of Houston after a successful high school kicking career. Boyles grew up playing soccer and was quite the goalkeeper but after a series of injuries Boyles knew football was the way to go.... Boyles is considered a preferred walk-on. A walk-on does not have a scholarship but is on the 105-man roster. He will then have a chance to compete for the starting job and in Boyles’ case he will be competing against two seniors. As a freshman, Boyles will be competing for the punting job but would eventually like to be the place-kicker as well." - Sand Springs Leader

September 16, 2014 - assessing punting & holding
"You can imagine the reaction from coach Tony Levine when he watched the Cougars' special-teams breakdowns - in blocking, coverage and missed kicking opportunities - in last week's 33-25 loss at No. 25 BYU. The second quarter alone was a nightmare for the Cougars. Kicker Kyle Bullard missed two extra-point attempts and had a 39-yard field goal blocked, the result of a bad hold.... Levine said personnel changes are likely forthcoming this week in anticipation of Saturday's final non-conference game against UNLV. The changes could include blockers in the return game and competition at punter and holder. UH entered the season planning to use two punters, but Dylan Seibert, a transfer from Oklahoma, has seen a majority of the duties and also has served as holder. That could open the door for the Cougars' other punter, Logan Piper, to handle holds on field goals and extra points. 'It's something we took a hard look at Sunday night,' Levine said." - Houston Chronicle

August 27, 2014 - summer specialists
"Competing for Kicker, Ty Cummings: A true freshman last season, Levine said Cummings had as good a spring as anyone on the team. His experience consisted of handling the occasional kickoff. Kyle Bullard: A junior who took over some kicking duties against USF, he finished last season 6-6 on field goals with his longest being a 46-yarder against Louisville. Bullard was also the sixth leading scorer on the team with 38 points.
Competing for Punter, Logan Piper: A junior and a  former pitcher for the UH baseball team, Piper saw no action last year while serving as Leone’s backup and has been in the program for three years, something that will please Levine’s love for experienced players. Dylan Siebert: Another junior and a transfer from the University of Oklahoma, he served as the starting holder last year, with no bad holds to his record.
Long Snapper: Junior Nolan Frese returns as the top part of the special teams triangle. He had no botched snaps during the 2013 season." - U Wire

August 21, 2014 - punting competition
"Coach Tony Levine is still deciding between Logan Piper and Dylan Seibert as the successor to punter Richie Leone, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent." - USA Today

August 3, 2014 - long snapper Nick Wildberger commits
Class of 2015 from Converse, TX (Judson High School) 
- Profile

April 28, 2014 - kicker Kyle Bullard lands scholarship
"Coach Tony Levine had a surprise for walk-on kicker Kyle Bullard earlier this month. Levine asked for a meeting with Bullard, a junior from Boerne, and his mother, Lynn, in his office. All the while, Levine was secretly recording the meeting with four hidden cameras. As Levine begins to discuss scholarship limits, Bullard is visibly nervous. 'I see you going on scholarship very, very soon,' Levine said. 'Really, when I say very, very soon, I mean right now'.” -  Houston Chronicle

March 29, 2014 - spring scrimmage
"On the special teams side, sophomore kicker Ty Cummings nailed a 22-yard field goal and was perfect on both of his PAT attempts. Junior Kyle Bullard also nailed both of his PAT attempts in the scrimmage." - Sugar Land Sun

March 22, 2014 - first spring scrimmage
"With Richie Leone graduating from Houston, the punt position is up for grabs for the first time in four years and junior Dylan Seibert put his best foot forward Saturday with four punts for an average of 47.0 yards." - Cougars

Indonesia Men's National Soccer Team News

March 30, 2015 - Raphael Maitimo & Cristian Gonzales score in 2-1 win over Myanmar
"Hasil pertandingan persahabatan Timnas Indonesia versus Myanmar Senin 30 Maret 2015, skor 2-1. Gol bagi Indonesia dicetak oleh Raphael Maitmo pada menit ke 60 & Cristian Gonzales menit ke 74.... Puncaknya pada menit ke 60 Raphael Maitimo berhasil merobek jala Myanmar. Berawal dari pergerakan Hasyim Kipuw di sisi kiri pertahanan Myanmar, bola berhasil dikirim ke mulut gawang Myanmar. Zulham Zamrun yang menyambut umpan Kipuw, bola sepakannya justru memantul ke kaki Raphael Maitimo sebelum akhirnya menyentuh kaki pemain Myanmar dan masuk ke dalam gawang. Skor Indonesia vs Myanmar 1-0. Menit ke 74 giliran Cristian Gonzales yang unjuk gigi. Memanfaatkan kesalahan pemain belakang Myanmar dalam menghalau bola di kotak penalti, Gonzlaes sukses memanfaatkan peluang untuk merobek jala Myanmar. Skor Indonesia vs Myanmar 2-0." - Aktual Post

November 28, 2014 - Rizki Ramdani scores brace in win over Laos
Despite trouncing Laos 5-1 on Friday, November 28, Indonesia made an early exit from the AFF Suzuki Cup for the second tournament in a row. Evan Dimas, who was playing his first international match for the national team, and Rizki Ramdani gave the Merah Putih an early two-goal lead at Hang Day Stadium, but Supardi Nasir Bujang was sent off for a foul on Vilayout Sayyabounsou just before the half-hour and Khampheng Sayavutth converted the resulting penalty to make it 2-1 at the interval. Despite the man disadvantage, Indonesia pulled away in the second half with Rizki Ramdani netting his second of the game in the 50th minute and Zulham Malik Zamrun scoring in the 82nd minute before a late own goal by Laos captain Ketsada Souksavanh completed the rout." - Rappler

September 25, 2014 - Raphael Maitimo scores in 1-0 win over Cambodia
"The game's only goal came from a penalty, conceded by Ros Samoeun, which left the players debating the award with the Malaysian referee, to no avail. Dutch-born Raphael Maitimo converted the spot-kick past Sou Yaty moments before the half-time whistle. Indonesia were wayward with most of their first-half chances though Prak Mony Udom went closest when he sent a shot across the face of the goal on 22 minutes." - Kingdom of Football

September 14, 2014 - Samsul Arif scores in 2-0 win over Malaysia
"Indonesia found their goal nonetheless in the minute, and it was not even scored by one of their players. Rizky Ripora sent in a low cross from the left, which was sliced by defender Muslim Ahmad's miscued clearance into his own net. Just minutes earlier, Muslim had been booked for a foul. Ten minutes from time, as Malaysia were running out of ideas, Samsul Arif almost added Indonesia's second through his header following a freekick. Although Azizon hesitated in dealing with the kick, his frame was at the right spot to block the header, even if it was not intentional. Two minutes from the end of regulation time, a cross from the left by Toni Sucipto following his run was headed in by an unmarked Samsul." - Goal

Bermuda Men's National Soccer Team News

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March 29, 2015 - Nakhi Wells scores brace in win over Bahamas
"Bermuda beat the Bahamas 3-0 in the second leg of their 2018 World Cup first-round qualifier at the National Sports Centre yesterday, with England-based striker Nakhi Wells grabbing a brace. Bermuda won the tie 8-0 on aggregate after claiming a 5-0 victory in the first leg in Nassau last Wednesday. The scores were locked nil-all at the break but front-man Wells, who missed a 44th minute penalty when his shot hit the crossbar, scored twice after the break – in the 78th and 88th minutes. Tyrell Burgess was also on target after 80 minutes, as the hosts ran out comfortable winners." - Guyana Chronicle

March 25, 2015 - Justin Donawa scores brace in win over Bahamas
"Bermuda made an impressive start to their World Cup campaign with a 5-0 win over the Bahamas this evening, with goals from Dante Leverock, Nahki Wells, Zeiko Lewis and two from Justin Donawa. Dante Leverock opened the scoring for Bermuda in the first few minutes, and then Nahki Wells converted a penalty in the 14th minute after Zeiko Lewis was brought down. Lewis then stepped up and scored a goal in the 29th minute to take Bermuda’s lead to 3-0. Bahamas then went down to 10 men after Happy Hall received a red card, and Bermuda went into the half time break with a 3-0 lead. Bermuda then continued their dominance in the second half, with Justin Donawa firing in a goal in the 57th minute, and following that up with his second in the 70th minute to put Bermuda up 5-0." - Bernews

March 8, 2015 - Antwan Russell & Casey Castle score in win over Grenada
"Following their 2-2 draw with Grenada on Friday evening, the Bermuda men’s football team defeated Grenada 2-0 at the National Sports Center this afternoon. Bermuda took the lead early in the first half when a cross from Zeiko Lewis was headed in by Antwan Russell giving Bermuda the 1 – 0 lead.... The two teams played out the second half with Bermuda maintaining the 1-0 lead, and in stoppage time Bermuda doubled the lead when Casey Castle tapped in from close range after Simons used his pace and blew pass his marker, earning a 2-0 victory." - Bernews

Kenya Men's National Soccer Team News

March 29, 2015 - Collins Shivachi & Vincent Odongo score in win over Seychelles
"Bobby Williamson recorded his first victory as Harambee Stars head coach as the national team beat Seychelles 2-0 at the Linite Stadium in the island’s capital of Victoria. Sofapaka defender Collins Shivachi and youngster Vincent Odongo accounted for the two goals for a result that will boost the team’s morale ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games qualifying match against Botswana next month." - Nairobi News

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Romania Men's National Soccer Team News

March 29, 2015 - Claudiu Keseru scores in win over Faroe Islands
Romania continued their impressive run but were well short of their scintillating best as a Claudiu Keseru goal earned them a laboured 1-0 victory over Group F underdogs Faroe Islands in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Ploiesti on Sunday....  Faroe Islands keeper Gunnar Nielsen was beaten in the 21st minute when Alexandru Maxim's deflected free-kick hit the post and Keseru reacted quickly to slam home the rebound -- his fourth goal in as many internationals." - Eurosport

November 18, 2014 - Claudio Keseru scores brace in win over Denmark
"Claudio Keseru grabbed two superb second-half goals to earn Romania a comfortable 2-0 win over Denmark in a friendly at the National Arena on Tuesday. After a tight first half the home side exploded into life when Keseru showed excellent technique to control substitute Alexandru Chipchiu's precise pass and round keeper Stephan Andersen to score in the 53rd minute. The striker took his tally to 22 goals in all competitions this season when he gave Andersen no chance with a thunderous shot from 20 metres six minutes later." - Daily Mail

November 14, 2014 - Paul Papp scores brace in win over Northern Ireland
"A second-half brace from Paul Papp gave Romania a well-deserved 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland in their Euro 2016 Group F qualifier in Bucharest.... As the second half wore on, Romania continued to have the better of possession, and their advantage finally told in the 74th minute when a cross from the left-hand side found Paul Papp, who powered the ball into the top corner from 10 yards out. Just five minutes later, Romania doubled their advantage as Papp picked up his second, sneaking his way through the defence to head a back post cross in from close range." - Yahoo

October 14, 2014 - Bogdan Stancu scores brace in win over Finland
"Finland 0-2 Romania: Bogdan Stancu hit both goals for the visitors who secured the three points in Helsinki to move above the hosts into second in Group F.... The vistitors came out strongly after the restart and the game swung decisively their way within two minutes. In the 54th, Stancu took off to meet Lucian Sânmărtean's corner and planted a powerful header into the net to break the deadlock, before Alexander Ring picked up his second yellow moments after to reduce Finland to ten men....  Mixu Paatelainen threw on forwards Joel Pohjanpalo and Eero Markkanen in search of an equaliser but numbers told in the end and Romania added a second with seven minutes to go. Rolled across to the forward 20 metres from goal, Stancu met the ball with a precision side-footed effort which he stroked into the bottom corner in classy style to seal the points and leave his side two off pacesetters Northern Ireland." - UEFA 

September 7, 2014 - Ciprian Marica scores in win over Greece
"Romania edged out Greece in their opening Group F encounter thanks to a penalty from captain Ciprian Marica this evening. Marica put his side ahead on ten minutes when he confidently sent Orestis Karnezis the wrong way from the spot after Alexandru Chipciuon was tripped in the box. However Marica went from hero to villain as he was sent off for a second bookable offence just eight minutes into the second half. The game, which was a repeat of last summer’s World Cup playoff which was won by Greece, was played behind closed doors as punishment for previous crowd disturbances at Greece’s fixtures." - Greek Reporter

South Florida Bulls Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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March 28, 2015 - spring game
"The White Team would go on to grab a 3-0 lead on a 31-yard field goal from Michael Hill (Tarpon Springs) with 11:51 remaining in the first quarter.... Hill would go on to connect on all three of his field goal attempts while Emilio Nadelman (Miami) was two-for-two hitting from 32 and 44 yards." - Bulls

March 13, 2015 - spring specialists
"First-team all-conference punter Mattias Ciabatti is back for his senior year after breaking program records and redshirt sophomore Emilio Nadelman finally gets his shot at placekicker after picking up pointers from All-American Marvin Kloss. 'They’re doing a nice job,' special teams coordinator Stu Holt said after Friday’s spring practice. 'They’ve been around for a while and it’s nice. We’ve got a couple guys that have taken a lot of reps.' Ciabatti has been a major weapon for the Bulls the past two seasons and the Tampa native proved to be one of the best in the nation in 2014. The former Hillsborough High School standout ranked 10th among all FBS punters with an average of 44.4 yards on 65 attempts, which set a single-season USF record and led the American Athletic Conference.... Nadelman is working toward becoming consistent at putting the ball through the uprights from anywhere on the field and he has not shortage of leg strength. Nadelman saw action in one game last season and kicked off three times for an average of 65.3 yards against Western Carolina." - Bulls

February 4, 2014 - punter Jack Spicer signs as preferred walk-on
"Spicer, an Ohio native until his family moved to Southwest Florida four years ago, joins a Bulls team that has two punters on its roster, including Fort Myers grad Eric Briggs and American Athletic Conference first-teamer Mattias Ciabatti. The Estero senior was offered a preferred walk-on position with USF following a kicking camp he attended over the summer. 'That will be really good to learn under him,' Spicer said of Ciabatti. While Spicer said he is a preferred walk-on entering the program, he said there will be an opportunity to earn a scholarship as he plays. If he eventually earns a starting spot with the Bulls, he said, he would most likely earn a scholarship." - News-Press

July 3, 2014 - punter Mattias Ciabatti
"The starting job is Mattias Ciabatti's to lose. Special teams coordinator Stu Holt praised Ciabatti's technique, and his improvement during last season. Redshirt freshman Emilio Nadelman was impressive during the spring, and punted in high school, so the Bulls have options." - Voodoo five

March 21, 2014 - spring kickers update
"Placekicker Marvin Kloss returns for his senior year after becoming one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award. The Cape Coral, Fla., native led the nation with 11 made field goals of 40 yards or more and four kicks from 50 yards or more, but that doesn’t mean he’s secured a starting job just yet for 2014. 'Let’s not kid ourselves, Marvin is talented, but at the same time he’s just like anybody else. He’s got to get back into the groove and get to where he’s comfortable again,' Holt said. Kloss started spring ball with a tweaked back, which gave redshirt freshman Emilio Nadelman an opportunity to show what he can do in meaningful situations. 'Right now I couldn’t tell you who would start,' said punter Mattias Ciabatti, who also serves as the team’s holder on kicks....Nadelman racked up 102 of his 307 career points at Miami Central during his senior year and earned Class 6A first-team all-state honors from The Associated Press. Coaches, and even Kloss, have been impressed with Nadelman’s ability to step up and connect this spring." - USF Bulls

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Azerbaijan Men's National Soccer Team News

March 28, 2015 - Cavid Hüseynov & Dmitri Nazarov score in 2-0 win over Malta
"Azerbaijan picked up their first points in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group H, Cavid Hüseynov and Dmitri Nazarov doing the damage against Malta in Baku.... Namik Alaskarov put in a fine cross from the touchline, inviting Hüseynov to glance a header across Andrew Hogg and into the net for Azerbaijan's opener, the 27-year-old's unbridled celebrations a measure of his excitement at scoring his first competitive goal.... Stephen Pisani had a deflected shot claimed by Agayev, and a Ryan Fenech corner smacked into the near post, before Nazarov bent in a fine added-time strike from the edge of the box to confirm the win." - UEFA

Valdosta State Blazers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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March 26, 2015 - long snapper Patrick Rhew signs
"Rhew wasn’t expecting a move south to come out of that meeting. In fact, he had been convinced he’d end up at LaGrange College alongside Slade, who will compete for a spot as a quarterback, because the school was offering Rhew a starting spot on its Division III team. He also fielded an offer from the University of West Georgia. But when Valdosta State, a Division II program that has celebrated two National Championships under Head Coach David Dean, came knocking with an opportunity to earn a spot on the team and also get the chance to take snaps as a starter, Rhew couldn’t say no. It will not be easy for Rhew to beat out the Blazers’ starting long snapper, but if he does, he’ll earn more scholarship money." - Henry Daily Herald

February 4, 2015 - kicker Andrew Gray & long snapper Austin Manglesdorf sign
"Andrew Gray (Johns Creek, Ga. / Chattahoochee HS): Starred for head coach Vince Strine and a Bulldogs team that went 3-7 in 2014 ... Was 6-of-9 on field goal attempts, including a long of 45 yards ... Made 19-of-20 extra point attempts ... Also punted 33 times for an average of 36.7 yards per punt ... Was named to the Georgia Class AAAAAA All-Region team ... Also lettered in soccer for four years.
Austin Manglesdorf (Tifton, Ga. / Tift County HS): A standout for head coach John Reid ... Led the Blue Devils to a 7-4 record and a spot in the Georgia AAAAAA state playoffs." - Blazers

November 29, 2014 - Anthony Pistelli kicks game winner over Lenoir-Rhyne
"The Valdosta State Football Team (10-2) took advantage of five turnovers to upset No. 3 Lenoir-Rhyne (11-1), 23-21, Saturday in the Second Round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs at Moretz Stadium.... The Blazers’ placekicker – Anthony Pistelli (Thomasville, Ga.) – also kicked three field goals including the game-winner from 45 yards out for a 16-14 advantage with 12:15 left." - Bears

November 22, 2014 - Anthony Pistelli kicks four field goals, including game winner over North Alabama
"Valdosta State established a new school record for rushing yardage and Anthony Pistelli kicked four field goals as the Blazers defeated North Alabama 33-31 in the first round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs Saturday afternoon at Braly Stadium.... Wingo's third touchdown pass of the game put UNA back in front by four points before Pistelli kicked a career-best 52-yard field goal on the second play of the fourth quarter to pull VSU back to within a point. Taylor Pontius scored UNA's final points on a 27-yard field with 12:31 to go in the game while Pistelli added kicks of 32 and 18 yards to give the Blazers the victory." - Blazers

August 31, 2014 - QB Jake Medlock the likely punter
"The starting quarterback job is still up in the air at Valdosta State. But one week prior to the season opener against Albany State, senior Jake Medlock is slated to be a Blazer starter regardless of how his competition with Kaleb Nobles goes. In VSU’s final scrimmage of fall camp at the VSU practice fields Saturday morning, Medlock showed off the leg that has him currently slotted as the Blazers’ starting punter. 'I did that last year at FIU too,' he said after booting three punts during the scrimmage that pitted the Blazers fixing to take on Albany State next Saturday against the scout team. 'They knew when I came in that I had punted at FIU. My longest one last year was like 72 or 73, so they knew I could punt. But they didn’t really know until I came in one day and messing around and launched one to the other end. And they told me I was punting.' The former quarterback/punter at Florida International averaged 40 yards per kick Saturday with a long of 42 on his final punt and a 40-yarder that was downed at the 2. 'Yeah, right now he would be our starter,' VSU coach David Dean said. 'That’s not something I necessarily like, and we have a couple other guys that maybe will step up and take that job, but right now he’s our best guy'.” - Valdosta Daily Times

Friday, March 27, 2015

Washington Huskies Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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March 26, 2015 - spring specialists
"P Korey Durkee, sr., PK Cameron Van Winkle, jr., PK Mitch Johnson, jr., P/PK Tristan Vizcaino, so., LS Ryan Masel, sr., LS Luke Hutchison, so.
Outlook: A solid, veteran group here. Van Winkle was excellent in his first season as the placekicker, converting 20 of 24 field-goal attempts with a long of 51 yards. Durkee was solid in his transformation as a mostly rugby-style kicker, and Vizcaino handled most of the kickoffs. Expect Vizcaino to push both of the incumbents through fall camp." - Seattle Times

February 4, 2015 - long snapper A.J. Carty signs
"Santa Ana, Calif. (Servite) - PrepStar All-Region selection ... played two seasons on the varsity as an offensive lineman, but was better known as a long snapper prospect ... listed as a five-star recruit and the No. 3 long snapper in the nation by Rubio Long Snapping ... was the top performer at the Rubio Long Snapping Fall Camp in 2014 ... one of three finalists for the 2014 Chris Rubio Award, given to the nation’s top high school long snapper ... rated the No. 6 long snapper in America by ESPN." - Huskies

November 26, 2014 - kicker Cameron Van Winkle
"Chris Petersen is probably joking when he says Cameron Van Winkle, the Washington Huskies’ sophomore kicker, plays a part in UW’s red-zone struggles. Van Winkle has made 19 of his 22 field-goal attempts this season, and leads all Pac-12 Conference kickers in field goals-made percentage at 86.4. His consistency makes him a valuable option in the red zone, where the Huskies have converted just 21 of their 41 chances into touchdowns. Van Winkle is 15 for 17 on field-goal tries in the red zone. 'You might have just hit on some of our red-zone problems — we don’t go for it enough because we feel confident with Cam,' Petersen said with a smile. 'He’s done a great job'." - The News Tribune
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October 22, 2014 - punter Korey Durkee
"Durkee is averaging 42 yards a punt this year for the Huskies, up from his 36.9 mark as a freshman. 'Consistency is something I worked on in the offseason,' Durkee said. 'With the strength staff, getting my legs strong, and having a nice and smooth swing.' The most important aspect of punting is leg speed, combined with proper technique, Durkee said. His work in the weight room has paid off this season. Durkee’s breakout game came against the Stanford Cardinal, in which he punted seven times for a 51.7-yard average, the seventh-best single game average in UW history. He had a long punt of 65 yards." - Peninsula Gateway

August 27, 2014 - kicker Cameron Van Winkle
"If that trend of successful kickers is to continue, it will be riding on the right leg of Cameron Van Winkle. A sophomore from Fall City, Wash., Van Winkle emerged from a three-way battle with Mitch Johnson and Tristan Vizcaino, and he will get the first field goal attempt of the season as a result. Van Winkle said that the competition had a major impact for him over the course of the fall. 'It’s a good competition,' Van Winkle said. 'When you have competition, you just grow and become better and better and better. If I would have been just by myself, I wouldn’t have anyone pushing me, which is finally nice in college, to have someone pushing myself, which I didn’t have in high school'.... While Van Winkle will be the Huskies’ main field goal kicker, at least at the beginning of the season, the UW coaching staff will not be as reliant on him as the last staff was on Travis Coons. Van Winkle will likely take the majority of kickoffs as well as field goals, but Tristan Vizcaino will occasionally spell him on kickoffs, and Korey Durkee looks to have won the punting job heading into Saturday’s opener in Hawaii." - The Daily

August 20, 2014 - Cameron Van Winkle & Korey Durkee
"As it stands now, sophomore Cameron Van Winkle has a strong hold on the place-kicking job, and will kick off some, too. UW’s ideal scenario, special-teams coordinator Jeff Choate said, would be to have freshman Tristan Vizcaino help handle kickoffs, especially in high-scoring games. And junior Korey Durkee has punted the ball well enough throughout fall camp to lay claim to that position, with Vizcaino providing competition behind him. 'For us to be able to take a little bit off the plate of each one of those guys and let them focus on their specialty, I think that’s going to be beneficial for us this season,' Choate said.... Van Winkle was able to practice in spring, though coaches took it easy on him to ensure a full recovery. Then he emerged during training camp as the Huskies’ best field-goal kicker. 'He’s been very consistent, especially over the last week, week and a half of practice, coming off the back (injury),' Choate said. 'He’s had really no issues with that at all'.... Durkee hasn’t punted since his freshman season in 2012, but his leg strength shouldn’t be an issue; he boomed a kick during last week’s open scrimmage that he estimated traveled 75 yards in the air. Petersen’s teams have often implemented unique punting methods, such as rugby-style kicks on the move, and that’s something Durkee said he began working on last season. And he said he’s starting to develop a good on-field rapport with Van Winkle as the team’s holder for field goals and PATs. Durkee did that last year, too." - Bellingham Herald
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August 9, 2014 - specialist competitions
"Three players appear to be vying for place-kicking duties. The only player fans are likely to recognize by name is sophomore Cameron Van Winkle of Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. He was pretty highly-touted as a recruit (as far as kickers go, anyway) and many expected him to push Coons last season in a camp competition that never appeared particularly close. Mitch Johnson is a sophomore from Bellevue who recently transferred over from UCLA. To be honest, I don't know much about his kicking. I do know that starting UCLA kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn is believed to have NFL potential, so Johnson could be a talented kicker who didn't have a realistic shot at earning a starting role with the Bruins. He could also be a fringe player. Finally, Tristan Vizcaino is a freshman listed at both place-kicker and punter. He was also a high-profile recruit; Scout named him the top specialist in California for his class....  When Korey Durkee punted as a freshman in 2012, he averaged 36.9 yards per punt. He's had two years to improve, but the fact that he couldn't edge out Coons last year was discouraging. The only other player listed as a punter on the roster is Tristan Vizcaino, the aforementioned freshman who is also competing as a place-kicker." - UW Dawg Pound

July 30, 2014 - summer specialists
"Kickoff, place kicking, and punting duties will all be up for grabs come fall camp with the departure of do-it-all kicking specialist Travis Coons. Cameron Van Winkle looks to be the favorite for kickoff duties, having handled it through the first five games of the season before injuring himself. Van Winkle will have some competition for the role of place kicker with the addition of highly touted incoming freshman Tristan Vizcaino. Vizcaino also comes in as an established punter and will contend for punting duties with junior Korey Durkee. Durkee has experience at the position, getting reps as a freshman against San Diego State and LSU before relinquishing the duties to Coons." - isportsweb

June 28, 2014 - long snapper AJ Carty commits
"AJ Carty, a long snapper from Servite High in Anaheim, Calif., announced today on Twitter his verbal commitment to Washington. Carty, listed at 6 feet 3, 235 pounds, is rated by Chris Rubio Long Snapping as a five-star recruit and the No. 3 overall long snapper for the Class of 2015." - Seattle Times

April 18, 2014 - spring specialists
"Cameron Van Winkle, coming off back surgery, has been steady in his return. On Thursday night, he made all of his field-goal attempts: from 30, 34, 33 and 37 yards. … Mitch Johnson, a Bellevue High product, transferred from UCLA to start the spring term. … Punting drills have been limited, but Korey Durkee has been just fine when given opportunities. At Boise State, Chris Petersen said he did some unusual things in the punting game – rugby style, namely – and that will likely continue here. Tristan Vizcaino (6-2, 195), a kicker and punter from Chino Hills, Calif., signed with UW in February." - Seattle Times

Draft Preview: Niklas Sade

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is North Carolina State's Niklas Sade. He ranks in the top ten in several of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Sade's profile page on the Wolfpacks' website:

2014 Senior Season
  • 74 KO, 63.6 avg, 47 touchbacks
  • East-West Shrine Game: kicked a 51 yard field goal
2013 Junior Season
  • Earned the team's Governor's Award - given to the MVP
  • semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award
  • Posted the second-highest single-season field goal total in school history (19)
  • Named the ACC Specialist of the Week for the Richmond game after kicking the game winning field goal (48 yards)
  • Kicked a career-best four FGs in the win over La Tech - he outscored the entire Bulldog squad, 16-14. Also had four vs. UNC.
  • Named a Lou Groza `Star of the Week' for his performance in the opener
2012 Sophomore Season
  • Hit the game-winning field goal, a 43-yarder, in the victory at Maryland - Named the ACC Specialist of the Week for that performance
  • Nailed a 50-yard field goal in the loss to Miami - a career long
  • Had hit 60 consecutive PATs before missing one at Miami, the third-longest streak in school history
2011 Freshman Season
  • One of just six true freshmen to start at placekicker nationally
  • Scored 13 points in the win over No. 7 Clemson, hitting all four of his PAT attempts and all three of his field goal tries
  • Was 8-for-8 on point-after kicks in the win over Maryland, that mark for PATs tied as the single-game school record.
High School
  • Competed at the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl
  • An all-conference performer as a junior
  • Three-year starter on the varsity squad for coach Jason Dinwiddie
  • Named Cap 8 Conference Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior 
  • Career Stats: 83-85 on extra point, 13-17 on field goals
  • No. 3 kicker nationally by

College Stats:
2014: 12 of 17 (70.6%) FGs; 46 of 48 PATs; 82 points
2013: 19 of 23 (82.6%) FGs; 31 of 31 PATs; 88 points
2012: 13 of 23 (56.5%) FGs; 44 of 46 PATs; 83 points
2011: 11 of 16 (68.8%) FGs; 46 of 48 PATs; 79 points

Back in January, Sade discussed his experience of playing in the annual East-West Shrine Game:
"It was a good experience. We visited the children’s hospital, which was a unique experience that was pretty awesome. Besides that, getting to go out there and competing with guys from other colleges was pretty neat. Talking to scouts every day and getting your face out there was a great experience."

Northwestern Red Raiders Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

March 26, 2015 - kicker Justin Kamstra signs
"Kamstra is a 5’10” place kicker who played two years for Western Christian High School. Kamstra earned all-conference and all-district honors after converting 57-of-59 extra points and 8-of-11 field goal attempts the last two years. He helped lead the Wolfpack to the state playoffs the last two years... 'Justin is a very good kicker who is passionate about being the best he can possibly be,' commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. 'We are excited about his strong leg and his competitiveness'." - KIWA

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BYU Cougars Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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March 25, 2015 - spring specialists
"During spring practices, which conclude next week, special teams coordinator Kelly Poppinga has been auditioning a few punting candidates, including Corey Edwards, Moose Bingham, Chasen Brown and Taylor Parker. 'Who are we not looking at? There are four or five guys,' Poppinga said. 'Corey Edwards came in as a kicker and he’s competing for the kickoff job as well. Moose Bingham would be a guy. There are two or three walk-ons that we’ll look (at).' Poppinga added that there are 'surprises at that position that will be game-changing,' though he declined to elaborate. Coach Bronco Mendenhall hinted in similar fashion of something on the horizon regarding the punting job, without offering any clues. '(Those participating in spring ball) will be vying, and others will be vying,' Mendenhall said. 'How about that mystery and intrigue?' Some have speculated that perhaps the football program will do as it has done in the past and turn to the Cougars’ national powerhouse rugby program for assistance.... Meanwhile, BYU coaches feel good about returning place-kicker Trevor Samson, who hit 12 of 14 field goals and was 62 for 63 on PATs last season. 'Trevor will still be our kicker. He earned that. He went 12 for 14 last year in field goals,' Poppinga said. 'We’ll have another guy there for kickoff. It will be a competition for kickoff. Trevor is not a great kickoff guy. That’s not his specialty. He will be our field goal and PAT guy. He’ll have all the opportunity to show that he can do kickoff. It’s something he wants to do'." - Deseret News 

March 2, 2015 - long snapper Matt Foley signs
"Matt Foley, a long snapper out of Temecula Valley High School, has signed an offer of admission to BYU and will join the football program for the 2015 season. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound native of Temecula, California, is a three-year starter at Temecula Valley HIgh School, where he helped his team advance to the CIF playoffs. A three-time National Camp Series (NCS) camp champion, Foley also earned recognition for his long-snapping talents as one of 12 invitees to the exclusive Rubio Long Snapping Top 12 camp in 2014. In addition to earning three letters in football, Foley has lettered twice in wrestling and once in track and field during his prep career. " - Cougars

September 20, 2014 - punter Scott Arellano key in win over Virginia
"Arellano, a former walk-on, earned the media’s attention after playing a critical role in BYU’s 41-33 victory over Virginia. He averaged 55 yards on five kicks, dropped four punts inside the Cavaliers’ 20-yard line and helped turn the game in BYU’s favor in the third quarter with two bombs. 'I thought [he] really had a huge impact on the game,' said Bronco Mendenhall. '… I thought his performance was outstanding.' Asked if it was Arellano’s best game at BYU, the Cougar head coach took it a step farther. 'It might be one of the best performances by any punter since I’ve been here,' Mendenhall said. - Salt Lake Tribune

August 11, 2014 - kicking competition
"Vance Bingham is battling senior Trevor Samson and freshman Andrew Mikkelsen right now for the top position. 'Samson is one of the best kickers and then Andrew (Mikkelsen) came from Oregon State,' Bingham said. 'He was a greyshirt there and then decided to come to BYU. He has just been killing the ball. He's got a monster leg. I don't have a monster leg but I'm a little more accurate'.... BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall said after Saturday's scrimmage that there is still a lot of work to do on the kicking game. 'We attempted one long field goal which clearly had the leg (but sailed wide),' Mendenhall said. 'But it reflects our emphasis to this point which has been more offense/defense. (Friday) was the first day we put scheme work in. We've been only doing drill work.' He went on to say that punt-catching, protecting the punter and field goal accuracy were all behind right now. Mendenhall said the battle for the starting placekicking spot switches almost daily. 'We have three kickers and it has shifted at least two times to this point,' he said. 'Our design is to have for the next three weeks the volume of kicks to have a clear favorite by then'." - Daily Herald

June 25, 2014 - kicker Vance Bingham
"Bingham is competing to be the starting field goal kicker this season and has worked hard to be in that position. Even though he is in the midst of a competition for a starting position he still takes time to become a leader. 'I would say Moose has grown most as a leader among the specialists (punters, kickers, holders and snappers) and among his teammates,' coach Tidwell said. 'His focus to be our starting kicker has helped him improve his determination. I expect him to compete right down to game week or until we name our starter. I know he will compete'.” - BYU Universe

June 17, 2014 - kicker Skyler Southam commits
"BYU picked up their first commit of the 2016 class in kicker Skyler Southam. Junior Skyler Southam is a 6'1" 180 pound kicker for Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah. Southam is creating a name for himself as one of the best high school kickers out there. He has participated in the National Camp Series: Life Time Kicking Academy and impressed coaches at the camp.... Southam has long field goals of 55, 48, and 47 yards." - Vanquish the Foe

April 23, 2014 - spring specialists
"BYU coaches released their post-spring depth chart on Friday, and Vance "Moose" Bingham is listed as the starting kicker. He apparently edged out senior Trevor Samson, a transfer from Fresno (Calif.) City College who joined the program prior to the 2013 season, after a lengthy battle that wasn’t settled until the last day of spring camp. BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said the kickers were 'within one percentage point going into the grand kickoff finale' in which Bingham made a couple of 45-yard attempts and Samson missed his. Another kicker, Hurricane High product Corey Edwards, will join the competition this fall when he returns from a church mission. Edwards might be the Cougars’ kickoff specialist until his accuracy returns because he is believed to have a stronger leg than either Bingham or Samson.... But that’s not what is keeping Mendenhall awake at night. He’s more worried about replacing senior Kevin O’Mary, who performed flawlessly as BYU’s deep snapper last year. Parker Dawe, a sophomore offensive lineman from Pleasant Grove, is listed as the starting deep snapper out of camp, just ahead of linebacker Kevan Bills.... Foothill (Calif.) College transfer Scott Arellano returns for his senior season as the punter, so the Cougars are set there. He punted 80 times last year with a respectable 41.0 average, but had three blocked. Mendenhall said Arellano 'is performing at a higher level than a year ago'." - Salt lake Tribune

March 29, 2014 - scrimmage kicking
"The battle for starting kicking duties intensified Saturday with Trevor Samson drawing dead even with Moose Bingham. 'Statistically, Moose Bingham had a slight edge, but today it swung more to Trevor Samson in terms of accuracy,' coach Bronco Mendenhall explained. “So ... (they’re) about dead even with Samson having a stronger day today.' Overall Samson connected on 3 of 5 attempts Saturday, with Bingham going just 3 for 8. Austin Brasher had the best day statistically, booting through 5 of 6." - Deseret News