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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Minnesota–Crookston Eagles Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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April 30, 2015 - spring specialists
"Mike Maw (Jr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) has shown vast improvement at kicker, averaging 52.2 yards per kick with two touchbacks last year. As a field goal kicker, he was 7-of-10 with a long of 43 on the season, improving his range. Maw should have the kicker spot locked down, but will also have some push from Stephen Day (R-Fr., Eveleth, Minn.), who will also get the first look at the punter spot. 'We don’t do a lot of the team aspect with special teams in Spring ball,' Fritze said. 'Mike is a good kicker and we are fortunate to have him. He has worked very hard to improve. Stephen Day is a tremendous kid and hard worker and is working to be the guy at punter'." - Crookston Times

February 4, 2015 - long snapper Zach Greenberg signs
"Winnipeg, Manitoba, Grant Park H.S. - Named 2014 Special Teams Player of the Year for Grant Park H.S...WHSFL AAA Week 6 Defensive player of the Week...Was given 3.5 starts by Kohl's Kicking Camp as a long snapper...Has an average snap time of .80 seconds and was on target on 82/85 snaps last season...Attended Kohl's National Invitational Scholarship Camp and a two day training camp in Minneapolis...Coached in high school by former UMC assistant coach Doug Kovacs...Named Team Iron Man in 2012 as a sophomore." - Eagles

NFL Draft 2015 - Punter Rankings

The NFL Draft analyzers are feverishly preparing and updating their annual rankings of the draft prospects. Not all of them bother to rank the specialists, but a few do. We've compiled several of them to see what the prognosticators think of this year's punter class. Previously, we did the same for kickers and long snappers.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NFL Draft 2015 - Kicker Rankings

The NFL Draft analyzers are feverishly preparing and updating their annual rankings of the draft prospects. Not all of them bother to rank the specialists, but a few do. We've compiled several of them to see what the prognosticators think of this year's kicker class. Also see: similar compilations for punters and long snappers.

NFL Draft 2015 - Long Snapper Rankings

The NFL Draft analyzers are feverishly preparing and updating their annual rankings of the draft prospects. Not all of them bother to rank the specialists, but a few do. We previously compiled several of them to see what the prognosticators think of this year's kicker class. Today we take a similar look at the long snappers. And yes, stayed tuned for the punters.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ball State Cardinals Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 28, 2015 - Alex Egan competing for kicking & punting jobs
"In the recent spring game, former Leo High School kicker Alex Egan made a strong case for playing time next season. Egan punted the ball three times for an average of over 44 yards per kick, as well as made all four of his extra point attempts. The redshirt sophomore is competing with redshirt junior Kyle Schmidt for the punting duties and redshirt sophomore Steve Drida and freshman Morgan Hagee for the kicking job." - News-Sentinel

January 5, 2014 - kicker/punter Morgan Hagee joins team
"Hagee graduated from Plainfield High School in Indiana after playing for Coach Brian Woodard.  He earned three letters for the Quakers and was named to the All-Mid-State Conference First Team and Academic All-Conference squad as a senior.  Hagee, a 5-11, 165-pound placekicker and punter, made 11-of-14 field goals with a long of 49 as a senior.  He connected on 25-of-26 extra point kicks and averaged 35.8 yards per punt in his final season.  In his career, Hagee made 16-of-21 field goals and 58-60 extra points while averaging 36.0 yards per punt.  He set the Plainfield school records for field goals in a game (3), field goals in a season (11) and field goals in a career (16).  Hagee was named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association Top-50 All-State Team plus was selected All-Hendricks County as a senior." - Ball State Sports

October 25, 2014 - Scott Secor kicks record five field goals in win over Akron
"The Ball State football team scored 29 unanswered points Saturday to overcome a 15-point second-quarter deficit on the way to a 35-21 victory over Akron. Scott Secor set a Scheumann Stadium record with five field goals and the Cardinals generated five turnovers for the second consecutive week.... Secor attempted seven field goals on the day, making five of them to set a career high and tie the Ball State single-game record. The senior who had four field goals and a game-winning 55-yarder last week at Central Michigan, became the first kicker in the country to reach 20 field goals this season." - WANE

October 18, 2014 - Scott Secor kicks 55 yard game winner over Central Michigan
"The kick knuckled through the cold October air, tumbling and twisting violently to the right before sliding through the lower right corner of the goalpost. Kelly Shorts Stadium went silent as Ball State kicker Scott Secor pumped his fist. He had nailed a 55-yard field goal with just 17 seconds left to give his team a 32-29 win against Central Michigan. It was an ugly, awkward line drive that couldn’t have looked more beautiful to the Ball State team that snapped a five-game losing streak. Even Secor was stunned it went through. 'I don’t know how that got through. Man, that was my luckiest kick ever,' he said to teammate Jahwan Edwards after the game. 'I line-drived the st out of that thing.' The kick was a career-long for Secor, as Ball State had just enough offense and defense to pull out the victory." - Ball State Daily

August 19, 2014 - new holder
"A significant part of getting the kick to go through the uprights starts with the holder. Where the ball is placed on the ground and how the holder positions it can make or break a kick, Scott Secor said. Last season, his holder was usually former quarterback Keith Wenning. This season, backup quarterback Kyle Kamman is the scheduled holder. Secor said after working together all summer, chemistry developed between them, and now they are on the same page." - Ball State Daily

June 23, 2014 - kicker Morgan Hagee commits
"Plainfield High School senior-to-be Morgan Hagee said the coaching staff was the biggest reason he chose to commit to Ball State on Monday.... The 5-11, 165-pound Hagee also punts for Plainfield but was recruited as a field goal kicker, he said. Ball State was his first offer. Purdue was recruiting him but hadn't made an offer.... Hagee played in just the first two games last season after breaking the tibia in his leg in practice. 'I ended up making a strong recovery,' he said. As a sophomore, he hit five of seven field goals with a long of 42, a game-winner which beat Decatur Central. Hagee said he has kicked a 63-yard field goal in practice." - Indianapolis Star

April 26, 2014 - Kicker Scott Secor
"Kicker Scott Secor had some shaky moments early last year but settled in as a quality kicker and remains the kick off specialist as well." - Saturday Edge

April 19, 2014 - spring scrimmage
"Kicker Cody Dickson made field goals of 18, 37 and 28 yards, while freshman Steve Drida had his lone attempt blocked." - The Star Press

March 3, 2014 - Punter Kyle Schmidt
"Punter Kyle Schmidt (Chesterton), who came to Ball State as a preferred walk-on, has been granted a full scholarship. He earned it by averaging 40.9 yards with 15 of his 45 kicks inside the twenty. Schmidt’s season-best was a 62-yarder against Akron." - Post-Tribune

Monday, April 27, 2015

Augustana Vikings Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

March 30, 2015 - kicker/punter Lucas Wainman
"The Vikings return seven of nine All-NSIC selections from last season, including junior kicker/punter Lucas Wainman.... he earned All-NSIC South Division second team honors last season after finishing 12 of 19 (63.2 percent)on field goal attempts. Wainman hit 42 of 47 extra-point attempts and ranked fourth in the NSIC in kick scoring, averaging 7.1 points per game. He hit a season-long 52-yard field goal against Minnesota Crookston on Sept. 6 and was 7 of 8 on field goals between 30-39 yards. Wainman averaged 38.1 yards per punt, landing 17 inside the 20-yard line. He also averaged 59.5 yards per kickoff and tallied 29 touchbacks." - Vikings

Slippery Rock The Rock Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 22, 2015 - spring specialists
"All-PSAC kicker Mike Wainauskis enters the spring game as the projected starter for field goals and extra points, while kickoff specialist Tyler Matusak also returns. Ben Dipko was on the team last fall and returns for his junior year and Brett Renzi is hoping to make an impact after redshirting the spring. Men's soccer All-America candidate Stephen Donnelly is also on the spring roster.... Andrew Huska is expected to handle the punting duties again next year after coming to the team last fall on a transfer from Concord. Huska was the punter in every Rock game of the fall and has two years of eligibility left." - The Rock

Kickers Draft Review

With this year's NFL draft coming up, we take a quick look back at the last 25 years of kicker drafting. Looking over the results in the table below, the following factoids emerge:
  • On average, two kickers are drafted each year
  • A fraction of those are targeted as kickoff specialists rather than placekickers, such as Buehler, Smith, Kimball and Potter
  • Although listed under kickers, some end up doing more punting in the pros, such as Ernster, Dorsch, and Hentrich
  • "Day One" kickers are a rarity, with Janikowski, Kaeding, and Nugent being the most recent exceptions (of course that category is no longer relevant given the rescheduling of the draft scattered across prime time television evenings)
  • The most kickers drafted over the last twenty-five years is three apiece by Cincinnati, Detroit, Kansas City, New England, NY Giants, San Diego, and Seattle
  • Georgia leads the schools with four kickers each drafted

Punters Draft Review

Having previously reviewed the last 25 years of kicker drafting, we now turn our attention to punters. Using the same format (looking over the results in the table below), the following punter factoids surface:
  • On average, two punters are drafted each year
  • Some of the punters also end up handling kickoff duties, such as Morstead, McAfee and Bosher did recently
  • Although some served as backup/emergency placekickers, none became starters in that role
  • "Day One" punters are just as rare as kickers, with Colquitt, Sander, and Maynard being the most recent exceptions (as previously noted, that distinction is no longer be relevant given the rescheduling of the draft scattered across prime time television evenings)
  • The most punters drafted over the last twenty years is four each by Green Bay and St. Louis
  • Tennessee leads the schools with three punters drafted during that time frame

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Eastern Washington Eagles Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 25, 2015 - spring game
"Senior kicker Tyler McNannay, who made all 11 of his field goal attempts a year ago, converted field goals of 25 and 21 yards and had a 48-yarder blocked by Andre Lino." - KXLY

September 18, 2014 - punter Jake Miller
"Miller’s stock is pretty high these days. The senior from Central Valley is averaging 47.6 yards a kick and netting 42.1 yards, fourth-best in the Football Championship Subdivision. Two weeks ago, he was named the Big Sky Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. Already the Eagles’ leading career punter, he’s always looking for more – and sometimes a little less – when an Eagles drive stalls at midfield. During warmups before a game 'I always start with my regular kicks,' Miller explained. 'Then, when I’m a little more tired, I’ll get a good gauge of how I want to kick it close in. I’m always working on those things: hang time and placement. There’s not a stat for that, but it makes a difference'." - Spokesman-Review

August 4, 2014 - kicker Roldan Alcobendas
"Eastern Washington has some questions at kicker, but none bigger than the ones Roldan Alcobendas faced a year ago. Three months after signing with the Eagles early in 2013, the Camas High star injured an ACL – perhaps ending his college football dreams before they could begin. After all, Alcobendas was damaged goods. But here he is, the favorite to kick field goals and extra points for the Eagles this season. As if there was any doubt. 'Of course we were going to stay with him,' coach Beau Baldwin said of Alcobendas, a 6-foot, 175-pound redshirt freshman. 'I knew he would respond from that, and we’re confident in him.'
Nevertheless, the Eagles have three options at kicker, including senior punter Jake Miller from Spokane Valley and true freshman Jason Schwartz of Bellevue. At this point, Miller may handle kickoff duties, but Alcobendas has shown a consistency on short- to middle-range field goals that Baldwin prizes.... 'I’m going to go for it anyway from the 50 (yard-line) down to the 20,' Baldwin said Monday morning after the first of several kicking competitions scheduled for fall camp. 'I want a consistency when we’re kicking from 35 yards on in, because unless it’s right before halftime, it’s (a field-goal try) not going to happen anyway. That’s what I want, is that ability to make the ones we’re supposed to make,' said Baldwin, who appreciates Alcobendas’ ability to do just that." - Spokesman-Review

April 23, 2014 - long snapper Cory Alcantar
"On a blustery day last week, Eastern Washington long snapper Cory Alcantar was being carried away by his emotions. 'It’s been amazing, and I feel so blessed to be here – I feel like I won the lottery,' said Alcantar, who certainly beat the odds last summer in becoming the first junior college transfer in recent Eastern history. 'We really don’t recruit JCs, but we felt like he would compete right away,' Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin said. 'Ultimately he took it over and has run with it.' Alcantar has jumped with it too. On off days, he and punter Jake Miller routinely scale the fence at Roos Field, where Alcantar works on his spiral, and his placement." - Spokesman-Review

April 22, 2014 - spring specialists
"As redshirt freshman Roldan Alcobendas and walk-on Trevor Merritt were blasting the ball past the track at the south end of Roos Field, the coaches were sizing them up in what is shaping up to be one of the most interesting position battles on the roster. 'It’s going about as I expected,' said special teams coach Jeff Schmedding, who lost Kevin Miller to graduation. The heir apparent is Alcobendas, a 2013 recruit from Camas, Wash., who tore his ACL that same year in a high school soccer game. 'We’re very excited abour him, and from what we’re seeing, he’s doing a good job of rehabbing and should be close to 100 percent,' Schmedding said. Also in camp is Merritt, a redshirt sophomore from Renton, Wash. The Eagles didn’t sign any high school kickers this year, but are rumored to be looking at adding another kicker/punter this summer. Punter Jake Miller also is a possibility for kickoffs, and saw action at that position in Saturday’s scrimmage.... Junior college transfer Cory Alcantar, a 6-foor-4, 240-pounder from Yucaipa, Calif., is back for his second year as the snapper on punts and placekicks. 'He’s done a tremendous job for us,' Schmedding said." - Spokesman-Review

Utah Utes Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 25, 2015 - spring game
"Andy Phillips finished the game with two made field goals for the white team, with his longest a 53-yard attempt in the first half." - KSL

November 15, 2014 - punter Tom Hackett key in 20-17 win over Stanford
"Hackett was Utah’s special-teams star, with Andy Phillips not attempting any field goals and Kaelin Clay unable to make any big plays in the return game. Hackett punted nine times for a 44.7-yard average, which only begins to tell his story. Five of his punts forced Stanford to take possession inside its 10-yard line. The Cardinal never scored on any of those drives, despite some advancement, so Hackett clearly played a major role in the defense’s success." - Salt Lake Tribune

October 31, 2014 - punter Mitch Wishnowsky commits
"Wishnowsky, a 22-year-old freshman at Santa Barbara City College, plans to enroll at Utah in January 2016 and take over punting duties. Hailing from Perth in Western Australia, Wishnowsky said he committed to the U. last week after visiting with Tom Hackett and the coaching staff. 'Tom speaks highly of the coaches and the things they do on special teams,' Wishnowsky said. 'I like how Tom rolls out, and all the different sort of punts he gets to do. Being the No. 1 special teams in the nation, I hope Utah can stay that way when I come'.... Through seven games, SBCC is 6-1. Wishnowsky is averaging only 37.4 yards per punt, but he's placed 17 of his 34 punts within the 20 yard line." - Salt Lake Tribune

October 22, 2014 - punter Tom Hackett a weapon
"Hackett ranks second in the country in punting average, at 48 yards per game, but that isn’t the best measure of his impact. Hackett has punted 37 times this season; only nine of them have even been returnable — for a total of 23 yards, or 2.6 yards per return. The Utes lead the nation in net punting (45.2 yards), which measures the total yards a punt gains, including the return. Hackett has put 11 punts inside the 10-yard line this season, four inside the 5. " - Desert News

October 4, 2014 - Andy Phillips kicks game winner over UCLA
It’s hard to get more suspenseful than an Andy Phillips field goal with 34 seconds left, leading Utah to a 30-28 win over UCLA.... Phillips kicked three field goals, including the game-winner with 34 seconds left. Considering the Utes have never won more than four conference games in a year, it was a good time on Saturday to resort to summoning a curse from the netherworld. Or to simply try some things for good luck. Phillips, for one, wouldn’t be above a conjuring or two. 'I’m a little superstitious — starting the night before the game,' Phillips said this week. He and punter Hackett, who room together on the road, have their rituals. Phillips, for example, always makes sure he sleeps in the bed closest to the wall; Hackett hibernates nearest the window. Hackett also sleeps with a football — strange for a player who grew up in Australia and didn’t know the rules of football until a few years ago. Meanwhile, Phillips says that for the pregame meal, he always chooses red pasta over white. 'I just don’t trust the white,' he said this week. 'Sometimes it’s good, but I’m like, ‘Nope, can’t do that'." - Deseret News

August 20, 2014 - hurry-up
"At the end of practice, the special teams unit executed some hurry-up field goal drills. Place kicker Andy Phillips nailed a 46-yard field goal during the hurry-up segment. 'We were just working on a situation,' coach Kyle Whittingham said. 'You never want to rush your kicker unless the clock is a factor. Every once in a while, we'll send the field goal unit out simulating when we have no timeouts, the clock is running and it's fourth down so we can't spike the ball to stop it. That situation may very well come up this year so we have worked that drill probably six or seven times during fall camp'." - Block U

August 5, 2014 - summer specialists
"The kicking and punting game should be very good again this season. Returning sophomore kicker Andy Phillips will look to continue his stellar play from last season. Phillips is an All American candidate and one of the most reliable kickers in the country. The punting game will also boast an All American candidate in returning junior punter Tom Hackett. Hackett was first team All Pac 12 last season and is one of the best punters in the country. Sophomore Chase Dominguez will again handle all the snapping duties this season. Dominguez played very well as a true freshman last season." - Torn By Sports

April 15, 2014 - kicker Chayden Johnston commits
"The 6-foot junior gave a verbal commitment to Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham after Tuesday’s practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium. 'Utah has always been my No. 1 choice,' Johnston said. 'I figured, why wait?' Johnston spent Tuesday’s practice on the sideline with Utah's kicking corps, including ski-racer-turned-kicker Andy Phillips.... Johnston is a first-team all-state winner and one of the top rated prep kickers in the country. He said his longest field goal in a game is 51 yards, while his longest in practice is 68 yards.... Johnston was offered a scholarship after Utah’s Junior Day a couple of weeks ago. He plans to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints right after high school so he probably won’t get to play with Phillips, who is just finishing his freshman year at the U." - Deseret News

April 12, 2014 - second spring scrimmage kicking
"Kicker Andy Phillips was also pleased with how things went in the scrimmage. The sophomore, who made a 41-yard kick early in the gathering, did a backflip after making a 59-yard field goal. 'He drilled it. That was a heck of a kick,' Whittingham said. 'I’m not sure about the backflip after. Pretty impressive, but we don’t want much of that going on'.” - Deseret News

April 4, 2014 - kicker Andy Phillips goes long
"Andy Phillips made two field goals that exceeded his career long of 51 yards in Friday afternoon's spring scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The sophomore All-America candidate connected on kicks from 52 and 53 yards out. 'That was great to see. He’s in a groove right now,' said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. 'He works hard. He’s been very consistent all throughout spring and his leg is stronger this year'." - Deseret News

April 4, 2014 - coaching, kicking & golf
Once upon a time, Kyle Whittingham was a kicker. Or, he clarified, a 'hacker'. 'I was the best of the worst' at Provo High, said Utah’s head coach and special teams coordinator. Not easily confused with, say, Tom Dempsey, he estimates his range at 'about 12 yards'. ]A lot of fakes. A lot of going for it on fourth down'. And so when Whittingham coaches honorable mention All-Pac 12 kicker Andy Phillips, he often talks golf — where the onetime linebacker may actually have a leg up: Whittingham has gone nine against Phillips and beaten him by three strokes, although Phillips said it’s 'to be continued'. 'That’s probably where we’ve connected most,' Phillips said. 'Kicking’s a lot like golfing. Leg swing, golf swing, mentally — it’s crazy how much they overlap'."- The Salt Lake Tribune

March 27, 2014 - kicker Andy Phillips
"New Utah special teams coach Kyle Whittingham asked his kicker how far the offense needed to advance for a field goal. 'Coach, I’m good from 57.' Granted, it was indoors at Spence Eccles Field House and the Utes will be in the elements for all 12 regular season games in 2014, but sophomore Andy Phillips drilled a 52-yarder to end practice Thursday and 'he probably would have hit 57,' Whittingham said. In the honorable mention All-Pac 12 Phillips, Whittingham inherits a 'proven commodity' who, ironically, had never played in a football game until last August." - The Salt Lake Tribune

Kansas Jayhawks Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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April 25, 2015 - spring game
"The Blue squad attempted a 43-yard field goal which sophomore kicker, Ryan Weese missed. Several plays later, Weese would redeem himself by completing a 38-yard field goal attempt to give the Blue squad a 3-0 lead at the 4:38 mark which would hold heading to half time.... junior kicker Matthew Wyman drilled a 28-yard field goal, capping a surge of 17-straight points in the final quarter for the Blue team." - Jayhawks
February 16, 2015 - kicker Tre Honshtein commits
"Honshtein tweeted on Monday that he will join the University of Kansas’ football program.... Honshtein will be a walk-on with the Jayhawks. Honshtein said that he expects to be the team’s kickoff specialist at a true freshman, and he will compete with incumbent kicker Matthew Wyman for place-kicking duties. Honshtein kicked 17 field goals over the past two seasons, and he converted two 51-yard attempts. Honshtein did not miss any of the 113 extra points that he tried during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and he contributed 100 touchbacks on East View’s kickoff unit. Honshtein was an APSE first-team all-state honoree during his junior and senior seasons." - Statesman

September 13, 2014 - punter Trevor goes long, often in loss to Duke
"Senior punter Trevor Pardula drew praise after averaging 51.8 yards on eight punts. A 72-yard bomb that was downed inside the 5-yard line was his longest of the season." - Kansas City Star
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September 6, 2014 - Matthew Wyman back as starting kicker
"Just when it looked as if the Kansas University football team had turned to a new place kicker, sophomore Matthew Wyman, the hero of last season's Louisiana Tech victory, went trotting onto the field for the first field goal attempt of Saturday's 34-28 victory against Southeast Missouri State at Memorial Stadium. And he drilled a 43-yarder like he was expecting to be out there all along. In fact, Wyman was pretty sharp all night, finishing 2-for-4 on field goal attempts — one 49-yard try was blocked — and drilling all four extra-point tries. 'Wyman hit the ball pretty well all night,' said KU coach Charlie Weis of his kicker, who, just last Tuesday, appeared to have been beaten out for the job by freshman John Duvic. 'Forget about the one that got blocked because he didn't have a chance. But even the one he missed from 49 yards, he hit that one really solid.' So why Wyman instead of Duvic? 'When Duvic was named the starting kicker this week, it didn’t go too well,' Weis said. 'We’ll just leave it at that. I don’t think he was quite ready for me to say ‘You’re the guy'." - KU Sports

September 2, 2014 - John Duvic named starting kicker
"John Duvic will be the kicker, beating out Matthew Wyman. Said Wyman has the stronger leg, but Duvic was more accurate in practice and he preferred accuracy. " - Topeka Capital-Journal

August 16, 2014 - kicking competition
"Matthew Wyman and freshman John Duvic added another chapter to the place-kicker showdown that has been ongoing throughout camp, and Saturday’s round went to Duvic, who drilled six of the seven kicks he attempted during the field-goal portion of practice. His only miss came from 42 yards on the right hash. Meanwhile, Wyman, who said prior to Saturday’s practice that he had performed well during camp and felt much more confident and consistent, struggled, missing four straight field-goal attempts during the seven-kick stretch.Weis has said from the beginning of camp that the two were in a close battle for the No. 1 job." - Lawrence Journal-World

August 8, 2014 - kicking competition
"Incumbent Matthew Wyman will battle with incoming freshman John Duvic during the next few weeks. 'Now, he has a pro leg, so he has every ability to be a front-line field goal kicker,' coach Charlie Weis said of Wyman. 'His whole summer was spent on being more dependable and being more accurate. With John Duvic coming in, he’s going to have his work cut out, because the one thing is, he is accurate. Let’s see what he does when there’s 50,000 people in the stadium, though, too'.” - KU Sports

April 5, 2014 - kicker John Duvic preferred walk-on
" recently reported that John Duvic, a first-team all-state kicker from Benet Academy near Chicago, was planning to enroll at KU this fall and would join the football team as a preferred walk-on. During his senior season at Benet, Duvic, the son of former Northwestern kicker John Duvic, set the Illinois state record for most field goals made in a game (five) and enjoyed a two-week stretch when he made nine field goals, including a 50-yarder." - Lawrence Journal-World

Tennessee Volunteers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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April 25, 2015 - spring game
"Although he missed a 33-yard field goal, kicker Aaron Medley showed his leg strength by making a 55-yarder." - Gadsden Times

April 8, 2015 - punter Nathan Renfro transfers from Maryland
"One of Tennessee's positions of need this offseason was punter following the departure of Matt Darr. The Vols will get some help there with the arrival of former Brentwood Academy All-State punter Nathan Renfro. Brentwood Academy coach Cody White confirmed that Renfro, who spent the last four seasons at Maryland, will transfer to Tennessee for his final year of eligibility. Renfro averaged more than 41 yards per punt last season for Maryland. Tennessee signed another punter, high-school senior Tommy Townsend, in February." - Tennessean

February 4, 2015 - kicker Laszlo Toser, punter Tommy Townsend & long snapper Riley Lovingood sign
"Laszlo Toser, Ooltewah, Tenn., Ooltewah H.S. - 2014 TSSAA Kicker of the Year at Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards, Honored as 5A District and Regional Kicker and Punter of the Year, Ranked No. 1 kicker in the state of Tennessee by Kohl's Kicking' Kohl's All-American in 2014, Class 5A All-State selection as a senior in 2014, In 2014, made 15-of-20 field goals and 53-of-54 PATs as a senior
Kicked 72 of 79 kickoffs for touchbacks, Helped Owls to perfect 10-0 record in 2014 regular-season as a senior, As a junior in 2013, made 3-of-5 field goals and 48-of-50 PATs... Tommy Townsend, Orlando, Fla., Boone H.S. - Starred as a punter and also played safety for the Braves, Played in 2015 U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Rated No. 1 punter by Chris Sailer Kicking, Rated the No. 3 punter by KohlsKicking in 2015, In 2014 as a senior, averaged 43.0 yards per punt, As a junior, averaged 39.0 yards per punt...
Riley Lovingood, Hendersonville, Tenn., Beech Senior H.S. - Served as long snapper in Beech's 2012 Tennessee State Championship, Invited to the 2014 Rubio Long Snapping Top 12 Camp in Los Angeles, Attended the 2013 11th Annual National Kicking and Snapping Event in Las Vegas, Named co-MVP at the June 2013 Tennessee Special Teams Camp." - Volunteers

February 2, 2015 - kicker Laszlo Toser commits as preferred walk-on
"Ooltewah place-kicker Laszlo Toser, selected as the Mr. Football Kicker of the Year by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, has decided to become a preferred walk-on kicker at the University of Tennessee.... Toser chose to walk-on at Tennessee rather than Alabama.... A Kohl’s Kicking Camp honorable mention All-America field-goal specialist, Toser chose the Vols after taking official visits to both campuses. Toser was superb throughout his senior season, setting a school record with a 52-yard field goal against Bradley Central. The Owls won their first 11 games before running into Rhea County’s Golden Eagles. He was successful on 15-of-20 field-goal attempts this season. He made 50-of-50 extra point and put 70-of-77 kickoffs into or through the end zone." - Chattanoogan

November 1, 2014 - Aaron Medley kicks OT game winner over South Carolina
"Tennessee scored three touchdowns in the final 1:50 to tie the game and Aaron Medley kicked a 32-yard field goal in overtime to give the Volunteers a spine-tingling, 45-42, victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.... The drive stalled, but Medley came through with what proved to be the game-winning field goal. Medley had missed twice from 43 and 45 yards earlier at the other end of the field, kicking into a swirling wind that pushed everything to the left. 'That was a special moment,' Medley said. 'It meant everything. It was a great program win. I screamed so much after the game I lost my voice'." - Chattanoogan

September 11, 2014 - kicking competition ongoing
Aaron Medley and George Bullock were neck-and-neck for the role of Tennessee's place kicker during fall practice, and while the freshman Medley started the first two games for the Vols, the competition is far from over. Medley has looked uncomfortable at times this year, and special teams coach Mark Elder insisted the kicking job may still be up for grabs. 'Competition is always ongoing here at Tennessee,' Elder said. 'With everything that we're doing, there is always going to be competition. The guy that is performing the best is gonna be the one that is gonna be out there.' Medley has been inconsistent on his few field goal attempts, making 3-of-5 kicks so far, but he has managed to connect on all nine of his PAT attempts this season.... During Tennessee's opening win over Utah State, Medley suffered an ankle injury, allowing Bullock to claim the kickoff duties in last week's game with Arkansas State." - Daily Beacon

September 2, 2014 - punter Matt Darr expected to play this week
"After what looked to be a gruesome injury, Tennessee punter Matt Darr will likely play against Arkansas State. During his weekly press conference, head coach Butch Jones confirmed that his starting punter would participate in practice Tuesday and should be ready for Saturday’s game against Arkansas State. 'Matt Darr will be at practice today,' Jones said. 'He will be fine. He just rolled his ankle. He will go through punt period and practice.' Darr took an awkward fall following a punt in the 4th quarter of Tennessee’s 38-7 victory over Utah State Sunday." - Saturday Down South

August 23, 2014 - kicking competition
"Whether the Volunteers turn to redshirt sophomore George Bullock or freshman Aaron Medley in the season opener against Utah State might not be known until shortly before kickoff of the game in eight days. Second-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones conceded the battle between Bullock and Medley is 'ongoing' after practice on a steaming Friday afternoon at Haslam Field. 'Would I have liked for it to have become a little more crystal clear? Absolutely, but that's not where we're at right now,' the coach said. 'They're still pushing each other,' Jones added, 'but we'll see which one has more competitive character, which will be our kicker. It'll be ongoing. Whoever starts the Utah State [game], it doesn't give them the right and privilege to start against Arkansas State'." - Times Free Press

August 7, 2014 - all new
"In 2013, Michael Palardy kicked off every ball for Tennessee. He dropped back to boom away every punt. He lined up for every field goal and extra point. It was a heavy load for a player that coach Butch Jones referred to as the team MVP, one that will require more than one person to replace him. Combined with the loss of long snapper J.R. Carr and holder Tyler Drummer, Tennessee will have to replace all of its specialists in the kicking game, a daunting task. Even if the departing unit was comprised of just three players, it will take more to replace them and their experience on the field. 'It goes unnoticed,' Jones said on not just replacing his kicker, but also the entire unit. 'The long snapper is critical, they set the temperament for the punter. For our kicker, everything is about the snap, the hold, the kick.' The competition is strong. Redshirt senior Matt Darr brings experience to the punting battle. Redshirt sophomore George Bullock has been in the program for two years, but has yet to see game action after a leg injury suffered in preseason camp in 2012. Freshman Aaron Medley comes to campus after being a pupil of former Vol kicker James Wilhoit." - The Chattanoogan

July 5, 2014 - new specialists
"Who will handle the three positions Michael Palardy left vacant when he graduated?... Shiny, new toys are always fun, and Aaron Medley was ranked the No. 6 kicker prospect nationally in the 2014 247Composite. Medley has the ability to handle all three kicking jobs but definitely will compete for the place-kicking and kickoff specialist jobs, and he crushed so many kickoffs off the brick wall behind the end zone in Neyland Stadium in a camp that Vols coach Butch Jones named it “Medley’s Wall.” When Matt Darr hits the ball well, it’s easy to see why he was so highly regarded coming out of high school. George Bullock’s leg and confidence continue to bounce back from his unfortunate leg fracture. Derrick Brodus has made kicks in games before and has been reliable from inside 40 yards. Troy Waites was a nice get as a walk-on punter and could get himself in the mix at some point." - 247Sports

June 23, 2014 - punter Tommy Townsend commits
Townsend, the brother of Florida Gators sophomore Johnny Townsend, just received a scholarship offer from the Vols on Wednesday. He wasted no time in pulling the trigger, picking Tennessee over offers from Colorado and Baylor.... ownsend also camped at UT on June 6 during a whirlwind tour of college campuses that led him to Florida, Florida State, Stetson (Penn State), Auburn and Arkansas, just to name a few. Townsend, the No. 1-ranked punter in the country by, was the top 2015 kicker at the Kohls 2013 Orlando Training Camp in June. He averaged about 39 yards per punt last season." - Orlando Sentinel

May 30, 2014 - roster updates, walk-ons
Walk-ons who participated in spring practice are no longer on the roster:
- Long snapper Andrew Henry, a fourth-year junior from Gallatin.
- Punter Trevor Daniel, a second-year player from Dickson.
New walk-ons:
- No. 35 Troy Waites, a punter from Hattiesburg, Miss. - Knoxblogs - Evan's Eleven

April 30, 2014 - roster updates
"Two Tennessee walk-on specialists appear to be moving on. Redshirt freshman long-snapper Danny Finch and junior punter Patrick Toole are no longer listed on the Vols’ official roster.... Finch, a native of Maryville, redshirted last season. Toole, from Walkill, N.Y., came to Knoxville last season from Erie (N.Y.) Community College and Temple University." - Knoxblogs

March 29, 2014 - spring scrimmage kicking
"With the graduated Michael Palardy watching from the stands, coach Butch Jones liked what he saw from sophomore George Bullock in a few pressure-packed situations. 'It was great to see George come out and play winning football,' Jones said. 'The mark of any good kicker is consistency in performance. He made some long field goals in some pressure type situations today. He got great height on the football so it was great to see that'." - The Chattanoogan

March 26, 2014 - spring practice update
"Fifth-year senior Matt Darr, a highly rated punter out of California who was not a favorite of Jones due to his inconsistency in practice last season, is in line to handle Tennessee's punting duties, and George Bullock and walk-on Derrick Brodus are atop the mix to handle place-kicking duties. Some walk-ons also are getting looks this spring, and freshman Aaron Medley, one of the nation's highest-ranked specialists in the 2014 class, will arrive in the summer. Bullock, out of West High School in Knoxville, redshirted in 2012 after breaking his leg in an August practice and did not get any action last season, and he's been wildly inconsistent so far this spring. In Tennessee's second practice, he missed five straight kicks from around 45 yards out, and in the Vols' scrimmage before spring break, Bullock hit a 41-yard field goal before bouncing a 34-yarder off the upright. 'I'm just trying to get a lot of work with my snapper and holder,' he said. 'I'm trying to work a lot getting the timing down. I had a problem of actually going too fast, and that doesn't me quite as much time to see the ball before I hit. I'm just trying to get consistency'." - Chattanooga Times Free Press

March 8, 2014 - long snapper Riley Lovingood commits
"Riley Lovingood still remembers falling asleep in former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer’s chair as a young child while his father, Jeff Lovingood, served as the Vols’ chaplain under Fulmer. His older brother, Trevor, and his uncle, John, also ran through the “T” as student managers at Tennessee under former coach Johnny Majors and Derek Dooley. On Saturday, Riley Lovingood decided to continue his family tradition. The junior long snapper from Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., committed to Tennessee on Saturday while attending the Vols’ junior day after receiving his first scholarship offer from them just five days earlier, giving coach Butch Jones’ staff its eighth commitment for the 2015 class. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Lovingood chose Tennessee over interest from Auburn, Clemson and Georgia, among others." - 247sports

February 5, 2014 - kicker Aaron Medley signs 
"The transformation of Michael Palardy in one year under this UT’s new staff was remarkable. Unfortunately for Tennessee fans, Palardy was a senior and must now be replaced. Medley comes in with high acclaim and lots of skill, which is good, because he will likely be relied upon as a true freshman. Medley also had Oklahoma and Texas A&M offers. Medley has been coached by former UT kicker James Wilhoit, who raves about his star pupil. Medley has the leg strength and accuracy that the Vols will need immediately. It would hardly be a surprise if he’s UT’s starting kicker in the 2014 season opener." - Tennessee Sports Radio

January 28, 2014 - punter Troy Waites commits
"Presbyterian Christian School punter/kicker Troy Waites verbally committed to Tennessee Tuesday afternoon. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect picked the Volunteers over interest from Vanderbilt. Tennessee first became aware of Waites through former kicker James Wilhoit, who was Waites’ kicking coach in Nashville. That prompted Tennessee special teams coach Mark Elder to take a look at him and he walked away impressed when Waites hit punts of 70-plus yards during a workout, according to Presbyterian Christian coach Joey Hawkins. 'He’s just an amazing athlete,' Hawkins said. 'He can thunder a punt. He has a high ceiling.' Waites was both a punter and kicker this year at Presbyterian Christian, but Tennessee primarily recruited him as a punter. The plan is for Waites to walk on next year and then have a good chance of being on scholarship the rest of his career. He also thinks he’ll have a chance to earn some academic money after scoring a 31 on his ACT." - Clarion Ledger

January 28, 2014 - long snapper Wesley Horky commits as invited walk-on
"Horky, Tennessee’s latest commitment, is different from the other prospects that recruiting fans are well informed of. Horky isn’t a blue-chip prospect. He’s not even been offered a scholarship by the Vols. Still, he’ll attend UT as an invited walk-on in 2014 even though some prospects would consider that insulting. Horky we’ll get the gear. He’ll get to say he’s actually on the team. However, he’ll also have to pay his own tuition and hope he’s placed on scholarship one day. If Horky can become UT’s long snapper, the Vols will surely place him on scholarship. That will be at least a year before he’ll get the full ride that his fellow commitments have been awarded. In terms of accuracy and ball velocity, Horky will likely be the best long snapper on UT’s team as soon as he arrives on campus. That doesn’t mean he’ll be the Vols’ starting quarterback immediately. The 6-foot-2 Horky weighs just 210 pounds. He’ll need to add a considerable amount of weight to play on the line in the SEC." - Tennessee Sports Radio

Saturday, April 25, 2015

East Stroudsburg Warriors Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 24, 2015 - spring specialists
"Kicker Matt Smith, who made 44 extra points and five field goals last season, came to Douds recently to say that he was transferring to the United States Merchant Marine Academy to become a sea captain. Palisades High grad Sam O'Brien, who is transferring to ESU from Temple, could help fill the void left by Smith and graduated punter Jordan Bair." - Morning Call

August 27, 2014 - punter Jordan Bair
East Stroudsburg's Jordan Bair hit a career-long punt of 55 yards against Cheyney last year, one of three that went longer than 50 yards. The senior from Central Dauphin finished with a 38.2-yard average that landed him on the All-PSAC East second team. The exercise science major landed 14 punts inside the 20-yard line and had five touchbacks.... 'I don't see many weaknesses in our team but having to replace our record-setting kicker isn't going to be easy. We have potential to do it but potential must translate to on the field performance. Being close to Taylor Groff may make me partially biased, but he had incredible power and could cover a lot of ground for our offense. When it comes down to it, the confidence factor we had in him eased the sidelines'." - Penn Live

Carlton FC Blues Kicking News

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April 25, 2015 - Lachie Henderson kicks five goals in win over St. Kilda
CARLTON has stormed back in the second half for its first win of the season, beating St Kilda by 40 points in Wellington. Lachie Henderson and Tom Bell stood up in attack for the Blues, who won the League's opening match on Anzac Day 18.13 (121) to 12.9 (81).... Henderson kicked five goals and Bell's four goals in the second half were crucial as Carlton made its comeback." - AFL

April 13, 2015 - Sav Rocca signed as kicking coach
"Rocca, who sits 13th on the list of VFL-AFL goalkickers, started at the Blues last week and will work with Levi Casboult and the rest of the club’s forwards part-time for the rest of the season. Rocca slotted 748 goals for Collingwood and North Melbourne before playing seven NFL seasons as a punter for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. An erratic Casboult kicked 2.3 against West Coast. He was overlooked in Round 1 after failing to boot a goal in the pre-season." - Herald Sun

February 20, 2015 - Matthew Watson kicks intra-six
"Forward Matthew Watson appears set to capitalise on his strong end to last season after booting six goals in the Blues' intra-club match on Friday. The 22-year-old, who has thrived since being moved from defence in the VFL in the middle of last season, was the standout forward in the scratch match at Ikon Park. He had three goals to half-time before a booming kick from outside 50m gave him his fourth early in the third quarter, ahead of a late pair in last quarter. Assistant coach Rob Wiley said afterwards Watson, who has trained with the forwards this pre-season, could still be called upon to fill a role in defence when required." - AFL

February 2, 2015 - Levi Casboult working to improve kicking
"A detailed off-season kicking program has power forward Levi Casboult confident he will pose a greater threat inside attacking 50 for Carlton this season. Casboult's unorthodox technique contributed to him having 57.7 per cent accuracy in front of goal last season, booting 15.11, of which 23 of the scores came from set shots. His percentage was similar to Travis Cloke's - 56.5 - although the Magpies' power forward contributed 39 goals. The Blues almost certainly need Casboult to have greater impact on the scoreboard — he managed multiple goals in only two matches last season — if they are to push for the top eight. Casboult said he had been having extra goal-kicking practice — up to 30 shots per day — under the direction of forwards coach Brad Green and coaching director Robert Wiley." - The Age

January 29, 2015 - replacement kicks
"Whenever a team loses its leading goal kicker from the year previous year, the first question has to be where the goals are going to come from. The loss of Jarrad Waite has been offset by the arrival of Liam Jones and Kristian Jaksch, however the reality is that Waite has played 184 AFL games for 252 goals. The Jones-Jaksch duo has 70 goals in 73 games. It is a big difference in terms of experience and goal kicking that Carlton has lost. Big things are needed from Lachie Henderson and Matthew Kreuzer, but Jones and Jacksch contributing a goal and a half a game each would be what is needed to overcome the loss of Waite." - The Roar

Friday, April 24, 2015

Indiana State Sycamores Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 23, 2015 - spring specialists
"ISU is set with Eric Heidorn (placekicker) and Osborn Umeh (punter) returning in 2015. Sanford said he plans to bring in a kicker to handle kickoffs." - Tribune Star

November 15, 2014 - Eric Heidorn kicks game winner over Youngstown State

"Indiana State used a 28-yard field goal by Eric Heidorn at the end of overtime to come away from a road contest at No. 15/16 Youngstown State with a 27-24 victory in front of 9,642 fans on a chilly afternoon at Stambaugh Stadium.... Buck Logan broke off a 12-yard rush on second down and then had a six-yarder to the Youngstown State 7-yard line. Perish then took a knee at the 10 to middle the football and set the stage for Eric Heidorn to win the game. Heidorn's attempt from 28 yards sailed through the uprights for the 27-24 overtime victory." - My Wabash Valley

November 1, 2014 - Eric Heidorn kicks game winner over Missouri State
"Eric Heidorn provided the climax with a 38-yard field at the :06 mark to give ISU a 20-18 victory that seemed utterly improbable just 38 seconds earlier. It was ISU's third victory by a touchdown or less and its second at Memorial Stadium this season determined in large part by a trick play.... For Heidorn, it was redemption on top of itself. He missed a field goal that could've wiped out a Missouri State lead with five minutes left. Then, he kicked a 30-yard field goal with 2:06 left to put ISU up 17-15. Another chance to kick another go-ahead field goal was just part of the call of duty for Heidorn. 'Coach Sanford had faith in me and I was glad to see he had faith I could make that field goal,' Heidorn said." - Tribune Star

Western State Colorado Mountaineers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 23, 2015 - spring specialists
"Western led all of NCAA Division II in net punting, averaging 39.92 yards.  Dakota Swinehart (Sr., Taos, N.M.) was the primary punter last season, averaging 43.68 yards per punt, and returns for his final season.  Swinehart was an all-conference honorable mention selection last season.  At the place kicker position, Ryan Winke (Jr., Aurora, Colorado) will be back after being an All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) First Team selection in 2014.  Winke was second in Division II with 1.73 made field goals per game.  'Dakota and Winke have been vital to our success,' Bains said. 'We are really having them focus on fundamentals this spring.'  Emerging as Western's primary long snapper this spring has been junior Jacob Leggett (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colorado).  Leggett will look to solidify his position this fall and be the primary snapper to Swinehart and Winke." - Mountaineers

Glenville State College Pioneers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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April 23, 2015 - spring game
"Kicker Tanner Wright connected on a 38 yard field goal for the offense while Tyler Czajkowski hit a 23 yard field goal." - WDTV

February 4, 2015 - kicker/punter Chandler Carrera signs
"Albermarle HS, Charlottesville VA – 8/11 FG. 32/34 PAT, 35.7 Punt Average. First Team All-State." - Pioneers

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Montana Grizzlies Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

April 22, 2015 - kickers Tim Semenza & Patrick LeCorre commit
The Grizzlies announced the additions of two high school kickers earlier this week, each anouncment coming within just a few minutes of the other. Kicker Tim Semenza of Cathedral Catholic High in San Diego and kicker/punter Patrick LeCorre of Edina High in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina, Minnesota, are the latest Grizzly pickups. Both players are preferred walk-ons and will join UM this fall after enrolling at the university. The Grizzlies' signing class back in February also featured a freshman kicker with Butte Central's Danny Peoples joining Montana as a preferred walk-on as well. That will give the Griz as many as seven kickers and punters for 2015. But the Montana coaching staff is likely planning for the future with three seniors on the roster: K Daniel Sullivan, K/P Chris Lider and P Stephen Shaw." - Missoulian

March 25, 2015 - spring kickers & punters
"Montana spent a chunk of practice Wednesday working on kickoff and kickoff return before spending another big chunk on field goals later. Senior kicker Daniel Sullivan took first-team kicks with both the kickoff and field goal units. His kickoffs provided the change-of-pace ball, as opposed to blasts headed toward the end zone. Sullivan’s kicks came with sideways spin that made for difficult catches or dropped in ahead of the returners, forcing a rushed scramble by the return team. Senior Chris Lider and junior Harrison Greenberg also ran with the kickoff team — Lider’s deep ball was a plus — while Lider, Greenberg and senior punter Stephen Shaw all took turns punting. Shaw took first-string snaps." - Missoulian

October 18, 2014 - backup specialists used in win over UC Davis
"Special teams were good as well for Montana despite being short on personnel. Harrison Greenberg filled in for injured kicker Dan Sullivan and was true on all six extra point attempts, and Chris Lider – punting for the sidelined Stephen Shaw – averaged over 44 yards per kick. 'We might be the only team in the history of NCAA football to get both the place kicker and punter hurt at the same time,' Delaney said.'… Greenberg and Lider came in and did a really nice job of handling those duties today'." - Great Falls Tribune

October 4, 2014 - Daniel Sullivan kicks game winner over North Dakota
"Junior kicker Daniel Sullivan kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired, as the 7th-ranked University of Montana Grizzlies defeated upset-minded North Dakota 18-15 Saturday afternoon in a Big Sky Conference contest in UND's Alerus Center." - Grizzlies

September 23, 2014 - change of punter due to injury
"Griz punter Stephen Shaw injured his knee at ND State and will be replaced by Chris Lider this Saturday." - Bill Speltz

August 22, 2014 - Chris Lider named starting kicker
"Montana football coach Mick Delaney said Friday that junior Chris Lider will be his place-kicker when his team opens at Wyoming next Saturday. Lider started the entire 2012 season but lost the job to Ben Worst early last year after missing three extra point attempts. Worst left town in the spring and is now a member of the Idaho Vandals. For the past three weeks Lider has been battling for the No. 1 spot with transfer Daniel Sullivan, Wyoming’s starter in 2011, and sophomore upstart Harrison Greenberg. 'We’ll go with Chris it looks like because he’s been on the field,' Delaney said. 'Unless something drastic were to happen in the next week. We’ll try to give Daniel some opportunities that are meaningful and start to make a decision there. Harrison came out of spring the No. 1 guy and he’s still battling like heck. He was very good yesterday and today'.” - Missoulian

August 16, 2014 - second summer scrimmage
Field Goal kicking: Chris Lider: 3-of-3 field goals (37, 40, 42); Harrison Greenberg: 4-of-of-4 (37, 37, 40, 42); Daniel Sullivan 1-of-2 (40 G, 42 NG).
Punting: Stephen Shaw 3 for 42, 44, 37; and Lider 1 for 40.- Grizzlies

July 31, 2014 - kicker Ben Worst departs
"Ben Worst, who became the starting placekicker for the Montana football team on the third week of the 2013 season, has left the program. He is now a member of the Idaho Vandals in Moscow. Worst was an honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference selection as a true freshman in 2013.  He was 48 for 48 in PATs and made 9 of 17 field goal attempts. On his Twitter page, Worst wrote: 'I have to say thank you to the University of Montana for giving me the opportunity to play there. Much respect.' A native of Twin Falls, Idaho, Worst was expected to battle Chris Lider for the Grizzlies’ starting job in camp in August. Lider is now the clear-cut favorite to earn the No. 1 spot after losing the job early last season. Lider had a solid season in 2012, making 15 of 21 field goal attempts and 37 of 41 PAT kicks." - Grizzly Game Day

April 18, 2014 - spring specialists
"One of the main goals for University of Montana head football coach Mick Delaney going into spring drills this year was to establish who the starting kicker for the 2014 season would be. However, that goal was not achieved, and the three players who are vying for that role will carry their competition into fall camp, which begins in early August.... Two of the three players vying for the kicker's job, junior Chris Lider and sophomore Ben Worst, have started at the position each of the past two seasons. Also vying for the starting job is sophomore squad member Harrison Greenberg. 'We went into spring hoping that one of them would just take the job over in the spring, and we've got one kicker and we're ready to go, period, but that didn't happen,' said Griz head coach Mick Delaney; 'That's not all bad, because I think that all three of them, Ben, Harrison, and Chris have improved though the spring. They each do something a little different'.... Junior punter Stephen Shaw returns as the starter for the third season in a row, and is coming off an excellent sophomore campaign.  'Stephen's worked really hard in the weight room this winter and this spring,' Delaney said. 'I think that he has a chance to be an All-American. He's got a strong, live leg, and he needs a little more consistency'." - Grizzlies

April 17, 2014 - final spring scrimmage
"Field Goals (10-of-15): Ben Worst - Makes: 24, 38, 40, 42. Misses: 49. Chris Lider - Makes: 24, 38, 40; Misses: 42, 49. Harrison Greenberg - Makes: 24, 38, 42; Misses: 40, 49." - Grizzlies

March 22, 2014 - first spring scrimmage
"Head coach Mike Delaney said one of the priorities this spring is to establish a place-kicker. Junior Chris Lider, and sophomores Harrison Greenberg and Ben Worst are the three players competing for that job. Worst started the last 11 games of the 2013 season, and made 9-of-17 field goal tries. That trio went a combined 10-of-17 (58.8%) in field goal attempts in today's scrimmage. 'It's a work in progress,' said Delaney regarding the competition for the place-kicking job. 'We are going to try to find a kicker by the end of spring, and say ‘okay,' that's what we've got, and that why were doing more than usual in that area. We got some heavy competition there, and we'll see what happens'." - KPAX