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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Draft Preview: Tom Obarski

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Concordia-St. Paul's Tom Obarski. He ranks in the top ten in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Obarski's profile page on the Golden Bears' website:

2014 Senior Season
  • Holds Concordia career records for field goals made (44) and career points for a kicker (250) which is second most for any position ... 
  • holds five of the 10 longest field goals in NSIC history including the record long and third longest kicks (twice), making 59, 56, 56, 52 and 51 yard field goals ... 
  • holds school records for most career punts (230) and punting yards (8,730)
  • kicked in 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl
  • Fred Mitchell Award Winner
  • AFCA All-America First Team punter ... Daktronics All-America First Team kicker ... Capital One Academic All-America First Team ... Daktronics & BSN All-Super Region 3 First Team and Don Hansen All-Super Region 3 Second Team ... Capital One Academic All-District First Team ...All-NSIC First Team kicker and All-NSIC Second Team punter
  • two-time NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week and two-time Division II Special Teams Player of the Week (BSN &
  • delivered touchbacks on 22-of-53 kickoffs with a 61.4 average distance and average starting field position at the 26
  • pinned 18 of 64 punts inside the 20, forcing 19 fair catches with six 50-plus yard punts and a 35.9 season average 
2013 Junior Season
  • All-NSIC First Team punter
  • named CU Special Teams MVP for third-straight season ... 
  • Named National Special Teams Player of the Week & NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week against Southwest Minnesota State (11/17/13)
  • three time CU Special Teams Player of the Week at Bemidji State (9/14/13), at MSU Moorhead (9/28/13), and against Southwest Minnesota State (11/17/13) 
  • had 21 punts inside the 20 yard line … recorded 58 punts for 2,357 yards with seven fair catches
  • had 42 kickoffs for an average of 56.1 yards
  • recorded four tackles on the season (three solo)
  • had a 13 yard run on a fake punt.
2012 Sophomore Season
  • earned Fred Mitchell Monthly Award in September and October
  • named NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week at Minnesota Crookston (9/8/12) and against Upper Iowa (10/6/12)
  • increased punting average by over six yards to 40.8 on 56 punts with 10 inside the 20, seven of 50-plus with seven fair catches, three touchbacks and a long of 64
2011 Freshman Season
  • named and NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week in a win at Minot state (9/3/11), making his career debut by making two field goals including a school record long 56-yarder and the third longest kick in school history, a 47-yarder while making all five extra point attempts
  • a three-time CU Special Teams Player of the Week
  • averaged 34.5 yards per punt, with a long of 56
  • averaged 57.4 yards per kickoff with three touchbacks, relinquishing kickoff duties halfway through the season.
High School
  • Apple Valley High School: Earned three prep football and three prep soccer letters for the Eagles while also lettering in hockey as a junior
  • named Pioneer Press All-State First Team , Star Tribune All-State Second Team and Coaches Association All-State Second Team
  • named team’s Special Teams Player of the Year
  • as a soccer player, was a team captain as a senior and named the Pioneer Press Minnesota State Player of the Year
  • earned All-State First Team honors by the Coaches Association, Star Tribune and Pioneer Press, also earning Pioneer Press All-State First Team honors as a junior
  • scored 57 career goals with 51 career assists and holds career records for goals, assists and points

College Stats:
2014: 18 of 21 (85.7%) FGs; 27 of 27 PATs; 81 points
2013: 7 of 16 (43.8%) FGs; 22 of 23 PATs; 43 points
2012: 10 of 14 (71.4%) FGs
2011: 9 of 12 (75.0%) FGs

Back in December of last year, after winning the Fred Mitchell Award, Obarski discussed his kicking career, past and future:
“Being a kicker was a family tradition. I made the decision as a sophomore in high school to keep it going, but I really didn’t have a huge choice....

I’m going to see what the path of football leads me to, maybe the NFL. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to kick professionally so I can bring more recognition to this award."

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