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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Zealand Men's National Rugby Team News

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September 30, 2015 - flyhalf Dan Carter back in the lineup
"The All Blacks have again been hit by the fly-half curse having only Dan Carter fit to play Georgia on Thursday in a Test which marks Waisake Naholo's wonder comeback. Both back up number 10s, Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade are on the injured list as is centre Ma'a Nonu who remains stranded on 99 Tests. Coach Steve Hansen has been forced to name two scrum-halves in the replacements with TJ Perenara covering fly-half and Tawera Kerr-Barlow as back up to first-choice number nine Aaron Smith." - Sunday Times

September 24, 2015 - Beauden Barrett kicks a penalty & 4 conversions in win over Namibia
"Reputations have counted for little at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and Namibia -- the lowest-ranked team of the tournament -- suffered no disgrace in losing 58-14 at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Thursday.... Beauden Barrett, starting at fly-half in place of rugby's record international points scorer Dan Carter, put New Zealand ahead with a fifth-minute penalty, then he converted tries by No. 8 Victor Vito and young winger Nehe Milner-Skudder." - CNN

September 20, 2015 - Dan carter kicks All-Blacks to win over Argentina
"New Zealand has had to dig deep to come from behind for a 26-16 victory over Argentina after opening its defence of the Rugby World Cup in front of a record crowd at Wembley. The All Blacks trailed 16-12 until the 56th minute but their second-half dominance eventually paid off when scrum half Aaron Smith and replacement forward Sam Cane scored tries following a first-half score by Pumas lock Guido Petti. Fly half Dan Carter kicked 16 points for New Zealand and his opposite number Nicolas Sanchez 11 for Argentina, which was looking to beat the All Blacks for the first time." - ABC

August 8, 2015 - Dan Carter reaches 1500 point plateau
"Dan Carter made history today by becoming the first player in Test rugby history to score over 1,500 points, but couldn't prevent New Zealand succumbing to their first loss to Australia since before the last World Cup. The Kiwi star scored nine points from three penalties in his final game on Australian soil as he aimed to secure his place in the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup squad." - City A.M.

July 23, 2015 - Lima Sopoaga to play at flyhalf against Boks
"Flyhalf Lima Sopoaga will make test debut for New Zealand in the Rugby Championship test against South Africa on Saturday. The 24-year-old Sopoaga steered the Dunedin-based Highlanders to the Super Rugby title this season, while Broadhurst was a key member of the Hurricanes' squad which finished as runner-up. Sopoaga takes over at flyhalf from Dan Carter, who will be rested after playing in tests against Samoa and Argentina over the past two weeks. Broadhurst replaces Luke Romano, who started both of those matches." - Winnipeg Free Press

July 17, 2015 - Dan Carter kicks 4 conversions, 2 penalties in win over Argentina
39-18 win over Argentina: "If Canterbury fans could have dreamed up a fairytale, favourite sons' farewell it would have featured the game's first try to skipper Richie McCaw and a bagful of goals by Dan Carter. Neither went home empty-handed in their final Christchurch test as both had a night to remember.... Carter may not have been entirely happy with a couple of wobbly kicks, but he directed the backline with his old aplomb and no Puma made headway through his defensive channel." - Stuff

July 8, 2015 - Dan Carter kicks 20 over Samoa
"Daniel Carter's left boot underlined why the fly-half will be so valuable at this year's World Cup when he slotted 20 points to give the All Blacks a tense 25-16 victory over Samoa in their first visit to Apia on Wednesday. Carter's successful goal-kicking allowed the All Blacks to build scoreboard pressure in a tight first half before he produced a pinpoint cross-kick for winger George Moala to score a try on debut to open a 19-3 lead after half-time. Samoa fly-half Tusi Pisi slotted nine points for the home side, who put the All Blacks under pressure in the second half to get back to 22-16 after Alafoti Fa'osiliva's try following two storming runs up the middle of the park. Carter, however, slotted his sixth penalty with five minutes remaining to give the 2011 world champions their narrowest victory over Samoa in six matches." - Independent

April 19, 2015 - Aaron Cruden sidelined six months with ACL injury
"All Blacks fly-half Aaron Cruden is almost certain to miss the World Cup after scans revealed the need for knee surgery that will sideline him for at least six months. The 26-year-old, who has played 37 Tests for New Zealand, injured his left knee in the first half of Waikato Chiefs’ 26-9 Super Rugby victory over Canterbury Crusaders on Friday. 'Aaron Cruden has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament on his left knee. He will see a surgeon on Wednesday to arrange a knee reconstruction in the coming weeks,' the Chiefs said in a statement. 'Traditional reconstruction surgery has been deemed to be the most appropriate given Aaron’s young age and long-term career prospects. The expected return to play time for this sort of surgery is six months.' That recuperation schedule rules him out of the rest of the Super Rugby season and makes it almost certain that he will play no part in the World Cup in England, which runs from 18 September 18 to 31 October." - Guardian

February 13, 2015 - Dan Carter injury aggravated
"All Blacks flyhalf Daniel Carter's final Super Rugby season began with a rocky start as the 32-year-old suffered another leg injury in the Crusaders' surprise 20-10 loss to the Melbourne Rebels on Friday. Carter, who has also already said he will leave New Zealand rugby after the conclusion of this year's World Cup to take up a three-year contract with France's Racing Metro, allayed any early jitters about the All Blacks' world title defence. 'I got a whack in the side of the leg, similar to a spot that I got it last year. It was just a knee and gave me a bit of a dead leg,' Carter told reporters. 'I'm sure it's nothing serious.' Carter has had a tumultuous run with injuries since a torn muscle in his groin ruled him out of the 2011 World Cup and he barely played at all last year due to a sabbatical and then a broken leg. While he went into contact willingly and made several tackles on Friday, he appeared to still be shaking out the rust that blighted his end-of-season tour with the All Blacks last year." - SuperSport

UW–Whitewater Warhawks Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 29, 2015 - kicker/punter Lake Bachar earns weekly WIAC honors
"Bachar kicked a 44-yard field goal in the third quarter and helped the top-ranked Warhawks win the field position match-up with his outstanding punting and kicking in the team's 33-30 victory at NAIA No. 1 Morningside (Iowa) last Thursday. All three of his punts pinned the Mustangs inside their own 20-yard line, and five of his seven kickoffs went through the end zone for touchbacks. As a result of Bachar's performance, UW-Whitewater's average field position on drive starts was 10 yards better than Morningside's." - Warhawks

October 21, 2014 - kicker/punter Lake Bachar earns weekly WIAC honors
"Lake Bachar (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton North) - SO - Kicker/Punter Bachar sent five of his nine kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks and averaged 53.3 yards per punt Saturday to help UW-Whitewater defeat host UW-Eau Claire 52-3. Bachar pinned the Blugolds inside their own 20-yard line on two of his three punts, and hit a season-long 67-yard punt that was downed at the UW-Eau Claire 6-yard line midway through the first quarter." - Warhawks

August 29, 2014 - replacing Eric Kindler
"With the departure of All-American kicker/punter Eric Kindler (Germantown/Germantown), the Warhawks look to fill a void in the kicking game in 2014. Sophomore Lake Bachar (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton North) handled a majority of the kickoffs a season ago. He posted 28 touchbacks on 81 kickoffs and averaged 59.5 yards per kick." - Warhawks

Indoor Football League (IFL) Kicker News

September 29, 2015 - Spokane sign kicker Pat Clarke
"Pat Clarke (K, 6-3, 210, Buffalo) joins the Shock for his first season as a member of the IFL. Clarke spent the 2015 season with the PIFL's Lehigh Valley Steelhawks where he converted on 88 percent of his extra point attempts. He was flawless on his field goal attempts within thirty yards and converted on a long of 46-yards during the season. Prior to beginning his professional career, Clarke played his collegiate football at Buffalo University. After taking over for the final three games during his freshman season, Clarke would go on to handle the teams place kicking and kickoff duties over the next three seasons. He finished his career converting on 65 percent of his field goals with a career long of 51-yards. During his senior season, he converted on 93 percent of his point after attempts. Clarke played his prep career at Hargrave Military Academy and is originally from New Castle, Delaware." - OSC

September 1, 2015 - Nighthawks acquire kicker Rockne Belmonte
"Wichita Falls Nighthawks have acquired 2014 IFL Special Teams Player of the Year, Kicker Rockne Belmonte from the Cedar Rapids Titans in exchange for Defensive Back James Ackel.Belmonte started the last three seasons for the Titans." - OSC

June 30, 2015 - 2015 All-IFL Team
First team kicker: Jeff Budzien (Green Bay Blizzard) 
Second team kicker: Rockne Belmonte (Cedar Rapids Titans)

May 16, 2015 - Jeff Budzien kicks game winner for Blizzard over Wichita Falls
"For the second time in the last five games, Jeff Budzien played hero for the Green Bay Blizzard. The field goal kicker, a native of Hartland, booted a game-winning 20-yard field goal to give the Blizzard a 37-36 win over Wichita Falls on Saturday night at the Resch Center. Budzien also booted a 39-yard field goal as time expired in a road victory over Cedar Rapids on April 25. Green Bay (5-4) took over at its own 5-yard line with 2 minutes, 47 seconds remaining and needed seven plays to put Budzien in position for the win." - Green Bay Press Gazette

April 25, 2015 - Jeff Budzien named Specials Teams Player of the Week
"In another exciting Green Bay Blizzard/ Cedar Rapids Titans bout, Blizzard K Jeff Budzien connected on a 43-yard field goal, with no time remaining, to give the Blizzard a 52-49 upset victory over the Titans.... Budzien (5'11, 180, Northwestern) converted four of seven field goals as well as four of five extra points to give the Blizzard the edge. Of kickers with 15 or more Field Goals, Budzien leads the IFL in conversion percentage (58) and is second among kickers in points scored with 75." - IFL

April 25, 2015 - Jeff Budzien kicks game winner for Blizzard over Rapids
"Kicker Jeff Budzien kicked a 39 yard field goal as time expired to send the Green Bay Blizzard (3-4) home with a win and snap their 3 game losing streak at Cedar Rapids.... The Titans tried to freeze Budzien by calling timeout, but the Northwestern standout was not fazed. His kick was straight down the middle from 39 yards out to close out the game and send the Blizzard home with a win." - Our Sports Central

April 2, 2015 - kicker Brady Beeson re-signs with Tri-Cities Fever
"Despite a great performance (which earned him IFL Player of the Week for Special Teams) in the game last week, kicker Brian Jackson has been released so that he can continue his normal work and family life, the Fever thanks him for helping out when we needed a kicker on short notice. The Fever is pleased to announce that Kicker Brady Beeson (6’1” 215lbs) from Saint Thomas; has been re-signed to the team for the remainder of the 2015 season. Brady had been with the Portland Thunder of the AFL this season and spent the last couple with the Fever." - Fever

April 1, 2015 - Tri-Cities Fever kicker Brian Jackson named Specials Teams Player of the Week
"In his first game with the Fever this season, kicker Brian Jackson earned Specials Teams Player of the Week.  In Week 5 the Fever traveled to Wichita Falls, TX and returned home with a 58-48 victory. Jackson, a long time indoor/arena veteran, was perfect for the game converting on all three of his field goal attempts (long of 51-yards) and all 7 PATs for a total of 16 points.... Honorable Mention: Rockne Belmonte (K, Cedar Rapids Titans), Jeff Budzien (K, Green Bay Blizzard), Christopher Diaz (K, Colorado Ice), Norris Wrenn III (KR, Billings Wolves)." - abcFoxMontana

March 29, 2015 - new Fever kicker Brian Jackson perfect in first game
"The Tri-Cities Fever bounced back from its worst loss in franchise history with a 58-48 victory over the Wichita Falls Nighthawks on Saturday night at Kay Yeager Coliseum.... The strong first half was highlighted by kicker Brian Jackson, who was signed early this week. His first field goal was from 43 yards out, and then hit a 44-yarder in the final seconds of the first half and he ended the night 3 for 3 in field goals and converted all 7 extra-point kicks for an impressive opening performance." - KHQ

March 29, 2015 - Titans kicker Rockne Belmonte goes long in win over Ice
"The Cedar Rapids Titans defeated the Colorado Ice, 39-29, in front of 4,326 fans Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Center. After the Cedar Rapids offense sputtered for much of the first three quarters and were led by four field goals from kicker Rockne Belmonte (two from 50-plus yards away), defensive back AriusWright supplied two pivotal plays in the second half." - IFL

March 22, 2015 - Zach Pulkinen kicks OT game winner for Axemen over Wolves 47-44
"The Bemidji Axemen won their first game of the season in a back and forth overtime battle against the Billings Wolves.... New cornerback Tony Grimes intercepted Darakatalib in the endzone on the first play of overtime to give the ball back to the Axemen. The Axemen offense then went on to set up former Bemidji State kicker Zach Pulkinen to kick a 33-yard gaming winning field goal. This was the first overtime game in Axemen history." - IFL

March 12, 2015 - Wichita Falls Nighthawks re-sign kicker John Bailey

February 24, 2015 - Iowa Barnstormers sign kicker Josh Gable

February 23, 2015 - Billings Wolves sign kicker Blake Erickson

February 4, 2015 - kicker Merf Trout traded to Colorado 
Merf Trout (Graceland College) was traded to the Colorado Ice from the Green Bay Blizzard. The Ice released kicker Phillip Welch (Wisconsin).

January 12, 2015 - Sioux Falls Storm re-sign kicker Parker Douglass
"Douglass, a South Dakota State alum, earned All-Conference first team honors his senior year with the Jackrabbits, was named GWFC Special Teams Player of the Year in both 2005 and 2006 and set 19 school records in his four seasons with SDSU. In 2014, Douglass made 20 field goals. He converted 59% of his field goals and 93% of his extra points, which were both tops in the league. Parker was apart of the Second Team All-IFL squad and earned the IFL's Special Teams Player Of The Week; finishing with 8-8 on his kicks (1-1 FG, 35 yarder, 7-7 PATs) in week one." - OSC

Minnesota-Morris Cougars Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 29, 2015 - kicker John Hoff named UMAC Special Teams Player of the Week
"Hoff was perfect on the day going 7-7 on his kicks in the game against Iowa Wesleyan. He was 4-4 in field goals converting from 28, 20, 26 and 20,  and averaged 51 yards on his kickoffs including one touchback. His four field goals tied a school record for most in a game." - UMAC

Emporia State Hornets Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 29, 2015 - kicker Austin Morton named MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week
"Morton finished Saturday’s win going 7-for-7 on PATs, improving his season total to a perfect 22-for-22. He also converted two field goals that included a season-long 39-yard make. For the season, Morton is 5-for-5 on field goals to hold the best make percentage in the MIAA for kickers with at least five attempts. The sophomore also ranks fourth in scoring in the conference and second among kickers, behind only Northwest Missouri State’s Simon Mathiesen." - Emporia Gazette

August 24, 2015 - summer specialists
"The kicking game is more set in stone, with ESU’s core three players — Justin Marcha at punter and kicker for kickoffs, Austin Morton for field goals and PATs, and Reid Buckingham at long snapper — all having a year of starting experience under their belts.... On 46 punts last season, Marcha’s average came out to 36.7 yards per kick, including 15 inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.... Backup quarterback Ty Reasnor stepped in at times to punt the ball, accumulating nearly a 38-yard average. While Marcha will, by all accounts, be the Hornets’ starting punter, Linsey wasn’t overly secretive about implementing a few wild cards to keep opponents honest.... ESU’s field goal game still showed room for improvement, but was fairly consistent in Morton’s freshman campaign. Morton converted 10 of 13 field goal attempts to rank fifth in the MIAA. His average didn’t dip significantly at longer ranges, as he nailed 5 of 6 from 30-39 yards and 2 of 3 from 40-49." - Emporia Gazette

August 20, 2014 - summer specialists
"The kicking duties will be handed over to a new player this year after the Hornets lost school record holder Eli Kuhns to a career ending injury during the playoffs last year.  Look for red-shirt freshman Austin Morton and true freshman Justin Marcha to split the kicking duties to begin the season. Kuhns also handled most of the punting chores last season. Marcha and back-up quarterback Ty Reasnor are in the mix at punter this year. Running back Jordan Tice took over in the playoff game after Kuhn's injury and punted six times with an average of 31.8 yards per punt in the extremely cold weather.... True freshman Reid Buckingham looks to take over the long snapping duties from four year starter Jake Farley.  Buckingham was the 17th ranked long snapper in the country last year and the only player in the top 30 not going to an NCAA Division I school." - Hornets

February 5, 2014 - long snapper & kicker sign
Reid Buckingham, LS - Lawrence, Kan., Free State HS, The #1 ranked long snapper in the state of Kansas and #15 in the nation...Top 12 performer at Rubio Long Snapping Camp...two-time honorable mention All-Sunflower League pick on offensive line for Free State.
 Justin Marcha, K - Edmond, Okla., Edmond Memorial HS, All-District and all-conference kicker...was the #3 kicker and #2 ranked punter by KCKicking. - Hornets

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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September 29, 2015 - punter Jonathan Cagle named MEAC Special Teams Player of the Week
"Cagle, a 6-3, junior punter from Pensacola, Florida, collected his first-ever Special Teams Player of the Week award following the weekend. Overall, he averaged a season-best 50.7 yards per punt against Savannah State, punting three times for 152 yards.  He booted a season-high 64-yarder and landed three punts inside the 20. " - Wildcats

February 4, 2015 - kickers Javaunie Francis & Uriel Hernandez sign
Javaunie Francis: Tabbed a Fab 50 Punter by Kornblue Kicking… Member of the 2014 and 2015 Miami Central State 6-A Championship Team… Booted 50 kickoffs as a senior, with 40 of them going for touchbacks… The fastest player on the Miami Central squad in 2014 and ’15, respectively… Also served as a punter for the Rockets…
Uriel Hernandez:  Outstanding leg strength… A Rising Junior Star following the 2013 season by the Miami Herald… Also drew attention from schools such as Alabama, Akron, Cincinnati, FIU and Florida A&M… Bench press maxed at 205 pounds… A Central Selection All-League choice in 2014… Made 6-of-11 field goal attempts, including a 48-yarder… Connected on all nine extra point attempts… Recorded 578 kickoff yards on 10 kicks, adding three touchbacks… Punted eight times for 845 yards, averaging 35.2 yards per kick and a long of 50 yards… Pinned eight punts inside the 20." - Wildcats

September 19, 2014 - kicker Haden Hoggarth
"While coach Jenkins didn't have a scholarship to offer, he asked Hoggarth to walk on, and he accepted. 'He stepped in right from Day 1. We knew he would be our guy,' Jenkins said. 'He has a phenomenal leg and a tremendous work ethic.' In two games heading into Saturday's contest at UCF, Hoggarth is 2 for 2 on field goals (29 and 23 yards) and 3 for 3 on extra points. That doesn't count his successful 33-yard field goal as he was getting hit in the fourth quarter against Grambling State last Saturday. The Wildcats took the roughing-the-kicker penalty and went on to score a touchdown. Hoggarth limped off the field but returned to kick the Wildcats' final PAT in the 36-23 victory." - Daytona Beach News-Journal

Fred Mitchell Award September 2015 Recognizees, part 1

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 21 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September. “The first month of the 2015 college football season was action-packed, including six 50+ yard field goals among this group and games decided by late scores by place-kickers, long snappers, holders and blockers on special teams. We are pleased to recognize place-kickers that were nominated by their schools for extraordinary performance during the month,” said Fred Mitchell. The Award’s Selection Committee Chairman Chris Kearney added, “These 21 place-kickers are succeeding on the gridiron and their civic and volunteer activities are having a positive impact in their communities. We are delighted to honor this group.” The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be announced in mid-December based on performance on the field and in the community.

The breakdown of the 21 place-kickers is as follows:
  • 4 FCS, 6 Division II, 7 Division III, 3 NAIA and 1 NJCAA
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 17 different states
  • • Year – 3 Seniors, 15 Juniors, 3 Sophomores, 0 Freshmen
In alphabetical order, the first third of the Fred Mitchell Award honorees for September 2015 are:

NIC BEHRENS Dakota State University (South Dakota) – NAIA 
Junior from Flandreau, SD….2nd on the team in scoring with 23 points from 2 of 4 FG’s and 17 of 19 PAT’s…made career-long 42-yard FG and scored 8 points in 38-13 win at Jamestown on September 19….Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Week twice this season….Relay for Life volunteer…shovels snow in the community….volunteer basketball official, helped a local resident move 

MILES BERGNER University of South Dakota - FCS 
Junior from Longmont, CO….2nd on the team in scoring with 19 points from 3 of 7 FG’s and 10 of 10 PAT’s…set school records by making 16 consecutive FG’s to start the 2014 season and 18 in a row dating back to the season before….31 career FG’s is 8th among FCS kickers….has made 69% of his FG’s and 3 of 4 below 50 yards in 2015….averaging 63 yards on 16 kickoffs… volunteered his last three summers to help coach his former high school football team including early morning workouts …performed community service throughout training camp with his teammates….annual community outreach volunteer including helping residents impacted by the June 3 tornado near his hometown 

ANDREW BREES University of Minnesota Duluth – Division II 
Senior from Greendale, WI….leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 31 points from 5 of 5 FG’s, 12 of 12 PAT’s and two 2-point conversions…. scored 10 points in 28-24 win over Upper Iowa on September 26….scored 9 points in 48-7 win over Wayne State on September 12….averaging 60 yards on 25 kickoffs….volunteered at Courage Center Duluth the past two winters, working with people with disabilities ... volunteers at annual Duluth Lions Club Pancake Day, the ALS Blizzard Tour and various UMD sports clinics….volunteers in UMD’s Bulldogs Not Bullies program in Duluth area elementary schools…United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County volunteer 

BLAINE BURSEY Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts) – Division III 
Junior from Middleburg, FL….leads the Engineers in scoring with 26 points from 5 of 6 FG’s and 11 of 13 PAT’s….Liberty League Special Teams Performer of the Week following two September games…made what turned out to be the game-winning 26-yard FG to beat MIT 31-28 on September 4…scored 7 points in 27-10 win over Norwich on September 19….replaced injured punter against Norwich by kicking two 4th quarter pooch punts inside the Norwich 20 yard line…volunteers at Burncoat Prep afternoon school including tutoring, mentoring and various activities….involved with football team’s mentoring of Team Impact child 

STEVE CRENSHAW Hendrix College (Arkansas) – Division III 
Junior from Texarkana, AR….2nd on the team scoring with 20 points on 1 of 2 FG’s and 17 of 18 PAT’s….scored 9 points in 45-34 win over Millsaps on September 26….averaging 49 yards on 21 kickoffs….organized serving and cleanup for Amazing Grace CafĂ©….Harvest Fest volunteer 

MATT DAVIS UNC Pembroke (North Carolina) – Division II 
Junior from Richlands, NC….2nd on the team in scoring with 22 points from 5 of 5 FG’s and 7 of 7 PAT’s….scored 10 points in 16-6 win over Shaw on September 19…averaging 58 yards on 16 kickoffs….member of school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee….student-leader group in Athletes in Action bible study program….volunteers to help homeless…volunteers at physical therapist office two times per week 

JOSH DEPP Georgetown College (Kentucky) – NAIA 
Junior from Springboro, OH….tied for 2nd on the team in scoring with 12 points from 2 of 3 FG’s and 6 of 7 PAT’s….scored 5 points against Lindsey Wilson on September 12…averaged 53 yards on 15 kickoffs

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Houston Texans Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 29, 2015 - kicker Randy Bullock waived, Nick Novak signed
"Bullock has missed two extra points in the Texans' first three games and missed a 43-yard field goal on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bullock is the only kicker this season to have missed more than one extra-point attempt. During the past two seasons, Bullock was 66-for-66 on extra-point attempts.... Novak spent the 2011-14 seasons with the San Diego Chargers. Novak, who is in his eighth season, has only missed one regular-season extra point in his career -- it was blocked. He made 84.6 percent of his field goal attempts in 2014." - ESPN

September 6, 2015 - long snapper Jon Weeks signs 4-year extension
The Texans have signed veteran long snapper Jon Weeks to a four-year, $3.9 million contract extension through the 2019 season. The deal includes $330,000 guaranteed in the form of a $250,000 signing bonus and $80,000 guaranteed of his base salary for 2016. Weeks’ base salaries are $825,000 for 2016, $825,000 for 2016, $900,000 for 2017, $915,000 for 2018 and $930,000 for 2019. Entering his sixth season, Weeks is one of the most reliable long snappers in the NFL. The former Baylor player has never missed a game, playing in 80 consecutive career games since joining the team in 2010." - Houston Chronicle

May 2, 2015 - punter/kicker Will Johnson signed
Undrafted punter/kicker Will Johnson from Texas State was signed following the draft.

December 24, 2014 - kicker Randy Bullock named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
"Following his career-best, franchise-record and NFL season-high six field goals in Houston's 25-13 win over Baltimore on Sunday. Bullock is the fourth Texan to be recognized by the league as AFC Player of the Week and the first Texans special teamer to win the award since wide receiver/return specialist Jacoby Jones in Week 4 in 2009.... Bullock scored a franchise-record 19 points and made field goals from 35 yards, 25 yards, 30 yards, 20 yards, 39 yards and 33 yards. The third-year player out of Texas A&M is 30-of-35 on the season, besting his previous career-high of 26 made field goals." - KHOU

December 21, 2014 - Randy Bullock kicks six field goals in 25-13 win over Ravens
"Randy Bullock set the Texans franchise record with six field goals on Sunday, going 6-for-6 with makes of 20, 25, 30, 33, 35 and 39 yards. Bullock, the 2012 fifth-round draft pick, is 30-of-35 on the season. Four times previously a Texans kicker had made five field goals – three times from Kris Brown and once from Shayne Graham. The Texans’ offense struggled mightily in the red zone, going 1-for-7, setting up Bullock’s chances." - Houston Chronicle

September 28, 2014 - kicker Randy Bullock hits from 41, 55 & 50 yards
"Kicker Randy Bullock drilled all three of his field goal attempts in Sunday's win over Buffalo, and that trio of scores came in the second half. The 41-yarder gave the Texans a 17-10 advantage with 6:14 left in the third quarter, while his career-long 55-yarder pushed Houston's lead to 10 with 9:21 remaining in regulation. The 50-yarder gave the home team a 23-17 lead that would hold up as the final. With each contest, his confidence level has grown. 'I think each game I get under my belt it gets easier and easier," Bullock said. "I have made a lot of strides. I just need to continue to work and continue to get better'." - Texans

September 27, 2014 - punter Shane Lechler will play this week
"According to John McClain (Houston Chronicle), Houston Texans punter Shane Lechler will be punting on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Lechler was questionable all week after injuring a hip flexor last Sunday on a blocked punt against the New York Giants. After resting the entire week Lechler made enough improvement over the week to be a full go for Sunday." - Scout

September 25, 2014 - punter Shane Lechler injury update
"Lechler sounded like a guy who wants to play and probably will, but he backed off of saying he will, deferring that decision to his head coach. 'I’ve had multiple things happen in 15 years,' Lechler said. 'Stuff happens. I've fought through it, and I’ve played the next week.' Lechler hesitated to discuss specifics of the injury. 'It's something that I'm not willing to discuss, which side,' Lechler said. 'It's me. I'll be ready.' He was then asked again if he'll be ready and replied: 'I feel like I'm going to give it my best shot. If it's the best thing for this team, I'm going to do it'." - ESPN

September 23, 2014 - four punters worked out, fifth one signed
"The Texans have signed rookie kicker/punter Chris Boswell to their practice squad. Boswell did a terrific job of punting in preseason after the coaches decided to give Shane Lechler some rest. Lechler suffered a hip flexor injury in the 30-17 loss to the New York Giants and may not be able to play in Week 4 against Buffalo. Boswell punted 15 times and averaged 44.3 yards in preseason, including six inside the 20. He provides insurance in case Lechler can’t play this weekend. The Texans worked out four punters – Matt McBriar, Zoltan Mesko, Brian Moorman and Kasey Redfern – on Tuesday, but signed Boswell." - Houston Chronicle

September 22, 2014 - punter Shane Lechler injured
"Coach Bill O’Brien had no update on punter Shane Lechler’s condition, saying only that 'any of these guys that have what I would term as soft-tissue type injuries – hamstrings, hip flexors, quad strains – every one of them is day to day.' O’Brien suggested it was too soon to know if the Texans would need to sign a replacement for Lechler, who suffered a hip-flexor injury on the punt he got blocked in the fourth quarter. 'Maybe you bring some guys to take a look at in a workout, or maybe you have someone in your team that has done it in the past,' he said. 'But we’re not at that stage yet where we have to decide because Shane, being the pro that he is, he’s going to let us know how he feels and what he can do'." - Houston Chronicle

September 21, 2014 - a Texans first for punter Shane Lechler
"Six-time All-Pro Shane Lechler completed a 10-yard pass to rookie Alfred Blue during Houston’s first offensive series out of punt formation. It was the first pass completion by a punter in Texans franchise history. Lechler, who played quarterback at East Bernard High School, has completed three passes during his NFL career. The previous one was on November 4, 2012, while with the Oakland Raiders. Matt Turk attempted Houston’s previous pass attempt by a punter, an incompletion, on December 1, 2008 at Jacksonville." - Texans

September 4, 2014 - kicker Randy Bullock
"Bullock said the competition with Chris Boswell, who was cut when the roster was trimmed, 'absolutely' pushed him to compete harder. 'Here’s a guy that has a good leg, is a good teammate, I believe the competition helped him,' Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said about Bullock. 'I think he’s a better kicker now than he was on April 7 when we started with these guys. I think with any good kicker in this league that is what you’re looking for is consistency. Consistency obviously, with PATs, consistency with what your range is as a field goal kicker and consistency in clutch moments. That’s what you’re looking for. Randy has been in all kinds of situations here over the last few months, including OTAs and things, and I believe he’s ready to kick for us this year'." - CSN Houston

August 29, 2014 - kicker/punter Chris Boswell released
"Boswell, a local product of Rice University, got time kicking and punting for the Texans, but with veteran Shane Lechler at punter and incumbent kicker Randy Bullock looking good on field goals Boswell would have had to have an outstanding preseason to make the roster. Boswell missed two extra points, when they were from 33 yards per a preseason test rule, in the Texans first home game against the Falcons, but kicked well on field goals going 2 for 2 in the preseason." - CBS

August 28, 2014 - final preseason game
"Boswell kicked a 41-yard field goal in the first quarter Thursday night to give the Texans a three-point lead over the 49ers. Bullock added a 52-yarder in the second quarter for a six-point advantage during the Texans' final preseason game, which ended as a 40-13 blowout defeat to San Francisco at NRG Stadium. What stood out for Boswell, though, was his punting. Again. As a senior at Rice last year, Boswell punted once for 42 yards. Through the first three preseason games and the first half of the 49ers game, Boswell had punted 12 times. He finished with five punts for 230 yards (46-yard average) with a long of 47. Entering Thursday's game, Boswell had 10 punts with a gross average of 43.4 yards and a net of 40.1. He put five of them inside the 20. His first punt against San Francisco was for 47 yards and backed up the 49ers at their 8. He also had a 43-yarder to the Niners' 21. Unfortunately for Boswell, the regular punter is Shane Lechler, one of the best in history." - Houston Chronicle

August 21, 2014 - kicker Randy Bullocks leads
"Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Thursday that Bullock is leading rookie Chris Boswell in the battle to become the team’s placekicker. Boswell missed two extra-point attempts during a home victory against Atlanta last Saturday and was sometimes off target in Wednesday’s practice against Denver. Bullock kicked a 'game-winning' field goal in Wednesday’s workout against the Broncos and has been sharp throughout training camp. 'Randy is in the lead,' O’Brien said. 'Randy has made some good kicks'.” - Houston Chronicle

August 16, 2014 - kicker Chris Boswell misses two extra points
The Texans’ special teams were excellent Saturday. Except for undrafted rookie kicker Chris Boswell, who missed two extra-point attempts. Boswell, who is trying to unseat Randy Bullock, failed twice on 33-yard attempts, as the NFL experiments with longer point-after kicks during the preseason. 'I still think it’s a competition,' Texans special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky said. 'That’s what we’ve been waiting for. We wanted to see them during a game, but that was just one game. We will evaluate it, work on it this week, and we will get another opportunity against Denver'.” - Houston Chronicle

August 9, 2014 - no kicks in preseason opener
"The worst thing coach Bill O’Brien didn’t see were his two kickers, Randy Bullock and Chris Boswell. They never attempted a field goal or an extra point. 'It’s frustrating that you can’t have a situation where a guy can at least (attempt) a PAT,' O’Brien said. 'Again, we have to do a better job of making sure we score some points or put (the kickers) in positions where they can kick field goals, wherever it may be from, to have a battle.' Zero-for-zero times two answers few questions." - Houston Chronicle

July 31, 2014 - analyst talks kickers
John Harris, Texans Analyst: "This is going to shock many, but you know what, so be it (it'll be one of the last times I'll talk about kickers, presumably). Randy Bullock (No. 4) and Chris Boswell (No. 2) have shined kicking field goals on a daily basis. Through three days of the FG kicking competition, I can only remember two field goals missed - one by each. Both have bombed kicks from 50 yards and deeper and most of the kicks are right down the middle. I know, I know, there isn't much pressure on kickers in training camp and no live rush up to this point. Regardless, I don't often talk nice about kickers, but they deserve some kind words." - Texans

July 29, 2014 - coach talks kickers
Head Coach Bill O’Brien on on if he is pleased with the kicking battle) “I thought Boz (Chris Boswell) kicked well. I think Randy (Bullock) and Boz have kicked well. I’d say that Randy, the competition has helped Randy. I think he kicked pretty well the other day. Boz, I thought he hit it pretty good today. There’s not live rush yet, so you know, they’re basically kicking on air. It’s a two-step rush, but there has been improvement there.” - Texans

June 14, 2014 - OTAs kicking update
"Friday was the first time that Randy Bullock and Chris Boswell kicked for everyone to see. They worked on kick-offs and like we noted in our Day 10 OTAs notes, Bullock is ahead of Boswell in terms of leg strength and ability to hang the ball up in the air enough for coverage to get down the field.  The field goal portion of the kickers has not really been put on display yet, but that will be seen soon enough when training camp starts." - State of the Texans

May 17, 2014 - kicker Chris Boswell recovering from appendectomy
"Chris Boswell is taking it slow this week because he’s recovering from a recent appendectomy. 'That’s why he hasn’t been able to kick full force yet,' coach Bill O’Brien said, 'but he’s going to be fine. He’ll be able to kick in the OTAs. Again, it’s about competition on the roster. After the draft we try to find some guys that fit that mold of being able to compete and he was one of those guys.' Once Boswell begins working against the incumbent, Randy Bullock, O’Brien said, 'It will be the same way we would work any position, just try to make sure everybody gets reps. I’m not saying the reps will be equal, but everybody will get a shot. When you get your opportunity you’ve got to make the most of it'.” - Houston Chronicle

May 13, 2014 - kicking competition
Randy Bullock will have competition in 2014. The third-year kicker will be challenged by undrafted rookie Chris Boswell from Rice. While the Texans haven't released their entire list of undrafted rookies, at Monday's Houston Texans Charity Golf Classic, general manager Rick Smith was asked specifically about the signing of Boswell. 'He’s got a big leg,' Smith said. 'He came and he did a really good job at our pro day. We had our local workout. He was a very impressive man in that environment'.... 'I think he actually is working out with Randy a little bit, so he knows his competition,' Smith said. 'They know each other, and it will be fun to watch.' As far as head coach Bill O'Brien is concerned, the kicker position is like any other on the team, in terms of competition. 'The whole goal in the draft process and free agency is to try to create the most competitive roster you can create,' O'Brien said. 'Where guys go out there every day, and they know that they have to go out and compete and perform and play to the best of their ability. So at any point, at any position, whoever we brought in, that’s the mindset'." - Texans

May 10, 2014 - kicker Chris Boswell signed
"After 256 picks and the Texans leaning heavily on defense and drafting five players from the SEC they looked close to home for their first undrafted free agent. Rice kicker Chris Boswell was signed shortly after the end of the draft." - CBS Houston

Also: Lamar long snapper Chris Maikranz to tryout at minicamp.

College Kickers & Punters of the Week 4, 2015

The following kickers and punters have honored for their efforts during the 4th week of the 2015 college football season. 

Lou Groza Award
  • Drew Brown, Nebraska
  • Andrew Gantz, Cincinnati
  • Tyler Rausa, Boise State
Ray Guy Award
  •  Tom Hackett, Utah

Montana Western Bulldogs Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 28, 2015 - kicker Seth Mason named Frontier Special Teams Player of the Week
"for his performance against No. 6 Carroll College. In a 10-9 conference loss, Mason was 3 for 4 on field goals, scoring all of No. 16 Montana Western's points. Mason booted his season and career long on a 44-yarder in the second quarter. Mason is now 4 out of 5 on the season and boasts a 49.8 yard punting average in five attempts this season." - Bulldogs

Benedictine Ravens Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 28, 2015 - kicker Andrew Zubia named the HAAC Special Teams Player of the Week
"for his efforts in Saturday's 35-31 upset win over No. 3 Baker University. The freshman kicker from El Paso, Texas, was perfect on the day converting on field goals of 41 abd 43 yards while converting all three point after attempts. He totaled over 445 yards on seven kick offs for an average of 64 yards per kick with one touchback as he played a key roll in helping the Ravens win the field-position battle against the Wildcats. The Ravens hit the road on Saturday for a 6 p.m. game against Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., before returning home on Oct. 10 to open Heart North Division play at 11 a.m. against Culver-Stockton College." - Ravens

McKendree Bearcats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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September 28, 2015 - kicker Steven O'Block named GLVC Special Teams Player of the Week
"for his effort in the Bearcats' 41-23 victory at William Jewell College on Saturday. It is the first conference weekly honor in O'Block's collegiate career. O'Block had a perfect afternoon kicking the football, converting all five of his extra point attempts while drilling a pair of field goals in helping the Bearcats put up 41 first-half points against the Cardinals. He booted a 31-yard field goal late in the first quarter which was set up by an interception from sophomore linebacker Kyle Kirkpatrick (Bethalto, IL/Civic Memorial) that was returned deep into William Jewell territory. Then with just 1:30 left until halftime, O'Block split the uprights from 38 yards out to cap the largest first-half scoring outburst for McKendree during the 2015 regular season. For the season, O'Block has made 11-of-14 point after attempts while making all three of his field goal attempts. Dating back to last season, O'Block has converted 11 of his last 12 field goal tries for McKendree. Through three games in 2015, he is second in the GLVC in kick scoring, averaging 6.7 points per contest. O'Block is just one of two kickers in the league who is perfect in field goal attempts." - Bearcats

February 4, 2015 - punter/picker Monte Wolke signs
"Sigel, IL, Cumberland Major: Averaged 40.1 yards per punt as a senior at Cumberland High School…also gained 857 rushing yards with 14 touchdowns as a senior for the Pirates…threw for 829 yards with seven TDs as a senior…was twice named as an All-Conference punter…also grabbed All-Conference honors at quarterback…received All-State Academic accolades." - Bearcats

Assumption College Greyhounds Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 28, 2015 - kicker Cole Tracy named Northeast-10 Special Teams Player of the Week
"for the second time this season after an 11-point effort in Saturday's win over Pace. Tracy was a perfect 8-for-8 in extra-point chances on Saturday afternoon, along with a 38-yard field goal as he ended the game with 11 points. As a team, the Hounds came away with the convincing 61-9 home victory over the Setters. The 11-point performance is the second double-digit scoring game of the season for Tracy. Previously this season, he set the Northeast-10 Conference record with six field goals made at LIU Post, along with finishing with a league-record 19 points in the narrow loss. He also booted a 52-yard field goal, which tied the all-time NE-10 record for the longest field goal in league history. For his performance in that week, Tracy was named the National Special Teams Player of the Week. Tracy is first in the Northeast-10 Conference in field goals made with eight and points scored by kickers with 40, as well as ranking second in the league with 16 successful extra-point opportunities. His 52-yard field goal is also the longest in the Northeast-10 this season by a 14-yard margin." - Greyhounds

Coast Guard Bears Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 28, 2015 - kicker/punter Tyler Henning named NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week
"after booting a game-winning 37-yard field goal with three seconds left as the Bears upset Salve Regina 21-20 in the conference opener for both teams. Henning also made field goals of 28 and 35 yards in the win over the Seahawks, who were the #5 team in New England and had won seven straight games including the ECAC Northeast Bowl last season. He also averaged 41.2 yards on six punts, three of them inside the 20 including a punt inside the 1-yard line in the third quarter with his team trailing 14-6. The punt turned the momentum as Coast Guard rallied for the win. Henning, a NEFC first team selection as a punter last season, leads the NEFC and is 7th nationally in Division III with a 43.3 yard average on the season and leads the conference with five field goals." - Bears

Dakota State Trojans Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 28, 2015 - kicker/punter Nic Behrens named NSAA Special teams Player of the Week
"Behrens, 6-foot and 170 lbs. kicker/punter, converted all five PAT extra-point kicks in Trojans' 39-35 loss at St. Ambrose (Iowa) on Sept. 26. He completed the month of September with a perfect 16-of-16 on PAT extra-point kicks. Behrens also recorded five punts for a total of 193 yards, averaging 38.6 yards per punt for Dakota State. Two of his punts resulted inside the 20-yard line and a touchback. He had six kickoffs for a total of 370 yards, averaging 61.7 yards per kickoff." - KDLT

September 7, 2015 - kicker/punter Nic Behrens named NSAA Special teams Player of the Week
"Behrens was perfect 4-for-4 PAT extra-point kicks in assisting Dakota State (S.D.) earn their first victory of the season with a 28-24 win over Dordt (Iowa).  He also had five punts for a total of 211 yards (42.2 yards average per punt), including his longest punt of 48 yards in the game.  Two of his punts went inside the 20-yard line and one touch back.  On one occasion from DaSU's 47-yard line, Behrens recorded a 46-yard punt to the DC's 7-yard line with 8:08 remaining in the first quarter.  His second punt was in the second quarter where he recorded a 48-yard punt from the DaSU's 48-yard line and was downed on DC's 4-yard line.  Behrens recorded five kick-offs for a total of 274 yards (54.8 yards average per kick-off) with two touchbacks." - NSAA

Defiance Yellow Jackets Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 28, 2015 - kicker Tyler L’Heureux named HCAC Special Teams Player of the Week
"L’Heureux helped the Yellow Jackets earn their first victory of the season over Hanover (Ind.) College on Saturday (Sept. 26) by a final score of 19-14. He made field goal attempts from 29 and 30 yards out and converted one extra point. L’Heureux is now four-for-six on field goal attempts for the season and has a season long make of 40 yards. He is averaging 55.6 yards on kickoffs and has one touchback." - Yellow Jackets

Marshall Thundering Herd Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

September 28, 2015 - punter Tyler Williams named CUSA Special Teams Player of the Week
"Williams punted a career-high 12 times in Marshall's 36-29 double overtime win at Kent State, averaging 46.8 per kick, while downing seven inside the 20-yard line, a figure that broke Kase Whitehead's single-game school record of five vs. Southern Miss in 2011. His 562 punt yards also broke a Marshall single-game record set by Bob Eschbaugh, who had 513 yards on 14 punts in 1972. This is Williams's second career C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week honor and the First since Sept. 24, 2012."  - Thundering Herd

April 17, 2015 - kicking competition
One of the blooming position battles that will be interesting to watch as Marshall University spring football practice wraps up is the kicking competition between Nick Smith and Amoreto Curraj....  battle appears to be brewing with Smith and Curraj, the Herd's kickoff specialist who was red-shirted last year because of bulging disc in his back. Coming into the spring, it was expected that Smith would be the No. 1 and Curraj would be the backup, as evidenced by the Herd putting Smith on scholarship. However, Curraj has looked stronger than ever after missing a year and Holliday has taken notice. It is a stark contrast to the first day of spring practice when Curraj was trying to find his way back into a routine. 'He couldn't even kick a field goal in the first spring practice, let alone make one,' coach Holliday said of Curraj. 'There's no doubt he's a lot more consistent (now). He's always had the leg strength. You saw the leg strength on his kickoffs his freshman year. I'm a little bit surprised he's as consistent as he has been. Right now, he's kicking the ball pretty well'." - The Herld-Dispatch

March 23, 2015 - spring specialists
"The kicking game will get switched around a bit. Nick Smith and Amareto Curraj will not only battle to take kickoffs, but will duel for the field-goal/extra-point duties. Kaare Vedvik will be groomed exclusively as a punter, backing up the well-established Tyler Williams." - Charleston Gazette

December 6, 2014 - Justin Haig kicks four field goals over Louisiana Tech for CUSA title
"The MVP in the Conference USA championship game was clear, and it wasn’t Rakeem Cato, Neville Hewitt or any other well-known name on the Thundering Herd’s roster. 
Instead it was kicker Justin Haig, who made 4-of-4 field goal attempts in critical junctures as Marshall came from behind to beat Louisiana Tech 26-23 on Saturday. 'I told Haig that I had never heard of a kicker getting MVP,' joked coach Doc Holliday. 'I’m glad he did. He is special. He hadn’t done that all year but he did it when it mattered. He is just another example of a senior on the football team who is playing his best football right now. That is the best game he has had since he has been here and to do it during a championship means a lot.' Haig hit field goals from 24, 40, 40 and 46 yards on day when the rain and wind were whipping around Joan C. Edwards Stadium. 'Conditions today were very challenging. Its definitely not an ideal situation when its raining, 40 degrees and windy,' said Haig. 'Matt Cincotta and Tyler Williams did a great job putting the ball down and the o-line did a great job as well'." - MetroNews

October 28, 2014 - punter Tyler Williams
"Williams has the second-best average in the Football Bowl Subdivision, but it’s nowhere to be found on the NCAA leaderboard. The junior averages a gaudy 47.6 yards per punt for the Thundering Herd football team. That should put him just behind national leader Austin Rehkow of Idaho’s 48-yard average, but Williams’ name is missing. It’s the number at the bottom of the page that is the cause of that. To qualify among the NCAA’s leaders, a punter must average 3.6 punts per game. Williams has punted just 24 times for the Herd (8-0, 4-0 Conference USA) this year, an average of three punts per game. That can be the case when your offense ranks eighth in the FBS in converting 50 percent of its first downs. Williams, though, has no problem being left with little to do on game day. 'If I punt eight times a game, that’s no good for our team,' Williams said. 'Me not playing is a great thing'." - Charleston Daily Mail

August 12, 2014 - kicking competition
Despite Marshall kicker Justin Haig’s status as a fifth-year senior and two-year starter, he isn’t taking his spot on the team for granted. Not with redshirt freshman Nick Smith having a solid preseason of booting field goals, that is. Both Haig and Smith have enjoyed a good first few practices. On Tuesday, both were good from 47 yards. Haig said they’re both trying to keep it business as usual. 'We both just try to focus on making field goals,' Haig said. 'That’s what our job is. It is what it is, as far as competition goes, but I’m out here trying to make kicks'.... Marshall coach Doc Holliday has seen the strides both have made in these first few practices, and said that’s what competition can bring out of players. 'They’ve gotten better, and it’s a good competition right now,' he said. 'The kickers are no different than anyone else when they’re competing for a job. You find out what they’re all about'.” - Charleston Daily Mail

August 9, 2014 - summer pseudo-scrimmage
"It was a good day for field-goal kickers, as Justin Haig tries to fend off the challenge of Nick Smith. Haig had the only miss in a combined 11 attempts, a boot from 40 yards that went just wide right. Both then hit from 44, 46 and 49 yards. 'Both kickers, I thought they were tremendous today,' coach Doc Holliday said. 'They’ve gotten better and there’s good competition right now'.” - Charleston Gazette

August 6, 2014 - punter Tyler Williams' summer
“Summer’s where you get the majority of your work in, because we have all that time off. We lift and we have so much free time, that’s where I work on my drops and my get-offs. So when camp comes around, I’m hopefully in my best shape so I can hopefully kick the ball almost every day and be in condition enough to put my drops, steps and quick get-offs into camp,' he continued. 'So by day three, things should really start coming together and, honestly, that’s when I really start seeing my best'.... Williams worked diligently on a few specific things through the summer break. He tried to limit the distance he stepped into a punt to between 2½ and three yards. Most importantly, he said, was to get the ball into the air quickly. He wants it off his foot within two seconds. 'Getting a quick get-off, getting quick feet to get the ball off faster and working on stretching to get the follow-through on the drops all come into play,' he said. 'It’s just getting the ball of quick, fast, consistently and with great hang-time'.” - Charleston Daily Mail

April 24, 2014 - kicking competition
Justin Haig is used to being challenged as Marshall’s top field-goal kicker. That daily battle has long since gone global, what with an Albanian and a Norwegian getting their boots in. But Haig is getting perhaps his sternest challenge from a good old-fashioned Ohioan, Nick Smith. The redshirt freshman has a couple inches on Haig (5-foot-10 to 5-8) and a probably a few yards. And if Smith keeps up his performance he is enjoying this spring, he’ll force the coaching staff to make a decision. He has Doc Holliday’s attention, for sure. 'I like what I see out of Nick,' said Holliday, the Thundering Herd’s fifth-year coach. 'He’s got a strong leg, he’s been more consistent, had a great day Friday, 8 for 8 I think. Had a good day Tuesday. I think he missed one or maybe two today, but he’s got a strong leg and he’s getting better. That’s a big battle and it probably will go into August.' And then it will become a kick-by-kick battle, not that either candidate will feel the pressure. Like many kickers, they’re wired to almost be oblivious to high stakes. 'I just go out and kick the football,' Haig said. 'I just worry about my technique'.” - Charleston Gazette

April 17, 2014 - punter Tyler Williams multi-tasking
Whether there's been extreme cold with snow blowing around or sunny, 80-degree weather this spring, he has been hitting the ball true in practices. 'I always think of spring ball as a good opportunity to get back into the groove,' Williams said. 'We've been out of it for a while and have been lifting and now we get back into the season drift. There isn't too much of a break from what the season feels like because we can get more reps and get some live stuff going.' In 2014, Williams is also adding another important duty to his repertoire -- placeholder.... Holding duties are normally reserved for a backup quarterback, but with each of the backups focused on winning the No. 2 quarterback position, Williams has taken on that responsibility. 'It's not a guarantee or a must-have if you want to get to the NFL, but if you want to punt, you know how to hold because it's not a backup quarterback thing anymore,' Williams said. 'It takes more pressure off the quarterbacks because they don't have to worry about it as much'." - The Herald-Dispatch

March 27, 2014 - kicker Kaare Vedvik multi-tasking
"Kicker Kaare Vedvik has been pulling double duty for the Herd in the first two days of spring practice. Not only has he worked with special teams, booming a long field goal at the start of Thursday’s practice, he’s also run a little bit at reserve wide receiver. 'He’s a tremendous athlete,' Holliday said of the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Norway native, who played high school football at McPherson High in Kansas. 'He was a great soccer player. He doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing, but he looks great running around out there. 'We’re experimenting with it a little bit to see what he can do,” Holliday added, “but he’s got some skills, now'.” - Charleston Daily Mail