33 minutes | Jan 23, 2023
Special Teams Roundtable: Todd Goebbel, NC State, and Pete Lembo, South Carolina
Todd Goebbel Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator, North Carolina State History: Ohio State, Marshall Notable Specialists: Mike Nugent, K (New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys) Trenton Gill, P (Chicago Bears), AJ Cole, P (Las Vegas Raiders), Christopher Dunn, K (Lou Groza Award Winner) Pete Lembo Special Teams Coordinator, South Carolina History: Ball State, Maryland, Rice, Memphis, Lehigh, Elon, Ball State Notable Specialists: Jack Fox, P (Detroit Lions) Riley Patterson, K (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions)
36 minutes | Jan 16, 2023
Special Teams Roundtable: Doug Deakin, San Diego State, Blake Dunham, Austin Westlake
Doug Deakin is the Special Teams Coordinator at San Diego State University and Blake Dunham is the Special Teams Coordinator at Austin Westlake High School.
48 minutes | May 7, 2022
Special Teams Roundtable: Ryan Dougherty USC, Ryan Saparto, Oregon State, Eric Raisbeck, Penn State
Eric Raisbeck Special Teams Analyst, Penn State History: Utah State, Wisconsin-Platteville, South Dakota School of Mines Notable Specialists: Dom Eberle, K (Green Bay Packers), Jordan Stout (Baltimore Ravens), P https://www.twitter.com/coachraisbeck Ryan Saparto Special Teams Analyst, Oregon St History: Montana State, Washington, Washington St. Notable Specialists: Luke Loecher, Everett Hayes, Jared Padmos, Keegan Firth, Daniel Rodriguez https://twitter.com/CoachSaparto Ryan Dougherty Special Teams Analyst, University of Southern California History: Oklahoma, Lehigh, Eastern Carolina Notable Specialists: Austin Seibert, K, Gabe Brkic, K, https://twitter.com/CoachRDougherty
34 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
Graham Gano, Kicker, New York Giants
Graham Gano is an NFL Kicker who had a breakout season for the New York Giants in 2020. A 13-year NFL veteran, Gano was signed as an undrafted free agent for the Baltimore Ravens in 2008 from Florida State after winning the 2008 Lou Groza Award. He competed against Steve Hauschka to replace Matt Stover, competing under Randy Brown. Gano’s NFL career has made stops in the National Football League, the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, New York Giants. Statistically 2020 and 2021 were some of his best seasons, as he converted his kicks within 3 feet of the center according to the Simple Kicking App. Santos credits punter Riley Dixon (Syracuse, Los Angeles Rams) who held for him. Please follow Graham Gano https://www.instagram.com/grahamgano9/ https://twitter.com/GrahamGano
21 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Kickers Roundtable: Will Reichard, (Alabama) Jack Podlesny, (Georgia) Cameron Little (Arkansas)
Will Reichard, University of Alabama Jack Podlesny, University of Georgia Cameron Little, University of Arkansas Learning how to get a college scholarship starts with the wisdom.
26 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
Kickers Roundtable: Mitch Jeter, Noah Rauschenberg, Evan Staley, Jonah Lipel
Mitch Jeter, South Carolina Noah Rauschenberg, Baylor Evan Staley, West Virginia Jonah Lipel, Harvard How to get a college scholarship starts with the appropriate mindset.
33 minutes | Feb 9, 2022
Special Teams Roundtable: Jeremy Springer, Aman Anand, Jonathan Rutledge
Special Teams Roundtable: Jeremy Springer, Aman Anand, Jonathan Rutledge by James Hairston
56 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
Special Teams Roundtable: Louie Matsakis, Drew Meyer, Grant Kurzner, Brett Arkelian
The first Special Teams Roundtable was held at the AFCA Convention on January 9, 2022. The panel consisted of four Power 5 coaches. 1) Louie Matsakis, Analyst - University of Kentucky 2) Drew Meyer, Analyst - University of Virginia 3) Brett Arkelian, Analyst - Virginia Tech 4) Grant Kurzner, Analyst - University of Missouri-Columbia Highlights: 1) The key to coaching a kicker is to unlock their natural athletic ability and allow it to take over. 1B) The kicker's personality and temperament determine how best to coach: a) like a caddie in golf, or b) aggressive, yelling, etc 2) A coach can sense whether a kicker is ready or not, and it is his job to change the path a kicker’s mind is on, so that it flips it into thinking about something completely different. 3) Each kicker is different: some are pensive and technique-oriented, others rely on feel, requiring little-to-no thinking. 4) Asking for a kicker's feedback after a shank does three things: a) creates conversation, b) identifies problem, c) creates space to move on and refocus. 5) Coaches can identify the mental strengths of a high school kicker in recruiting but it requires the kicker to attend on-campus summer camp to be evaluated in-person. 6) A high school kicker who makes excuses for a missed kick immediately is disqualified in recruiting. 7) Hold tryouts for kicking, punting and long snapping in the offseason for emergencies! 8) High school kickers who play multiple sports are more attractive because they have been exposed to more situations to winning because they play more games.
15 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Cameron Little, Arkansas Razorbacks Kicker
Cameron Little is the Kicker for the Arkansas Razorbacks. As a true Freshman. Through 4 games he is perfect 8-for-8 on field goals. The Razorbacks are fielding their best squad in nearly a decade. Little earned the starting job in fall camp, and according to the Simple Kicking App, he is a top 10 kicker in college football with his proximity to the middle of the Pro-Posts at 6 feet 11 inches, and 5.06 points above expected. Little was a highly coveted high school prospect earning All-America honors. You may also find the Simple Kicking Punting Tracker, or Punt tracker app on the App Store helpful in charting your kicks and punts: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/simple-kicking/id1492643118 Follow @SimpleKicking on: Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/simplekicking Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simplekicking Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simplekicking Web: https://www.simplekicking.com Please follow Cameron Little: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cameronglittle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cameronglittle/
20 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Parker Lewis, Kicker, USC Kicker
Parker Lewis is the sophomore kicker at the University of Southern California (U.S.C) who had a monster freshman season in 2020. A graduate of Saguaro High School in Phoenix, AZ. Lewis is a rising PAC-12 Kicker who has a bright future. Earning a job in college football is difficult. Keeping it is even harder. As an early enrollee Lewis beat out USC great, Chase McGrath during crazy times in the college football landscape. On this episode, Lewis shares his story, and how he beat out two upperclassmen. Please follow Parker Lewis: https://www.twitter.com/ParkerLewi Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ParkerLewi_/
25 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Live Show! It takes time to get a college scholarship
0:00 - Welcome to Simple Kicking and James Hairston (LSU and Rice) story 1:00 - The Chris Sailer Kicking Camp: the difference between a Top 12 kicker and an Underclassmen 4:00 - How do you improve your ranking and kick the ball farther? 8:00 - The difference is like understanding a car engineer 10:30 - 150% difference based on points above expected 12:30 - Training on the Pro-Posts which narrow the field goal posts to 9 feet wide 15:00 - Two Outstanding kickers who had fun playing the game 18:30 - The Nick Folk story and how many wins he was worth in the 2020 NFL season 20:00 - How college coaches recruit 21:20 - Follow Simple Kicking Points above expected is a metric that determines which kickers are better than others. Check out that video below: https://youtu.be/92F3KCtOfHw Nick Folk, University of Arizona, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New England Patriots Kicker check out that podcast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDeZbQdtoJk&t=1331s You may also find the Simple Kicking Punting Tracker, or Punt tracker app on the App Store helpful in charting your kicks and punts: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/simple-kicking/id1492643118 Follow @SimpleKicking on: Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/simplekicking Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simplekicking Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simplekicking Web: https://www.simplekicking.com Chris Sailer and Chris Rubio check out that podcast here: https://youtu.be/3H3S7HSqcug Please check Chris Sailer out below : Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/chris_sailer Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrissailerkicking Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris_sailer Web: https://www.ChrisSailerKicking.com Please check Chris Rubio out below : Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/TheChrisRubio Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rubiolongsnapping Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rubio.longsnapping Web: https://www.RubioLongSnapping.com Chicago Bears Kicker Cairo Santos splits the Pro-Posts, you can find that episode here: https://youtu.be/tfAW16UxLq0 Nick Folk, University of Arizona, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New England Patriots Kicker check out that podcast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDeZbQdtoJk&t=1331s You may also find the Simple Kicking Punting Tracker, or Punt tracker app on the App Store helpful in charting your kicks and punts: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/simple-kicking/id1492643118 Follow @SimpleKicking on: Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/simplekicking Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simplekicking Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simplekicking Web: https://www.simplekicking.com The Simple Kicking App was created to give kickers a tool so that now only did they have knowledge of their own performance, but also so they could learn, adjust, and reach their goals. Reaching goals means enjoying the process. Check out 2 press conferences held after the CSK camps. Kalen Jones (CA) 2022, and Caden Perry (TX) 2023. Caden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRKseAyFLaI&t=2s&pp=sAQA Kalen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYiCJVLmgPg&pp=sAQA A shift is occurring in the college recruiting world where there is an emphasis on data and video. The Simple Kicking App provides both in the largest kicking database on the planet. Currently there are over 60,000 kicks logged from just under 3,000 kickers. In the past a kid leaves a session with thoughts and tired legs, and now young kickers will have their results posted for all scouts to see on a live leaderboard. Young kickers face a sweet spot of time to develop. Are you taking full advantage of the time you have? The difference between making kicks and missing them short is hard work. But what separates the men from the boys? Working Smart.
13 minutes | May 15, 2021
Isaac Pearson, University of Texas Punter
The Texas Longhorns added their 3rd Aussie punter in the past decade or so: Michael Dickson, punter for the Seattle Seahawks, current punter Ryan Bujcevski, and the newest arrival is Isaac Pearson from Australia. He learned how to kick from ProKick Australia. Texas has some of the best specialists in the Country. Justin Tucker, Austin Westlake High School, Baltimore Ravens, Cameron Dicker, Lake Travis, just to name a few. Hailing from New South Wales, Pearson joined the Simple Kicking Show for an in-person clinic. Here we talk about technique, mindset, and the art of punting, it was a ton of fun. Overview of the session: Overview of the first set, Punting in Windy Conditions, mindset of punting. What has it been like traveling from Australia to compete in American college football. Expectations for the session 50 yards, 5.0 seconds hang time punt Nick Folk, New England Patriots Kicker, on making solid contact. Practicing real game scenarios, deliberate practice. Focus on the process not on the results. Reviewing Data on the Simple Kicking App. Two things I am thinking about: be relaxed and make smooth contact on the ball. Punting in Windy Conditions, Austin McNamara Texas Tech Punte. How to get out of a punting slump. Adjusting the mindset. Let the ball do the talking. Nick Folk, University of Arizona, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New England Patriots Kicker check out that podcast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDeZb... You may also find the Simple Kicking Punting Tracker, or Punt tracker app on the App Store helpful in charting your kicks and punts: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/simple-kicking/id1492643118 Follow @SimpleKicking on: Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/simplekicking Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simplekicking Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simplekicking Web: https://www.simplekicking.com Please follow Isaac Pearson: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isaac_pearson/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Isaac_Pearson23/
51 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Cairo Santos, NFL Kicker
Cairo Santos is an NFL Kicker who had a breakout season for the Chicago Bears in 2020. A 8 year NFL veteran, Santos was signed as an undrafted free agent for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014 Tulane University. Santos’ NFL career has made stops in the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC) with 4 franchises: the Chiefs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Tennessee Titans. Statistically 2020 was his best season, as he converted 93.8% of his kicks with 3.4º precision according to the Simple Kicking App. Santos credits punter Pat O’Donnell (The University of Miami) who held for him. Cairo Santos is the first born Brazilian to play in the NFL. Santos was a soccer player growing up and his heroes were Neymar, Ronaldinho, and Ronaldo. Folk did not have childhood aspirations to play in the NFL, and this episode covers topics of how hard it is to stay in the NFL and how he sustained a long career despite multiple injuries, and roster cuts. This story is a lot like Nick Folk’s. was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice in 2020 for his game winning field goals vs. the New York Jets and the Arizona Cardinals. Santos was named the NFC special teams player in Week 6 victory at Carolina Panthers. Santos was named the NFC’s special teams player of the month for December 2020 making all 12 field-goal attempts from Weeks 13 through 17 through the Pro-Posts except for one. He is the best kicker in Chicago since Robbie Gould.
26 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Thomas Fletcher, Long Snapper, Alabama
Thomas Fletcher was the Long Snapper at the University of Alabama. A two-time national champion, Fletcher was selected as the 2020 Patrick Mannelly Award Winner which is presented annually to the nation's top long snapper. Fletcher was recruited by Head Coach Nick Saban, and former special teams coordinator, Jeff Banks who has begun a career at the University of Texas as of January 2021. On his special teams unit he played with Green Bay Packers punter J.K. Scott, and Simple Kicking's own, Will Reichard. He follows a lineage of excellent long snappers in Tuscaloosa like Carson Tinker (New York Giants) and Cole Mazza (Los Angeles Chargers). Fletcher played in 3 college football playoff national championship games, winning the 2021 CFP National Championship over the Ohio State University and the 2017 CFP National Championship over the University of Georgia. In this episode, Fletcher shares how his hard work throughout his career allowed him to become the best he could. Treating each moment as if it were a game he follows a specific process. He shares his recruiting journey on how he earned a college scholarship as a long snapper to the University of Alabama, and tips he would give young long snappers who are attending kicking camps, showcases, and combines.
29 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Drew Meyer, Special Teams Analyst University of Virginia
Drew Meyer is a Special Teams Analyst at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. This episode covers his outlook on kicking and punting. The episode covers how the late Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and Michigan State Punter Mike Sadler made an impact on how he recruits kickers and punters. Meyer highlights that he is looking for characters that resemble the remarkable qualities of two souls that left us too soon. Meyer walked on as a punter at the University of Wisconsin and he shares how his playing experience has transferred to coaching and recruiting kickers as a Division 1 special teams college analyst. Early in his coaching career, Meyer is taking lessons learned from college teammates Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) Monte Ball (Denver Broncos) and what he learned from top punters at camps like Thomas Morstead, Tommy Townsend, and many others. Not only does he have 4 seasons under his belt coaching at the highest level of college football, but he has deep relationships with the best punters and kickers in the game. This episode covers what attributes he looks for in a kicker, memorable stories from Kohl’s Kicking Camps, and gratitude. Meyer drew insight from listening to the Podcast with Thomas Morstead, who is the punter for the New Orleans saints. You can find that episode here: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWIIAxJ_48k Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/28yUdlW2w3LYuJtRtUCeOr?si=R3VdTcUJRUGLv9BuFaYqQg Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/simple-kicking/id1521447540?i=1000499982952 Google Play: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jack-fox-nfl-punter-detroit-lions/id1521447540?i=1000499982952
33 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Nick Folk, NFL Kicker
Nick Folk, NFL Kicker by James Hairston
50 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech Punter 2020 Ray Guy Award
Pressley Harvin III is currently one of the top punting prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft. He is the former punter for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. He finished atop the NCAA for gross punting (minimum 20 punts). He was named the winner of the 2020 Ray Guy Award, an annual award given to college football’s top punter. Here is the most impressive thing about Harvin’s season. According to the Simple Kicking Punting Index he is the most improved punter in college football from 2019 to 2020. He improved 16.6% in a single year. On 45 punts he averaged 48 yards per punt and net 44.8 yards. His 2020 season ranked 12th best since 2013: here are the others on his list: 1) Mitch Wishnowsky, University of Utah, San Francisco 49ers 2) Michael Dickson, University of Texas, Seattle Seahwaks (also holds #10) 3) Max Duffy, University of Kentucky, 2021 NFL Draft Prospect 4) Dane Roy, University of Houston, NFL Free Agent 5) Braden Mann, Texas A&M, New York Jets 6) Tom Hackett, University of Utah (also holds #7) 7) Jimmy Smith, University of Cincinnati, NFL Free Agent 8) Cameron Johnston, Ohio State University, Philadelphia Eagles 9) Tyson Dyer, University of New Mexico 11 Joseph Charlton, University of South Carolina, Atlanta Falcons The two other finalists in 2020 Ray Guy Award were Jake Camarda (University of Georgia Bulldogs) and Lou Hedley (University of Miami.) Harvin made his way to Atlanta after graduating from Sumter High School in Alcolu, South Carolina. Thanks to Kansas City Chiefs Kicker Harrison Butker, there is a game called Punt Golf which started under kicking Coach Joe Struniolo at Westminster in Atlanta. Harvin loves to play Punt Golf, playing his saxophone, and working on his Dodge Dart. In Harvin’s free time he loves retrofitting cars, with dreams of opening his own custom car shop one day. And one more fun fact, he loves to play the saxophone. Harvin has aspirations to play in the NFL, and this episode covers topics of growth in college. His freshman year he was named All-ACC which was the first time a Georgia Tech freshman had received the honor other than Calvin Johnson. Harvin shared how he experienced the most improvement in 2020 again which was 16.6% year over year. Also he named to the all ACC team in a year when ACC punting talent was stacked with Lou Hedley, (University of Miami Hurricanes ) and Kirk Christodoulo (Pitt Panthers) Ben Kiernan (University of North Carolina Tarheels) and Porter Wilson (Duke University Blue D) This was his second naming to the All-ACC team. Additionally, in 2020 Harvin was named first team all American according to the AP.
53 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Cade York, LSU, and Will Reichard, Alabama
Cade York is the field goal kicker for Louisiana State University (LSU), and Will Reichard is the kicker for the University of Alabama. Both represent the finest kicking talent in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and are considered two of the best kickers in college football. In 2020 the SEC was stacked with talented kickers. York was named 1st Team All-SEC and Anders Carlson (Auburn University) was named 2nd Team All-SEC, and Harrison Mevis (Mizzou) was named 1st Team Freshman All-SEC. Reichard was left out, but so was Evan McPherson (University of Florida) and Jack Podlesny (University of Georgia.) Both York and Reichard were named semi-finalists for the 2020 Lou Groza Award which is an annual award given to college football’s top kicker. Reichard was named one of three Lou Groza Finalists with Jake Oldroyd (Brigham Young University) and the 2020 Lou Groza Award winner, Jose Borregales (University of Miami.) How does the Simple Kicking Index rank Cade and Will? Let’s start with the Reichard, who was the kicker for the 2021 CFP National Champions. Reichard had a breakout season in 2020 after an injury-plagued 2019 . He made 14/14 Field Goals with a Long of 52, and 84/84 PATs. A 100% season on field goals and extra points. Based on the distances of his kicks, the Simple Kicking Index determined that Reichard performed 12.65 points above expected which ranks 3rd overall. York, who was the kicker for the 2020 CFP National Champions ranked #2 overall. He made 18/21 field goals, including 6/7 from 50+. The Simple Kicking Index determined that York performed 13.86 points above expected. The Simple Kicking Kicker of the year was Jose Borregales who kicked 14.76 points better than expected. How does this compare to the previous 4 seasons? Both were in the top 20. Cade ranks #10, and Will ranks #17. Other kickers who are on the list are: Riley Patterson, University of Memphis, NFL Free Agent Matt Gay, University of Utah, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams (he made the list twice!) Cole Tracy, LSU, NFL Free Agent Sam Sloman, Miami University (Ohio), Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans Andre Szmyt, Syracuse University Jose Borregales, University of Miami, Florida International University Tyler Bass, Georgia Southern, Buffalo Bills Keith Duncan, University of Iowa, NFL Free Agent Nick Sciba, Wake Forest University Gabe Brkic, University of Oklahoma Rodrigo Blankenship, University of Georgia, Indianapolis Colts Jonathan Song, TCU, NFL Free Agent Dominik Eberle, Utah State, Las Vegas Raiders Cade York was a key asset to the LSU Tigers National Championship team led by Coach Ed Orgeron, and he improved in 2020. York was 7.63 points better than expected in 2019 making 21/26 field goals. He improved by 6.21 point year over year. This is like saying Michael Jordan averaged 30 points one season, and 35 points the next season. Both are really good, but he continues to improve. Reichard was hurt in 2019 and bounced back in 2020. But resilience is nothing new to Reichard. During his career at Hoover High School in Hoover, Alabama he suffered a torn ACL. He bounced back then earned a scholarship offer to the University of Alabama and started school shortly in January 2019. This episode covers what it is like to get recruited as a kicker. Reichard and York were both highly ranked in high school. In fact, York who graduated from Prosper High School in Prosper, TX, kicked a 59 yard field goal in the Under Armour All-America Game. Also, we cover how Coach Nick Saban and Coach Jeff Banks recruited Reichard out of Hoover. They explain how they got their college scholarships, what it is like winning a national championship, and how they feel playing in a game like LSU vs. Alabama every year. York recalls his 57 yard game winner against the University of Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in the fog.
56 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Joe Sturniolo, High School Kicking Coach, Westminster
Joe Sturniolo is an Assistant Coach for the Westminster Wildcats in Atlanta, Georgia who spends his time and energy entirely on kickers, punters, and long snappers. This is a rarity because the vast majority, an estimated 0.31% of high school teams have a devoted coach for teaching specialists. This episode of the Simple Kicking Show explores the story behind how it happened, and the tools in the toolbox that have been most helpful for Coach Sturno and the kickers. This kind of story is the type that gets Pat Mcafee excited. In fact, it did in the early 2000s when he and Sturno crossed paths. (That story, too is discussed on this episode.) An additional example of Westminster’s rarity is how the program is a talent hotbed for kickers. Coach Sturno has produced a dozen Division 1 and/or NFL kickers over the past 20 years, which has effectively coined the name for Westminster as “Kicker U.” Led by head coach Gerry Romberg, the program emphasizes special teams and dedicates sufficient resources to plays that take place on 4th down. The kickers and punters work hard, based on the natural athletic abilities that come with them, but Coach Sturno’s passion has contributed to the longevity of “Kicker U.” Here are the most notable names that have come through the program: Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs Kicker (Georgia Tech), Blake Gillikin, New Orleans Saints Punter (Penn State), Alex Gracey, Stanford Punter, Charlie Ham, Duke Kicker, Connor Weselman, Stanford Punter Commit, and one of the nation’s top punting recruits in Alex Bacchetta. Other collegiate kickers and or punters who played under him: Avery Bass, Illinois, Felipe Villahoz, North Carolina, Patrick Knight, All-American Punter at Rhodes College, and many others to come. Kickers and punters are athletes. The inaugural episode of the Simple Kicking Show featured Tyler Brown, who is the Special Teams graduate assistant at the University of Michigan. Tyler, who is the son of Baltimore Ravens Special Teams Coach Randy Brown, shared that some of the best athletes have chosen to become kickers. You can find that episode here: https://youtu.be/yU51BxMCM88 Sturno agrees with Brown that kickers are athletes. An example he gives is on Harrison Butker who he believes could have been a wide receiver in high school, or how Rankin Woley who played baseball at LSU and Auburn, could have been an incredible punter. This episode is for high school coaches who understand athletes, but who may not grasp kicking because here is the good news, neither did Sturniolo when he started 20 years ago. Sturniolo was the head statistician for the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Tech Football shortly before he became an assistant coach at Westminster. This involved work with the Southeastern Conference and the Sugar Bowl when it was forced to be moved due to Hurricane Katrina to the Georgia Dome in the early 2006. Sturno attributes his knowledge to learning from books, DVDs, YouTube videos, clinics and crossing paths with Matt Bryant, long time kicker for the Atlanta Falcons. As kickers are frequently left to the side, Coach Sturno saw an opportunity to develop them. He disagrees that “practice makes perfect”; instead, he sees that developing good habits leads to better on the field performance in games which is his goal as a guide to the players, otherwise a coaching absence creates a vacuum that actually causes bad habits to solidify. If you are a high school kicking recruit, a high school head football coach, then this episode is for you to explore ways to improve your own team based on Coach Sturno’s experience.
55 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Michael Turk, Arizona State, and Zach Von Rosenberg, LSU
Michael Turk is the punter for Arizona State University, and Zach Von Rosenberg is the former punter for the LSU Tigers. Both are leading punters in their conference. In 2020 Turk was named 1st Team All Pac-12, and Von Rosenberg was named 2nd Team All-SEC. Both were named semi-finalists for the 2019 or 2020 Ray Guy Award, an annual award given to college football’s top punter. Michael and Zach have each become top NFL punting prospects in NCAA Football. In 2019 Turk had a breakout season. He averaged 46 yards per punt and scored a 97.2 Simple Kicking Punting Rating (SKPR), which ranks 20th best in the past 8 years of tracking college football punting data. Secondly, 2019 had some incredible talent in punting: Max Duffy, Kentucky, 2019 Ray Guy Winner, and Jack Fox, Rice University, and current punter for the Detroit Lions, both of which are Simple Kicking’s own. Additionally, there was Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse, and current punter for the Atlanta Falcons, Joseph Charlton, South Carolina, and current punter for the Carolina Panthers, and Tommy Townsend, University of Florida, and current punter for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2019 Von Rosenberg was a key asset the to the LSU Tiger 2020 Von Rosenberg had a breakout season improving 6.91% year-over-year on the SKPR. He averaged 43.95 yards per punt, 42.0 net, and scored a 96.6 Simple Kicking Punting Rating which ranked him 9th overall in 2020. 2020 was another strong year in punting with Pressley Harvin III (Georgia Tech) winning the Ray Guy Award. Plus, Zach finished with 1.0% of the following: Jake Camarda (Georgia), Lou Hedley (Miami), Jake Julien (Eastern Michigan), Kirk Christodoulou (PITT), Jacob Finn (Florida), and Tory Taylor (Iowa). Both have earned all-conference Player of the Week or other awards. Michael Turk was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week after he averaged 51.6 yards per punt at USC. Von Rosenberg was named Ray Guy Punter of the Week after he averaged 48.9 yards per punt at Arkansas. A few years ago both Turk and Von Rosenberg were not punting. Zach was a pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system then got cut. Subsequently, he walked on to the LSU team as a tight end, while Turk was not playing high school football at all. Again, they are now both incredibly talented punters with dreams on the highest levels in the sport! Most families in America throw the pigskin around on Thanksgiving, but the Turk family is at games punting in the parking lot. He comes from a family where punting his fairly common; his uncle Matt spent more than a decade and a half in the NFL playing for the Washington Redskins (now known as Washington Football Team.) His brother Ben Turk punted for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the early 2010s. Beginning his collegiate career as a Lafayette Leopard, he played his first career game. Not playing a single game of high school football, Turk has made remarkable progress. So after the 2019 season he declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. His progress shined off the field in the weight room where he posted 25 reps of 225 pounds on the benchpress. Again, remarkable. The progress continued in 2020. Although playing an abbreviated season with fewer reps, Turk blasted the ball averaging 47.21 yards per punt. This ranked 2nd in college football behind Harvin. Turk was named first team Pac-12 in 2020 for the second consecutive season. Von Rosenberg grew up in Louisiana, graduated from Zachary High School, and signed with the Pirates out of high school. After being cut Von Rosenberg enrolled at LSU where he decided to walk on for the football team. At one point he was the oldest player in college football. This episode covers the improbabilities of becoming one of the nation’s top punters. If you enjoyed this episode you might like the Aussie Roundtable as well.