Semi-Finalists for the Chris Sailer Award

Left: 2015 Chris Sailer Award Winner, Samuel Sloman poses with Chris Sailer after the win.

Here are the semi-finalists for this year’s Chris Sailer Award. These athletes have proven, through multiple stats and videos, that they deserve to be on this list to possibly win the award on January 13, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV!

Past winners include Wyatt Schmidt (2012), Cole Hedlund (2013), Tyler Bass (2014) and Samuel Sloman (2015).

The members of this list will be narrowed down to three next Friday!!!

Here, are the Top 10 Chris Sailer Award Semi-Finalists:

  1. Jake Lane (2017, AL)
    • 22-26 FG’s (Long 50)
    • 65-68 Extra Points
  2. Cole Phillips (2017, GA)
    • 20-32 (Long 56, 55, 51)
    • 38-38 Extra Points
  3. Hayden Ray (2017, AR)
    • 19-22 FG’s (Long 49)
    • 35-35 Extra Points
  4. Trey Thomas (2018, TN)
    • 19-25 FG’s (Long 46)
    • 36-39 Extra Points
  5. Thomas Rossi (2017, UT)
    • 18-20 FG’s (Long 49)
    • 61-63 Extra Points
  6. Brandon Ruiz (2017, AZ)
    • 17-20 FG’s (Long 58, 53, 52, 51)
    • 66-67 Extra Points
  7. Clay Eggeman (2017, CA)
    • 17-19 FG’s (Long 41)
    • 53-55 Extra Points
  8. DJ Opsatnik (2017, PA)
    • 16-19 FG’s (Long 47)
    • 51-54 Extra Points
  9. Jared Griggs (2017, NC)
    • 15-16 FG’s (Long 48)
    • 38-44 Extra Points
  10. Paul Inzerillo (2017, NY)
    • 14-17 FG’s (Long 53)
    • 29-30 Extra Points

The Chris Sailer Award is presented, on an annual basis, to the best national high school placekicker for that given season.
The National Placekicker of the Year is named in honor of Chris Sailer for his outstanding high school career and nearly single handedly changing the world of kicking and punting as we know it.  Chris is now the most prominent private kicking and punting  coach in World.  He has made the positions of kicking and punting  a specialty and is revered around the country through his website, as well as camps.  Through his training and development of young kickers and punter, almost 100 high school and junior college kicking & punting specialists now receive full ride scholarships each year for their skill in that position.
Chris Sailer played for Notre Dame High School (1993-1995).  He was an All-American PK and Punter. In 1994 he set the national record for most field goals in a season with 22.  Of those 22 field goals, 7 came from beyond 50 yards including success from 58, 57, 57, 54, 52, 52 and 50 yards.  Chris Sailer was rewarded with a full ride scholarship to UCLA in 1995.  He went on to earn All-American Honors as both a placekicker and punter during his time at UCLA. He was a Lou Groza Award Finalist in 1997. He set multiple records while at UCLA including longest field goal of 56 yards (still stands).  He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers and went on to enjoy an 7 year professional career.

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