2017 Chris Sailer Award Semi-Finalists Announced!

Announcing the semi-finalists for the 2017 Chris Sailer Award, presented to the top high school placekicker in the nation.  The 3 Finalists will be announced Thursday December 21st.  The winner will be announced   January 12, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV at the JW Marriott Hotel (Vegas XXXI headquarters).

Past winners include Wyatt Schmidt (2012), Cole Hedlund (2013), Tyler Bass (2014), Samuel Sloman (2015) and Brandon Ruiz (2016).

Introducing the 2017 Chris Sailer Award Semi-Finalists:
Griffin Cera (2018, FL) 19-24 FG’s (Long 48) (2 blocked) 46-51 Extra Points (3 blocked)
Ryan Fitzgerald
(2019, GA) 18-25 FG’s (Long 60, 52) 49-49 Extra Points
Conor MacDougall
(2018, NC) 17-19 FG’s (Long 43) 30-30 Extra Points
Cory Munson
(2019, GA) 17-23 FG’s (Long 59) 20-24 Extra Points
Fernando Ramirez
(2018, GA) 15-16 FG’s (Long 44) 52-52 Extra Points
Caden Davis
(2019, TX) 15-21 FG’s (Long 51) 63-65 Extra Points
Andrew Stein
(2019, LA) 15-22 FG’s (Long 49) 23-24 Extra Points
Parker Colburn
(2019, AL) 14-15 FG’s (Long 49) 68-69 Extra Points
Jonah Lipel
(2018, CA) 13-13 FG’s (Long 43) 41-44 Extra Points (3 blocked)
Cameron Dicker
(2018, TX) 13-17 FG’s (Long 53) 63-65 Extra Points (still playing)

 

Brandon Ruiz, 2016 Chris Sailer Award Winner started as a true freshman for Arizona State this year!


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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 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 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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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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2016 Chris Sailer Award Preseason Watchlist

The Chris Sailer Award – Presented to the National High School Placekicker of the Year

2016 Preseason Watch List (In Alphabetical Order)

Brandon Ruiz - AZ

Brandon Ruiz – AZ

Joseph Bulovas (2017, LA)
Anders Carlson (2017, CO)
Brent Cimaglia (2017, TN)
Justin Davidovicz (2017, NJ)
Jonathan Doerer (2017, NC)
Christopher Dunn (2018, NC)
Cooper Graham (2017, FL)
Josh Grant (2017, TX)
Blake Haubeil (2017, NY)
Lucas Havrisik (2017, CA)
Liam Jones (2017, OK)
Brenton King (2017, TN)
Chris Landgrebe (2017, OH)
Brandon Ruiz (2017, AZ)
Grant Ryerse (2017, MN)

Chris Sailer played high school football for Notre Dame Sherman Oaks High School in California from 1992-1994. In 1994 he set the then all time national record for field goals made in a season with 22. That record still stood until 2011 (Cole Hedlund 25) 7 of those 22 field goals came from 50+ yards, including a long of 58. He helped his team to a CIF championship along the way. His historical high school career landed him a full ride scholarship to UCLA where he went on to be a two-time All-American.

The National High School Placekicker of the Year is named in honor of Chris Sailer for his outstanding high school career and his continued role in the development of young athletes. Chris is now the most prominent private kicking and punting coach in America. He trains and mentors thousands of high school, college, and professional specialists giving back to the sport and shaping the lives of aspiring athletes.

December: The Three Finalists are announced. The Finalists will be determined by total votes. 3 points (1st Place Vote), 2 points (2nd Place Vote), 1 Point (3rd Place Vote). In the case of a tie, Chris Sailer will break the tie with his vote.

January: The winner will be announced in Las Vegas, NV on Friday January 13, 2017.  The winner will be determined by total votes. 3 points (1st Place Vote), 2 points (2nd Place Vote), 1 Point (3rd Place Vote). In the case of a tie, Chris Sailer will break the tie with his vote.

Previous Winners:
2015 – Samuel Sloman (GA)
2014 – Tyler Bass (SC)
2013 – Cole Hedlund (TX)
2012 – Wyatt Schmidt (MN)
2011 – Alex Ball (CA)

Email your cumulative stats to Chris@ChrisSailerKicking.com each week to be eligible for the award.
Use the following format.
Total Number of Field Goals Made:
All Distances of Field Goals Made (longest to shortest):
Total Number of Field Goals Attempted:
Total Number of Game Winning Field Goals Made:
All Distances of Game Winning Field Goals Made (longest to shortest):
Total Number of Extra Points Made:
Total Number of Extra Points Attempted:

2016 Sailer Award Watch List

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2015 Chris Sailer Award Finalists Announced

Here are your finalists, in alphabetical order, for The 2015 Chris Sailer Award…
  • Keith Duncan – Weddington HS, NC (Class of 2016)
    Field Goals: 22-29
    Field Goals Made: 54, 52, 52, 50, 50, 49, 45, 45, 45, 45, 42, 42, 36, 36, 35, 30, 28, 25, 24, 24, 22, 21
    Game Winning Field Goals: 1
    Extra Points: 60-60
  • Skyler Southam – Wasatch HS, UT (Class of 2016)
    Field Goals: 20-26
    Field Goals Made: 53, 53, 47, 45, 45, 44, 44, 40, 40, 39, 37, 35, 35, 33, 28, 27, 26, 25, 23, 22
    Game Winning Field Goals: 1
    Extra Points: 33-34
  • Samuel Sloman – Pace Academy HS, GA (Class of 2016)
    Field Goals: 20-22
    Field Goals Made: 53, 48, 44, 43, 42, 42, 41, 40, 39, 38, 36, 32, 32, 29, 28, 26, 25, 25, 22, 19
    Game Winning Field Goals: 1
    Extra Points: 45-45
Now, is it when it will really get intense. Each finalist has the option of doing the following….
  • Sending in a two minute highlight video explaining why they should be the next recipient of The Chris Sailer Award. Video can include Kicking highlights, personal interviews and even a first hand interview of the finalists. This will need to be uploaded to YouTube with the title = NAME, Chris Sailer Award Finalists, 2015.
  • Getting recommendation letters from coaches, sports writers, etc.
All information must be sent to Chris@ChrisSailerKicking.com  by 10:00 PM PST on December 18th.
The winner will be presented with the trophy on Friday, January 15th at 7:00 pm at the JW Marriott in Las Vegas, NV.
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The Chris Sailer Award is presented, on an annual basis, to the best national high school placekicker for that given season. Past winners include Alex Ball (2011), Wyatt Schmidt (2012), Cole Hedlund (2013) and Tyler Bass (2014).
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.

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.

2015 Finalists Use

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2015 Chris Sailer Award Semi-Finalists Announced!

2015 Chris Sailer Award Semi-Finalists (15)
*In alphabetical order by first name

Brandon Cunningham (2016, TX)
14-15 FG’s (Long 43) 44-47 Extra Points

Brenton King (2017, GA)
15-18 FG’s (Long 50) 54-55 Extra Points

Briggs Bourgeois (2017, LA)
15-19 FG’s (Long 51) 35-36 Extra Points

Cosby Gray (2016, AL)
15-19 FG’s (Long 44) 33-33 Extra Points

Crews Holt (2016, TN)
13-17 FG’s (Long 55, 52) 62-63 Extra Points

David Cooper (2016, VA)
17-20 FG’s (Long 53, 51) 30-31 Extra Points

Grant Gonya (2018, OH)
12-12 FG’s (Long 43) 37-38 Extra Points

Jackson Smith (2016, TX)
16-21 FG’s (Long 45) 61-63 Extra Points

Jake Koehnke (2016, CA)
15-18 FG’s (Long 49) 32-32 Extra Points

Jose Borregales (2016, FL)
13-14 FG’s (Long 38) 48-51 Extra Points

Keith Duncan (2016, NC)
22-27 FG’s (Long 54, 52, 52, 50, 50) 60 – 60 Extra Points

Matt Araiza (2018, CA)
15-17 FG’s (Long 45) 50-53 Extra Points

Samuel Sloman (2016, GA)
19-21 FG’s (Long 53) 39-39 Extra Points

Skyler Southam (2016, UT)
20-26 FG’s (Long 53, 53) 33-34 Extra Points

Ricardo Terreaux (2016, AR)
14-15 (Long 43) 40-42 Extra Points

What is the Award?
The Chris Sailer Award is presented on an annual basis to the best national high school placekicker for that given season.

Who Is Eligible?
Every athlete that plays high school football at the varsity level, regardless of state, division, or age. You DO NOT have to attend a Chris Sailer Kicking camp to win this award.

How Do You Win?
Put up the best statistics for that give season. This includes: Field Goals made, Field Goal percentage, Field Goal Long, distances of all Field Goals made, Extra Points made, Extra Point percentage, game winning Field Goals made. The Chris Sailer Award selection committee will vote for the winner.

How Does the Voting Take Place?
The Chris Sailer Award Selection Committee will vote for the winner. The Committee includes: Chris Sailer, past and current NFL kickers, past and current NCAA kickers, past finalists for the Chris Sailer Award, and Sports writers and columnists.

When?
August: A Watch List of 15 Placekickers will be announced each year before the high school football season begins. The players on the Watch List were selected based on statistics from the previous season and upcoming season expectations. The eventual winner does NOT have to be on the Watch List to win the awards.

November 30: Fifteen Semi-Finalists are announced. The Semi-Finalists will be determined by committee selection.

December 10: The Three Finalists are announced. The Finalists will be determined by total votes. 3 points (1st Place Vote), 2 points (2nd Place Vote), 1 Point (3rd Place Vote). In the case of a tie, Chris Sailer will break the tie with his vote.

January 15: The winner will be announced at the JW Marriott Hotel in Las Vegas, NV (7:00 PM). The winner will be determined by total votes. 3 points (1st Place Vote), 2 points (2nd Place Vote), 1 Point (3rd Place Vote). In the case of a tie, Chris Sailer will break the tie with his vote.

Note:
All statistics will have to be verified by your high school head coach before you can be announced as a Finalist.

Previous Winners:
2011 – Alex Ball (California), Lamar
2012 – Wyatt Schmidt (Minnesota), USC (Southern California)
2013 – Cole Hedlund (Texas), Arkansas
2014 – Tyler Bass (Georgia), Georgia Southern

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Chris Sailer Award – 2015 Watch List

The Chris Sailer Award Committee is proud to announce your 2015 Chris Sailer Award Watch List:
Connor Culp, AZ, 2016
JD Dellinger, NC, 2016
Butch Hampton, OK, 2016
Sage Ledbetter, AL, 2016
Braden Mann, TX, 2016
Tucker McCann, IL, 2016
Braxton Pickard, OK, 2016
Bailey Raborn, LA, 2016
Austin Reed, AL, 2016
Collin Riccitelli, CA, 2016
Brandon Ruiz, NV, 2017
Kekoa Sasaoka, HI, 2016
Jared Smolar, IN, 2016
Skyler Southam, UT, 2016
Mitchell Wasson, GA, 2016
What is the Award?
The Award will be presented on an annual basis to the best national high school Placekicker for that given season.Who Is Eligible?
Every athlete that plays high school football at the varsity level, regardless of state division, or age. You DO NOT have to attend a Chris Sailer Kicking camp to win this award.How Do You Win?
Put up the best statistics for that give season. This includes: Field Goals made, Field Goal percentage, Field Goal long, distances of all Field Goals made, Extra Points made, Extra Point percentage, game winning Field Goals made. The Chris Sailer Award selection committee will vote for the winner.

How Does the Voting Take Place?
The Chris Sailer Award Selection Committee will vote for the winner. The Committee will include: Chris Sailer, past and current NFL kickers, past and current NCAA kickers, past finalists for the Chris Sailer Award, and Sports writers and columnists.

When?
August: A Watch List of 15 Placekickers will be announced each year before the high school football season begins. The players on the Watch List were selected based on statistics from the previous season and upcoming season expectations. The eventual winner does NOT have to be on the Watch List to win the awards.

November: Ten Semi-Finalists are announced. The Semi-Finalists will be determined by committee selection.

December: The Three Finalists are announced. The Finalists will be determined by total votes. 3 points (1st Place Vote), 2 points (2nd Place Vote), 1 Point (3rd Place Vote). In the case of a tie, Chris Sailer will break the tie with his vote.

January: The winner will be announced at the JW Marriott Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The winner will be determined by total votes. 3 points (1st Place Vote), 2 points (2nd Place Vote), 1 Point (3rd Place Vote). In the case of a tie, Chris Sailer will break the tie with his vote.

Guidelines:
Submit your season total stats each week by emailing them to Chris@ChrisSailerKicking.com Please submit the following:

Total Number of Field Goals Made:
All Distances of Field Goals Made (longest to shortest):
Total Number of Field Goals Attempted:
Total Number of Game Winning Field Goals Made:
All Distances of Game Winning Field Goals Made (longest to shortest):
Total Number of Extra Points Made:
Total Number of Extra Points Attempted:

· Please note: A blocked kick DOES count as a missed kick (it doesn’t matter whose fault it is). A kick that gets botched (never gets off) DOES NOT count as a missed kick.

· All statistics will have to be verified by your high school head coach before you can be announced as a Finalist.

The Chris Sailer Award National Leader Board will be updated weekly with current stats as we get them in. Track how you are doing against your competition.

Also visit and join the High School Football Awards Facebook Group Page to post stats, share stories, and see what your competition is doing. This will be an open social media forum to state your claim as to why you deserve to be the next Chris Sailer National High School Placekicker of the Year.

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TOP 5 Questions Regarding The Chris Sailer Award

1. What is it?

  • Each year, The Chris Sailer Award is presented to the national high school Placekicker of the Year. The award is given out the day before the largest Kicking, Punting & Long Snapping  event in the world in January in Las Vegas.

2. When is it?

  • This year, The Chris Sailer Award will be presented to a lucky, and very deserving placekicker, on January 16th at the JW Marriott in Las Vegas.

3. Who is allowed to attend the Awards Show?

  • It is open to all and attire is casual. Doors will open at 7 pm at the JW Marriott in the Valencia Ballroom (follow the signs). Trust me when I tell you, you will NOT want to miss this as new MC’s will be hosting AND we will be presenting other awards as well.

4. Who are the three finalists?

  • Mason Weissenhofer, Montini Catholic HS, IL
  • Joey Gogol, Marist HS, GA
  • Tyler Bass, Dutch Fork HS, SC

5. Who is on the Chris Sailer Award Selection Committee and what is their role?

They are the people that vote on the winner. Each committee member votes for a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finisher. Votes are tallied and the winner is announced at the awards banquet.

Aaron Perez (CSK Staff)
Joe Houston (CSK Staff)
Chris Nendick (CSK Staff)
Obi Egekeze (CSK Staff)
Nacho Brache (CSK Staff)
Erik Folk (CSK Staff)
Nick Folk (Jets)
Jeff Locke (Vikings)
Blair Walsh (Vikings)
Kai Forbath (Redskins)
Randy Taylor (NCSA)
Greg Biggins (Scout.com)
Brandon Huffman (Scout.com)
Chris Rubio (Rubio Long Snapping)
Alex Ball (Former Sailer Award Winner)
Wyatt Schmidt (Former Sailer Award Winner)
Cole Hedlund (Former Sailer Award Winner)

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Announcing the 2014 Chris Sailer Award Finalists

Here are your finalists, in alphabetical order, for The Chris Sailer Award…
  • Joey Gogol – Marist HS, GA (16-20 FG’s, Long 53 / 40-41 Extra Points)
  • Mason Weissenhofer – Montini Catholic HS, IL (16-19 FG’s, Long 44 / 56-56 Extra Points)
  • Tyler Bass – Dutch Fork HS, SC (18-20 FG’s, Long 47 / 74-76 Extra Points)
Now, is it when it will really get intense. Each finalist has the option of doing the following….
  • Sending in a two minute highlight video explaining why they should be the next recipient of The Chris Sailer Award. Video can include Kicking highlights, personal interviews and even a first hand interview of the finalists. This will need to be uploaded to YouTube with the title = NAME, Chris Sailer Award Finalists, 2014.
  • Getting recommendation letters from coaches, sports writers, etc.
All information must be sent to Chris@ChrisSailerKicking.com  by December 19th.
The winner will be presented with the trophy on Friday, January 16th at 7:00 pm at the JW Marriott in Las Vegas, NV.
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The Chris Sailer Award is presented, on an annual basis, to the best national high school placekicker for that given season. Past winners include Alex Ball (2011), Wyatt Schmidt (2012) and Cole Hedlund (2013).
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.

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.

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2014 Preseason Chris Sailer Award Watch List

Take a look at the 2014 Preseason Chris Sailer Award Placekicker Watch List!

A Watch List of 15 Placekickers will be announced each year before the high school football season begins. The players on the Watch List were selected based on statistics from the 2013 season and 2014 season expectations.  The eventual winner does NOT have to be on the Watch List to win the awards.

Chris Sailer Award Placekicker Watch List: (In Alphabetical Order):

Rodrigo Blanenship (SR, GA)
US Army All-American

Blanton Creque (SR, KY)
“TOP 12” Field Goal Champion

Connor Crow (SR, TX)
“TOP 12” Kickoff Champion

Andrew David (SR, MI)
Michigan Commit

Cole Fisher (SR, GA)
Smooth, accurate and reliable placekicker

Jack Gonsoulin (SR, LA)
“TOP 12” best overall performer

Ben Kreitenberg (SR, CA)
Ready to set multiple CA and national records

Sage Ledbetter (JR, AL)
2013 Sailer Award Semifinalist

Bennett Moehring (SR, AR)
Top national placekicker primed for a huge season

Spencer Pettit (SR, WA)
FBU Seattle Champion/MVP

Kevin Robledo (SR, CA)
2012 Sailer Award Finalist, US Army All-American

Ryan Rodriguez (SR, TX)
2013 Sailer Award Semifinalist

Austin Seibert (SR, IL)
Oklahoma Commit

Skyler Southam (JR, UT)
BYU Commit

Justin Yoon (SR, MA)
Notre Dame Commit

The Chris Sailer Award recognizes the top high school Placekicker of the Year.

Semi-Finalists will be announced in early November.  The 3 Finalists will be announced in December. The Winner will be announced on January 16, 2015 at the Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, NV.

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