“TOP 12” – THE Only Exposure List for Specialists!

Chris Sailer Kicking selects 12 Kicker/Punter Specialists every January at the Annual National Kicking Event in Las Vegas. This is the most important exposure list in the country for specialists.

How much do college coaches trust Chris Sailer’s Evaluations?

History: 

Blair Walsh (Georgia, All-Pro Minnesota Vikings), Kai Forbath (UCLA, Lou Groza Award

Winner, Washington Redskins), Bryan Anger (CAL, 3rd Round Draft Pick Jacksonville Jaguars)…just to name a few

Bryan Anger

Bryan Anger

Present: 8 Kicker / Punters Nationwide in the Class of 2014 have committed on full scholarships as of June 13th.

7 of those come for the prestigious “TOP 12”

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GARY WUNDERLICH

Gary Wunderlich – Virginia

Corbin Daly – Texas

Mike Knoll – Boston College

Freeman Jones – North Carolina

JK Scott – Alabama

Aaron Medley – Tennessee

Logan Cooke – Mississippi State

Who will be next? 

Mick Ellis? Rafael Gaglianone? Cameron Gamble? Hayden Lakacz Matt Stewart?

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Hayden Lakacz

That is a great question.  We do not know the answer yet.  But we do know there is a GREAT chance it will be one of the above, a member of the “TOP 12”!

Stay Tuned!

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Pros & Cons of Kicking on Turf vs. Grass…

 

Football surfaces have come a long way from when stadiums were multipurpose facilities. Both real grass and artificial surfaces are markedly better than even just ten years ago.

For Kickers, what are the pros and cons of kicking on grass vs turf? Let’s take a look at some considerations.

 

Consistency. Most Kickers would agree that a turf field will be consistent throughout the playing surface, while grass will have areas with varying “personalities”. While even turf surfaces will have differences between facilities, each field is generally consistent within itself.

Weather. Most modern fields have such good drainage it takes quite a deluge to dramatically affect the kicking surface. There are some turf surfaces that can actually be slicker than natural grass when wet. Snow can more easily be removed from turf surfaces.

Accuracy. Research shows field goal percentages are higher on turf as opposed to natural grass. This however, can also be misleading, as most stadiums that have natural grass are open air facilities.

Even many veteran Kickers in the NFL who initially preferred natural grass are becoming convinced that the new artificial turf surfaces provide a better opportunity for kicking success.

At Chris Sailer Kicking, we know the real difference is mainly between the Kicker’s ears. Control that piece of turf and you will see greater kicking success.

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11th Annual National Kicking Spring Event – Initial Round Punt Results

Class of 2017 / 2016
Place Name Dist HT Best 1 Ball
1 Kanthack, Tristan 29.5 3.63 31 / 4.03
T2 Blair, Matt 27.1 3.71 41 / 4.27
T2 Selsor, Mikey 29.4 3.4 30 / 3.7
4 Johnson, Chandler 27.9 3.56 38 / 3.89
T5 Ball, Noah 28.6 3.16 34 / 3.41
T5 Loy, Sam 28.9 3.05 30 / 3.37
7 Rattigan, Aidan 19.1 3.47 25 / 3.53
8 Whitney, Mark 24.1 2.99 23 / 3.62
9 Tine, Vincent 21 2.4 29 / 3.25
Class of 2015
Place Name Dist HT Best 1 Ball
T1 Ramey, Cole 37 4.04 49 / 4.53
T1 Kreitenberg, Ben 37.4 3.84 43 / 4.42
3 Hong, Brandon 37 3.77 46 / 4.32
4 Johnson, Blake 37.8 3.71 46 / 4.16
5 Wilson, Gage 35.6 3.66 41 / 4.37
6 Viles, Brady 33.1 3.77 46 / 3.9
7 Gebbing, Alex 32.9 3.77 33 / 3.81
T8 Beasley, Luke 30.9 3.82 37 / 4.35
T8 VanSickle, Jackson 33.9 3.57 41 / 4.16
T8 Ruiz, Blake 34.5 3.56 40 / 4.12
T11 Young, Jacob 28.6 4.2 40 / 4.47
T11 Coffey, Nathan 33 3.66 44 / 4
13 Charme, Zach 35.3 3.46 39 / 3.65
T14 Conaway, Quinton 26.9 4.19 29 / 4.4
T14 Abramo, Matt 29.8 3.78 30 / 4.51
T16 Vest, Jameson 28 3.83 37 / 4.13
T16 Galitz, Andrew 34 3.44 43 / 3.94
18 Coppens, Jon 31.1 3.57 44 / 4.12
19 Chisick, Alex 31 3.55 33 / 3.81
20 Creque, Blanton 33.4 3.07 40 / 3.31
21 LaManque, Adam 22 3.73 28 / 4.12
T22 O’Brien, Jack 31.3 3.26 35 / 3.44
T22 Valerio, Sebastian 32.1 3.08 36 / 3.44
24 Rodriguez, Ryan 29.3 3.53 39 / 3.81
25 Nottingham, Bailey 30 3.38 32 / 3.7
T26 Anderson, Troy 25 3.46 33 / 3.5
T26 Soto, Mark 29.4 3.28 40 / 3.65
28 Bianchi, Cristian 30.4 3.04 30 / 3.81
29 Coe, Cameron 24.3 3.41 30 / 3.53
Class of 2014
Place Name Dist HT Best
1 Knoll, Mike 43.5 4.17 52 / 4.5
2 Stewart, Matt 45.8 3.9 48 / 4.83
T3 Nolan, Marc 39 4.3 42 / 4.87
T3 Koonce, Jackson 46 3.85 50 / 4
T5 Newsome, Tyler 39.8 4.03 45 / 4.68
T5 McGehee, Austin 40.4 3.93 42 / 4.54
7 Ward, Palmer 39.3 3.97 55 / 4.32
8 Farkas, Michael 41 3.78 45 / 4.28
9 Duvic, John 39.8 3.82 48 / 4.56
10 Smart, Kenny 43.6 3.71 52 / 4.21
11 Birozes, Christopher 37.1 3.88 43 / 4.62
12 Spence, Alex 38 3.78 49 / 4.3
13 Kelly, Jesse 38.6 3.74 52 / 4.41
14 Woodrow, Henry 34.5 4.08 38 / 4.56
T15 Vizcaino, Tristan 33.7 4.17 38 / 4.51
T15 Daily, Aidan 40.4 3.64 50 / 4.07
T17 Sublette, Casey 33 4.04 37 / 4.24
T17 Ferrer, Paolo 36.8 3.75 43 / 4.24
19 Routsas, Yanni 38.3 3.66 49 / 4.09
20 Alfonso, Lucas 35.4 3.77 41 / 4.25
21 Kepler, Dallas 31 4.1 34 / 4.41
T22 Landwehr, Bailey 34.8 3.76 39 / 4.17
T22 Gaglianone, Rafael 35.1 3.74 42 / 4.49
T22 McAndrews, Marc 39.3 3.52 45 / 4.09
T22 Mills, Cody 40.6 3.48 51 / 3.84
26 Laryea, Simon 37.3 3.63 49 / 4.18
27 Barrow, Landon 31.9 3.89 40 / 4.5
T28 Piccione, Eric 32 3.84 39 / 4.47
T28 Pfau, Kyle 36.9 3.59 41 / 4.04
30 Royster, Pierce 38.4 3.51 53 / 3.82
31 Ellis, Mick 30.8 3.89 40 / 4.43
32 Roan, Austin 35.9 3.62 37 / 4.3
33 Graf, Ryan 31.8 3.81 32 / 4.25
T34 Strader, Tim 35.3 3.59 40 / 4.31
T34 Waites, Troy 36.8 3.53 42 / 4.35
T34 Long, Trenton 39.3 3.2 49 / 3.75
T37 Tatum, Jonathan 35.1 3.59 45 / 4.12
T37 Tracy, Cole 36.6 3.55 40 / 4.37
T39 Chapman, Logan 30.4 3.79 38 / 4.21
T39 Standish, Zach 32.4 3.72 40 / 4.26
T39 Raborn, Gunnar 37.5 3.44 38 / 4.25
T39 Nickles, Gregory 37.9 3.4 50 / 3.88
43 Vega, Alex 34.4 3.59 48 / 3.77
T44 Arnson, Derek 34.3 3.59 41 / 3.67
T44 Christenson, Danny 36.4 3.49 39 / 3.97
T46 Bonilla, Tymony 26.1 3.74 40 / 4.38
T46 Sherman, James 30.1 3.68 36 / 3.65
48 Duncan, Tyler 29 3.71 38 / 4.03
T49 Adams, Tyler 29.6 3.66 30 / 3.97
T49 Morrow, Hunter 32.8 3.51 32 / 4.31
51 Hoffman, Dallas 34.8 3.2 41 / 3.51
52 Boyd, Zachary 25.8 3.7 30 / 4.06
53 Murray, Patrick 33.4 3.39 43 / 3.77
54 Lekacz, Hayden 34.4 2.87 35 / 3.19
55 Irwin, Corey 32.1 3.34 42 / 3.79
56 Nakata, Austin 29.4 3.5 36 / 3.63
T57 Widmark, Bryce 30.1 3.3 35 / 4.07
T57 Wilson, Ty 31.9 2.81 31 / 3.50
59 Pedersen, Erik 28.8 3.2 36 / 3.52
60 Covey, Nick 14.8 3.25 23 / 3.69
61 Franzen, Tyler 31 3.16 40 / 3.59
62 McDonald, Charles 26.3 2.7 37 / 2.97
Class of 2013 / JC / TR
Place Name Dist HT Best 1 Ball
1 Flynn, Parker 48.9 4.3 53 / 4.87
2 Dominguez, Hector 46.9 4.21 53 / 4.56
3 Nelson, Luke 46.1 4.29 60 / 4.35
4 Ambrose, Jake 43.9 4.21 55 / 4.59
5 Seibert, Dylan 46.4 4.06 60 / 4.53
T6 Gudmundsson, Kris 41.6 4.2 51 / 4.63
T6 Boy, Alex 48.9 3.81 58 / 4.43
8 LaMothe, Adrian 41.1 4.09 50 / 4.5
9 Criswell, Nathan 43.1 3.87 48 / 4.53
10 Dascalo, Jordan 34.6 4.4 49 / 4.97
T11 Meza, Manuel 40.8 3.91 50 / 4.35
T11 Gonzalez, Diego 47.4 3.63 56 / 4.2
T13 Kenney, Luke 35.9 4.15 40 / 4.65
T13 Garcia, Eddie 39.5 4 43 / 4.47
15 King, Josh 43 3.75 59 / 4.22
T16 Beighton, Brett 39.9 3.84 57 / 4.6
T16 Boozer, Ian 40.5 3.8 56 / 4.5
T16 Hageman, Donny 42 3.65 48 / 4.59
19 Camargo, Chavo 34.9 3.92 44 / 4.03
20 Hoerberg, Marcus 40.3 3.7 52 / 4.52
21 Flynn, Reese 31.1 3.87 38 / 4.31
T22 Livingston, Clark 38.8 3.76 43 / 4.42
T22 Lanski, Jake 41 3.46 56 / 3.81
T24 Marquez, Diego 17.1 3.8 25 / 4.51
T24 Cooper, Kane 39.3 3.54 42 / 4.06
26 Mann, Donnie 34 3.48 35 / 4.03
Each Punter punted 8 ball from a live snap. 
All punts were charted for distance and hang time. 
No punts were dropped. 
All Punters punted in the same direction with
the same CSK Nike Balls.
Place = Place of finish in your class with distance and
hang time given equal value.
Dist = Distance average rounded to the tenth.
HT = Hang Time Average rounded to the hundredth.
Best 1 Ball = The Best overall
ONE ball hits of the 8 punts taken. 

Vegas Add

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Chris Sailer Kicking Keeping a Close Eye on Potential Draft Picks this Weekend…

Here at Chris Sailer Kicking we’ll be watching the NFL draft with great interest this weekend. We have some terrific alumni available for the draft. Here are some names of potential picks to keep an eye on:

 

 

Dustin Hopkins – Florida State, Kicker – Dustin hit on an FSU record 145 straight PATs putting him 6th on the all-time NCAA PAT streak list. He enters the draft as the number one kicking prospect in the country with BleacherReport.com predicting he could be a ten year kicker in the league. Good luck Dustin, we’ll be watching.

Jeff Locke – UCLA, Punter – This left-footer has a booming left and has been ranked in the top 100 players in this draft by several sources including NFL.com. Locke’s 44.58 yard career punting average for the Bruins ranks him second all-time at the school. We have high hopes for Jeff, and look forward to seeing him play on Sundays.

Quinn Sharp – Oklahoma State, Kicker – Quinn is OSU’s first three-time All-American. He has exceptional skills as a punter and kicker, averaging over 46 yards per punt last year and hitting on 85% of his field goals. BleacherReport.com compares him to the Viking’s Chris Kluwe. It’s been a lifelong goal of Quinn to play in the NFL. We’re rooting for you Quinn!

Ryan Allen – Louisiana Tech, Kicker – Ryan is the only kicker ever to win the Ray Guy Award in two consecutive years, 2011 and 2012. He averaged 48 yards on 45 kicks last year, and has an 85 yarder as his personal best. NFL.com’s Gil Brandt says it all with his comment “Allen has a very, VERY strong leg.” That he does. Best wishes this weekend Ryan!

Scott Kovanda – Ball State, Kicker – Scott was a finalist for this year’s Ray Guy Award. In 2012 only six of his punts were even returned, averaging over 40 yards per kick. Scott referred to his NFL combine visit as a job interview and compared the experience to speed dating. Go get ‘em Scott.

Zach Brown – Portland State, Kicker – NFL.com’s Senior Analyst Gil Brandt comments that “The ball just seems to jump off of his leg”. Zach’s real last name is Ramirez, but he used Brown at Portland State, where he hit on 17 of 18 FGs in 2012. At the school’s Pro Day he hit 6 out of 6 on his FG attempts hitting on 2 from 55 yards. Best of luck Zach, we look forward to seeing your winning smile in the NFL!

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Dustin Hopkins, K

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Jeff Locke, P

Quinn Sharp, K

Quinn Sharp, K

Ryan Allen, K

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Scott Kovanda, K

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We are pleased to be associated with such an accomplished group, and will enjoy seeing what’s ahead for these fine young men. Congrats to them all!

-CSK

 

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Quinn Sharp – Player Profile – Upcoming Draft Status

With the impending NFL draft, we would like to recognize another Chris Sailer Kicking alum, Quinn Sharp.

The versatile player has both skills as a Kicker and as a Punter. Quinn has had quite the college career at Oklahoma State University. He is the program’s first ever 3-time All-American. In 2010 he won the award as a Punter, and in 2011 and 2012 he was recognized as an All-American Kicker. He had a career punting average of almost 46 yards (45.9) which led active NCAA punters, and set a new OSU record. He had a career field goal accuracy of 84.7%, placing him second in the nation among active Kickers in the NCAA.

NFL.com notes his leg strength, particularly on kickoffs, and his 5-second plus hang times when punting inside the twenty. BleacherReport.com says he has a “NFL leg” and compares him to the Minnesota Vikings’ Chris Kluwe (another  CSK alum).

Quinn has always dreamed of being an NFL player, but Kickers are rarely drafted. In spite of that, there are those that expect him to go in the 6th or 7th round. Some analysts say his versatility could have him going as high as the 4th round.

Even if he goes to an NFL camp undrafted, he will certainly make his dream of playing pro ball come true. Chris Sailer Kicking is excited to watch the draft this week, and look forward to seeing our friend Quinn Sharp playing this fall on Sundays.

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Profile on Dustin Hopkins: Kicker – Florida State

Former Chris Sailer Kicking alum Dustin Hopkins is about to enter the NFL draft following a record breaking, outstanding career at Florida State.

Hopkins’ legend at FSU started when, as a freshman, he nailed a 55 yard field goal to win the game against Clemson. The pressure packed kick came with 3 seconds remaining and the score tied.

In 2011, Dustin set a new record for FSU kickers when he connected on 109 straight PATs. He wouldn’t stop there however, going on to kick an amazing 145 straight, making it the 6th longest streak in NCAA history. In his senior year Hopkins set the NCAA Division I record for points ever scored by a kicker. His record stands at an amazing 448 points.

Now, he is entering the NFL draft as the number 1 kicking prospect in the country. Bleacher Report says this about Hopkins: “Strong and consistent fundamentals allow Hopkins to possess NFLeady kick power, both on field goals and kickoffs.” They go one to predict he could become a 10 year kicker in the league.

At Chris Sailer Kicking, we are proud of our alumni and wish him well in the draft. Chris is an exceptional athlete and his focus on fundamentals has, and will continue to, pay off. Congratulations to Dustin Hopkins. The NFL Draft begins Thursday April 25 and ends on April 27th. We’ll be watching!

-CSK

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CSK Alum Getting Ready for Upcoming NFL Draft

Chris Sailer Kicking has produced its share of current and past NFL kickers and that trend will continue at this month’s NFL Draft on April, 25th in New York. CSK has a number of alumni who will potentially be taken in the Draft this year. This obviously is an impressive accomplishment due to the sheer fact that NFL teams rarely take Specialists in the draft, although it is becoming more popular as of late.

We will be watching closely as these former CSK Alums look to get drafted:

Dustin Hopkins, Kicker, Florida State (6-2, 190 lbs.)

In his senior season, Hopkins made 25-of-30 field goal attempts and became the NCAA FBS all-time leading kick scorer. Strong on kickoffs as well, he could be the first kicker selected.

Quinn Sharp, Punter/Kicker, Oklahoma State (6-1, 205 lbs.) 

Serving as Oklahoma State’s kicker and punter, Sharp has a big leg, as evidenced by punts with 5.0-plus seconds of hangtime and 70 percent of his kickoffs going for touchbacks. He might initially be a kickoff specialist but could develop into an NFL-caliber kicker or punter.

Others include:

Ryan Allen, Punter, Louisiana Tech (6-2, 215 lbs.)
Jeff Locke, Punter, UCLA (6-1, 203 lbs.)
Scott Kovanda, Punter, Ball State (6-3, 205 lbs.)

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Hopkins, Locke, Kovanda, Sharp, Allen at this year’s NFL Combine

Wishing these guys the all the best in this year’s upcoming NFL Draft. Stay Tuned…

Chris Sailer Kicking

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Chris Sailer Kicking Alumni Shine at NFL Combine!

Day 1 is complete at the 2013 NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Today showcased the top specialists, lineman and tight ends in the country. Included in the specialist group were 5 Chris Sailer Kicking Alumni;

Dustin Hopkins (FSU)

Jeff Locke (UCLA)

Scott Kovanda (BSU)

Quinn Sharp (OSU)

Ryan Allen (LT)

Dustin Hopkins was the top performer running the forty in 4.74 and had vertical jump of 33.5. Who says Kickers aren’t athletic! NFL Scouts are reporting all 5 CSK alum performed very well and expect a few to get drafted in April’s NFL Draft. Stay tuned to see what NFL Rosters these 5 CSK alum end up on!

Chris Sailer Kicking #Next Level

 

Chris Sailer Kicking K/P’s at the NFL Combine: Dustin Hopkins, Jeff Locke, Scott Kovanda, Quinn Sharp, & Ryan Allen.

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5 CSK Alumni will be Attending this Year’s NFL Combine

Chris Sailer Kicking is proud to announce 5 of our alumni will be participating in the 2013 NFL Combine on February 23-26th in Indianapolis, IN. To receive an invite to participate in the combine is a tremendous honor for any college player, but especially for Kickers & Punters. Out of all the college football programs in the country in all divisions only a total of 13 Kickers & Punters that have been invited to the 2013 NFL Combine.  This very exclusive group consists of almost half of Chris Sailer Kicking alum.

Here is a little bit about those 5 alumni:

Ryan Allen – CSK Alum

Jeff Locke – CSK Alum

Quinn Sharp – CSK Alum

Dustin Hopkins – CSK Alum

Scott Kovanda – CSK Alum

Kickers and Punters will participate on the first day of the combine in Indianapolis.

Stay Tuned for the upcoming NF Draft in April, to see where these 5 alumni end up!

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Chris Sailer Kicking Alum Justin Tucker Headed to Super Bowl XLVII

Baltimore Ravens Rookie Kicker Justin Tucker is headed to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII. Tucker has been an instrumental piece for the Ravens success this year converting on 30 of 33 field goals with a long of 56 yds.

Tucker’s success has not slowed down through the post season as well converting 2 of 2 field goals and 12 of 12 extra points.  Having a trusted leg in the NFL’s most pivotal moments is key and Baltimore has found that in Tucker.

The 2008 Chris Sailer Kicking Alum played is college ball at the University of Texas where during his senior year made 17 of 21 FGAs (81.0%), including a long of 52 yards…Earned second-team All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press and won  UT’s Frank Denius Most Valuable Special Teams Player Award.

Look for this CSK alum in Super Bowl XLVII most pressure packed moments in New Orleans on 2/3/13.

Justin Tucker Kicker Baltimore Ravens

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