Preview 2010 - ACC
Ten Best Kickers
- ACC Skill Position Rankings
1. Matt Bosher, Sr. Miami
There might not be a more valuable or versatile special teams player in the nation than Bosher, who’s not your typical dual-threat for the Canes. The team’s placekicker and punter, he earned All-ACC first team for the former and All-ACC second team for the latter. As the kicker, he’s made 32-of-36 field goals in two seasons and all 90 extra point attempts. That includes 3-of-4 from beyond 50 yards, a testament to his leg strength. As the punter, he raised his average to 42.5 yards, while showing excellent placement and a quicker release. Unlike his first two years, he did not have a punt blocked.
2. Will Snyderwine, Sr. Duke
Did the former walk-on earn his scholarship last season or what? An afterthought at this time last year, he won the job and promptly set out to become an All-ACC second-teamer in his debut. A former soccer and rugby player, he has excellent leg strength and the mental toughness to come through in clutch situations. He connected on a school-record 17 field goals on 20 attempts, including a season-best 51-yarder.
3. Robert Randolph, Jr. Virginia
The junior excelled in his first full season of action, making 17-of-19 field goals attempts and being named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award. Accurate from as far out as 50 yards, he’s only missed three of his 23 career attempts and has yet to reach his full potential.
4. Casey Barth, Jr. North Carolina
In stark contrast to this time last year, Carolina will begin the season with some stability on special teams. Barth showed considerable improvement as the placekicker, nailing 21-of-25 field goals earning all-star honors. On a team with a suspect offense, he’ll continue to be a valuable cog in the program’s overall success.
5. Dustin Hopkins, Soph. Florida State
Hopkins showed in his debut why he was considered the premier prep placekicker of 2009. He won the job in the summer and went on to lead the team in scoring, going 19-of-27 on field goals and showing off his booming right leg. The next in a long line of Groza-contending Seminole kickers, he’ll be in the hunt for national recognition as soon as he tightens up his accuracy.
6. Josh Czajkowski, Sr. NC State
Returning is Czajkowski, one of the most accurate placekickers in school history. While not a boomer, he’s dead-on from inside 50 yards, nailing 26-of-31 career field goal attempts and all but one of 78 extra point attempts. He also flashed a little versatility in the offseason, designing the cover of the team’s 2010 spring media guide.
7. Nick Ferrara, Soph. Maryland
When Travis Baltz went down, Ferrara stepped in and did a credible job as the emergency punter. He’s also the team’s regular placekicker, making 18-of-25 field goal and all 26 of his extra point attempts. He has good size and leg drive, connecting on a 50-yarder against Wake Forest.
8. Scott Blair, Sr. Georgia Tech
Although Blair improved his accuracy in his second year as the regular, there’s still a feeling that he can do more. The senior and one-time starting punter went 14-of-20 on field goal tries and showed better range than earlier in his career. He’ll do whatever is necessary to assist this unit, consistently doing a great job of getting downfield and doing an unusually good job of making tackles.
9. Jimmy Newman, Soph. Wake Forest
A heralded special teams recruit out of Alabama, Newman took over as the team’s placekicker in his debut, yet connected on just 11-of-17 field goal attempts including a mere 5-of-11 beyond 30 yards. Worry not. He has a tremendous leg, has gotten noticeably stronger, and is coming off a solid offseason. An All-ACC ceiling is there for the taking if he can improve his accuracy.
10. Richard Jackson, Sr. Clemson
Jackson is in the driver’s seat at placekicker…for now. A lack of consistency, a theme throughout his career, continues to plague him, leaving the door open for the competition. While leg strength is never going to be an issue, hitting just 20-of-31 field goal tries will be, especially if he can’t straighten things out from beyond 40 yards. A versatile specialist, he’ll also serve as the team’s backup punter.