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August 2, 2012
The Soul are expected to sign kicker Fabrizio Scaccia on Wednesday to fill the void left when Remy Hamilton was injured last week. Scaccia kicked for runner-up Arizona last year. His brother, Massimo, spent time with the Soul in 2011. Hamilton's injury forced the Soul to use wide receiver Emery Sammons and defensive back LaRico Stevenson to handle kickoffs. In other news, Soul kick returner/wide receiver Jeff Hughley was named to the AFL's all-Ironman team. It's the third consecutive nod for Hughley, who is in his first season with the Soul.
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September 14, 2012
A Penn State spokesman confirmed that redshirt freshman punter/kicker Matt Marcincin has left the team. Marcincin, who is from Malvern, was the backup for kicker Sam Ficken and punter Alex Butterworth. The spokesman said Marcincin still is enrolled in classes at Penn State. His departure leaves only sophomore walk-on Kevin DiSanto as a backup. - Joe Juliano
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July 12, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Quinn Nordin, widely recognized as the top kicker in the class of 2016, has committed to Penn State. The Rockford (Mich.) kicker recently narrowed his choices down to the Nittany Lions and his home-state Michigan Wolverines. Other schools in the running included Georgia, Michigan State, Iowa, and Arizona State. However, the Lions have been the prohibitive favorite for some time now. When Nordin spoke with 247sports.com recently, he said that the head coaches were the main reason he had narrowed his choices down to the group of finalist.
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May 26, 1995 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
John Lee Womack Jr., 42, a 1986 Glassboro State College graduate who at age 33 became an outstanding placekicker for the college's football team, died Wednesday at South Jersey Hospital Systems/Elmer Division after a two-year battle with a rare form of cancer. Born in Camden, Mr. Womack was a lifelong resident of Elk Township and a 1970 graduate of Delsea Regional High School. In his high school freshman year, he went out for football but got into one game only in the closing moments - and the team's quarterback fumbled away the ball, according to a 1985 Inquirer story.
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August 25, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lacking a true position battle for months, the Eagles have less than a week to figure out whether they have a kicker on their roster or if they will have to look elsewhere to fill a thankless position that teams sometimes overlook until it's too late. A series of decisions that stretches back to drafting Alex Henery has the Eagles crossing their fingers that he will find his nerve, or Cody Parkey will be the exception to the rule about rookie kickers, or some better option will drop into their laps.
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September 9, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A severe-thunderstorm warning flashed across the scoreboard video screen at Scott Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but most of the 56,000 orange-clad fans didn't see it. Most of their eyes were fixed on a 6-foot-2, 172-pound sophomore from Indiana standing on Penn State's sideline: Sam Ficken, the kicker. With one second left, a light mist surrounding the stadium morphed into a steady rain. Penn State coach Bill O'Brien sent Ficken and his unit onto the field for a 42-yard attempt.
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November 27, 2012
Temple kicker and punter Brandon McManus on Sunday was named the national honorable mention specialist and punter of the week by the College Football Performance Awards. In his final game as an Owl against Syracuse on Friday, McManus had two field goals - 47 yards and 22 yards - and two extra points to extend his career scoring record. He finished the game with five kickoffs for 314 yards (62.8 average) and four punts for 175 yards (43.8 average). McManus ended his career as Temple's career leader in points (338)
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September 12, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
A COLLEGE coach suggested Cody Parkey log his kicks. So Parkey did that, then expanded on the idea, making it into a kind of kicking journal, from practices and games. "Along with your makes, you can learn off what you miss, as well," Parkey said yesterday. Parkey and the Eagles are preparing to visit Parkey's former team, the Indianapolis Colts. (At 22, the rookie barely looks old enough to have a former razor, let alone a former team, but he was in camp with Indianapolis until he was traded here Aug. 21)
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August 15, 2016 | By Adam Hermann, STAFF WRITER
THE FIRST TWO kickoffs in the Eagles' 17-9 win over the Buccaneers on Thursday landed a few blades of grass shy of the goal line. On the first, Kenny Bell fumbled Caleb Sturgis' kick at the 16-yard line. On the second, Donteea Dye returned Cody Parkey's kick to the 25-yard line. All that mattered to special teams coach Dave Fipp was getting Tampa Bay's returners out of the end zone. In the offseason, the NFL changed the way it handles touchbacks on kickoffs. Instead of a touchback bringing the ball to the 20-yard line, the offense starts at its own 25-yard line, a 25 percent increase in field position.
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February 4, 2016 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Brandon McManus hopes Super Bowl 50 comes down to him. He wants to be Adam Vinatieri, who booted a 48-yard field goal for the Patriots with no time left to beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI and a 41-yarder with four seconds on the clock to beat the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. He wants to be the Colts' Jim O'Brien, whose 32-yarder with five seconds left beat the Cowboys in Super Bowl V. He doesn't want to be Scott Norwood, whose 47-yard miss as time expired in Super Bowl XXV started Buffalo's string for four straight Super Bowl losses.
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January 28, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Kicker Alex Barbir of Cumming, Ga., announced on Twitter that he had made an oral commitment to Penn State, flipping the commitment he originally made in July to Rutgers. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Barbir, who attends South Forsyth High School, called his decision to change "the hardest decision of my life so far," which involved "countless hours of talking and consideration. " "I'm forever grateful for each opportunity that has been available to me," he said on Twitter. "But at this time I feel that it is in my best interest to announce my commitment to Penn State University.
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November 17, 2015 | BY MARCUS HAYES, Daily News Staff Writer hayesm@phillynews.com
1. KNOCKED OUT Sam Bradford seemed so durable . . . or lucky. Bradford absorbed four terrific hits in the first half but he kept on ticking. He got hit above his twice-repaired left knee and buckled awkwardly, but showed no ill-effects. Bradford also took a (barely) illegal shot under his chin from 315-pound defensive tackle C.J. Mosely, who hit Bradford at full speed, just before halftime. Again, Bradford survived. And then in the third quarter, Chris McCain landed on Bradford, injured Bradford's left shoulder and gave him a concussion.
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November 5, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
While Penn State's offensive and defensive u enjoyed arguably their best performances of the season in the same game last Saturday in the shutout win over Illinois, the Nittany Lions' kicking game continued to have its share of hiccups. Joey Julius, the 260-pound redshirt freshman, had two extra points blocked in the game and put a kickoff out of bounds before giving way in the second quarter to sophomore Tyler Davis. Davis booted two field goals and delivered three extra points without a miss.
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October 8, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
What Chip Kelly delivered to new kicker Caleb Sturgis this week wasn't really a vote of confidence. It was more of a shrug of resignation. Sturgis kept his job for the time being, but Kelly didn't sound all that thrilled about it. Having just lost a game by three points on an afternoon in which Sturgis left four points on the field, Kelly wasn't expected to praise the guy who, only days before the game, won a tryout with five other unemployed kickers....
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October 1, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CODY PARKEY said he didn't feel good from the start of warmups Sunday at MetLife Stadium, but he knew he had to kick, since he had no backup. Parkey managed five kickoffs, a 30-yard field goal, and three extra points with what he said yesterday were tears of "all three (adductor) muscles in my groin. " On Monday, Parkey went to IR. Yesterday, on a muggy afternoon more suited to training camp, he watched former Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis work with Parkey's long snapper, Jon Dorenbos, and his holder, Donnie Jones.
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October 1, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cody Parkey said he tore three muscles in his groin Sunday before the Eagles' 24-17 win over the Jets. He finished the game, but the injury was serious enough to end the kicker's season. The team placed him on injured reserve Tuesday morning and added Caleb Sturgis. "I just had to suck it up," Parkey said. "I went through a lot of pain in the game. I was able to hit all my kicks. " He made a field goal and three extra points. He also struggled on kickoffs. Parkey missed two preseason games while recovering from a strained groin.
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September 30, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES' first victory of 2015 came at a price. Kicker Cody Parkey's season is over after he suffered what a source close to the situation called "an extensive tear" of his groin in pregame warmups before Sunday's game at the Jets. And just before halftime, starting right guard Andrew Gardner went down with what MRI testing showed to be a "significant" Lisfranc tear in his right foot, a source said. Gardner probably will need season-ending surgery, the source said. He was replaced Sunday by Matt Tobin, who seems likely to slide into the starting spot this week against Washington.
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September 24, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sophomore Austin Jones was the picture of confidence when asked to win the game for Temple on Saturday. At the end of last season, he wasn't as self-assured. But that apparently is yesterday's news. Jones drilled a game-winning 32-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining in the 25-23 comeback win over Massachusetts. There are many reasons the Owls are 3-0, and the improvement of Jones is near the top of the list. He has converted all seven of his field goal attempts after making three against UMass.
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