Friday, April 13, 2012

Spring Questions revisited: #5

TCU said good-bye to two four-year starters in the kicking game last fall, as place-kicker Ross Evans and punter Anson Kelton exhausted their eligibility at the end of the 2011 season. The lack of a full-fledged heir apparent to either of them made kicker & punter the #5 question heading into spring practice.

If there was one area in which Coach Patterson let the least amount of information out this spring, it was about the future of the Frogs' kicking game. Maybe that's just his usual secretive nature, maybe it's because nobody particularly impressed him at either position, or maybe it's because he's waiting until two high-profile true freshman arrive on campus this fall.

The only tidbit of info I could find about either position is that sophomore Ryan DeNucci is the #1 kicker for now. It's unclear whether that was straight from the mouth of GP, or if the writer of that particular story just assumed as much because DeNucci is the only returning kicker with any game experience (having kicked off 24 times last fall). That puts him ahead of Hans Ingold, who redshirted last year after playing his high school ball at Nolan Catholic.

Likewise, a quick glance at the roster would tell you that senior Cale Patterson is at least currently your starting punter. He's never appeared in a game for the Frogs, but he's also the only punter on the roster this spring.

There's a good chance that next year's place-kicker will be true freshman Jaden Oberkram, who comes over after a career at Arlington Martin in which he once kicked a 54-yard field goal in a game and reportedly connected from 60+ in practice. At punter, the starter is likely to be Ethan Perry, who was a U.S. Army All American in Smithson Valley in the San Antonio area.

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