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Preview 2010 - MAC Kicker Rankings
Ohio PK Matt Weller
Ohio PK Matt Weller
Posted May 23, 2010

Preview 2010 - Ranking the Top Ten MAC Placekickers

Preview 2010 - MAC

Top Kickers

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1. Ian McGarvey, Sr. Ball State
McGarvey nailed 16-of-21 field goals in 2008 and was even better last season connecting on 18-of-21 attempts including all five of his shots from 40-to-49 yards. He’s a weapon who should be in the mix for all-star honors.

2. Matt Weller, Soph. Ohio
Weller came up with a special year earning first-team All-MAC honors making 21-of-29 field goals including two from beyond 50. He blasted a 52 yarder against Ball State, and while he missed three attempts early on against Cal Poly, he was fantastic over the second half of the season. He has the leg and he has the experience, and now he has to be a bit more consistent inside the 50.

3. Brandon McManus, Soph. Temple
Considering the kicking game was supposed to be a major issue, the emergence of McManus was a big plus. While he had a few misfires, going 17-of-24 was terrific with all but one of his misses coming from 42 yards and more. He might not have tremendous range, but he’s great from short to midrange and can be counted on. He’ll also get the first look as the punter after Jeff Wathne struggled averaging just 37.2 yards per kick and putting 11 inside the 20.

4. Freddy Cortez, Soph. Kent State
As a true freshman, Cortez came up with a strong first season hitting 13-of-19 field goals, and while he wasn’t always consistent, three of his kicks were blocked. With a big leg, he has range just inside the 50 and was great as the season went on. After missing five of his first eight attempts, he settled down and nailed ten of his last 11.

5. John Potter, Jr. Western Michigan
Potter has been a nice kicker over the last two years hitting 11-of-16 field goals in 2008 and 10-of-15 last year. He doesn’t have much of a big leg and he tops out at around 40 yards before bad things happen, but he’s fine. Nothing special, but fine.

6. Ryan Casano, Jr. Toledo
Casano will push hard for the starting punting job and will also take over the kicking duties from Alex Steigerwald, who hit 12-of-16 field goals. Casano, a JUCO transfer, was hurt for most of last year but he has a good leg and could be the bomber the kicking game has desperately needed.

7. Jerry Phillips, Soph. Bowling Green
With Matt Norsic gone, the kicking duties are all up to Phillips, a nice sophomore prospect who connected on 8-of-13 attempts including a 44 yarder after splitting time. Way too inconsistent, he missed four kicks inside the 40 and got one blocked, but he has a decent leg and good upside to grow into the job over the next three years.

8. Richie Hogan, RFr. Central Michigan
Hogan has to step in for the solid Andrew Aguila, who connected on 17-of-23 field goals and 55-of-57 extra points. Hogan has a good enough leg to be tried out from 45 yards or so and can be used as a punter if needed. Recruited by some big schools like Nebraska and Oregon State, he was a good get for the Chippewas.

9. A.J. Principe, Sr. Buffalo
There will be a battle for the starting kicking job with Principe needing to fight despite holding the school record with 37 career field goals. He his 10-of-13 field goal attempts, but he has no range whatsoever with his longest boot coming from 36 yards out.

10. Trevor Cook, Sr. Miami Univ.
Cook lost his gig to Nate Parseghian a few years ago after hitting 10-of-13 field goals in his freshman year and just 5-of-10 as a sophomore. Last year he was fine hitting 7-of-12 attempts, but he was hardly special. While he was able to nail a 55-yarder against Toledo and two of his kicks were blocked, he wasn’t consistent. He’s the main man for the job, but he needs to be reliable in close games.