Preview 2010 - Big East Kicker Rankings
Pitt PK Dan Hutchins
Pitt PK Dan Hutchins
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Posted May 29, 2010


Preview 2010 - Ranking the Top Big East Placekickers


Preview 2010 - Big East

The Top Kickers


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1. Dan Hutchins, Sr. Pitt
Entrusted with replacing Conor Lee and Dave Brytus at placekicker and punter, respectively, he handled both with outstanding results. A former walk-on with no relevant experience, he went 23-of-29 on field goal attempts, setting a school record for points by a kicker. He also showed a knack for being cool under pressure, nailing the game-winner in the bowl game and the Connecticut game. He was less heroic as a punter averaging a pedestrian 41.1 yards a boot.

2. Tyler Bitancurt, Jr. West Virginia
Bitancourt is coming off an All-Big East first team debut, hitting 13-of-15 field goal attempts and all but one extra point try. A clutch and accurate kicker, he has yet to show a ton of range topping out at 45 yards a year ago.

3. Ryan Lichtenstein, Soph. Syracuse
The Orange will once again turn to Lichtenstein to handle the placekicking duties. He fared surprisingly well in his first year on campus, hitting 13-of-17 field goals and all but one of his 28 extra point attempts. The former walk-on has only modest distance, but he has a chance to be a four-year starter if his accuracy continues to improve over time.

4. Jake Rogers, Sr. Cincinnati
Rogers is back for one more season as the regular placekicker, and hopefully a higher degree of consistency. At 6-4 and 211 pounds, he gets plenty of pop on the ball, but accuracy has been an on-going issue. Two years ago, he was just 16-of-23 on field goals. Last season, he went 12-of-18, including 3-of-7 from beyond 40 yards. While he's been buffered by an offense that's been sensational in the red zone, what happens if the Bearcats stall more often this fall?

5. San San Te, Jr. Rutgers
San Te has the leg strength to continue as the starter, but his future depends on his accuracy. He has had a tendency to push the ball to the left or the right, hitting just 18-of-28 field goals a year ago. The hope is that he's simply struggling with a mechanical flaw that can be corrected before the start of the upcoming season.

6. Maikon Bonani, Soph. USF
South Florida has a tight battle brewing involving Bonani and senior Eric Schwartz. Bonani was the starter in 2008, making 15-of-21 field goals and all but one extra point, but missed 2009 recovering from a 35-foot fall at an amusement park. Healthy again, he's about to be pushed for the job he held two years ago.

7. Dave Teggart, Jr. Connecticut
Though his job doesn't appear to be at stake, Teggart needs to improve his consistency in 2010. After nailing just about everything he attempted as a rookie, he was only 14-of-23 on field goal tries last year. Even worse, he was only 4-of-9 from beyond 40 yards and was never even asked to make an attempt from beyond 50 yards. The good news is that he's experienced and has made clutch kicks in the past. However, for a program that plays in a ton of tight games, he really needs to step it up this fall.

8. Chris Philpott, Jr. Louisville
Punter Jon Payne will also compete for the placekicker's job, but is currently looking up at Philpott. While inconsistent in 2008, he bounced back a year ago, hitting all five of his field goal attempts, including a career-long 44-yarder versus West Virginia.