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Preview 2010 - C-USA Kicker Rankings
Houston PK Matt Hogan
Houston PK Matt Hogan
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted May 30, 2010


Preview 2010 - Ranking the Top Conference USA Placekickers


  
Preview 2010 - C-USA

The Top Kickers


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1. Matt Hogan, Soph. Houston
Hogan became an unexpected revelation in the kicking game for the Cougars, making all 12 of his field goal attempts after replacing junior Jordan Mannisto midway through the year. In a thrilling 46-45 win over Tulsa, he kicked the game-winner from 51 yards out, showing his pop and poise with one swing of the leg. Although he’ll attempt far more extra points than field goals, he still has important value in this offense.

2. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Jr. Tulsa
Much to the surprise of the program, Tulsa found a placekicker in 2009 who it’s going to lean on for the next couple of seasons. Playing one of the more underutilized positions on this team, Fitzpatrick made the most of his limited opportunities, hitting all but one of his 14 field goal attempts. He led the team in scoring and was also an asset on kickoffs, sporting a strong leg that provided a boost to the Hurricane coverage units.

3. Matt Szymanski, Sr. SMU
Szymanski is essentially going to do everything except return kicks. No one-trick pony, he’ll once again handle punting, placekicking, and kickoffs this fall. In his first season since transferring from Texas A&M, he averaged just below 42 yards on punts, hit 11-of-16 field goal attempts, and showed great pop on kickoffs. He is quietly one of the more valuable members of this SMU team.

4. Nick Cattoi, Jr. UCF
The Knights are excited to be getting back last season’s regular placekicker and punter. The super-sized Cattoi performed well in his first year as the regular, hitting 14-of-20 field goal attempts and a long of 50 yards. He’ll try to hold off the challenge of sophomore Jamie Boyle, who has less pop but better technique and fundamentals.

5. Josh Zahn, Soph. UAB
Punter Trey Ragland was supposed to pull double-duty a year ago, but Zahn beat him out in his first year out of high school and hasn’t looked back. His accuracy needs work, going 14-of-21 on field goals and missing three extra points, but he showed an ability to reach from 50 yards and has laid a foundation to be a four-year starter in Birmingham.

6. Tyler Warner, Jr. Marshall
Marshall is in the unenviable position of replacing accurate PK Craig Ratanamorn, who has exhausted his eligibility in Huntington. His successor will be Warner, who competed for the job last year and filled in admirably when injuries struck the position in 2008. A 6-4, 215-pounder, he has excellent leg strength, now needing to simply refine his mechanics and improve his accuracy.

7. Ryan Rome, RFr. Tulane
Now that long-time regular Ross Thevenot has exhausted his eligibility, Tulane is turning its punting and kicking over to a redshirt freshman. Heralded coming out of high school, he didn’t disappoint in the spring, showing good range and accuracy on field goals. He’s less known as a punter, and at 5-9 and 166 pounds, doesn’t get a lot of leg drive and extension.

8. Ben Ryan, Jr. East Carolina
Now that inconsistent Ben Hartman has graduated, East Carolina finds itself auditioning new placekickers. The favorite for now will be Ryan, who missed his only two attempts a year ago. A former walk-on, he showed a strong leg on kickoffs, but still has a long way to go in terms of accuracy.

9. Dakota Warren, Soph. UTEP
With a kicker and a punter needed to be replaced, UTEP hopes to have filled both positions with one stroke of the pen. In February, the Miners signed Warren out of Ventura (Calif.) College, hoping he can handle two jobs. He has good leg strength and naturally ability, and should be an asset on kickoffs.

10. Daniel Hrapmann, Jr. Southern Miss
Southern Miss lacked stability in the kicking game, something Hrapmann, a transfer from Southeastern Louisiana, is hoping to address. He took over late last year and went 4-of-7 on field goal attempts, missing four extra points, but showed better consistency than the competition in the spring.