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INSIDE THE SPECIAL TEAMS PROSPECTS INVITED TO THE 2013 NFL COMBINE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on February 20, 2013 – 2:00 pm

Colts.com takes a closer look at the 13 kickers and one long snapper invited to this year’s NFL Combine. The 2013 combine takes place Indianapolis and begins on Feb. 20, spanning six days. The special teams prospects invited are as followed:

Kickers (13)

*Indicates a year of eligibility remaining

Ryan Allen – Louisiana Tech

-After winning back-to-back Ray Guy Awards (given to the nation’s top punter), Allen heads to Indianapolis looking to continue his career in the NFL. Allen’s college career began at Oregon State but after two years of not seeing the field he transferred to Louisiana St. and averaged 46.3 and 48.0 yards per punt in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Dylan Breeding – Arkansas

­-Breeding was a four-year punter for the Razorbacks and earned All-SEC honors during his last two seasons in Fayetteville. Against Tulsa this past season, Breeding averaged 58.3 yards per punt.

Anthony Cantele – Kansas St.

-Cantele is one of five Wildcats heading to Indianapolis this week and is coming off a 19-of-23 effort on field goals this past season. Cantele had 121 points in 2012 in helping Kansas St. capture the Big 12 Championship.

Bobby Cowan – Idaho

-If it wasn’t for Allen than Cowan would be the one on the All-WAC first team. Cowan’s numbers are more than respectable as he leaves Idaho after four years of punting and hold school records in punts (259), average (44.7) and yards (11,570).

Alex Dunnachie – Hawaii

-This season, Dunnachie finished sixth nationally with a 46.16 punting average while setting a Rainbows school record. Dunnachie had 20 punts over 50 yards and 12 inside the 20-yard line this season.

Dustin Hopkins – Florida St.

­-Hopkins leaves Tallahassee as the NCAA record holder for most points scored with 466. Hopkins was a four-year starter at kicker for the Seminoles and helped FSU to a bowl victory in each season.

Josh Hubner – Arizona St.

­-Hubner is coming off an appearance in the East-West Shrine game after he led the Pac-12 with a 47.1 punting average this past season. Of his 52 punts this season, 19 ended up inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Scott Kovanda – Ball St.

-As a Ray Guy Award finalist, Kovanda makes the short drive down I-69 to Indianapolis this week. Kovanda and his punt coverage unit ranked No. 4 in the nation allowing just one-yard per return with only six punts being returned all season long.

Jeff Locke – UCLA

­-Locke came to Westwood as the nation’s top kicker out of high school and showed just why during his four seasons of punting. Locke’s 44.2 punt average is second in school history and he showed off his versatility with 123 career touchbacks.

Brett Maher – Nebraska

-During his final two seasons in Lincoln, Maher handled every kicking duty for the Cornhuskers. Maher punted 61 times in 2012, converted on 20-of-27 field goals and had 57 touchbacks.

Quinn Sharp – Oklahoma St.

-Sharp is the first three-time All-American in the history of the Oklahoma St. program. In 2011 and 2012, Sharp became the first player in Big 12 history to be named all-conference as a punter and kicker.

Caleb Sturgis – Florida

-Florida’s all-time leading kicker, Sturgis finished his career 70-of-88 on field goals with a total of 340 points. Sturgis also accepted kickoff duties with 67 career touchbacks.

*Brad Wing – LSU

-Wing brings multiple dimensions to the punting game and 48 of his 118 punts were downed inside the 20-yard line over the past two seasons. The Australian native enters the draft with eligibility remaining and missed LSU’s bowl game after a violation of teams rules.

Long Snappers (1)

Luke Ingram – Hawaii

­-Ingram is the lone long snapper heading to Indianapolis this week. The six-feet-five-inch and 251-pound Ingram served as the Rainbows long snapper for the last four years.


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