|BG hopes Schmiedebusch can regain 2011 form (07-03-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 03 July 2013 08:39|
Better consistency from Brian Schmiedebusch and continued success from Tyler Tate are the most visible keys to success for the Bowling Green State University football's special teams this fall
In 2012, the Falcons were 8-5 overall and 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference, while earning a berth in the Military Bowl.
Schmiedebusch was a first-team All-MAC selection in 2011, but his average yards per punt dropped from 45.3 in 2011 to 40.8 in 2012. He was still a second-team all-conference pick last season.
''He's still good; he created such a high standard in (20)11, he dropped off in (20)12,'' BG head coach Dave Clawson said.
''Never before did you worry about him, now you're worried,'' Clawson added. ''If the ball is on the 10-yard line and you have to punt it out, is he going to shank one?
''I would give up a few of the booms, to eliminate the shanks.''
After punting 57 times in 2011, Schmiedebusch was called upon 72 times last season. In 2011, he had eight touchbacks, 19 punts of 50 yards or more and 18 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Last season he had 12 touchbacks, 18 punts of 50 yards or more and 24 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line.
''To me he regressed ... but he's still good,'' Clawson said. 'Ability-wise, he could be an NFL punter.''
Tate took over the field goal kicking duties midway through last season and he made 7-of-10 field goals with a long of 42-yards. He'll kick PATs as well as field goals this fall.
''Tyler Tate was really good in the second half of the season and he was really good in the spring,'' Clawson said. ''I certainly feel better in the kicking situation than we have in the past few years.''
Anthony Farinella goes into fall camp as the kickoff specialist for the second straight year.
He had 54 kickoffs last season and averaged 58.0 yards per kick with seven touchdowns and three kickoffs going out-of-bounds.
''I'm a little concerned about kickoffs,'' Clawson said. ''Farinella last year, I thought was inconsistent.''
Long snapper Cory Johnson has graduated.
Greg Hohenstein is slated to handle the long snaps while Clay Rolf, a redshirt junior from Eastwood High School, is the short snapper.
''Hohenstein was very consistent in the spring,'' Clawson said
The Falcons have one of the top kickoff returners in the conference in Jerry 'BooBoo' Gates.
In his career, Gates has over 1,600 kickoff return yards with two touchdowns.
Ryan Burbrink is back as the punt returner. He returned 19 punts for 170 yards, an average of 8.9 yards per return, last season.
Clawson is worried about the depth behind Gates and Burbrink.
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