Saturday, August 26, 2006

Three good men

Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has an article on the UMass kicking game here . It's worth a read.

I had a chance to renew my association with UMass punter Christian Koegel and UMass' place kicker Armando Cuko at the UMass Media Day on Tuesday Aug 22nd.

Christian Koegel Sr 6-0 185 is a Pre-Season All-American. Koegel has been the subject of a number of posts on this blog. He led the I-AA nation in net punting and was #3 in punting average. He's looking forward to punting off the new field turf.

Armando Cuko So. 5-11 180 had a mixed freshman season. However, he made a 41 yard game winning kick against JMU that, given the circumstances of that day, was one of the finest kicks ever at McGuirk.

I also got a chance to meet the newest member of the UMass kicking team Chris Koepplin 6-3 210. Koepplin attended JUCO football power Nassau CC. When he did not get an offer out of school, he attended the Northeast Kicking competition at Rutgers and beat the field. He'll back up Koegel in punting and is in competition with Cuko for place kicker.

I wish everyone could get a chance to meet these three players. They are well spoken, thoughtful young men. Good ambassadors for UMass football and the University. They speak well of the quality of player we have at UMass.


Anonymous said...

Its nice that they are well spoken. Hopefully they can kick the ball as well! Cuko was an adventure last season.

UMass74 said...

I believe they can kick. It's hard to ask anything more of Koegel. He's already the best punter in I-AA.

Brown has praised Cuko's off-sesaon work. Despite his mid-season slump he was still the Minutemen's second leading scorer (sp?--that does not look right).

Koepplin was on crutches for the Spring Game, so I have not seen him kick. But he's a big dude in person, who looks like he could make some tackles in coverage as well as kick.

IMHO, the kicking game will be fine this year.

Anonymous said...

Cuko is a question mark until he shows some consistency during the season. Koegel is obviously a huge positive factor in the battle for field position.