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2014 Utah Football Scouting Report: Kicking Game

Tom Hackett, a first-team All-Pac-12 punter as a sophomore last season, will vie for All-America and Ray Guy honors in 2014.

Tom Hackett, a first-team All-Pac-12 punter as a sophomore last season, will vie for All-America and Ray Guy honors in 2014.

June 20, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY - With the @Utah_Football season approaching, utahutes.com will break down the personnel on the Ute roster with the lowdown, headliners and newcomer spotlight for 10 position groups. Today's post highlights the Ute kicking game.

2014 utahutes.com @Utah_Football Scouting Report

Tuesday, June 10: Offensive Line
Wednesday, June 11: Quarterbacks
Thursday, June 12: Running Backs
Friday, June 13: Wide Receivers
Saturday, June 14: Tight Ends
Monday, June 16: Defensive Line
Tuesday, June 17: Linebackers
Wednesday, June 18: Cornerbacks
Thursday, June 19: Safeties
Friday, June 20: Kicking Game

KICKING GAME

The Lowdown
Not since "King" Louie Sakoda was a first-team All-America punter (2007) and kicker (2008) has Utah been so strong at both positions. They'll report to new a special teams coach this fall in Kyle Whittingham.

 

 

Headliners Returning
First-team All-Pac-12 punter Tom Hackett and honorable mention all-conference kicker Andy Phillips will vie for All-America honors this season. As a sophomore, Hackett led the Pac-12 in punt yards (3,300, a school record), punt average (43.4), punts inside the 20 (27) and 50+ yard punts (19). As a true freshman, Phillips finished second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (17-of-20, 85%). He led the league and ranked third in the nation in field goal percentage from 40 yards and out (8-of-10, 80%).

Coach Whittingham Says
"We are fortunate to have returning specialists of Tom and Andy's caliber. Tom has the ability to punt both traditionally and rugby style, which provides us an advantage against our opponents. Andy is coming off a great freshman campaign and we expect him to pick up right where he left off. He is reliable under pressure and has good range. After doing a solid job as a true freshman, Chase Dominguez will again handle all of the snapping duties."

The Personnel
Jon Halliday
Jeff Gaston
Izic Yapias
Andy Phillips
Tom Hackett
Chris Van Orden
Chase Dominguez

"Automatic" Andy Phillips was a field goal phenom as a true freshman last year.


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