2016 Tiger Football Position-by-Position Preview: Special Teams
Part eight in a ten part series previewing the 2016 Saint Xavier Football Tigers: Special Teams
Zac Collins | Photo by Varsity Views
Zac Collins 6-0, 161 Sr.
Owen Johnson 5-10, 147 Sr.
Sam McDonogh 5-10, 149 Sr.
Kyle Robinson 6-1. 200 Sr.
Alan Mateja 5-10, 153 Jr.
Special Teams can sometimes be overlooked in the importance of a football game, and many forget its one-third of the game. So many games can be decided by a missed field goal (we’re looking at Blair Walsh here) or a bad punt. Luckily for the Tiger Football team, they return all of the special teams unit from last year.
We begin with kicker Sam McDonogh, who was named to the All-District Team last year. McDonogh was reliable all of last year on his field goal kicks. He will look to continue to add to his leg strength this year so he can hit those 40+ yarders consistently. With McDonogh’s ability to kick, the team will be able to put up points on almost every single drive.
Owen Johnson will be taking charge of the kickoffs once more. Johnson consistently kicks the ball into the endzone, providing great field position for the Tiger Defense. Don’t expect many opposing returns with Johnson at the helm of kickoff duties.
Fellow Senior Zac Collins has followed in the footsteps of his older brother Jake Collins, who is the punter at Western Kentucky University. Zac was recently awarded the Ray Guy Prokicker.com Top Prospect Award Winner. This award is given to the Nation’s Top Kickers, Punters, and Long Snappers. He was able to give favorable position to Tiger Defense quite a few times last year, pinning opposing offenses behind the twenty yard line like it’s nothing. Look for another big year from Zac, and possible college interest.
Lastly, Kyle Robinson will be the long snapper for his second year. Along with starting on the defensive line, Robinson was able to contribute on special teams. Possibly more important than his on-field play, he is the poster boy for this year’s St.X vs. Trinity game… just what can’t this man do?
Next up: New Coaches
Part One: Quarterbacks