The Rebels are off today and will practice again tomorrow with several periods open for media viewing.
A few special teams notes from Saturday’s practice …
There appears to be no leader in the punting competition between Australian-born redshirt freshman Will Gleeson and true freshman Gary Wunderlich. Based on Hugh Freeze’s comments from earlier in the week he will have an interesting decision that may come down to Gleeson’s athleticism weighed against Wunderlich’s leg strength.
Freeze said Gleeson gives him the opportunity to do some things “out of the box,” meaning, rugby style punting on the run where you get a bounce and roll. That no doubt means some other things too.
Yesterday’s practice closed with field goals between senior Andrew Fletcher, redshirt freshman Andy Pappanastos and Wunderlich, all three bidding to replace Andrew Ritter.
A disclaimer here. These numbers are very unofficial. It’s hard to get a good read on field goal accuracy depending on your angle, and I wasn’t right behind the goal posts, which is the preferred angle.
Anyway, I had all three kickers good on two kicks — one from each hash– from 37 yards out.
From what appeared to be about 48 yards out, and from the left hash, Fletcher missed left, Pappanastos was good with a kick that hit the crossbar and bounced over and Wunderlich was good with leg to spare. From the right hash, Fletcher was short, Pappanastos was good and Wunderlich missed left.
From 55 yards out and in the middle of the field, Fletcher was good, Pappanastos was good, and Wunderlich missed left.
There was no rush for any of these kicks.