New Year for Peattie

Kicker Jon Peattie made 15-of-24 field goals last year and all 45 of his extra point attempts. This year he looks forward to improving on his numbers and likes what he sees with the team.

"I am really looking forward to this year," Peattie said. "Our team really came together for us over the summer. The attitude in the weight room was unbelievable. Guys are ready to have a breakout year."

Jon Peattie is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior from Clearwater, Fla. who has made 37-of-52 field goals in his career at Miami. His 37 field goals ranks him seventh on Miami's all-time list.

He signed with the Hurricanes in 2002 along with a number of key players who are juniors and seniors this year. Peattie expects his class to provide plenty of leadership to the team.

"I think we had a couple leaders step up like Eric Winston and Baraka Atkins," Peattie said. "That is something we didn't really have last year. The class I came in with are now the old guys. I knew we were a tight group then and now that we are the actual leaders of the team it just shows how close we are."

There are different types of leaders. Last year Miami had leaders by example, but lacked a strong vocal leader. This year it should not be a problem.

During the off-season Peattie has been kicking the ball well. He dealt with a minor injury earlier in the summer, but is getting his strength and flexibility back.

Brian Monroe is the team's punter and improved his punting average from 35.7 to 41.2 yards per punt last year as a sophomore.

"He is always doing good things," Peattie said. "He has got better every year and this year he'll be even better."

Peattie saw his field goal production dip last year after making 22-of-28 fields goals as a freshman he made 15-of-24 last season.

"It was kind of down season, but I ended strong," Peattie said. "I just want to bring that into this year and use that momentum."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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