Getting A Leg Up

Jon Peattie and Brian Monroe have handled the kicking and punting duties over the past few years at Miami and now it's time to move on. Read on to see what's happening at that position and to see what Randy Shannon is saying...

Jon Peattie was the team's kicker for the past few seasons and Brian Monroe was the team's punter during that same period of time.

While both struggled at times, they were usually solid and it's important that the new version of the Hurricanes find solid replacements.

There are four candidates for both jobs -- senior walkon David Strimple, senior Francesco Zampogna, junior Daren Daly, and freshman Matt Bosher.

Zampogna has only played in a couple games in five years. Bosher has only played a reserve role in one game. Strimple hasn't seen action in a game while Daly played in only the Duke game a year ago (and averaged over 40 yards per punt).

There's a lot of inexperience there but there's also some promise. The key here is which guy will win which job, as Shannon says is very important.

"I really don't want the punter and kicker to be the same guy," Shannon said. "All of us (coaches) feel that way. It's a different rhythm of kicking the football. One is leg up. One is leg down. One is your drop has to be right. One is don't snap your head up."

Bosher was the most heavily recruited of the bunch and is probably the most talented of the group, followed by Daly. Many people believe those two have the inside track to win the jobs. will continue to monitor the progress of all four candidates.

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