NC State Class Breakdown - Kickers

NC State signed one specialist in the 2004 recruiting class, <B>Tyler Lewis</B>. Here, we breakdown the kicker/punter positions at NC State and evaluate Lewis in the final position installment of the Wolfpack's class.<P>

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NC State's Current Situation at Kicker: NC State must replace four-year starting punter Austin Herbert and placekicker Adam Kiker in the 2004 season, but Kiker's replacement could already be in the program. Sophomore John Deraney was outstanding last season handling kickoffs, showcasing a very strong leg. Deraney was a crowd-favorite and will likely be the placekicker for the Wolfpack. Herbert had his best season as a senior, and NC State could look to incoming freshman Tyler Lewis to replace Austin. Lewis set national marks for kicking during a stellar high school career, but his 44.2 yard career punting average could be the most impressive stat. He will be given a shot to win the job from opening day and could make an impact early on the NC State program.

Tyler Lewis Player Evaluation: Starting kicker for three state championship teams at Albemarle. At 6'2 and 230 pounds, Tyler doesn't have the typical build of a kicker. He's tall and strong with a frame closer to a linebacker. He has a VERY strong leg and good accuracy for a placekicker. He will likely begin his career as a punter because of Austin Herbert's departure, but Lewis will be given every opportunity to compete for the kicking position as well. NC State's second commitment in the 2004 class, Tyler filled a very big need for the Wolfpack.

Film Session: #18 Tyler Lewis Video

Career Stats: 44.2 yard punting average and kicked 26 career field goals (long of 57 yards)

What his coach said: ""He is irreplaceable. There are some good kickers out there, but Tyler Lewis is a great kicker."" -- Alebemarle (NC) Head Coach Jack Gaster

Kicker Position Grade/Analysis: (A+) -- NC State targeted Tyler Lewis early last spring and the Albermarle (NC) Kicker committed at the Wolfpack's annual spring game. The Parade All-American was their #1 kicking target and securing his verbal was a great start to what would become an outstanding recruiting class. Tyler could be a four-year starter at NC State and great kickers are always a need. With Lewis and John Deraney, look for the Wolfpack to have a strong kicking game over the next few seasons.

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