Another twist in WSU's kicking competition

LEWISTON -- Fall camp for the Washington State Cougars opened moments ago and one face expected to be in the middle of the wide-open placekicking competition isn't around. Nor will he be -- though that doesn't necessarily mean he's permanently out of the picture.

Two independent sources have told CF.C that Quentin Breshears, who started 10 games last season, will not be at fall camp. He may wind up rejoining the team later -- or he may not.

Both sources said WSU's coaching staff wants to give long looks at the host of other kicking contenders -- all but one of them a fresh face -- and they already know what they have in Breshears (pictured above at the spring game).

Breshears, who hit 9-of-12 field goals in 2014, is expected to continue to work out on his own while the Cougs are in fall camp.

So on paper it will be Matt Abramo, Erik Powell, Zach Charme, Brett Schafer and, once his paperwork clears next week, Blake Levin. Mitchell Cox, who joined the team in the spring after transferring from Eastern New Mexico, is ineligible to play this season under transfer rules.

Powell, the lone WSU veteran in the mix, handled the bulk of WSU's kickoff work last season and was 2-of-5 on field goal attempts. He spent serious time punting in the spring season and ultimately may be focused there this season. Charme, a walk on freshman from Boise, could be a prime candidate for punting as well.

Presuming WSU doesn't want to double up its punter and kicker in one leg, the placekicking job may come down to Abramo, Schafer and Levin.


Abramo hit 10-of-12 field goal attempts last season as a prep senior with a long of 46. He is the first placekicker to earn a scholarship out of high school under Mike Leach. In addition, 42 of his 54 kickoffs went for touchbacks. He chose WSU over Air Force, Brown, San Jose State, Cornell and Yale.

Schafer was 10-of-14 on field goal attempts as a prep senior last season and his average kickoff distance was 65 yards. He was also one of four valedictorians in his graduating class.

Levin just accepted a preferred walk on role at WSU this week. He will come to WSU from Santa Barbara CC, where he hit 9-of-10 field goal attempts last season and earned redshirt freshman All-America honors.

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