Ewald off to a great start with Butte

The Butte coaches were pleasantly surprised when K/P Chris Ewald (5-10, 185) decided to tranfer from Nevada in order to start playing football again. In a very short amount time, the talented kicker has proven his worth with booming kickoffs and he's been steady kicking field goals and punting as well...

Ewald showed up at Butte ready to kick andthe Roadrunner coaches were happy to have someone they could rely on to help their kicking game.

"When you talk about a player who can change the setting of a game, Chris is it," Butte offensive coordinator Robbie Snelling told JCFootball.com over the summer. "He showed up here during the spring and was like 'ok coach, I'm here to play football' and we were really happy to have him.

"He has incredible range and he was blasting his kickoffs during the summer. He can get touchbacks all the time, which is huge because that can really change the face of a game. I think he could be one of the best in the country."

Kicking guru Chris Sailer agrees, noting on his website that...

"Chris is a great kicker. A solid JC prospect that should be able to step in and play right away at the next level. Very solid Kickoff Guy as well. A hard worker that will put in the time and do whatever it takes. Nice D1A prospect."

In Butte's first three games, Ewald has managed to post solid numbers, going 18 of 20 on PATs, hitting three of four field goal attempts with a long of 37 while helping the Roadrunners win the ever-important field position battle.

"I have three touchbacks right now in 23 kickoffs, but the return man from Sequoias last week robbed me because I hit at least three that were seven yard deep in the endzone and he still brought them out," Ewald said with a chuckle. "Hey, it doesn't bother me if they want to take the risk of bringing it out. Our guys fly down there and we have too much speed for them to do much with it so it's even better than a touchback when guys decide to do that.

"Our special teams has really worked its ass off and I think it's shown so far this year in the field position as well as how good we've been in the kicking game."

Ewald also has averaged 35 yards on eight punts this year.

"This is only my third year of playing football," Ewald said. "I kicked for two years, but I had never punted until this year. It's something I decided to pick up just to see how I could do and to make myself more valuable. If it helps me get noticed by schools, then it's worth it."

Recruiting generally doesn't hit a fever-pitch for kickers until very late in the process, but Ewald has had a few schools sniffing around to see what he has to offer.

"Utah State was looking at bringing me in, but it had to be as a walk-on," Ewald said. "I decided it really wasn't what I wanted to do because I think I can get a scholarship. New Mexico was close to offering me, but they needed someone this year and I couldn't leave until December so they decided to go in a different direction."

With that in mind, Ewald is content to work on his kicking and punting while in Oroville, California and he hopes to hear something by the end of the season so he can sign in December. and he'll have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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