Scifres in the Fifth

Punter/kickoff specialist Mike Scifres was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 5th round of the 2003 NFL Draft, 149th overall.

Mike Scifres is a long distance punter out of Western Illinois who can also handle kickoff duties. In 2002 he averaged over 48 yards per punt with a lng of 75.

Scifres has also attempted five field goals in his career, going 2-5 with a long of 56 yards.

"Our focus at the outset is to have him assume the responsibilities of kicking off, which would mean that Steve (Christie) wouldn't need to do that," said Marty Schottenheimer. "Then we'll let the course of events play out from there."

In 2002 44 of his 91 kickoffs went for touchbacks.

"It's a great opportunity for me to come in and be able to kick off right away," said Scifres. "It's something I can get better at, but it will be a good place for me to come in and contribute as a rookie."

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