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Thursday, June 17, 2010

National Combine Series - Jacksonville, FL Regional - June 17, 2010

Sunny – 94 Degrees – Wind 5-10 mph, Surface – Field Turf

Once again, the National Combine Series has attracted new athletes to the Jacksonville area. ProForm KickinAcademy coaches Mike Hollis (retired 9 year NFL All-Pro Kicker), Jim Gaetano, and ProForm student (pro prospect and former AFL kicker) Massimo Scaccia, conducted this event and were very pleased with the performance of the new and returning athletes. Most of the athletes who participated in this event were from the Jacksonville area and are currently kicking and/or punting for their high school. The remaining athletes traveled from other parts of Florida including Lakeland, Ft. Myers, Ocala, Lady Lake, and Chuluota.

The young athletes started the competition and set the bar pretty high for the older athletes. Daniel Krysalka from Ocala, FL. started off the combine by hitting 9 of 10 fgs, with his only miss coming from 38 yards! Then local Creekside High School sophomore Tommy Openshaw followed with 8 of 10 fgs! Daniel continued to kick-off and punt very well…averaging 59.50 yards on his kick-offs and 37.70 yards per punt! Tommy also had an outstanding performance on kick-offs averaging 57.50 yards with an average of 3.55 seconds hang time!

Local kickers Kurt Krier, Kyle Federico, and Chuluota, FL. native Lucas Wainman rounded out the Varsity class for this event. Topping out this class was Junior kicker/punter Kyle Federico who pounded 8 of 10 fgs, averaged 66 yards and 3.48 seconds hang time on his kick-offs, and hit an average of 39.10 yards per punt with an average hang time of 4.02 seconds. Kurt and Lucas both did very well on kick-offs averaging 60.00 and 59.33 yards per kick-off respectively.

Finishing out the remaining athletes were 5 kickers/punters and one snapper from the class of 2011. Just 3 locals, Banner Clark of Trinity Christian Academy, David Burdetsky also of Trinity Christian, and Luke Arnold of Mandarin High School; and Christopher Crowe from Lakeland, FL., RJ Peppers from Lady Lake, FL., and Zachary Douglas of Ft. Myers rounded out these remaining Seniors. Topping the list for these athletes on fgs was Zachary Douglas who went 8 of 10 including a successful 52 yarder! Zachary also was the leader in kick-off distance with an average of 65.67 yards per kick! Other standouts for kick-offs were Banner Clark (62.50 yards / 3.52 hang) and Luke Arnold (59.50 yards / 3.70 hang). RJ Peppers blasted an average of 43.90 yards per punt with an average of 4.06 seconds of hang time per punt! Banner Clark was close behind with 41.40 yards per punt with an average hang time of 4.21! David Burdetsky was very accurate and quick on both fg and punt snaps! He averaged 0.42 seconds per fg snap and 0.81 seconds per punt snap, all with very good accuracy and laces!

Great job to all participants of this June 2010 Jacksonville Regional National Combine Series Event! ProForm Kicking Academy will host another NCS event on July 15th in Jacksonville, with a 3-Day instructional camp to follow!

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