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Monday, December 16, 2013

Southern Specialist Camp Recap | Video – Accolades – Assessment DEC 2013

Southern Specialist Camp Recap | Video – Accolades – Assessment DEC 2013


Immediate Press Release

December 16, 2013
Southern Specialist Recap (DEC 2013)

The second annual Southern Specialist Camp was facilitated in mid December 2013 with over 40+ kickers, punters and snappers that attended the two day event. The camp was held in conjunction with two kicking/punting/snapping businesses in Team Jackson Kicking and Special Teams Football Academy. Coach Christopher Husby runs STFA whose training primarily covers the North/Midwest  and Coach Brian Jackson runs TJK whose training primarily covers the Southeast. Campers from 11 different states were in attendance (TX, LA, MS, ARK, AL, FL, GA, TN, KY, SC, NC) which had a variety of veterans and beginners. There were several guys that need to be on college football teams watch lists and recruiting boards in all the major classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016. See Camp Recap Video Below.


Southern Specialist Camp DEC 2013
Southern Specialist Camp DEC 2013

The Campers really had a chance to embrace great instruction, guidance and camaraderie with other Professional and Collegiate Specialists at this camp. We had all levels covered ranging from JUCO, D2, D1AA, D1A and NFL. Staff Pic below:


SSC Staff members
SSC Staff members

With most Specialty camps these days, there are some form of accolades for specialists.  At this camp we will like to give these players a variety of chances to win awards to show their ability and improve their football resume. A list of awards are below:


Overall Top Specialist | Top Southern Punter | Last Man Standing Punter
Matt Chiera K/P (Class of 2014 GA)
Matt Chiera ('14 GA K/P)
Matt Chiera (’14 GA K/P)

Top Southern Kicker | Last Man Standing Kickoff 
Bratcher Underwood K/P (Class of 2014 AL)
Bratcher Underwood ('14 AL K/P)
Bratcher Underwood (’14 AL K/P)

Top Southern Snapper 
Drew Mccracken LS (Class of 2015 GA)
Drew Mccracken ('15 GA LS)
Drew Mccracken (’15 GA LS)

Last Man Standing Field Goal 
Nicklas Christiansen K/P (Class of 2014 NC)
Nicklas Christiansen ('14 NC K/P)
Nicklas Christiansen (’14 NC K/P)

Top Youth Specialist | Last Man Standing Long Snapper
Zane Mccracken LS (Class of 2020 GA)
Zane Mccracken ('20 GA LS)
Zane Mccracken (’20 GA LS) 

There were a lot of campers that showed well at camp. There was also designated periods of camp that focused on instruction and demonstration in which the campers responded well. We had no issues with the campers attitude on the field and they were all very good listeners and it was evident they not only wanted to compete, but wanted to learn and improve their craft. Here is a recap video below of the camp:




We had a great camp with these young specialists and we look forward to future camps. The next camp Coach Husby and I will run together is the Northern Specialist Camp in Minneapolis, Minnesota January 11, 2014.  Sign up HERE to reserve a spot.  


Northern Specialist Camp
Northern Specialist Camp
For more information please contact us!

Chris Husby
Professional Kicking Coach and Owner
Special Teams Football Academy 

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Collegiate Football- The Freshman Experience- Tucker Lorentzen

Get To Know Our Freshman Collegiate Specialists

In our final installment we interview Tucker Lorentzen, who is currently at St John's University.

Tucker at St John's University
A short and sweet interview:
1. Name of your School: St.John's University

2. What high school did you attend?  Champlin Park High School

3. The very first collegiate football practice, I felt…  My first college practice I undoubtedly felt prepared due to my training with Chris. Without his help I would have not been as confident in my abilities as a kicker.

4. Athletic Status (True Freshman or Redshirt):   True Freshman

5. If not Red Shirted, have you had a chance to play in a game yet?  Not yet

6. Biggest memory/moment so far your freshman year?  Being able to start fresh in a new program is an amazing feeling. That feeling of a clean slate puts pressure on yourself to perform well but, i wouldn't have it any other way.

7. The 2 biggest differences between high school and college football:  Competition, in High School you can get away with missing a few kicks every now and then and not having to worry about it because you were the only guy (in most cases). Whereas in college you will see lots of guys at your level and waiting for someone to mess up. You still miss kicks in college obviously but you are definitely under closer watch.

8. What did you work on most prior to the start of your college year?  I worked on transitioning from a tee to the ground on field goals. It took me awhile to get the hang of it but I'm finally starting to become more consistent.

9. Best advice you received to prepare you for collegiate football:  Stay humble, no matter how good you think you are there is always someone better. There is never a reason you should not be training. Always outwork your competition or you won't play.

Tucker kicking at Champlin Park High School

10. Most memorable moment as a high school athlete.  Sophomore year kicking for the first time on varsity. Truly a moment I will never forget. Kicking your first field goal in front of that many people is a special feeling we as kickers are lucky to experience.

11. 2 Biggest Role Models:  My parents. Undoubtedly the most important people in my life. If I can become half as wise and generous as they are I will be happy to say the least.

12. Three songs you need to listen to before each game:  "Where the hood at" By DMX, "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC, and "Welcome To The Jungle" by Guns N' Roses.



Tucker training in the off season.

Wishing you good luck in your college football career.

Chris Husby
Professional Kicking Coach and Owner
Special Teams Football Academy
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Collegiate Football- The Freshman Experience- Danny Laudet

Get To Know Our Freshman Collegiate Specialists

 In our next installment we interview Danny Laudet, who is currently at Virginia Union University on a Full Ride Scholarship.
Field goal kick for Stillwater High School
A short and sweet interview:
1. Name of your School:  Virginia Union University

2. What high school did you attend? Stillwater High School

3. The very first collegiate football practice, I felt… very confident in my abilities. I was making very good contact with the ball. And competing against 23 year old athletes. My hang times on kick off were putting me ahead. I worked to add straight on putting to my arsenal. And was the most accurate kicker on field goals

4. Athletic Status (True Freshman or Redshirt): Redshirt

5. If not Red Shirted, have you had a chance to play in a game yet?  Not Yet

6. Biggest memory/moment so far your freshman year?  Getting to go out and kick with guys that are way older then me and getting them worried to a point they get mad and snap at me cause they are nervous.

7. The 2 biggest differences between high school and college football:  1. The rushing speed guys come is so fast. 2. Coaches tell you what to do and expect it done perfectly every time

8. What did you work on most prior to the start of your college year?  Getting hang time on my kick-offs I believe its the most important aspect in the kicking game to set you apart

9. Best advice you received to prepare you for collegiate football:  Work on up and through the ball on kick off the distance will follow you have to trust that.

Laudet celebrating after a game winning field goal.
10. Most memorable moment as a high school athlete.   4th quarter mounds view game hitting that game winner. Or onside at my first game at Woodbury that made us pull ahead to win

11. 2 Biggest Role Models:   In the kicking game I have to say Taylor Mehlhaff is who I really work to repeat his explosiveness through the ball and Jordan Wettstein with his unbelievable flexibility on kick-off I hope to combine these two and become a strong kick-off specialist

12. Three songs you need to listen to before each game:  "Whisper in the dark" by Skillet, "Rise" by Skillet and "Wake me up" by Avicii

Laudet and Coach Husby training together  in the off season.


Wishing you continued success the rest of the season.

Chris Husby
Professional Kicking Coach and Owner
Special Teams Football Academy
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Collegiate Football- The Freshman Experience- Alexi Johnson

Get To Know Our Freshman Collegiate Specialists

In this installment we interview Alexi Johnson, who is currently at St Johns University.  Alexi had a great year kicker as a freshman and was one of the conference leaders in kicking.


Kicking for St Johns University.
A short and sweet interview:
1. Name of your School: St Johns University

2. What high school did you attend? Shakopee High School

3. The very first collegiate football practice, I felt… a little out of place, nervous and wondering if I was really good enough to do this.

4. Athletic Status (True Freshman or Redshirt): True Freshman

5. If not Red Shirted, have you had a chance to play in a game yet? Yes, I am the starter.

6. Biggest memory/moment so far your freshman year? I got the opportunity to kick a game winner for my team on my first field of my career.

7. The 2 biggest differences between high school and college football:  It's a lot faster. You have to be the ball off a lot faster too.

8. What did you work on most prior to the start of your college year?  I worked a lot harder on kickoffs the most before I got to college.

9. Best advice you received to prepare you for collegiate football:  There are going to be bad days playing football. But you have to fight through it and keep working hard.


Kicking for Shakopee High School

10. Most memorable moment as a high school athlete. Kicking the game winner in my final homecoming game after we camp back from being down 14 points.

11. 2 Biggest Role Models:  My soccer coach Mark Teslow and my cousin Robbie

12. Three songs you need to listen to before each game: Tom Ford, Till I Collapse, Day 'n Nite


Celebrating after his game winning field in his first collegiate game.

Congrats on a great season.


Chris Husby
Professional Kicking Coach and Owner
Special Teams Football Academy
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

State Championship- Special Teams Player of the Week (2013)

The Minnesota State Championship wrapped up with a number of close games.  Minnesota has 7 classes and none of them had bigger specialists performances than these kickers below.   Marcus Hahn of Hutchinson HS, lead all performances with 7 points.  Marcus converted all 7 of his PATs to help his team finish with a state championship.  Marcus also is the teams Quarterback. Congratulations Marcus!


Marcus Hahn

Honorable Mention Performances

-->Carter McCauley- Owatonna- 3 for 3 PATs and 1 Field Goal of 25 yards- 6 points
  • -->Nate Skare- Chatfield- 2 for 2 PATs and 1 Field Goal of 19 yards- 5 points  
    Nate Skare


    Top Punters
    • Nate Skare- Chatfield- 3 Punts for 143 total yards and a 47.7 yard average.
    --> Honorable Mention Performances
    • Jackson Erdmann- Rosemount- 4 Punts for 155 total yards and a 38.8 yard average.
    • Adam Creek- Underwood HS- 5 Punts for 193 total yards and a 38.6 yard average.

    Congratulations to everyone!

    Chris Husby
    Professional Kicking Coach and Owner
    Special Teams Football Academy
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