Monday, September 17, 2018

2018 Minnesota Bombers Top Specialists Class

Meet the 2018 Minnesota Bombers Class!

16 Minnesota Kickers, Punters and Snappers earned a spot on the 2018 Minnesota Bombers Top Specialists Group.  

This fall is our 7th Annual Minnesota Bombers Class.  16 Minnesota Kickers, Punters and Long Snappers earned a spot in the exclusive 2018 Class of Minnesota Bombers.  Being a "Minnesota Bomber" means that these specialists have been recognized in having great kicking and snapping abilities and are some of Minnesota's Best ‘All Around’ Kickers, Punters and Snappers for their graduating classes.  They have a bright future as a high school athlete as well as the tools and skill set to play at a high collegiate level.

2018 Bomber Class (L to R)- Front Row- Milz, Halaska, Samuel, Hyde, Crosby, Whiting, Willis  Back Row- Husby, Copeland, Shpak, Dustman, Kallerup, Sanders, Limburg, Reynolds, Becka  Not Pictured:  Simon
Class of 2019 (Senior)
Ben Limburg- Rochester Lourdes High School- Ben has a very strong and accurate leg. A very consistent kicker who can play at the next level.

Cole Milz- Bemidji High School- Very strong punter who continues to develop as his technique improves.  Very talented specialist who has more room to be exceptional.

Dmitri Shpak- Maple Grove High School- Very strong and accurate combo specialist.  Has a very high ceiling and as his technique keeps getting better will really blossom at the college level.

Joe Mather- St Paul Highland Park High School- Long Snapper- Joe has developed into a very talented long snapper.  Very accurate and snaps with great velocity. He's a very versatile athlete who can do a lot.

John Copeland- St Thomas Academy - John has developed as one of the top senior kickers who has a very exceptional kicking leg.  He can kick a consistent touchback and has a long range field goal ability.

Jonathan Halaska- Bloomington Jefferson High School - A very talented combo specialist in kicking and punting.  Can do all 3 kicks very well and is developing nicely.

Nathan Willis- Eagan High School- A talented kicker with a very consistent field goal leg and range of 50+ yards.  Very strong kickoff ability and great leg speed.

Nick Kallerup- Wayzata High School- Long Snapper- Very talented multi dimensional athlete.  Snaps the ball with fantastic velocity and accuracy. Already receiving a lot of D1 interest.

Reid Sanders- Wayzata High School- Reid has blossomed as a combo specialist with his biggest strength as a punter.  Very bright future as he continues to develop. He will be a very accountable combo kicker.

Class of 2020 (Junior)

Hunter Dustman- St Francis High School- One of the top combo specialists in the state of Minnesota and Nation.  Deep field goal range and kickoff leg that can already kick consistent touchbacks. A junior who is already D1 ready. Exciting specialist to watch.

Louis Hyde- Benilde St Margaret's High School- Louis is a great kicker and has developed nicely over time.  Very strong leg and accuracy on field goals.

Nathan Whiting- Rosemount High School- Strong kicker with a bright future. Very talented on both field goal and kickoff range. Calm under pressure with a high ceiling.

Theo Crosby- SMB High School- Very strong kicker that is developing into a consisten punter as well.  Great hang time on kickoffs and field goals and has a bright future.

Class of 2021 (Sophomore)

Connor Reynolds- Eden Prairie High School-  Connor is a very talented underclassman combo specialist on the rise.  He is already very consistent at both kicker and punter.

Josh Simon- Woodbury High School- Very talented kicker and punter combo.  Keeps getting better with time.

Class of 2022 (Freshman)

Ben Samuel- Mounds View High School-  Ben is an exceptional freshman kicker with a big leg and bright future.  Already has a deep range as an underclassman.

Special Teams Football Academy has developed as Minnesota's source in training and instruction of the best in high school recruits.  When you are ready to stand out in Kicking, Punting or Snapping —the team at Special Teams Football Academy is here to help!  With a specialized individual approach to each athlete, every specialist will improve with this high-level training.

Congratulations to everyone!

Coach Chris Husby
Professional Kicking Coach and Owner
Special Teams Football Academy
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Monday, September 10, 2018

October 21- Minnesota NKR Fall Football Kicking Camp

Join us, on Sunday, October 21, 2018, as Coach Chris Husby, and his staff at Special Teams Football Academy will be running its Fall NKR (National Kicking Rankings) Kicking, Punting and Snapping Camp at Minnetonka High School from 9:00-3:00 PM.  Registration starts at 8:30 AM.

This is a great opportunity for athletes to show their abilities while in season when they are at their peak performance for evaluation as well as see how they stack up against their peers.  Also the camp will have an In-Depth 90 minute instructional period for specialists to find tune technique while the football seasons start wrapping up so that you can finish the season on a high note! Reserve a spot for the October 21st camp today: Sign Up.

The NKR Evaluation are for specialists in grades 6th through 12th grade.  The Clinic is open for specialists of all ages.

We will run the specialists through a standardize test for specialists on Field Goals, Kickoffs, Punts and Long/Short Snaps.  The evaluation can be used for athletes that have interest in pursuing football at the collegiate level.  I like to refer to it as the ACT test for specialists.  For more information on how the camp runs read here.

Athlete that participate, will receive a rating that can be used to see how you stack up against your local and national peers.  Here is a link to see the current Seniors

Following the evaluation, there will be a free 90 minute clinic on K, P, LS for NKR camp participants.  The clinic will approximately starts at 1:30 PM, but may start up to 30 minutes earlier, depending on how fast the evaluations get done.  To Apply for just the Clinic, email Coach Husby to reserve a spot.  

Location Address:

Minnetonka High School
18301 Highway 7

Minnetonka, MN 55345

The National Kicking Rankings platform is one of the newest and hottest evaluation platforms in the industry. Created based on a proven camp format that Chris Husby and Brian Jackson have run for several years. 

Optional Fees: 
  • $200 - camp fee only
  • $275 - camp fee + highlight video
  • $350 - camp fee + video + player profile
Example of Profile:
Example of Highlight Video:
Link of Rankings (K/P/LS):
NKR Shirt provided at camp.
Charting catered to specific age groups (upperclassmen will have longer distances compared to underclassmen).

CAMP ITINERARY: (Subject to Change based on camp size) 
  • 9:00-9:15 AM- Camp Welcome/ Warm Up / Camp Photo
  • 9:15-12:30 PM- Charts (Field Goals 8 kicks | Kickoffs 4 kicks | Punts 6 kicks | Snappers (20 snaps + agility)) with Competitions intermixed as time allows. 
  • 1:00-2:30 PM- 90 Minute instructional period
  • Awards for top performers following camp (Wizard Kicking Sponsor)

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If you'd like to schedule out a lesson or attend the camp, contact Chris at or 651-353-2660.  

Coach Chris Husby
Professional Kicking Coach and Owner
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