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Pokes Add Kicker, Two Offensive Lineman Leave

April 23, 2010

Here is a roster tidbit from the Denver Post:

Josh Fralick of Chatfield will be a walk-on for Wyoming. The place-kicker and punter will give it a shot at both positions to earn a roster spot for the Cowboys. Fralick’s leg strength was good — he was 29-of-33 in extra points and 5-of-9 in field goals, including a game-winning, 46-yarder in the final seconds to defeat rival Columbine.

His 50 kickoffs resulted in 31 touchbacks. Wyoming, if you recall, downed Fresno State 35-28 in the New Mexico Bowl, one of the better offerings that capped the past college season.

This is certainly good news! Do you remember the days when every kick-off went out of the back of the end zone? I sure do! Those days need to come back, it is pretty pathetic when we are at 7,220 feet and the kicker can’t even get the ball inside the 10 yard line. I know the kickoffs were moved back 5 yards but Wyoming should always have a kicker who can put the ball deep. Hopefully this Fralick kid has the leg to compete this fall and upgrade our “special forces”.

UPDATE: Offensive Lineman Nick Puetz and Scott Criss have left the team after spring ball. Read more about this news here: Wyo Trib Eagle.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Caleb permalink
    April 30, 2010 2:35 pm

    Hopefully the kicker can get a good portion of his kickoffs to be touchbacks as our defense quite often started with less field to defend after a kickoff return by the opposing team since they got to start their returns from the 5 or 10 yard line.

    Very tough news about the O-Line, especially Puetz, as he was supposed to be a pretty good one. hopefully some of our incoming freshmen linemen can help out as this was one of our weak areas last season.

  2. Bert permalink
    May 3, 2010 3:08 pm

    You may not have realized that DCs strategy is to kick the ball short. Whether you agree with the strategy or not it’s how we recovered the ball twice to win games. Once against SDSU and at FAU. If both kicks went to the endzone then both games would have ended with Wyo losses, a 4-8 record and obviously no bowl game. Jake Scott could put the ball inside the 10 yard line every time if he was kicking away. This high school player will have to get a lot stronger. Remember in college you can’t use your 2″ tee and of course you’re 10 yards back. All of his non-touchbacks were less than 60 yards.

  3. Chris King permalink
    May 4, 2010 7:35 pm

    The kid from Chatfield / Littleton doesn’t only kick , but also punts. Fralick had a 41.8 avg
    on the season. The reality will be a red shirt for 2010 and then an opportunity to compete
    in 2011. Keeping in mind the ST core is young. From the info that is available online – this kid may be a strong addition to the program.

  4. Bert permalink
    May 5, 2010 8:44 pm

    Anyone who can punt over 40 yards in high school and has that many touchbacks could be a strong addition. I’m just saying you can’t expect his kick offs to improve that dramatically until he gets stronger. Some of that will come with age, the rest from hitting the weight room.

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