Monday, September 23, 2013

KU kickers honored for play vs. Louisiana Tech

Kansas kicker Matthew Wyman watches his 52-yard field goal sail toward the uprights for a 13-10 win over Louisiana Tech during the on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas kicker Matthew Wyman watches his 52-yard field goal sail toward the uprights for a 13-10 win over Louisiana Tech during the on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.


KU punter Trevor Pardula and place kicker Matthew Wyman were honored on Monday for their roles in KU's 13-10 victory against Louisiana Tech last Saturday.

Wyman, a walk-on who hit a 52-yard field goal as time expired to give Kansas the victory, was named one of three Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award "Stars of the Week" on Monday.

KU coach Charlie Weis said Monday morning on the Big 12 coaches conference call that he gave some thought to turning to Pardula's big leg to try the game-winner, but went with Wyman because of his performance in practice.

"In that range in practice, Matt's been very consistent from about that range," Weis said. "He's made 80 percent of his kicks from that range. Pardula can kick one from 60 yards if he really had to, it's just that his accuracy vs. Matt's accuracy is not close."

While Wyman won the game with his clutch kick, Pardula, a transfer from St. Anza College in California, was named the Big 12 special teams player of the week for his efforts during last Saturday's 13-10 victory against Louisiana Tech.

Pardula set a school record with a 57.6-yard average on five punts and pinned three inside the 20, with two landing inside the 10.


Brett McCabe 1 year, 9 months ago

An absolutely amazing turnaround. I don't think I've ever seen a punter have a day like that. It wasn't just one fluke bomb, he just kept hammering them!

I'm guessing that returners will start to set-up a little deeper in the future. This may hurt his average but, if we can get down field, it should help us win the field-position battle.

Wyman, with confidence, is bound to only get better.

KGphoto 1 year, 9 months ago

Even the one he shanked, because the wall got blown up in front of him, netted 35 yards. He looks like the next Ray Guy.

Displayhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

Best of luck in the future, boys! RCJH!

Dirk Medema 1 year, 9 months ago

Dan Eichloff, Bruce Kallmeyer, Scott Webb, Johnny Beck

We've had quite a few really good kickers.

Lonnie Ross Dillon 1 year, 9 months ago

Bucky Scribner. At Lawrence High School he led the Big 8 in punting :) Kicked for the Vikings and Packers for a while

Tony Bandle 1 year, 9 months ago


1] It appears our kicking game is in good shape for the near future.

2] Defense much improved, especially speed.

3] Until the O-Line is settled, it will be hit and miss with Jake, but, if he is given time, and if the receivers run their routes, and if they can hang onto the ball, we may have ourselves a quarterback.

4] Running game will improve exponentially with better O-Line play.

5] Charlie needs to spit the bit and let someone else focus on the play calling while he manages the whole picture.

6] I will keep saying it...wait till 2014!!

JayHawkFanToo 1 year, 9 months ago

Is KU one offensive line away from being a well above average team?

Steven Mathew 1 year, 9 months ago

I think our QB and WRs are having some problems as well

Eric Barron 1 year, 9 months ago

Im hopeful for the season and recognize that we can only get better. Lets just be competitive and keep away from the mental mistakes.

Ed Noyes 1 year, 9 months ago

Eons ago, Mike Hubach defeated UCLA almost single-handedly in Lawrence. Don't remember the stats, but I was there. Wymer and Pardula are a great story and a vast improvement, obviously.

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