Brad Craddock - Lou Groza Award

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Congratulations to OzPunt and Maryland Footballs Brad Craddock for being named as a finalist for the Lou Groza Award.  The Lou Groza award is presented to the best College Kicker in the Nation.

Brad is one of 3 Finalists, and according to many is a strong chance to win the award which will be announced on Thursday, December the 11th in Florida.  A panel of over 300 experts selects the top three finalists for the award in late November. That same group then selects the national winner in December.

The voting panel of 300 consist of Division 1 head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters from across the county, conference representatives, professional kickers and previous winners.  The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award has become the most prestigious college football award for kickers.

The link below will tell you more about the 3 finalists and more importantly about the wonderful season Brad has had in 2014.


No Australian has ever been a finalist for this award, so Brad is in uncharted waters.  Whether the award is presented to Brad or not, Brad has been a great representative to all Australians who have a dream to play College Football.

Enjoy your moment Brad, it is well deserved.

Cameron McGillivray

OzPunt Director

Football Season Kick Offs

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The football season in the US has kicked off at the College Level, and the first week of games saw some great Kicking and Punting.

While many of the boys will be putting on their boots and pulling up their socks for their second and third seasons, a few hard working men will be playing their first season, an extra special best of luck to you all. 

With their goals set for the season on what they want to achieve, it is good to see that some are already breaking records and now have some more goals to set. 

In Australia it is that time of year when we swing into our training camps, with the weather getting better every weekend, it is time to start thinking about attending a training camp. 

Last weekend saw our Melbourne camp produce some talented Punters who I have no doubt will be making the move to a College football team if they can continue where they left off after the weekend.

Over summer we will again see American College Coaches visit Australia to search for their next teams Punter or Kicker, hopefully this will again see some of our Punters and Kickers get scouted and make the move to the US. 

With still a lot of camps coming up over the next few months, it is a great time to come along and have a kick.  As we always say at OzPunt, it is never to late or too early to give it a go, and see whether this is something for you.

Cameron McGillivray

OzPunt Director

Nathaniel Miller takes his shot at the NFL

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South Australian OzPunt Punter Nathaniel Miller is currently in America taking his shot at an NFL contract.

Nathaniel has been training in South Australia as part of a group of OzPunt boys trying either for the NFL or College Scholarship opportunities. 

Nathaniel has a background playing AFL football, which he has played all his life.  It is his AFL football background which has given him a good base to work from to pick up NFL Punting.  Nathaniel has been working hard and applied himself to get to where he is today.

Under the watchful eye of OzPunt Adelaide Coach Matthew Manfield, Matthew believes Nathaniel is a great shot to make it into the NFL.  As Matthew knows, it all comes down to a few kicks, but is confident Nathaniel will represent himself well to American Coaches while he is in the US showing his Punting abilities to coaches and NFL teams.

Everyone who has meet Nathaniel to date have nothing but good things to say about his ability and the way he applies himself to receiving his opportunity to show case himself in America.

We all wish you the best Nathaniel and hope you get out what you put into your Punting.

Cameron McGillivray

OzPunt Director

Conference Champions, Championship Playoffs, Bowl Games and Rings

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These are just some of the bonuses the OzPunt boys have received from all their hard work.  To say the least, it has been a great season for the OzPunt boys playing College Football in the US this season.

During the regular season we saw a number of school records smashed, continuing the OzPunt tradition of breaking at least one school record a year.  Of course there is a lot of boys now playing in the US, and this year we broke a few, it is such a great feeling each time one of the boys break a school record playing the sport they love.

This year also saw a number of OzPunt boys play their last College Football game.  They will now focus on the opportunity of playing in the NFL.  Lots of hard work and training is ahead of them, and College Football is a great place for them to start their careers and get some games under their belts.

The OzPunt Summer Series has started, and in a couple of days the Australian Championships will get underway.  This year sees a sellout camp, and lots of new Punters and Kickers will get their first taste of what’s required to be a great Punter and Kicker.

For those who could not get into the Australian Championships Camp I recommend you contact me and organise a day camp.  

February will also see American Kicking and Punting coach Chris Sailer visit Australia.  Chris visits Australia to help recruit OzPunt guys to the College Football ranks.  A number of boys have had the opportunity to scouted by Chris and make their way into the College system.

See you all soon for a kick,

Cameron McGillivray

OzPunt Director

School Punting Records Continue to Tumble for OzPunt Boys

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With still a few weeks to go in the regular season, the OzPunt Punters and Kickers have had a great season to date.  There have been a number of school records broken so far, season longest punts, and game high averages just to name a few.

Hamish MacInnes also has the privilege of holding the season longest punt record in 1AA Football this season with a long of 86 yards.  Brad Craddock is currently in 6th place in D1 football for the most field goals this season to date.

A number of the boys the weekend just gone have now seen that their teams have either won the conference championships or will play off in up coming conference championship.

Over the past few months we have seen a number of new people come along to introductory camps who will hopefully continue the OzPunt tradition of making their way into College Football teams who will then try to break some of the current OzPunt and School records.

We have also recently updated our introductory training camp dates, so feel free to send through an e-mail for when you would like to attend a camp.

Speak soon,

Cameron McGillivray

OzPunt Director

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