9th Annual Event Moves to Austin
The ninth annual Lone Star Kicking Challenge, the premier competition event for Texas high school kickers is moving to a new location this summer Competition will be held on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11, 2009 at Westlake High School in Austin.
The popular competition event, founded and directed by former University of Texas Kicking Coach Randy Rodgers, has attracted over 1000 high school kickers/punters, and snappers over it first six years. The alumni list includes Green Bay Packer kicker Mason Crosby (Colorado) as well as former college kickers like Justin Brantley (TX A&M), Garrett Hartley (Oklahoma), and current college kickers like Ryan Doerr (Kansas State), Justin Tucker (Texas), Adi Kunalic (Nebraska), Taylor Cook (Miami), and Jonathan LaCour (Texas Tech). Many of these same college kickers return each year to assist with the competition. In addition, the LSKC is bolstered by reappearance of Jeff Rodgers, Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Carolina Panthers. The younger Rodgers assisted with the Challenge when he was coaching with the San Francisco 49ers, but had to bypass last summer’s event because he was the Special Teams Coordinator at Kansas State (per NCAA rules)
“Our numbers have just exploded,” says Challenge director Randy Rodgers. “The fact that we don’t charge much, compared to some other similar events, enables players from all over the state to compete under the same conditions.” Competition is held in punting, kickoffs, field goals, and deep snapping with each contestant completing a preliminary round of kicks or snaps and then the top eight advancing to the finals for head to head tournament competition. Kickoff and Field Goal competition are held on Friday and Punting and Snapping on Saturday morning.
“Since this event is outside the college evaluation window, college coaches can’t attend,” says Rodgers, “We send our results to programs all over the country. We’ve been really pleased with the number of outstanding players that have competed in the last seven years.”
After a three year run at Texas State University in San Marcos, the event moves to Westlake’s brand new practice complex. “We’ve really been happy with Texas State, but Bobcat Stadium is undergoing some major construction this summer and Westlake seemed like a better fit.”