Story: LONE STAR KICKING CHALLENGE ACCEPTING ENTRIES

Two day event in San Marcos, July 6 & 7


The seventh annual Lone Star Kicking Challenge, the premier competition event for Texas high school kickers will return to San Marcos this summer in its new two-day format. Competition will be held on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, 2006 at Bobcat Stadium on the campus of Texas State University.
The popular competition event, founded and directed by former University of Texas Kicking Coach Randy Rodgers, has attracted over 750 high school kickers/punters, and snappers over it first six years. The alumni list includes pro prospects like Mason Crosby (Colorado) and Jared Scruggs (Rice), as well as current college kickers like Justin Brantley (TX A&M), Garrett Hartley (Oklahoma), Kyle Tucker (Kansas), and Jason Ricks (Oklahoma State). Many of these same college kickers return each year to assist with the competition.
“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. Our margin for error in case of rain and continued growth was just too slim. Players, coaches and particularly parents were really pleased last year with the new two day format.
In the past competition was 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. This year the Kickoff event will be held on Friday morning, the Field Goal Competition on Friday afternoon, and the Punting and Snapping on Saturday morning.
“Since this event is outside the college evaluation window,” 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 six years.” We’ve also added a high school special teams coaching clinic on Friday night, featuring my son, Jeff Rodgers, who is the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the San Francisco 49ers.”
Potential contestants may register by downloading the registration forms from Coach Rodgers website: www.randyrodgersrecruiting.com or by emailing Rodgers at randy@randyrodgersrecruiting.com.