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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Chris Bodnar, Just Call Him Bigfoot

The following are excerpts from an article in the Canadian paper, The Star Phoenix about Chris Bodnar, a punter I have been working One on One Punting Lessons with from Canada.

It's always nice to be recognized for accomplishments, whether your the kicker or the kicking coach.

There is a link to the full article at the end of the excerpts.

Bodnar's total punting yardage for the season surpassed the one-mile mark -- that's the equivalent of 1,760 yards -- during last weekend's 18-14 win over the Regina Thunder.

Bodnar did more than average 46.3 yards per punt in that game, though. He also went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts and twice he kept drives alive by scrambling for first downs on third-and-medium.

For his efforts, Bodnar earned national recognition as the Canadian Junior Football League's special teams player of the week. He leads the CJFL -- comprised of the Prairie Junior, B.C. and Ontario conferences -- in both punting average (44.0 yards) and field goal percentage (9-for-10, 90 per cent).

Several CFL teams have taken notice of Bodnar, who is eligible for next spring's CFL draft. He has spent the past couple of years training with Arizona punting guru Gary Zauner. And, in an effort to make himself more versatile, Bodnar has stepped up his field goal training, too.

"When I came into the year, field goals were my weak point," says Bodnar, who had only cursory knowledge of placekicking when he took over that role with the Hilltops midway through last season.

He has proven a quick study, though, and is hoping his ability to both placekick and punt will make him more attractive to CFL teams.

Chris Bodnar deserves this recognition for his success. You can click on this link for the full article.

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