Friday, May 20, 2011

Kerns to walk on at Kent State

Braden River kicker Kadin Kerns will walk on at Kent State and hope to earn a job and eventual scholarship, school officials in the athletic department there said.

Kent State has a strong kicking game with returnees Freddy Cortez, who does field goals and kickoffs and punter Matt Rinehart.

Last year as a sophomore, Cortez converted 11 of 17 field goal attempts and was 8 for 12 on those from 30 or more yards out, including 3 of 6 from more than 40 yards away with his longest from 45 yards out.

In 2010 he became the first kicker in school history to finish a season perfect on extra points converting 31 of 31. He also averaged 58.4 yards on kickoffs.

Rinehart, a rising senior, is a two-time first team All Mid-American Conference and last season averaged 42.7 yards per punt, which is the highest in school history.

Last year Kerns made 15 of 17 extra point conversion attempts and converted eight of 10 field goal attempts.

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