CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern boasts one of the best and deepest specialists units in FCS as the Buccaneers placed four members on the Big South's preseason All-Conference teams. The kickers, punters, and long snappers take center stage in today's fall camp preview.
Three Things to Watch For
Tyler Tekac joins a legacy of successful Charleston Southern kickers as the rising senior enters his final season of competition with the Bucs. The Goose Creek, S.C. native currently ranks fourth all-time in career field goals made and could become the fourth kicker in program history to reach 20 career made field goals this season. Tekac also could make his mark in career extra points made as he currently ranks second all-time in the category trailing only Nick Ellis (2003-07) in the mark. Tekac set the CSU extra points mark last season connecting on 43 consecutive PATs prior to a miss against Mississippi Valley State last September.
Reighard Powering Bucs' Special Teams Unit
All Kyle Reighard does is boom the ball down the field. The rising redshirt junior lit a spark under the Buccaneers' special teams efforts last season as the Salem, Va. native led the Big South Conference by a wide margin of 1.4 yards per attempt. A welcome element to CSU's punting game, Reighard paced the conference in punts over 50 yards (11) and inside the 20 (20) last season. The Salem, Va. native helmed a unit that finished sixth in the Big South in net punting (39.1) in 2017 and will once again be counted on to pace CSU in the field position battles this year.
With the loss of David Kennedy to graduation, a key battle blossoming in fall camp is the role of kickoff specialist. Rising redshirt freshmen Alex Usry has the early lead and will be battling with Miller Braddock, Tekac and Reighard in helping the Buccaneers win the field position battle in the 2018 season. Reighard is the in-house favorite to handle the primary holding responsibilities held by Kennedy last season.
One position not in question is long snapper as All-Conference and All-American candidate Ethan Ray returns to reprise his role this season. The redshirt sophomore was accurate all 2017 and his snap in the final second of regulation against Gardner-Webb directly led to the Bucs' game-winning kick over the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Player Spotlight – Tyler Tekac
1 – It took less than a second for long snapper Ethan Ray to make his mark on the CSU football program as he took the ball from the referee and fired it back for the game-winning kick against Gardner-Webb in CSU's 10-9 victory.
41.4 – Kyle Reighard paced the Big South Conference in punt average by almost a full yard this past season and paced the conference with 20 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
49 – Tyler Tekac drilled a career-long 49-yard field goal last season against Point University in the Bucs' 66-0 win over the Skyhawks – one of five 40-plus yard field goals he connected on last season.
Charleston Southern continues fall practice Thursday afternoon in their final week before starting game preparations for the September 1 contest at Florida.