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August 7, 2012
Five Keys to 2012 - #5
The kicking game might be the biggest question mark heading into the 2012 season for Troy.
Graduation took its toll on the Trojans as they look to replace their kicker, punter and long snapper from last season.
While the kicking game was inconsistent last season with Micheal Taylor making just 8-of-14 attempts --- he was especially gruesome form 30 yards and beyond going 3-for-9 --- the options Troy will choose from this season are untested.
Will Scott, Ryan Kay and Jed Solomon have all been getting reps thus far in practice as the team's place kicker. Scott, who earned second team All-American honors last season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College as the team's punter, could potentially handle all three phases of the kicking game for Troy.
If one doesn't get the job done, head coach Larry Blakeney showed in the Western Kentucky game last season that he was un afraid to pull the trigger on making a change as Spencer Martin recorded two kickoffs and missed an extra-point after coming in for Taylor, who officially left the game with an injury after missing a extra-point himself earlier.
Ryan Kay has had some exceptional showings and has put his name in the hat as the team's kickoff specialist.
Scott and Kay will battle things out for the punter job with the departure of four-year starter Will Goggans. Scott averaged 42.7 yards in junior college last season. Kay grayshirted last year after signing out of Dutchtown High School (Ga.).
Hunter Graham and Kendal Gibson will fight for the long snapper spot.
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