Kickers fare well in camp competitions

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Jordan Means of Pelham High School and Ryan Shoemaker of Oak Mountain have spent the summer kicking their competition out of contention.

Means, a sophomore who kicked a 56-yard field goal in Pelham’s spring game against Shelby County, won the field goal and kickoff competitions at the Tiffin/Pope Kicking Camp at the University of Alabama.

The 6-foot, 185-pounder was 11-of-12 in field goal attempts last season, and 40 of his 49 kickoffs went for touchbacks.

He booted a 50-yard field goal to win the Carol White kicking camp, held recently at Auburn University.

Means was joined at both camps by Shoemaker, a 6-foot, 190-pound senior punter and place-kicker who averaged 42.5 yards per punt for the Eagles last season.

Shoemaker was 5-of-6 in field goal attempts longer than 40 yards last year.

He averaged 50.5 yards per punt with an average hangtime of 4.5 seconds at the Auburn Camp, where he and Means each ranked No. 1 out of some 180 competitors.

Means is preparing for the Ray Guy kicking camp in Hattiesburg, Miss., on July 23. He finished first in last year’s camp in Augusta, Ga.

Both kickers are expected to figure prominently in this year’s high school football season, which kicks off Aug. 25