Friday, June 28, 2013
Aggie Snapshot: P Drew Kaser
By Sam Khan Jr.
During the summer, GigEmNation will take a closer look at returning starters and other key players on the two-deep for Texas A&M -- excluding the Aggies' 2013 recruiting class -- that could make notable impact this fall in our Aggie Snapshot series. Starting with No. 1 De'Vante Harris, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 95 Julien Obioha.
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Impact thus far: Kaser punted in one game as a true freshman, punting twice (including one 68-yarder) against Idaho. In 2012, Kaser redshirted. In spring drills this season, Kaser was the starting punter.
Expectations for 2013:Ryan Epperson was the full-time punter for the Aggies last season and throughout much of his four-year career but he has graduated, opening the door for Kaser. One thing Kaser brings is plenty of leg strength and he showed new special teams coordinator Jeff Banks in spring that he could boom the ball so expectations will be fairly high for Kaser, a three-star recruit from the 2011 class who was ranked ninth in the country among kickers coming out of high school.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Kaser hits the ground running, adapts quickly to Banks' scheme and becomes an effective tool for the Aggies in the field-position battles when the offense stalls.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: The lack of game experience (he has only punted in one live game since high school) hinders Kaser's development early on and he struggles to find consistency as a result.
Future impact: The Aggies have a high-powered offense so they likely won't be punting much. Last season they punted 41 times in 13 games, an average of just more than three punts per contest. Obviously, the Aggies hope Kaser can come through when they do call on him. Kaser has the leg strength to be a quality punter for the Aggies for the remainder of his career, if he can be consistent placing the ball. Another critical role Kaser will be filling aside from punting is as a holder on field goals and extra points. That's important because the Aggies are hopeful kicker Taylor Bertolet can improve on an inconsistent 2012. Kaser, who is Bertolet's roommate, should be able to build good chemistry with Bertolet that would be a positive for the kicking game. Banks said in the spring that Kaser was willing to work hard at it, so that's a positive sign.