Bobcats confident about special teams
by Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information
Aug 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 122 122 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The JCJC specialists are ready for the upcoming season. Picture, from left, are punter Taylor Wallace (Jackson Prep), deep snapper Riley Reardon (Seminary), placekicker Mike Kroeze (Madison Central) and Head Coach/Special Teams coach Steve Buckley. Photo/Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information
The JCJC specialists are ready for the upcoming season. Picture, from left, are punter Taylor Wallace (Jackson Prep), deep snapper Riley Reardon (Seminary), placekicker Mike Kroeze (Madison Central) and Head Coach/Special Teams coach Steve Buckley. Photo/Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information
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ELLISVILLE – Head coach Steve Buckley is pretty confident when discussing the Jones County Junior College specialists, especially punter Taylor Wallace (Jackson Prep).

“In my opinion, Taylor is the best punter in the country,” said Buckley, who coaches the Bobcat special teams and running backs in addition to being the head coach. “He is coming off a tremendous freshman year. He worked hard this summer and he’s worked hard in camp to build off of where he left off last year.

“He is doing the things we ask and he’s hitting the ball really good right now.”

Wallace (6-1, 212) averaged 40.8 yards per punt last season with 12 kicks inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

JCJC will have a new placekicker this season.

Redshirt freshman Mike Kroeze (Madison Central) replaces Brady Farlow, who signed with Louisiana Tech.

Kroeze (5-10, 214) is a Mississippi State University transfer.

“Mike has been a little inconsistent on field goals the last two weeks, but he has really shown some maturity at the kicking position,” Buckley said. “His kickoffs have been much better and I look for Mike to have a big year for us.”

Reilly Reardon (Seminary) will be the JCJC deep snapper. Reardon (6-1, 176) is a freshman and has been solid during fall camp.

“As far as the deep snapper goes, Reilly is what you want,” Buckley said. “He has good height and if he can gain about 20 pounds, he will be a hot commodity in another year.”

The Bobcats open the season at No. 2 East Mississippi Community College with a 7 p.m. game on Aug. 31. The game will air on www.jcjc.tv.

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