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Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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'Weird' punter at K-State

Published on -9/26/2012, 10:59 AM

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By ARNE GREEN

Special to The Hays Daily News

MANHATTAN -- By his own admission, Ryan Doerr is a bit of a nerd.

It's not part of his job description per se, but it might as well be.

"Punters are weird," Doerr, Kansas State's senior punter said. "They remember every little detail of all their punts."

Of course they have plenty of time to dissect those details while most of their teammates are toiling away on the practice field. That is when they're not busy making up little games to help them hone their craft.

But for all their eccentricities, punters also can play a vital role, as was the case in K-State's 24-19 upset victory last Saturday at Oklahoma, when all five of Doerr's kicks pinned the Sooners inside their 20-yard line.

Two of them, with assists from the defense, led to Wildcat touchdowns.

"I take pride in it," said Doerr, whose performance against the No. 6-ranked Sooners earned him Big 12 special teams player of the week honors. "We get out there and practice quite a bit, exactly what we did last game, downing it inside the 20.

"I was pretty pleased."

So were the Wildcats, who by beating No. 6-ranked OU in their conference opener jumped from 15 to 7 in the latest Associated Press poll. They're off this week before playing host to Kansas on Oct. 6.

For all his success Saturday, Doerr wasn't 100 percent satisfied. He is, after all a punter.

"We have little weird memories and remember every little thing about each punt and how, 'Man, we messed that one up pretty bad,' " Doerr said. "Like my second punt (against the Sooners), I wasn't very happy with myself at all."

"I had the whole second half of the field to work with and I only got to the 18. Come on, that should have been inside the 10, easily,"  Doerr added.

That 28-yard punt really was the only lowlight for Doerr, who did leave the Sooners inside the 10 twice.

The final one, a 37-yarder fielded by teammate Curry Sexton at the 4 late in the third quarter, set up an interception that led to a go-ahead touchdown.

But his favorite came early in the second quarter, a booming 49-yarder to the Sooner 16.

"I was backed up quite a bit so I did get to kind of let loose and open it up and it got down the field pretty nice with (good) hang time," Doerr said. "It was a fair catch inside the 20, so I was pretty proud of that punt.

"That was definitely the highlight punt, then of course my last one that Curry caught on the 4-yard line, I liked that, too."

The 49-yarder was significant because three plays later Justin Tuggle sacked quarterback Landry Jones and forced a fumble that Jarell Childs scooped up for a touchdown.

"It's a huge weapon to be able to flip field position like that," quarterback Collin Klein said of Doerr's punting. "Give credit to that whole team and unit for helping Doerr out, too.

"He gets it up and out, but there's a lot of guys. It is a relief."

Though Doerr singled out his longest kick, he has become a bit of an expert at the pooch punt, dropping a shorter kick near the goal line. It has pretty much replaced the old coffin corner approach of kicking out of bounds inside the 20.

"We practice it every day out on the field and it's not the easiest thing to get down," Doerr said. "I think by keeping it in play you have more room to work with the ball and the field because you don't always know how the ball's going to bounce off the turf.

"You might get an even better bounce and down it on the 1 as opposed to kicking it out of bounds, and you're not always going to get the right call from the ref walking up the sideline."

Perfecting the pooch takes hours of work, Doerr said. Part of it is experimentation in game situations, but it isn't all drudgery.

"We'll try to punt and hit different parts of the stadium to work on accuracy and stuff," he said with a smile. "We call it punt golf and probably every punter in the nation ahs played it before.

"We'll get out there and the hole is the third trash can on the left over there across the field and par 3, OK. We'll hit it around the field and you're aiming at the trash can and trying to get close to it."

SRO tickets on sale

Kansas State announced Tuesday that a limited number of general admission tickets were made available for the sold-out Oct. 6 Sunflower Showdown against Kansas.

Kickoff is at 11:05 a.m. at Snyder Family Stadium and the game will be nationally televised by FX (Salina cable channel 31).

The tickets, priced at $75, will be located on the grassy hill in the northeast corner of the stadium and may be purchased online at k-statesports.com or by phone at 1-800-221-CATS while they last.

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