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Jamie McGee, right. (American Press Archives)

Jamie McGee, right. (American Press Archives)

Kris Albarado. (American Press Archives)

Kris Albarado. (American Press Archives)

Pair of local kickers earn conference special teams awards

Last Modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:04 PM

By Jim Gazzolo / American Press

Former Barbe High player Jamie McGee and St. Louis Catholic grad Kris Albarado earned their conference’s weekly special teams awards for their efforts last week.

Albarado, a redshirt sophomore at Southern Cal, earned the Pac-12 honor for his play against Utah State.

Thanks primarily to the pinpoint punting of Albarado, in his first year handling the punting duties for 3-1 USC, Utah State’s average starting field position was its own 21-yard line. The Aggies penetrated USC territory on seven of their 13 drives.

Five of Albarado’s seven punts pinned the Aggies inside the 20-yard line, including two inside the 5-yard line. He averaged 35.4 yards.

The sophomore is averaging 40.3 yards on 23 boots, with 12 pinning opponents inside the 20. He has had a pair of punts travel longer than 50 yards, including a best of 64 yards.

True freshman at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, McGee earned his honor in the Great American Conference.

McGee accounted for 10 of the Boll Weevils’ 22 points in their home win over Northwestern Oklahoma State. He tied the UAM and GAC single-game record with three field goals. He made a career-long 43-yard field goal with 10:03 left that proved to be the winner for the Boll Weevils, 22-20.

He also made kicks of 23 and 32 yards.

McGee is 6-for-6 in field goal attempts and ranks seventh in Division II with his average of two field goals per game. He is on pace to break the UAM single-season field goal record of 15.

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