Contenders (kicker): Josh Pollack (redshirt junior, 5-10, 184), Lucas Havrisik (freshman, 6-2, 173)
Contenders (punter): Pollack, Jake Glatting (redshirt junior, 6-3, 218), Matt Aragon (freshman, 6-5, 211)
The past: Pollack handled kickoffs, field goals and punts at different times last season, and at one point was responsible for all three. He finished by converting 9 of 14 field goals and 36 of 36 extra points while averaging 42.2 yards per punt. On kickoffs, he was responsible for five touchbacks. Jake Glatting eventually took over at punter and averaged 39.4 yards on 10 punts. Havrisik joined the Wildcats as a two-star recruit out of Norco, California.
Where it stands: Rodriguez said Havrisik had been performing “tremendously” in terms of kickoffs, meaning the freshman will likely handle those duties. Pollack will likely handle field goals and extra points, and either Aragon or Glatting will likely punt. Freshman punter Cameron Braaten recently left the team.
Coachspeak: “Coach Rodriguez made it very clear from day one of camp, there are no positions that are locked up. Everything is open. I think we’ve seen that where every punt counts, we measure every kick, punt they do of every practice. Whether it’s kicking to the returners pre-practice or roll-out punt, we’re going to grade every rep.” — special teams coach Brian Knorr