86. Replacing Jake Suder

After earning Second Team All-MAC honors last year, Bowling Green kicker Jake Suder was set to continue his reliability in 2018 for the Falcons. However, it looks like the kicker won’t be able to participate in his senior season.

Via John Wagner’s report in The Toledo Blade:

After graduating from Central in May, 2013, Suder kicked for Notre Dame College, a Division II school located in the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid, that fall. He connected on 2 of 4 field goals while kicking off 13 times before leaving the school after one semester.

He then spent a semester at Owens Community College before enrolling at BG in fall 2014. He did not join the Falcons football program until spring 2015 but did not see action that fall before taking over the kicking duties in 2016.

“I thought the fall of 2015 was a redshirt year, but in reality my eligibility clock was ticking, and my redshirt year was 2014,” Suder explained. “Then the coaching switch [from Dino Babers to Mike Jinks] happened, and nobody said anything.

“I thought I was a redshirt sophomore heading into the 2016 season.”

Last year, Suder was 18 of 22 for field goals (long of 42 yards), third in the league with a field goal percentage of 81.8, and made all but one of his 33 extra point attempts. While losing a reliable kicker just when you thought you’d be bringing him back stinks, BG has to move forward.

One option BG added during the early signing period isn’t an option anymore. Cooper Lee, the kicker/punter who came over from Coffeyville C.C. is already off the team, which is such an annoying situation to be in if you’re on that coaching staff.

Nate Needham could be the answer here, said Wagner in his report with the Lee news, saying he’s ‘considered the front-runner’ to be the new K1. He didn’t do too much at Youngstown State or Erie Community College, but joined BG in December as a walk-on.

The Falcons also have redshirt-sophomore punters Matt Naranjo and Grant Tinnerman that joined the team that could try and give placekicking a try at the Division-I level.

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