Transfer kicker Zach Hoban left Rice with a scant nine games of experience, with all of his plays being kickoffs. Among Hoban’s stated reasons for transferring to Tech, a notable one is that Tech’s current kickers, Brian Johnson and John Parker Romo, are seniors. After sitting a year for the transfer, Hoban will likely enter a wide-open competition for all of the team’s kicking duties. The only competition on the roster would be Tech’s third current kicker, Mark Applegate, who hasn’t recorded any stats for the Hokies; and commit Kyle Lowe, who looks talented. Heck, Hoban was a decent high school punter who could even take a (leg) swing at senior Oscar Bradburn’s punting job.
At first glance Hoban seems to be the heir apparent to Romo, a fellow transfer and kickoff specialist who can soccer-style points and punt...
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