Former Gulf Coast Kickers Will Scott & Stephen Brauchle match up on ESPNU this Thursday

Two familiar Kickers will be ready to face off on national television this Thursday 7:30pm EST on ESPNU in an important Sun Belt Conference battle, although it won’t be the first time they have played against each other. Stephen Brauchle, current sophomore kicker for University of Louisiana Lafayette, and Will Scott, current senior kicker for Troy University started off on the same path before going to D1A level programs. They started at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College as Kickers and played very well for Coach Steven Campbell during their respective seasons.

Group shot of MGCCC Specialists during the annual MGC Kicking & Snapping Camp

Group shot of MGCCC Specialists during the annual MGC Kicking & Snapping Camp

Coach Brian Jackson of Team Jackson Kicking has worked with Stephen and Will over the last few years in support of their technique and recruiting process and wanted to interview them before this big game. Coach Jackson has inquired to both if MGCCC is the ‘Specialist University’ of all JUCO level programs, and all seem to agree that it is.

Enter Stephen Brauchle….

Stephen's freshman season was at Gulf Coast

Stephen’s freshman season was at Gulf Coast

Coach Jackson (CJ)

Stephen Brauchle (SB)

CJ – As the season is closing and we head into November, how are you feeling about your sophomore season so far?

SB – I feel like my sophomore season is going really good, I came into a spot where I had very big shoes (Brett Baer) to fill and I believe that is one of the reasons I have been successful so far this season.

CJ – Looking back on your journey with recruiting, what makes you proud of starting as a Bulldog (MGCCC) before earning a D1 scholarship?

SB – What an awesome experience recruiting is and having the opportunity to play at Gulf Coast is a blessing in disguise. It really helped me grow not only as an student athlete but also as a person in general.

CJ – Seeing that guys before you have gone on to kick, punt and snap at high levels, would you consider MGCCC the ‘Specialist University’ of the Junior College Programs in America?

SB – No question that Gulf Coast is “Specialist U” in the Junior college ranks and that really comes from coach Campbell being a great recruiter and head coach.

CJ – Being a guy that is a natural combo specialist, but at this point directed as the starting field goal kicker, what have you done to stay both mentally and physically focused from summer training, to fall camp, to now a lengthy season?

SB – Well since my only responsibility right now is making field goals that helps me stay focused on each and every kick, and realize how important every kick is for my team.

CJ – You will have an early practice week with an important game coming up on Thursday on ESPNU. What are you most excited about playing in this game, as well as playing against Will Scott, your predecessor from MGC?

SB – I’m most excited that this game is the next game, it’s a ‘Protect the House’ home game and a big conference game. Playing against Will is pretty cool, I played against him in high school and now playing him in D1 college football makes me think how everything came full circle. Will is a great Punter/Kicker and helped me out tremendously with my college decision not only to Gulf Coast but also UL-Lafayette. Can’t wait for Thursday!

CJ – If there is anything you would like to say to young kickers, punters and snappers aspiring to play collegiate football, what would it be?

SB – Never give up on your dream no matter what kind of adversity hits you, everyone has some kind of set back, overcome the adversity. Also all younger kickers need to attend as many camps as possible! You not only learn more about your craft, you make long term friendships with other specialists.

CJ – Additional Comments

SB – Geaux Cajuns! #BeatTroy

Enter Will Scott…

Will Scott started his first two seasons at MGCCC

Will Scott started his first two seasons at MGCCC

Coach Jackson (CJ)

Will Scott (WS)

CJ – As the season is closing and we head into November, how are you feeling about your senior year so far?

WS – I’ve had a great season, the Coaches are giving more freedom and I feel like they have faith in me which gives me more confidence.

CJ – Looking back on your journey starting off at Gulf Coast, what makes you proud of starting as a bulldog before earning a D1 scholarship?

WS – Starting off at gulf coast I really found out what it was like to be a champion, we won 5 championships in 2 years and we had to earn them. It really helped me transition to the D1 atmosphere.

CJ – Seeing that guys before you and after you have gone on to kick, punt and snap at high levels, would you consider MGCCC the ‘Specialist University’ of the Junior College Programs in America?

WS – For sure, coach Campbell does a great job of pushing you to your full potential. He expects you to play well and is a great recruiter when it comes to getting you to the next level.

CJ – Being both a combo guy with handling duties of field goals, punts and kickoffs, what have you done to stay both mentally and physically healthy from summer training, to fall camp, to now a lengthy season?

WS – It’s tough staying physically healthy for such a long period of time you really have to put in an extra effort to stretch and become friends with the training staff to help you with extra warm up exercises. From a mental aspect the best thing you can do is have a short memory. You’re going to miss, you’re going to mishit balls, all you can do is move on because you will get another chance.

CJ – You will have an early practice week with an important game coming up on Thursday on ESPNU. What are you most excited about playing in this game, as well as playing against Stephen Brauchle who followed your lead at MGC?

WS – Getting a chance to go up against someone who I have played against in high school and someone I helped recruit to my junior college, it doesn’t get much better than that. Stephen and I still talk after games so this one has been one circled on the schedule for a while.

CJ – If there is anything you would like to say to young kickers, punters and snappers aspiring to play collegiate football, what would it be?

WS – Go to camps, get your name out there, and become best friends with your snapper and holder. You go as far as they do.

CJ – Additional Comments

WS – I wouldn’t trade my time at gulf coast for anything. I was lucky enough to get to go through the recruiting process 2 times and I would recommend jr college to young players coming out because it really helped me mature as a ball player.

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We would like to thank Stephen and Will for taking the time to interview for this upcoming game. We believe this interview is a great testimony to prospective players in the country to follow their dreams and even consider transferable programs like MGC before going to high levels.

Team Jackson Kicking puts on camps for Kickers, Punters and Snappers and one of the best in the nation is the MGCCC Specialist Camp that is held every summer in Perkinston, MS.

MGC Specialist Camp

MGC Specialist Camp

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