Trio of TJK Specialists will be featured on ESPNU Friday Night | Rematch of Leeds HS and Madison Academy

18 August 2014

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This coming Friday night will be an exciting time for 3 Specialists that have trained with Coach Brian Jackson of Team Jackson Kicking. We had a chance to sit down and interview Leeds Kicker/Punter, Morgan Coston (AL 2016), Leeds Long Snapper, Clarke Smith (AL 2016), as well as Madison Academy’s Kicker, Nathan Geis (AL 2015).

Make sure to tune in Friday night 9pm EST on ESPNU.

(ESPN Media Zone)

Leeds (AL) vs. Madison Academy (AL)
9 p.m. (EST) on ESPNU from Madison Academy, Madison, Ala.

  • Rematch of the 2013 3A State Championship game in which Madison Academy won 31-14

(Team Jackson Kicking)

Morgan Coston is a fantastic combo specialist excelling in all 3 areas of kicking: field goals, punts and kickoffs. The upcoming junior has a strong leg, and has really improved the most in punting in his off season training. Morgan has attended several TJK Camps and Training sessions working on his craft. Make sure to check out his video and interview below.

***Morgan Coston Interview below:

Coach Jackson – How has your off season training been? What all have you done over the spring and summer?

Morgan Coston – In the off season, I made many improvements. Little fixes here and there have made a huge difference in my kicking game. Going to many of the TJK training sessions, going to several college camps and even training sessions with some other kickers over the spring and summer has helped.

Coach Jackson – What are you most excited about getting to play on national television this Friday night?

Morgan Coston – Playing on television as a high school kicker is exciting as it is. But playing on a NATIONAL program like ESPNU adds more hype and nerves. I am mostly excited about having more exposure to college coaches. It is difficult to gain college coaches attention as just a kicker but this will get my name out there. I am very happy that I am able to have exposure for myself but also my team.

Coach Jackson – How do you feel about the rematch? I know you played against this opponent in the championship last year. What’s your feelings, what’s the team’s feelings?

Morgan Coston – This rematch against Madison Academy has been one of the most talked about games in the off season and for good reason. You have two of the top high school football programs with amazing athletes on both sides. We have been thinking about this game since the end of last season. I am excited for this game just like everyone else. This game will be one to remember.

Coach Jackson – What are some plays or things you are visualizing as a specialist leading up to game day?

Morgan Coston – As I step out on to the field, there is no room for error. It is difficult to keep a calm head knowing thousands of people will be watching. But, this game is no different than any other. I am confident in my ability as a specialist so I can’t be to worried about what will happen. I visualize the play that is happening, not the lights and cameras.

Coach Jackson – Do you feel there will be a potential game winning snap and kick to end this game? If so, how are you planning for it physically and mentally?

Morgan Coston – Both teams are high pace, run it down your throat, hard hitting and high scoring. I believe that this game will come down to the last seconds of the game. If it comes down to a last second kick, it’s as if it were any other kick. If you see it as anything other than that, the pressure can get to you. Going into this last week of preparation, it is imperative to practice last second kicks to get acclimated to the possibility that it will come down to you.

Coach Jackson – What are you most excited about with playing with your band of brothers in this big time game?

Morgan Coston – I am excited to see my teammates play. We have become not only teammates but more of a family. We are all best friends on and off the field. This game, I believe is just another growing experience for all of us. Every game, we become better and also closer to our goal. I look forward to seeing my teammates succeed on the field this Friday and later on in life.

Coach Jackson – Any other comments you would like to share.

Morgan Coston – I would like to thank all of the people who have watched and helped me grow as a specialist. I would also like to thank God for giving me such a talent and the opportunity to play in this game.

Thank you Morgan for your time and comments! Good Luck this Friday night!

Clarke Smith is the long snapper for Leeds and plays a huge role in special teams. He is one of the top rated long snappers in the Southeast and you can’t miss him with his 6’3 225 lb frame. Clarke has attended three TJK camps and has improved immensely. See his video and interview below.

***Clarke Smith Interview below:

Coach Jackson – How has your off season training been? What all have you done over the spring and summer?

Clarke Smith – During the spring and summer months, I worked on tightening my spiral and accuracy. I went to 7 camps this summer, 4 of which were were for snapping.

Coach Jackson – What are you most excited about getting to play on national television this Friday night?

Clarke Smith – It’s just another game. we are not letting the hype get to us.

Coach Jackson – How do you feel about the rematch? I know you played against this opponent in the championship last year. What’s your feelings, what’s the team’s feelings?

Clarke Smith – We are looking at it as the next game. The next game is the most important.

Coach Jackson – What are some plays or things you are visualizing as a specialist leading up to game day?

Clarke Smith – I try not to visualize because for me the more I think about it the worse I will do. I don’t think, I feel.

Coach Jackson – Do you feel there will be a potential game winning snap and kick to end this game? If so, how are you planning for it physically and mentally?

Clarke Smith – Of course there is a chance for a game winning snap, but you can’t look at it like that. Stay focused and don’t make it bigger than it is.

Coach Jackson – What are you most excited about with playing with your band of brothers in this big time game?

Clarke Smith – Playing Football with my teammates (Family) is the best feeling in the entire world!!!

Coach Jackson – Any other comments you would like to share.

Clarke Smith – Roll Greenwave!!!!

Thank you Clarke for your time and comments! Good Luck this Friday night!

On the other sideline will be upcoming senior Kicker, Nathan Geis out of Madison Academy. Nathan was on the winning side last year and has had some great opportunities within the program. He has attend a couple TJK camps and has continued to improve his craft! Check out his video and interview below.


***Nathan Geis Interview below:

Coach Jackson – How has your off season training been? What all have you done over the spring and summer?

Nathan Geis – I’ve really focused on accuracy on my field goals and being accurate from about 45 and in from each hash. Short kicks from a bad angle was where I struggled last season and I feel I’ve really improved that.

Coach Jackson – What are you most excited about getting to play on national television this Friday night?

Nathan Geis  – Just having the opportunity that most players don’t have. I’ve been blessed to play in 3 state championship games and playing on ESPNU is just another blessing.

Coach Jackson – How do you feel about the rematch? I know you played against this opponent in the championship last year. What’s your feelings, what’s the team’s feelings?

Nathan Geis  – I feel good and my team feels good as well. Leeds is a very good team and has a lot of returning guys. And we are for the most part, all new guys. So it’s been a process getting the younger guys up to speed. There are a lot of guys who have played varsity football before, and playing on ESPNU is a big stage for their first Varsity game.

Coach Jackson – What are some plays or things you are visualizing as a specialist leading up to game day?

Nathan Geis – I’ve been hoping for a game winning field goal. But I’d really just like to kick clean balls and play a solid game.

Coach Jackson – Do you feel there will be a potential game winning snap and kick to end this game? If so, how are you planning for it physically and mentally?

Nathan Geis  – Yes I definitely do. I’ve been thinking and preparing myself for weeks in case that kick comes up, and I feel ready. I just need to think about it as just another kick.

Coach Jackson – What are you most excited about with playing with your band of brothers in this big time game?

Nathan Geis  – Our senior class has only lost one home game and a total of 5 games. We’ve won 25 straight and we plan to keep that rolling. These are my boys and this is a memory we will remember for the rest of our lives.

Coach Jackson – Any other comments you would like to share.

Nathan Geis  – Best of luck to Leeds, excited to see y’all friday night!!

Thank you Nathan for your time and comments! Good Luck this Friday night!

We want to thank all three of these guys for taking the time to answer these questions. They all have a lot of potential and will show it on the field Friday night! If you are interested in attending a Kicking/Punting/Snapping session and camp held by Team Jackson Kicking, don’t hesitate to go to the Camps or Training tab at the website below!

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