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Looking to add more in-depth information on the game of football at First Star Football Report, it’s with great pleasure we announce the addition of Andrew Gantz to the site with his unique talent to evaluate and educate in the area of specialist.
A former five-star kicker out of Centerville, Ohio. Gantz went on to kick at the college level for the University of Cincinnati and Northern Illinois University.
Gantz spent 2013-2017 at the University of Cincinnati playing a key role on the field in 2014 and 2015. The 2016 season was cut short with a hip injury during preseason camp that limited him to two games before re-injuring it. In 2017 he was sidelined again with a groin injury.
Having received a medical redshirt for his junior year, Gantz graduated from Cincinnati with a degree in sports management becoming a grad transfer using his final year of eligibility at Northern Illinois University playing for the Huskies during the 2018 season.
After finishing his college career, Gantz started Game Winner Kicking and joins First Star Football report to handle rankings and evaluations of specialist.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS NIU 2018
Led NIU in scoring with 61 points
Perfect 28-of-28 on PATs
Hit four-of-seven field goals from 40-yards or longer
Season-long field goal of 49-yards versus Utah
18 touchbacks on 45 kickoffs for a 60.3-yard average
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS CINCINNATI
2014 semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award
2014 was 16-of-20 on field goals
2014 52-of-54 on PATs
2014 scored 100 points leading UC
2014 Second team All-American Athletic Conference
2015 Ranked 17-th nationally in scoring
2015 21-of-27 on field goals
2015 Season-long field goal of 51-yards
2015 Second team All-American Athletic Conference
2015 Preseason Lou Groza Award Watch List
Career – scored 226 total points
First Star Football Report founder Dave Berk had the following to say about Gantz.
“I’ve had the pleasure to watch Andrew develop from a high school kicker at Centerville High School to one of the top kickers in the college game. He’ll bring great knowledge and insight to an area of the game often overlooked in recruiting coverage. Fans often overlook the importance of specialist in the game of football until the game is on the line and they are either the hero or the goat. We welcome Andrew to First Star Football Report and look forward to him sharing his knowledge of the game.”