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June 16, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Ex-Huskies offer kicking camp

I guess it almost goes without saying that Michael Braunstein didn’t exactly have the smoothest of endings to his Husky career.
But after finishing off his college career at Ohio University, he’s now on the (mostly) post-playing phase of life.
And among his new endeavors is a kicking camp this summer in which he is partners with another former Husky, punter Sean Douglas, that will hold two-day sessions in Seattle (July 8-9), and Portland (July 6-7).
You can find all the details here.
“I never really saw anything like this kicking-camp wise in Oregon or Seattle so I decided to put one together,” said Braunstein.
Once he did, he enlisted the help of Douglas, also a former roommate at UW as well as a former teammate, as well as deep snapper Ryan Senser, who played with Braunstein at Ohio and is now with the Seahawks.
“We always talked about doing something like this at some point in time,” Douglas said. “He got on the ball with it this year.”
Braunstein calls the kicking camps “a side thing” right now, though he’d be glad if they took off.
At the moment, his real job is working in sports fundraising in the Portland-Vancouver area. As the job title may indicate, Braunstein works with sports teams of any type to help them with their fundraising. “We take the fundraising out of the coach’s hands and do it all for them,” he said.
He’s also keeping one foot in kicking, however, playing for Tri-Cities in Arena Football League 2.
But you might be surprised to know that a kicker who was noted for his brashness at UW harbors no illusions that the af2 will lead to anything really big — he said his main goal is to someday be able to play in the Arena Football League, which is on a one-year economic hiatus.
“I saw the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said, recalling how he got no offers after his college career ended despite what he thought was a pretty good performance at Pro Day. “I just never got anything,” he said.
The af2 stint is merely to keep playing as long as he can — he’s worked out a deal where he does his regular job all week and kicks for the team on the weekends (players get $200 a week and $50 for a win).
“I just decided to head for a career job and still be able to play, so it kind of all worked out,” he said.
Douglas, on the other hand, is still holding out hope of making a career out of football. He’s back home in his native Nebraska working out and training. “I’m just staying ready if anyone calls,” he said. He said he recently had a tryout with the Bears and is hoping for a call to go to a camp.
Douglas was briefly with Tampa Bay last year and the Rams the year before that (like Braunstein, his last year at UW was 2006) but had trouble replacing established punters. “I’ve just got to get somewhere where they don’t have a nine-year vet,” he said.
As for the kicking camp, each hopes it is something that could become a tradition in this area. Braunstein said he thinks the fact that all three instructors are still active in the sport could be an added attraction of the camp.
“We all still play, so we are not going to just tell them what they are doing wrong, but show them,” he said.



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