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June 29, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Another new Husky

Sounds as if Colton (Calif.) kicker Alejandro Maldonado has made it 100 percent officially official this time with his commitment to Washington.
The kicker had been reported as a commit a couple months ago only to have his coach say later there had been a little bit of a misunderstanding.
But Dawgman.com reports that Maldonado has committed to UW for real this time.
He even indicates that he may try to graduate early and report to UW next spring saying that he has been told that “they need a kicker right away.”
UW obviously has a young kicker on scholarship in sophomore Erik Folk. But he has battled injuries throughout two seasons at UW and was inconsistent in the spring and the Husky coaches appear to be ensuring they have plenty of competition at that spot. UW also has JC punter Will Mahan coming in this season. Mahan can also place kicker, if needed.
Maldonado’s commitment means UW would have three kickers on scholarship in 2010 — Maldonado, Folk and Mahan — assuming all stays status quo between now and then.
Here are Maldonado’s stats for last season, showing he had 36 touchbacks kicking off and averaged 39.2 yards per punt, so he appears to have the requisite strong leg.
There’s also a good scouting report on Maldonado near the bottom of this link (under the kicker section).

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