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Some Very Special Players

By: Scott Burnstein, January 3, 2016, 8:31 pm

Two of the state’s best special teamers on the high school football field used the holiday season to find places at the college level to continue their respective careers on the gridiron. Clarkston’s Alex Kessman, the No. 2 kicker in the Mitten’s Class of 2016, committed to Pittsburgh and Troy Athens’ Bradley Robinson, the state’s No. 1 long snapper, committed to Michigan State. Both will sign as preferred walk-ons with the guarantee that a scholarship could be on the horizon.

Kessman played quarterback as a senior for Clarkston as well – as a junior he won a state championship. Back in the fall, he saved the season coming to the rescue under center in Game 4 and sparking the club’s stalling offense and guiding C-Town into the playoffs after a 1-2 start. He chose the Panthers over several other power-conference DI offers and is the third Wolfpack placekicker to land in the DI ranks in the last five years.

Robinson follows in his big bro Andrew’s footsteps as a celebrated long-snap specialist. Robinson was an elite special teamer that graduated from Athens in 2014 and is currently playing in the Big 10 at the University of Michigan.