Riley Rozanski is looking to add to his growing list of accomplishments this fall.
The Fort Dorchester athlete is a rising junior who is expected to handle much of the kicking duties for the Patriots varsity football team next season. Rozanski made the varsity team as a freshman and earned a starting role as a kicker last season.
He has been told he is the first athlete to ever make a field goal during a Dorchester Two middle school football game and the youngest kicker to earn a starting role for the Patriots’ varsity.
In 2011, the kicker was awarded the first place trophy for the John Kasay/Jonathan Stewart Kicking Camp after hitting a 53-yard field goal. In 2012, he received the Gridiron Elite Award for the Charles Johnson Football Camp.
Last month, Rozanski ranked fourth among the kickers who participated in the Ray Guy Prokicker.com Camp held at Ashley Ridge High School. The Fort kicker hit 80 percent of his field goal attempts during the camp and averaged 46.75 yards per kick off. His best kickoff distance during the camp was 52 yards and his best kickoff hang time was 3.22 seconds.
To date, his furthest kick during practice has been 64 yards. And he aims to improve his marks before the start of the football season.
“I want to be more consistent on field goals and to put more of my kickoffs into the end zone,” Rozanski said. “I’ve built up a lot of strength since last season. Our coaches also like to pooch kick so I’m working on getting my steps down and making sure I know where to plant my foot for different types of kicks.”
He has certainly had ample practice. In addition to the training he receives at FDHS, he also trains with Chris Shaw who was a coach for the Dallas Cowboys Special Teams.
“Camps are different from practice,” Rozanski said. “They are competitive and that helps motivate me. I’ve also learned a lot from working with NFL and college coaches.”
Rozanski is also a soccer player and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He was a sweeper/right back for the Patriot Boys JV soccer team his freshman year, but gave up high school soccer to concentrate more on football.
He is hoping to earn a college scholarship and plans to major in engineering. His dream job would be kicking in the NFL but he says he thinks he would also enjoy being an architect.
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