Penn State Football All Time Team – Part 6

In Penn State All Time Team, Penn State Football on January 15, 2012 at 7:49 am

PART 6– This is the last segment of the players section of my All Time Joe Paterno Penn State football team. Tomorrow we will post a summary of all of the posts and present a list of greatest games and memories. We will also look at a few names that were missed that we shouldn’t have and also look at some of the greatest players that played against the Nittany Lions.

The Linebacker list was really tough. I thought the kickers would be easy but it didn’t work out that way. As far as the punters it was just splitting hairs.


Kevin Kelly – 4 year starter as a place kicker. He ranks #1 in total points in a career with 425. Craig Fayak is ranked 2nd with 282. He ranks #1, tied with Matt Bahr, for most FG’s in a season with 22 and tied for 5th with Travis Forney with 20, which he did twice. He kicked 4 FG’s in a game against Purdue in 2005 and Northwestern in 2006. Kevin kicked 3 FG’s in his career over 50 yards. With kickers with more than 50 career attempts, Kelly ranks #3 in career FG percentage at 72.9%. His points per year were 99, 96, 110 and 120. He is the Big 10 All Time Kick Leading Scorer.

2nd TEAM:

Travis Forney – 3 year starter as a place kicker. He ranks #4 on in total points with 258. He along with Kelly are the only kickers with over 100 points in a season with 107. With kickers with more than 50 career attempts Forney ranks #1 in career FG percentage at 74.6%. He is tied for 3rd with Massimo Manca for FG’s in a season with 21 in 1999 and ranked #5, tied for with Kevin Kelly, with 20 in 1998. Travis is tied with Brian Franco and Massimo Manca with 5 FG’s in a game. He also kicked a 50 yard FG against Minnesota in 1998.

Honorable Mention – Chris Bahr, Matt Bahr – both were 1st Team All Americans and both had long NFL careers. Chris kicked 6 FG’s of more than 50 yards including 3 of 55 yards and 1 of 52 yards in 1975. For his career Chris’ FG percentage was 55.6% while Matt’s was 63.9%. Both were great players but their statistics don’t match up to Kelly and Forney.

Craig Fayak, Robbie Gould, Massimo Manca, Brett Conway, Nick Gancitano, Herb Menhardt, Brian Franco, Colin Wagner, Ray Tarasi, Ryan Primanti



Jeremy Kapinos – 3rd Team All American (’06). A 4 year starter with tremendous consistency. He averaged 41.7 yards per punt for his career which is ranked 4th all time (over 100 punts). He averaged 41.9, 41.8, 41.3 and 41.9 yards for each of his seasons. He ranks #1 in career punts with 251. Jeremy only had 2 punts blocked in his career both as a freshman.


Jeremy Boone – 3 year starter who ranks tied for 1st in career average per punt at 43.1 yards (over 100 punts). He averaged 43.0, 43.0 and 43.3 yards per punt for each season.  His 78 yard punt versus Ohio State in 2004 ranks 2nd all time.

Honorable Mention:

Ralph Giacomarro, Pat Pidgeon, John Bruno, Doug Helkowski, David Royer, Darrell Kania, Bob Parsons, Brian Masella, George Reynolds


  1. I always will have a soft spot for Herb Mendhart who drained a 54 yard FG to beat NC State 9-7 at the buzzer in 1979. That was not a great Penn State team, but that kick was one I still remember. My borther-in-law used to leave Great Moments in Penn State football on his answering machine and Fran Fisher’s call of that kick was one of them.

    • I had forgotten about that 9-7 game. There are so many others. The Nebraska blowout at Beaver Stadium was one. Obviously the McClosky questionable catch against Nebraska in 82. The Tamba Hali fumble of Troy Smith to beat Ohio State and the fumble by Terrelle Pryor to beat them at the Horseshoe a couple years ago. There are so many.

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  3. Every single game that these people played in is tainted. Joe Paterno was a monster and a hypocrite the likes of which only comes along once in a generation.

    He was the lead conspirator in covering up decades of child rape in order to protect his self-righteous and holier-than-thou image and legacy and his football program.

    He was the centerpiece in the most egregious LACK OF INSTITUTIONAL CONTROL in ncaa history.

    He lied about his knowledge of one of society’s most heinous crimes right up until his (most likely self-induced) end.

    He burns in hell today.

    • No one is any more disappointed in this than I am. I’m not going to defend or make any arguements to anything that you’ve said except for one thing. You commented on one of the All Time Teams that we did, maybe because it was a Penn State article, but what has happened has nothing to do with the great players and many All Americans that played there. With all of the blame and sadness to go around none can be placed on the players.

  4. Well put. I stumbled on this during a web search and maybe had read my fill of the almost cult-like defense of and reverence for Mr. Paterno and chose to lash back in the wrong place. That was my mistake, and you have my apologies.

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