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November 20, 2013

Kicking it in the MAC

Western Michigan kicker, Ferndale native, garners multiple honors

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Pictured is Western Michigan University kicker and Ferndale native Andrew Haldeman, who has made quite a name for himself in the Mid-American Conference.

Western Michigan University kicker Andrew Haldeman, who lived in Ferndale as a child, has been named the Mid-American Conference West Division Special Teams Player of the Week two times this season.

Haldeman, who is in his sophomore season with the Broncos, most recently earned the honor after a game against Eastern Michigan University in which he made a career-high six field goals. It is the second most field goals made in a game in Western Michigan history; Mike Prindle made seven against Marshall in 1984.

Haldeman’s efforts also led to his being named the National Kicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.

Haldeman’s other Player of the Week honor came following a game against the University of Massachusetts earlier this season. At press time, Haldeman led the Broncos with 56 points on the season.

Haldeman has now earned the distinction three times in his career, as he was also named as a Player of the Week in his freshman season with Western.

The kind of honors Haldeman has received can go a long way toward adding to the experiences he has had as a Division I college football player.

“I’ve loved my experience here at Western,” he said. “I­t’s been great getting to know the guys and getting out there, and actually getting to play. I’ve loved it. It’s been great. It’s been really cool.”

As impressive as his Players of the Week honors may be, Haldeman, who credited his parents for support they have given him, has even loftier goals as he moves forward in his career with Western.

“I would like to be an All-American kicker,” he said. “That’s a really high goal of mine. I’d like to go a whole season without missing a field goal. That would be a really high goal, as well.”

Although Haldeman is majoring in mechanical engineering, it may be a degree he may want to put on hold for a while after his college football playing days are over, as he has not ruled out any potential opportunities to play professional football.

“That would be great,” he said. “That’s what I plan on doing — at least going out there and trying for it. It’d be awesome.”

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.