Update from Ticats practice: the kickers are here

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed American kicker  Kenny Allen to replace the injured Sergio Castillo, who was placed on the six-game injured list on Monday. 

And Canadian Brett Lauther, who kicked for the team in 2013 and 2014, is in town as well.

The 23-year-old Allen played in 32 games over four years at the University of Michigan from 2013 to 2016 and performed all three jobs at various times during his stint in Ann Arbour. He made 37-of-45  of his field goals (82.2 per cent) and punted 56 times for 2,448 yards (43.7 yards per punt) .

He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in May 5 and played in four preseason games with the Ravens, punting 13 times for 593 yards (45.6 yards per punt.) He was released on Sept. 1.

Allen was on the field at Monday’s practice and punted the ball, booting several balls in excess of 50 yards. Like many American kickers, he has a high ball flight though his directional kicking – often a trouble spot for newcomers – looked decent in the early going.

As for Lauther, who has bounced around the CFL without getting much by the way of playing time since leaving Hamilton after the 2014 season, he showed up on a social media post from linebacker Simoni Lawrence.

Lauther has not been added to the roster at this point.

In other practice news, centre Mike Filer, who suffered a foot injury against Winnipeg, was absent on Monday as was defensive back / linebacker Abdul Kanneh, who was excused. Brandon Revenberg took the reps at centre with the first team with Landon Rice sliding in at left guard.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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9 Comments on Update from Ticats practice: the kickers are here

  1. Allen’s stats look good but Lauther would free up an international player elsewhere if needed.

  2. Lauther was making Allen look bad! I was the guy with 3 boys in the stand….if I had the choice I would take lather! !!

  3. Luther sucked when he was here before.

  4. I saw a couple of posts in a previous thread asking about Swayze Waters. I couldn’t help but notice during today’s Montreal game that Swayze a missed a 52 yard field goal badly, as well as two extra points. A third PAT went in after hitting the upright. It appears Hamilton did their homework when they passed on him earlier this year.

    • Earlier this year (before the season began) Waters was signed in the NFL or at least was still looking for an NFL shot if he hadn’t already been signed. By the time he was unemployed, Castillo had secured the position and was doing well. I too noticed that he didn’t look that good in the game today though so I’m not sorry he isn’t s possibility. I’m sure EE is happy that they game didn’t come down to a last minute FG attempt.

      Allen seems to come with an impressive resume, Lauther is at least a bit familiar with the team and is a national. I don’t have a preference one way or the other as long as one of them can get the job done consistently.

  5. I have faith in hamiltons new coaching staff They have lots of connections in the nfl i think they found us a good kicker

  6. rogieshan // October 9, 2017 at 11:38 pm //

    Isn’t Sergio Leone a safer choice if he is in fact available? He was arguably the best punter in the CFL the last few years.

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