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The rookie kicker is getting recognized.

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After 17 straight kicks to start the season and four field goals to account for all the scoring for the Arizona Cardinals last Thursday night in a 12-6 win over the St. Louis Rams, you can say that rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro has had a pretty good season.

He was recently one of 26 players named to USA Football's All-Findamentals Team.

Twenty-six NFL players across 22 teams have been selected for the 2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team. This team honors players - 11 offense, 11 defense and four special teams - who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate.

USA Football is the sport's national governing body and educates more youth and high school football coaches combined than any organization in the United States.

The sixth annual USA Football All-Fundamentals Team recognizes NFL players who employ proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, which fosters inherent safety benefits and better on-field performance.

Each player chosen for the All-Fundamentals Team will receive a $1,000 equipment grant from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school football program of his choice.

A fan vote at www.facebook.com/usafootball will determine All-Fundamentals Team captains. Fans may vote for one captain on offense, defense and special teams. USA Football will award each of the three captains an additional $1,000 equipment grant to donate. Voting is open through Tuesday, Dec. 23.

Catanzaro is 26/30 on field goal attempts this season.

The USA Football All-Fundamentals Team was assembled with guidance from a five-person selection committee:

  • CHARLES DAVIS, USA Football spokesperson, football analyst for NFL Network and FOX Sports
  • HERM EDWARDS, ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL head coach
  • MERRIL HOGE, ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL running back
  • CARL PETERSON, USA Football chairman, former NFL team executive and assistant coach
  • BILL POLIAN, ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL general manager

More on past USA Football All-Fundamentals Team players' techniques is available at:
www.usafootball.com/all-fundamentals-team.


2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team - Offense:

POSITION       

NAME, TEAM

Quarterback

Peyton Manning, Broncos

Running back

Matt Forte, Bears

Fullback

John Kuhn, Packers

Wide receiver

Golden Tate, Lions

Reggie Wayne, Colts

Tight end

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

Tackle

Jason Peters, Eagles

Joe Thomas, Browns

Guard

Zack Martin, Cowboys

Marshal Yanda, Ravens

Center

Ryan Kalil, Panthers

2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team - Defense:

POSITION       

NAME, TEAM

End

Cameron Wake, Dolphins

Sheldon Richardson, Jets

Tackle

Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers

Kyle Williams, Bills

Linebacker

Khalil Mack, Raiders

Luke Kuechly, Panthers

Tamba Hali, Chiefs

Cornerback

Vontae Davis, Colts

Terence Newman, Cowboys

Safety

Ryan Clark, Redskins

Earl Thomas, Seahawks

2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team - Special Teams:

POSITION       

NAME, TEAM

Return specialist

Jacoby Jones, Ravens

Kicker

Chandler Catanzaro, Cardinals

Punter

Jon Ryan, Seahawks

Long snapper

Cullen Loeffler, Vikings

About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football is the sport's national governing body, leading the game's development for youth, high school and other amateur football players. The independent nonprofit works with leading medical organizations and football leaders for a better, safer game and is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference. USA Football (www.usafootball.com), endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002, is the sport's leader in coaching education and player skill advancement.