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New Mexico State adds kicker to 2010 class

New Mexico State has added place-kicker Tyler Stampler to its 2010 class.

Stampler (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is a transfer from Ventura College, where he played one season. He hit 13 of 15 field goals, including seven field goals of 35 yards or more and a long of 53 yards. He also connected on 32 of 33 PATs.

Stampler started his collegiate career as a walk-on at Florida Atlantic in 2008, but did not play.

"Tyler is a guy that has been accurate throughout his career at Ventura and that is something we want to have in our kicker," NMSU coach DeWayne Walker said. "Last year Kyle Hughes was forced to do both and we don't want that this year. So we went out and looked for a kicker that was accurate and could score some points for us and we feel Tyler was the right fit for our team."

Stampler’s signing will create competition for the starting kicker job with junior Hughes. Hughes made nine of his 16 field goal attempts in 2009 and was 2 of 7 on field goals longer than 40 yards.