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Friday, July 20, 2012
Pac-12 preseason position reviews: punter
By Ted Miller
Punters are often overlooked, at least until they mess up badly and shank one. But punters play a major role in field position, which often proves crucial in a tight game.
So how do things stack up at punter in the Pac-12?
By the way, if you want to review previous position reviews,
was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award. The Ducks were No. 1 in the nation in net punting last year. Really not much else to say.
As a Ray Guy finalist last season, Jackson Rice had Oregon tops in the NCAA in net punting.
led the Pac-12 with an average of 46 yards per punt.
was fourth in the Pac-12 with an average of 45 yards per boot. And the Utes were 12th in the nation in net punting.
averaged 44.3 yards per punt, which ranked fifth in the conference. The Bruins were 22nd in the nation in net punting. Locke is also good on kickoffs.
was solid last year with a 42.6-yard average, but he's being challenged by
only averaged 41.3 yards per punt, the Sun Devils were fifth in the conference in opponent punt returns.
averaged a modest 40.1 yards per punt in 2011. The Trojans were 43rd in the nation in net punting.
was Stanford's starting punter for the first 10 games in 2010 before
took over. He averaged 41.7 yards in 2010.
: JC transfer Mike Bowlin will take care of punting and kickoffs. He looked good this spring.
was No. 1 on the post-spring depth chart. Hopefully he is as colorful as the departed Johnny Hekker.
is another possibility.
: The Huskies are counting on touted incoming freshman
: The Bears are only replacing Bryan Anger, perhaps the best punter in school history. On the post-spring depth chart, incoming freshman
was the only punter listed.