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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Scouting Combine 2012: Kicker & Punter Comments

A collection of commentary from the specialists at the NFL Scouting Combine the past few days:

"There's a room full of coaches and a different room full of doctors pulling on you, yanking on your joints and twisting you in different ways. Everybody that's been a part of the combine says it's a big cattle drive.... We had eight hours of testing. Basic pattern testing to colors, IQ test and that type of thing. They showed us a picture of three, four different animals and which animal would you be. Do I want to be a dog so I can be everybody's best friend or do I want to be a bird so I can fly? It was fun going through the experience."
"My dad [Kevin Bulter] has been my best friend and my coach throughout my high school years. He’s definitely helped me out in college from a mental standpoint and a technical standpoint. He’s been a huge help. He’s already walked in these shoes and to be able kind of pick his brain and see how these things work and these coaches think, and how the business of the NFL goes, is very helpful. Obviously, I don’t know it all. Having that ability to know to relate to some of these people and to have that professional mindset will help."
"Coach [Mike] Sherman and I are very close. We’ve stayed in contact throughout the whole process, even after he left Texas A&M. He’s been a whole lot of help whether it’s advice for agents or the maybe the process that lies ahead. We text back and forth and stay in touch. I think very highly of coach Sherman and he’s definitely one of the reasons why I’m here right now."
"I was born and raised in Wisconsin, I don't know anything but the cold weather. The idea of warm weather all year just sounds unbelievable to me, so yeah I've done it. I've seen just about every situation weatherwise that I think I could, I could be wrong of course, but just in general, cold weather, wind, rain, none of it really concerns me, I'm so used to it by now.... There's nothing worse than a stiff wind in your face with the rain. Anything compared to that is paradise, really."
"I feel like I didn't get my best shot because right when I was making an impact to kick off, the head coach [Randy Edsall] left and Chad [Christen] came in as a kickoff specialist. He's booming the ball In practice, he puts them [deep]. Chad's going to be a great kicker for UConn. But yeah, I just didn't feel as though I got a chance to kick off there, and I know I can. That's what I have to prove here."
"The combine has been an awesome experience so far. It's an honor to be recognized as one of the top prospects in the country, and I look forward to raising my prospects when I punt Friday."
"I think you can show your combination of accuracy and distance. I think that’s important here. They want to see you be consistent. They want to see you do the same thing over and over again. Because when it comes down to it, there are always going to be guys who can kick 60-yard field goals, but not many guys can do it consistently. You have to be consistent in what you do and be methodical."
"This year I worked on more directional and getting our net (average) up. I think we averaged about a yard a return (allowed). I made it my goal because I wanted the NFL to see I’m not just a guy line-driving balls down field. I wanted to show I am putting coverable kicks up there — right, left, middle, wherever, doing Australian rules kicks. I am the total package."
"I’m just trying to learn as much as possible from everybody. There’s a lot of kickers that are a lot better than me, and if I can just pick up one or two things from all of them I feel like it can put me in a good position."

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