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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Advice to Aspiring Punters, part 2.2

In part one of this particular topic, our college Q&A tour continued with more FCS schools. Punters from this year's senior class weighed in on the following question:
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring high school punters, what would it be?
Here are the second half of the responses...

Colton Schmidt, UC Davis
"Never give up. There are many times that it's hard to see a future in punting/kicking because honestly there are times all of us are not to the level we aspire to be. You just have to work diligently towards a goal and don't have any regrets that you wish you spent more time working on your abilities. Do not sell yourself short and work through the hard times and frustrations of punting/kicking, because remember if it were easy everyone would be doing it."

Brett Cameron, North Dakota
"Practice the skill of punting, but also become involved in many different sports. To be a great punter you have to be a great athlete. I would advise a high school punter to play another position on their football team or play a different sport in addition to football. Playing different sports helps you develop as an athlete which will in turn help you to become a better punter."

Patrick Morgano, Presbyterian College
"First off take care of your business in the classroom. If you want to succeed as a college punter you need to become consistent. Work on your mechanics (DROP) everyday. Hard work pays off."

Beau Mothe, Southeastern Louisiana
"Work ethic is everything. You never know who is watching you in the stands. But make sure to have fun and enjoy the moment because at the end of the day it is just football."

Bo Lindsey, Gardner-Webb
"Keep pushing on and punting the ball because your job is to help the offense when they fall short of a first down and to help the defense by putting the ball deep in your opponents territory. So being a punter you have to understand what your job is on the team and execute it."

David Skahn, James Madison
"The most important part of punting is having a smooth and consistent ball drop which gives you the highest probability of hitting a good ball. No matter how good or strong you are, if you don't have a great ball release then you will not be able to consistently turn your punts over. I like to think of my ball release and drop as the foundation of being a punter. Even though this is such an important aspect of punting, it is often overlooked by punters and coaches. As for trying to play in college, don't be afraid to get yourself out there. Go to as many college kicking camps as you can because that is the best way to get the attention of college coaches. College coaches have a much harder time finding good punters than they do kickers."

Greg Wood, Valparaiso
"Very simple but has two parts. Practice everyday and don't give up! Punting is a very finite process. One thing is slightly off and it could fail. There are countless variables in the process so you need to practice on controlling what you can (drop, steps, swing, eyes, catching, etc) and find your feel for this you can't (wind, turf conditions, rain, snow, blocking, rushing). That's why you MUST practice something everyday. There are plenty of things you can improve without really working up a sweat! Your drop and catching snaps or someone under handing to you or your grip. 
The second part is don't give up. People always preach consistency with punting but if you look at every punter in the history of punters, all of them have a small percentage that were ideal punts. You can't be perfect, no one can. You can only keep practicing 'til the end. There's no way you could ever be perfect, but you can increase your consistency everyday up until the day you're done. There are tough days where you feel like you can't hit the ball right or do anything right and kicking doesn't feel natural! But it's ok. Those good days will come and they will come more often! So don't give up!"

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